Steelers Blanked By Panthers In Preseason Finale

The Pittsburgh Steelers closed out their 2014 preseason by getting shut-out at home by the Carolina Panthers 10-0 in a game that featured a lot of sloppy play by both teams.

The Panthers got on the scoreboard early as they drove 62 yards on 14 plays against the Steelers starting defense on the opening possession of the game that resulted in a 33 yard field goal by kicker Graham Gano.

Steelers third-string quarterback Landry Jones started the game but failed to move the offense effectively in the first half despite completing 10 of 13 passes for 69 yards. Getting sacked three times in the first half didn’t help matters and one of them almost resulted in a safety.

Jones would go on to play the opening possession of the second half and finished 14-of-18 for 97 yards before giving way to rookie undrafted free agent quarterback Brendon Kay.

Kay struggled in his first action of the preseason as well as he finished 5-of-10 for 32 yards. Like Jones, he was also sacked three times.

The Panthers closed out the scoring in the game with a two-yard touchdown run by running back Fozzy Whittaker with 6:24 left in the third quarter. That touchdown came just one play after Panthers quarterback Joe Webb connected with wide receiver Corey Brown on a 53-yard pass down the right side of the field on first down. Brown had beaten Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake deep on the play.

Veteran wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey continued his strong push for a spot on the Steelers final 53 man roster as he caught six passes for 44 yards in the loss. The former first-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders also played quite a bit Thursday night on special teams, but failed to register a tackle.

Steelers running back Josh Harris led the team in rushing with 41 yards on six carries and Blake led the team in tackles with eight of them.

Thanks to the lack of offense, Steelers punter Brad Wing got a lot of work in Thursday night as he punted nine times for a 40.1 average and a 39.6 net average.

The last time the Steelers were shut-out during the preseason was in 1992 when they lost 26-0 to the New Orleans Saints on the road. They finished the 2014 preseason with a 1-3 record with their lone win coming against the Buffalo Bills.

The Steelers will now need to trim their roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday. They will open the 2014 regular season a week from Sunday at Heinz Field against the Cleveland Browns.

  • Superdriller316

    Kevin, watch the wire for a backup for the backup QB…

  • Tiger Jimmy

    Repost from earlier comment: If Steelers lose home opener to Cleveland, it’d be ugly.

    Tomlin and coaching staff better stay late and order in from now to 11:59pm next Saturday.

  • steelster

    Time to play some real football.

  • Superdriller316

    Did DHB drop a pass tonight? I know one pass was either in the wrong place or he ran the wrong route.

  • treeher

    I’m so depressed

  • My thoughts on the game:

    Who cares?! The fourth preseason game always bores me the most.

    I will say a couple things, though:

    Landry Jones is a bum! Not only does he suck as an NFL quarterback, but to top-it-off, he’s named after long-time Cowboys head coach Tom Landry. If his parents would have gave him Landry’s first name, he would be Tom Jones. That’s what they should have named him, because I’m sure he’s a much better singer than a quarterback. (This is true. You can look it up.)

    Also, everyone out there knows I wanted us to draft WR Kelvin Benjamin. The guy made our DBs look like midgets out on the field. Watch, he will develop into an excellent NFL WR.

    Now it’s time for some REAL football! No more of this boring preseason crap! Bring on the Browns!

  • sean mcmartin

    The first sentence of the second paragraph tells all. not filling the holes in the defensive secondary for the second straight year. same lame defensive scheme, middle wide open due to no pass rush. go ahead and bash away.

  • CrazyTerry

    Colbert and Tomlin should be fired if the Steelers don’t make the playoffs again. Their job has been mediocre for more than a couple of years and it is not enough to rest on some early laurels. If they make the playoffs, but lose at some point because of their secondary, Colbert has to be fired for his stupidity in the way he has neglected the CB position. Scouts have to be fired for the inefficient hits and misses on the way they have scouted the OL and OLB positions. Thanks for all the great years Colbert, but he better hit on more than a couple of picks this year to make up for Landry Jones, letting Kenan Lewis go, signing Ike and a few others for more money than they deserve. As far as Tomlin, he will be judged on the real games. He is on thin ice with me(as if that matters in the real world). And I hope Lebeau does a better job adjusting to offenses than he did last year or the year after SB43.

