Steelers Looking To Move On From Eagles’ Loss

As tough, frustrating, ugly, insert adjective here as the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles loss, this is still a 2-1 team with as good a shot as anyone to win the AFC North. And the only way to get the sour taste of yesterday out of their mouth is with a win this upcoming Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

That seemed to be the theme across the locker room.

“We’re not going to be defined by this,” Cam Heyward told reporters after the game via Steelers.com. “We’ll come ready to work Wednesday but we’re going to look at this tomorrow and see what we can correct.

Mike Mitchell shared a similar sentiment. 

“I’m going to say it for a fourth time, it was a bitter pill for us to swallow but we have a big game next week and we look forward to displaying the corrections we’re going to make.”

Those corrections will be a lengthy and really, all-encompassing list. The Steelers lost in basically every phase against the Eagles, held to just three points on offense in the largest loss ever under Mike Tomlin.

Denial over their problems didn’t exist after yesterday and if anything, players admitted the Eagles have created a blueprint for teams to mass produce. It’s a copycat league after all and when one of the thought-to-be best teams in the league gets pummeled, everyone else takes notice.

“We gotta learn from this because in this league, teams are going to continue to do it.”

The Steelers will face a Chiefs’ team run by Andy Reid, the man who taught the Eagles head coach – Doug Pederson – as a player in 1999 and as a coach from 2009 to 2015. The ability to correct and adapt will be immediately tested.

Players are still adamant it was less about being unprepared and more about plain poor execution.

“[Wentz] didn’t do anything we weren’t ready for, we didn’t do anything we didn’t expect,” Mitchell said. “We take our hats off to them, they put a thorough butt whooping on us, but we thought it was more about our lack of execution than anything they were doing.”

“Whether it was them dumping the ball off to the running back and us not tackling, that is all stuff we can correct,” Heyward said. “It wasn’t anything we hadn’t seen before.But they definitely should be commended for what they did today.”

The Steelers will host the Chiefs on Sunday night on NBC.

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  • Michael Martin

    Nope. You are going to continue rushing two DE’s and an OLB or two for 75% of the game producing zero pressure because the secondary is playing 10 yards off the ball and then come Monday you will have either been saved by the offense or we will have lost. Exactly. Like. Last. Season. That is what defined you then. It will be what continues to define you until we see a change in defensive philosophy. No pressure plus a huge cushion = bottom of the league defense.

  • William Weaver

    I hear the players but I don’t believe them. It was a schematic issue more then anything. A good game plan for weeks 1 and 2 was bettered in game 3. Back off and let them throw underneath over time works because the field gets shorter for one but also the receivers get tired of catching the ball with 3-4 guys coming to take their head off from all directions. How to attack that you say? Run misdirection screens and give those same underneath receivers a convoy of blockers. Doesn’t work anymore. The defense has to change into a line of the scrimmage man to man game to combat that but we didn’t. Can’t? I don’t know but you can’t play off if that is their attack either. Frustrating they never seemed to change anything. Yes, you run the risk of Sproles getting behind someone (Shazier) but you have to attack! A defense being dictated too loses. If you lose either way at least fire everything you have! Can’t wait until Sunday night.

  • Daniel

    The eagles didn’t create the blue print it was more of the Bengals as Bernard caught many balls off us and the eagles took that and used it against us..shame on the coaches they didn’t correct this before game time

  • FATCAT716

    I can’t til Sunday I know the players feel the same way but this one hurts bad man. I hope we correct this & start feel good about our self because right now everythings sucks

  • PapaJuju

    These games against the Chiefs, Jets, and Baltimore are going to determine whether we make the playoffs. They are the teams we will fight for a wildcard.

    If the Steelers win these next two games in a row, the team likely makes the playoffs.

  • RickM

    Being prepared to certain players obviously means running in the wrong direction when they see something they are familar with, lacking the same intensity as the other team and having poor concentration. Got it, they were totally prepared to play the game and their game plan was ideal.

  • Chad H

    Hey defense you flat out suck! Butler needs to be in the hot seat because whatever you want to call his D, doesn’t work.

  • Mike

    Not worried! Bring on the Chiefs!

  • Matt Manzo

    Hey Alex! I gotta idea about helping us readers get past this week! I saw a lot of young back ups on the field yesterday! Guys like Finney, Chick, Fort, VWilliams and even Davis at Safety, and Burns at CB!
    Some breakdown at how they looked on the field could give us hope!

  • William Weaver

    Or scare the crap out of us!! Lol

  • rdjmsr53

    Just checked some stats Steelers defense ranked 29, offense tied for 19th. PS Cleveland is ranked ahead of ur in both categories😱

  • AndyR34

    Sadly, this is the truth

  • Jason

    I’m sure if u asked Browns fans they’d take being 2-1 over leading in useless yardage statistics.

  • AndyR34

    Cam & Mike – talk is cheap and I know you need to keep positive attitudes, whereas we can live in our fears based upon what we observe. You can call it execution, but few people believe you. So…the thing to do is prove it and until then take Ben’s advice to AB…shut up.

  • Jason

    Not to bring facts into this but the Steelers had 48 sacks last year so it’s really much different than last year.

  • The Truth

    Discipline and focus has been a problem in the Tomlin era. Especially in the secondary. They dance and parade around when making a routine play, but then they turn around to get burned for the next 6 plays. I don’t get the mentality. I would be lining up focusing on the next play. Who has time to dance?

  • Taylor Williams

    Then we get to the playoffs and get slaughtered by the Patriots.

