Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, claims he didn’t hear the fans at Acresor Stadium chanting for rookie Kenny Beckett.
The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to Earth in Week 2. After upsetting the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime in their season opener, the Steelers held their first home game of the season against the New England Patriots. Pittsburgh lost 17-14 after some uninspiring attacking play led by quarterback Mitch Trubesky. In fact, fans at Acrisure Stadium were so tired, that they cheered rookie caller Kenny Beckett.
While meeting with the media the day after the loss, Tomlin said he had not heard the fans’ call for Beckett.
Mike Tomlin says he didn’t hear Steelers fans call out Kenny Beckett in week two
Trubisky has commented on whether he heard the chants, saying “that’s what it is” and “you just have to block it out.”
Initially against a New England attack led by Matt Patricia, the Steelers were actually outgunned. Trubisky managed to complete 21 of 33 pass attempts for 168 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Looking at his chart, Trubisky only attempted four passes longer than 20 yards. It was a 20 pass attempt less than 10 yards.
But, there is also frustration with attack coordinator Matt Canada. They are not only fans, but players as well. Wide receivers Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, as well as Trubisky, questioned the offensive play’s recall.
If Trubisky continues to fight for the Steelers, calls for Pickett will only increase. They chose him with the 20th overall pick in the NFL Draft for a reason, to be their future quarterback.
Given that the Steelers are having a short week facing the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in football, the quarterback switch likely won’t come in week three. Then, it might be fair for Beckett to start his first professional career. But, let’s wait and see if Trubisky can do something against the Browns defense who surrendered 307 passing yards and four touchdowns to New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco in Week 2.
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