Minkah Fitzpatrick: Defensive mistakes against Browns were almost 100 percent mental

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The Steelers had myriad issues in their 48-37 loss to the Browns, including five critical turnovers.

But the defense had its issues, too, as Cleveland totaled 390 yards of offense and Baker Mayfield threw for 263 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

On Thursday, Pittsburgh safety Minkah Fitzpatrick said the mistakes were self-inflicted.

“It was almost 100 percent mental,” Fitzpatrick said, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I don’t think there’s too many times where we just lost 1-on-1 coverage. Maybe one third down. I think it was more just leaving someone wide open, which we don’t normally do.”

But they did on Sunday, and that’s part of why the Steelers won’t be playing this weekend in the divisional round.

19 responses to “Minkah Fitzpatrick: Defensive mistakes against Browns were almost 100 percent mental

  1. Yup, didn’t see Jarvis Landry run through that secondary…or see Chubb shred it, or see Hunt just absolutely truck everyone who touched him. Yeah, those were mental lapses. Please. You got beat.

  2. I blame the coaches AGAIN for being outcoached. The Steelers usually dominate on turnovers and sacks. They had none that day.

  3. Same thing every year. TE’s running wide open down the middle of the field, missed tackles, gaping holes in the zone, and uninspired play. Tomlin teams have underachieved for a long time now. I think it’s time for him to get a fresh start. I hear the Jets are looking for a coach.

  4. Everyone is missing the point. Tomlin permits his players to act like fools. JuJu is just the most recent name. This team lacks discipline, It lacks focus, and it lacks preparation. The Browns played like a team that practiced all week and conversely the Steelers played like they were away from the facility all week.

  5. “I think it was more just leaving someone wide open, which we don’t normally do.”

    But that’s exactly what Steelers do. Want proof? Watch games against Patriots where Gronk was rarely covered and never double-covered.

  6. I missed the physical play of Fitzpatrick. Mental or not. He looks a lot different without a Bud Dupree and Devin Bush not out there.

  7. Do these guys do anything other than make excuses?? Didn’t look mental when Chubb and Hunt were truckin over you on their way to the endzone

  8. I missed the physical play of Fitzpatrick. Mental or not. He looks a lot different without a Bud Dupree and Devin Bush not out there.
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    Every team is missing players because of injury or COVID. Browns had many more missing players than Steelers. Just take the loss like real men and go back to your basement. Geez. Nothing but excuses.

  9. Isn’t that almost always the case?

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    Not in this case. Browns punched the Steelers in the mouth for 60 minutes!

  10. There were a number of plays where Minkah quit in pursuit. While talented, he is weak minded and gives up. Like he did in Miami because a new coach dared to ask him to play multiple positions. I’m not laughing, but I’m watching. I’m interested to see how his career turns out…

  11. Rather long winded for the “they didn’t beat us, we lost” excuse. I’m sure the Browns are sorry they curbstompped you so hard your qb cried.

  12. The excuses and lack of respect for the Browns after the game by the Steelers shows how over-confident and unprepared they were and how shocked they are they lost this game. This is an organizational failure from the very top. It’s an organization that allows their QB to be in total control and to allow him to fire the OC who saved his career. It’s an organization that allows their head coach to go on the radio before the Jacksonville playoff debacle a few years ago and talk about the coming Patriots rematch. From top down, the Steelers franchise reeks of arrogance and smugness. They need to get over themselves.

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