  • Taylor Williams

    Every team dances and gets hyped. The problem is the scheme really.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I agree about the scheme

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Please drop the tequila bottle and step away from the edge but I’m pissed off too more than any thing but I have to have hope and believe that this is a wake up call to not only the defense but the team as a whole including coaches just glad it happened early rather than later and to an NFC team

  • The Truth

    Dancing because you let a player gain 5 yards? I remember a few times last year when players in the secondary were celebrating while the play was still alive. High-5’s etc… are fine, but dance auditions are a total joke.

    Lack of talent is also a problem.

  • VinHuddle

    Kinda agree, especially the celebrations after like you said, routine plays. Maybe it’s the old man in me but I’m not that old lol. We were laughing at some fool in a college gm Sat that had to get up and pose after making a routine tackle after an 8 yd gain for the 1st Down. Know it’ll never happen but I’d love to see a coach institute a dance if ya like but do the same dance after getting toasted team rule ha. Just my 2¢

  • SilverSteel

    Yes, they looked wayyy more intense and focused. Sometimes you can just tell when the other team is amped to play and the Eagles looked ready.

  • SilverSteel

    Hate to admit it but your right. Time to play to our strength. We are built for a 4-3 look right now. Our Dline has a good group. Put them on the field – at the same time! Why cant we mix it up and try (tuitt, Hargrave, McCullers and Heward as a front 4) You can’t play 3-4 or rush 2 DL with average/struggling OLBs. Well you can, but it puts a lot of pressure on the DBs.

  • Michael Martin

    We will get sacks this year too. When we are up by three scores and the other teams are predictably throwing often and deep. That’s the situation our Defense is ok in. Because if they hold on to the ball for 5 seconds we can get pressure. Otherwise, Jarvis is getting man handled, Moats is getting ran up the arc and Tuitt and Hayward are getting double teamed. That is 4 seconds. More than enough time for any QB worth his salt.

  • rystorm06

    playoffs? don’t talk about playoffs you kidding me? PLAYOFFS? I just hope the steelers can win a game

  • pdupuis

    Come on Cam, if you can fix the tackling why hasn’t it shown on the field.

  • Disqussant

    If I didn’t enjoy the season so much, I’d write it off. Yet even though I hate to be a downer, I really think they’ll make the playoffs – nothing more.

  • Teresa A

    Tomlin to take refresher coaching course…..he has forgot how to pound his chest and yell let’s go…..appears to be is coaching style from the sidelines…..and when that doesn’t work we get the blank stare…..

  • Teresa A

    Good coaches ALWAYS beat bad coaches

  • Eddie Cruz

    My son and I are flying to Pittsburgh for the sunday night game. This is our first game at Heinz Field. Any suggestions on things we should do will be greatly appreciated. We touchdown Saturday night and leave on Tuesday. So we should have Sunday, the sunday night game and Monday. Thanks Steelers nation and hope to see you at the game
    !! Go Steelers

  • Steeler-Drew

    I’m afraid the poor tackling is going to be an achilles heal for the team again this year. They may clean it up next game but it will rear it’s ugly head in the next loss. But aside from not executing which is total BS since they were completely outcoached was that the defense basically had to eat sh*t all game long from a team led by a rookie QB. I could care less how good he has played to date and what personnel we had on the field. Not once did Butler and this defense try to come back and punch them in the mouth. That’s what makes it all the more demoralizing.

  • David Paul

    KC is an enormous game, both in the standings and from a psyche standpoint. If the get picked apart, dominated up front on both sides of the ball, and lose at home, it will be a huge red flag that this team was vastly overrated.

    Here’s hoping for a Steeler statement win. Too early to start looking at wildcard scenarios.

  • mokhkw

    Y’know people said that about LeBeau’s scheme and why he had to go but since he took over the D in Tennessee it’s gone from 29th to 15th to 11th at this stage of the season.Outside of Orakpo people would struggle to name any other players on the Titans D so it’s not like it’s full of All-Pros – they have 2 INTs so far (same as the Steelers) and 5 sacks.

    I think it’s the players, not the scheme.

  • The Truth

    Oh, I despise all dances. Just spike the ball or give a high-5 etc… The dance routines ruin football. It turns it into a circus.

    I wish a coach would institute a no dance rule for his team. Fine any player dancing 10% of his contract.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Dewayne

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Chad, they did suck but it was only one game. Minus a fumble this terrible coordinator would’ve been coaching in last year’s AFC Championship game. Butler is neither an idiot nor a loser.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Facts are worth looking at but it comes down to wins and losses. Cleveland can keep the stats and their 0-2 record.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    On defense, they will have to figure out how to stop the exact same approach, because that’s what’s coming to them in KC.

    I think using similar blitzes and packages as they did late last year fits against a QB like Smith much more than Wentz (who everyone is now calling a superstar after whipping the Steelers defense).

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Is this a joke lol .. nooooooo

  • Chad H

    Where did I say he is an idiot or a loser?
    His D has not been good since taking over and is only getting worse. Only rushing 2 or 3 on a rookie QB? Come on man!

  • Matt Manzo

    That last game had me jump to scouting mode for next year! Only way I could make it through the last few days. I’ve even already started a list of prospects!

  • Steel Realist PAul

    I mean.. Gotta do what you gotta do. Hard tho, since some of these guys are so inexperienced that they will be different players by the end of the year – or not!

    Too soon to give up, but certainly there are personnel needs that will be there for the 2017 draft. Linebackers anyone?!?