Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier had some pointed words about the defense after the team gave up some big plays that all but made the difference in their 27-16 home loss to New England on Sunday.
While the defense played respectably, Patriots pass plays for huge gains sealed their fate.
“We’re looking like garbage right now,” Shazier said, per Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “[Opposing offenses] can do whatever they want to do right now.”
“We were giving them calls that Tom didn’t like, and I guess when we changed up a little bit and [Brady] got to seeing things he liked, they took advantage of it… When you think about it, they weren’t having a lot of success,” linebacker Arthur Moats said. “And then you throw those two [Gronkowski] plays in the second half, you look at the scoreboard, and that ends up being the difference.
“It’s definitely frustrating. But we’re not looking for comfort,” he added. “We understand that we dropped the ball with that, execution-wise, a couple plays where we really just didn’t execute the way we needed to, and that’s the difference in the game. It’s frustrating because we know how good we can be, but at the end of the day, when you’re making those mistakes and we‘re not executing the way we need to, you gotta deal with the result.”