Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger the Steelers aren't ready to hit the panic button yet. The Steelers won their season-opener but lost the last two games. Steelers' offense -- led by 39-year-old quarterback Roethlisberger -- looked stagnant in those two consecutive defeats.
"We're not going to push the panic button," Tomlin said in his weekly news conference on Tuesday. "What do I mean by the panic button? We're not going to dramatically change who and what we are at this juncture.
"We're not resistant to change for the purposes of getting better, but we're not going to be so unsteady that we move away from our compass, our identity that we've worked hard to develop -- and will continue to work hard to develop -- and the emphasis on the style of play, whatever that may be in all three phases."
Roethlishberger remains confident in what the Steelers are doing
"We believe in what we're doing," Roethlisberger said. "And we're not going to quit on it. We're not going to quit on each other.
We'll see when we come in tomorrow. I'm going to look guys in the eye and make sure no one else is quitting. I don't believe there will be any. Won't get a quit from me or the coaching staff." The Steelers also have Mason Rudolph and Dwyane Haskins in their quarterback rook.
"No," Tomlin said, when asked if using another quarterback to find a spark was a consideration. "There was not." Roethlisberger is 39 years old and Steelers coach Tomlin is well aware what that means.
"This guy has a body of work over the course of not only what we've done in preparation this season, but over the course of 18 years that has us taking that approach," Tomlin said. "That is a global approach.
It rests him and rightfully so. He's an older guy, and the wear and tear of plays affects him differently than younger guys. But also, he's an older guy and he has a volume of plays that most guys can't pull from that probably requires more physical work in an effort to be ready to play.
"Also, you've got to look at the totality of the journey. We're going into Game 4. We've got many games that lie ahead, and I don't want to be fielding questions late in the year about the quality of his throwing arm, for example."