Mike Tomlin: Nick Chubb controlled the game

NFL: SEP 22 Steelers at Browns
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When Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin previewed Thursday night’s game against the Browns, he spoke of the need to minimize the impact that Browns running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt had on the contest.

The Steelers fell short in that regard. Chubb ran 23 times for 113 yards and a third quarter touchdown while Hunt chipped in 47 yards on 13 carries during the 29-17 Cleveland win.

In his postgame press conference, Tomlin revisited his previous comments while discussing the impact that the Browns running game had on the final result.

“I thought they controlled the line of scrimmage, particularly in the second half,” Tomlin said, via the team’s website. “If you can’t slow down Chubb, you can’t beat this group. And we knew that, and we didn’t get it done. So, we got to own the outcome, and we will. There’s not a lot really to talk about. We got to look at this tape and learn and get better and get better very fast. . . . I thought they controlled the game, and they possessed the ball. Nick Chubb controlled the game.”

The Browns’ 171 rushing yards are the most the Steelers have given up this season, but both the Bengals and Patriots also crossed the 100-yard mark in the first two weeks of the season. Clamping down on that front will be essential to the Steelers continuing to wind up on the wrong side of the scoreboard in the weeks to come.

8 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Nick Chubb controlled the game

  1. Chubb is one-trick pony & not impressed by having good gm vs worst run-D in the NFL. Game clearly showed lack of Watt big problem for Steelers. Also showed disappearance of alleged DPOY Garrett. Perhaps no helmets to rip off, this gm?

  2. One thing about Tomlin, dude is straight-forward. I couldn’t imagine going to practice when he’s mad because you didn’t give enough effort..

  3. That’s two weeks in a row that the Steelers run defense was absent. They’re soft in the middle. Watt makes up for some of that, but they need to address that defense.

  4. Chubb is certainly one of, if not the best, running backs in the league. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves because he’s quiet and also doesn’t get the carries other guys do. If Chubb had got 300+ carries, he would for sure lead the league in rushing.

  5. Very un-Steelerlike performance this week and last. Obviously Watt is a big loss, but his absence should not mean they can’t stop anyone from running.

    My sense is that the team has no faith in Trubisky, and he kills the morale and effort on both sides of the ball.

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