Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was straight honest after the team's 34-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers as he noted that quarterback Dwyane Haskins didn't perform at the expected level. Haskins, a first round pick in the 2019 NFL draft, was making his first start for the Steelers.
Haskins failed to get the Steelers offense going as he completed completed 9-of-16 attempts for 108 yards and also had one touchdown and one interception. "Like the rest of us, I didn't think it was enough varsity work from him," Tomlin sai, per ESPN.
"It wasn't the type of performance he wanted or we wanted. But such is life." Haskins vowed to watch the film after the game and try to spot his mistakes and work on them. "It was a tough one," Haskins said.
"I wanted to play better. I know we wanted to do better as a team. Just have to watch some film, prepare and get ready."
Haskins happy to end the game on a positive way
On the Steelers' final series, Haskins completed a couple of notable passes as the drive finished with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Ray-Ray McLoud.
"I felt having the two-minute opportunity was good just to get some in-game experience with that and of course, I wanted to start fast but we didn't," Haskins said. "Being able to finish in a way where we got some type of a rally after was a good way to finish the game."
However, coach Tomlin didn't seem to be too impressed by what Haskins did on the final possesion. "I'm sure it did for him, in terms of getting that taste out of his mouth," Tomlin said of Haskins. "Obviously, it had no consequence or bearing on the outcome of the game."
Despite the outcome, Haskins tried to draw positives. "I feel like I've done a great job just showing that I'm coachable," Haskins said. "Showing that I'm wanting to learn, wanting to get better.
Just trying to put things on film that are something that I can showcase what I can do. The first three games are something I'm rather proud of and of course how we started is something I wanted better of. "Best thing I can do is just hope that what I've done throughout preseason, throughout training camp is enough body of work to showcase and show how much I've improved."