INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 16: Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin looks on before the NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts on December 16, 2023, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Mike Tomlin vows adjustments after sidelining Mitch Trubisky in Steelers’ defeat against the Colts.

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Mike Tomlin is weary of the constant defeats. Following the Pittsburgh Steelers’ third consecutive loss, a 30-13 defeat against Indianapolis, Tomlin vowed imminent changes. He expressed dissatisfaction with their performance and emphasized the need for immediate alterations to the team’s approach.

Tomlin, the long-standing Steelers coach, acknowledged the necessity for change, mentioning that they cannot persist with the same level of play. The potential return of quarterback Kenny Pickett, absent due to a sprained ankle for the last two games, might offer a solution. Tomlin hinted at Pickett’s possible return, but if he remains unavailable, a decision between Mitch Trubisky, who started the last two games, and Mason Rudolph, who replaced Trubisky against the Colts, looms.

Trubisky’s performance in the latest game saw a mixed bag of results—16 of 23 for 169 yards, a touchdown pass, two interceptions, and three sacks. Despite initially taking a 13-0 lead, the Steelers’ offense struggled to create scoring opportunities, managing only one more chance after the opening surge. The team finished with a mere 216 total yards, showcasing their offensive struggles, with running back Najee Harris only gaining 33 yards from 12 carries.

The Steelers’ woes extend beyond offense, with defensive lapses allowing the Colts’ backup players to thrive. Gardner Minshew threw three touchdowns, exploiting the Steelers’ defense, while the Colts’ lesser-known running backs piled up 157 yards rushing.

Tomlin stressed the urgent need to address their scoring deficiency, emphasizing the team’s inability to breach the 20-point mark in recent games. The offensive struggles persisted even after replacing offensive coordinator Matt Canada, and Trubisky, despite his opportunities, couldn’t turn the tide.

Tomlin candidly admitted to the team’s fundamental flaws and their ongoing streak of losing football, asserting the need for change to alter their course.

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