  • afrazier9

    Let me say this I luv leabau but our scheme is not working for this new passing league. The corners are to far off the Wr they give them a ten yard Cushing which is a open door to pick us a part how are we toget pressure when the qb just plays pitch and catch thru are def I am tired of this defenses of Ben but don’t break when we constantly break u need to change it up let the corners play closer which will in turn give the line some more time toget to the qb come on guys are coaches are arrogant and stub urn times have changed why don’t we

  • afrazier9

    Dave can you tell me why are corners play 7 to 8yds of the receiver and I know they say not to give up the big play but it hasent worked

  • Steelers@2010

    I watched all four of their pre-season games; those guys looked unprepared, not coached very well, and the talent level beyond the starters looked horrible. I know it’s only the preseason, but even the starters look average at best. The talent level of this team? Is it due to a lack of inexperience, or is it due to the fact that Colbert/Tomlin along with the current Coaching Staff simply do not have a clue? I use to be a supporter of Tomlin, but I’ve always said he was average at best when it came to evaluating talent. Colbert isn’t much better. But we shall see in a week when Cleveland rolls into Town. If that team resembles what they have shown during the 2014 preseason, all hell will break loose. For now, I will remain optimistic. They say a team reflects the personality of their Head Coach; Tomlin speaks quite well during his press conferences, if he could only coach as well as he speaks? They probably would go 14-2.

  • Steelers@2010

    Bravo! Bravo!

  • Nolrog

    We already have a back up QB.

  • steeltown

    He was 6 of 8, but I don’t remember any actual drops. He’s making this Team and im actually excited to have depth like that.

  • steeltown

    To be honest, the game was winnable, 3-0 till the end of the third. If it wasn’t Landry Jones starting and playing the majority of this game we would’ve been more competitive. Heyward-Bey is making this Team. Nice to see Josh Harris assert himself, 6.8yds per carry, caught both passes thrown his way too, hope he makes the PS. I also really hope Molls makes the PS. Keisel looked good and I keep noticing McCullers week after week. HoJo is NOT making the 53, he’ll go to the PS and I still don’t understand why we kept Carter over So’oto

    Time to go Landry Jones

  • Mark

    WELL SAID! Finally another realist shows up….Thank you

  • SteelerMike

    Agree, very disheartening to watch the starting defense allow a pedestrian Carolina offense to possess the ball for 14 plays, even if they managed to hold them to a field goal.

  • Steel PAul

    I’m a fan of Mike Tomlin and coach LeBeau. But has anyone noticed how the team starts off poorly each season under Tomlin?

    If you look at the first game or so each year, this team has lost its last 3 season openers and the two before that where they did win, it was in OT.

    After Cleveland this year, they have two away games that are lose-able. If the team stutters again in the opener this season, we could be looking at 0-3 again.

    And I share this because the team looks way behind right now. Ugh..

  • Josh Knepshield

    2007: Kill the Browns in the opener.
    2008: Destroy the Texans in the opener.
    2009: OT win
    2010: Beat one of the best young football teams in the NFL with a backup QB in OT. What did you expect? To dominate with 3rd string QB?
    2011: Fluke embarrassing loss to Ravens.
    2012: Played against Peyton Manning and the Broncos and had a chance to win on final drive.
    2013: No excuse.

  • Steel PAul

    Yeah I’m trying to take a less slanted look. Scanning the early games of the past five years, I feel like I see a trend of starting slow (3rd string QB aside).

    I’m not calling flukes. 2 of the last three years this team has failed to show up. Guess we shall see. Home game against Cleveland. ‘Should be a win.