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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin takes blame for team’s poor start

The Pittsburgh Steelers have quickly fallen to a concerning start to the 2022 season, holding a 1-4 record through the first five weeks.

Much of the scrutiny has been over the quarterback situation as offseason addition Mitchell Trubisky has struggled. However, head coach Mike Tomlin believes the team has played with no consistency in all three phases.

“We were a disaster in all three phases, and we have to own that, starting with myself and I do,” Tomlin said via ESPN. “… When it’s that bad across the board, it starts with me. We don’t need to seek comfort, because there’s enough blame to go around. We need to be solution-oriented.”

Although it’s easy to point the finger at the porous play under center, the Steelers haven’t excelled in any area. All that was on display in the embarrassing Week five 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills dictated the pace of the game, tallying 552 total offensive yards, averaged 10.2 yards per play, and forced two turnovers. Josh Allen passed for 424 yards with four touchdown passes and ran for 42 yards.

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Meanwhile, the Steelers did have more first downs (23) and had possession for 36 minutes, all that didn’t equate to any substantial offensive production outside of a field goal. The Steelers rank 30th in points per game (15.4), and tied for sixth-most points allowed per contest (25.6).

Pittsburgh still has time on their side, but things could quickly head further south with the playoffs being entirely out of the picture.

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