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Steelers’ Mitch Trubisky will remain starting quarterback after tough loss to Browns, Mike Tomlin says

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Mitch Trubisky wants to remain the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting quarterback despite a rocky start to the season, coach Mike Tomlin said after the team’s 29-17 record. lost to the Cleveland Browns Thursday night, adding that it was a “collective” collapse that resulted in the Steelers’ poor performance in the second half.

In a brief press conference to journalists after the Steelers second straight loss of the season, Tomlin repeatedly said that Pittsburgh’s inability to stop three-time Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb was their biggest mistake.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, #24, runs the ball during the first quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Cleveland.
(David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports)

“If you can’t slow down ChubbMan, you can’t beat this bunch. And we kind of knew that and we didn’t. So we have to own the result, and we will. So there’s not much to talk about,” Tomlin said.

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“I thought they controlled the game. They owned the ball. Nick Chubb controlled the game.”

Tomlin was specifically asked about potentially reevaluating Trubisky, who last week was at the mercy of his own fans who screamed for rookie Kenny Pickett.

Pittsburgh Steelers number 10 Mitch Trubisky walks off the field after losing to the Cleveland Browns 29-17 at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Cleveland.

Pittsburgh Steelers number 10 Mitch Trubisky walks off the field after losing to the Cleveland Browns 29-17 at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Cleveland.
(Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

“I don’t have that mindset. I’m interested in going through his tape and looking at it in its entirety and finding out how we collectively improve. The answer to that question is definitely no,” Tomlin said.

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“I thought he made some plays, but we all fell short collectively. That’s how we measure performance. Winning is our business, and we don’t run businesses.”

Trubisky, 28, played solidly in the first half of the match but steelers offense he was unable to make much of an impact despite a one-point lead late in the second quarter. Pittsburgh managed just 54 yards on its first three possessions in the second half.

Pittsburgh Steelers No. 10 Mitch Trubisky gets past Cleveland Browns No. 5 Anthony Walker Jr. during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Cleveland.

Pittsburgh Steelers No. 10 Mitch Trubisky gets past Cleveland Browns No. 5 Anthony Walker Jr. during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 22, 2022 in Cleveland.
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“We’re getting there, but not where it needs to be,” Trubisky said after the game. “We didn’t hit the plays we needed in the second half. Scoring three points in the second half isn’t enough for us.”

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Trubisky completed 20 of 32 passes for 207 yards and no touchdowns, but the Steelers’ biggest problem was converting on third down (1-9).

“We have to watch this tape and learn and get better, and get better very fast,” Tomlin said.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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