It was a humbled group in the Steelers locker room following the team's 39-26 loss Sunday night to the New England Patriots.
And it should have been.
The Steelers were soundly beaten in every phase of the game.
Heck, the Patriots even ran for 103 yards.
You knew going in that New England's offense was going to score some points. That's what the Patriots do.
But Pittsburgh's offense took nearly two quarters to finally adjust to playing without wide receiver Hines Ward, who was knocked out of the game with a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit – that was not penalized – by safety James Sanders.
By the time that happened, the Steelers had already dropped three passes in the end zone and Jeff Reed had missed a 26-yard field goal, a chip-shot by any definition.
You can't beat good teams doing that.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed one of 10 passes attempts to wide receivers in the first half.
The Steelers were fortunate to be down just 10-3 at that point.
© I've seen about all of tight end David Johnson in the backfield that I care to see. If you're not going to block somebody, at least get in their way.
© The Steelers had done a good job of tackling in their secondary until Sunday night, limiting the damage from quarterbacks, who were completing over 65 percent of their passes against them.
That changed against New England, which had a number of plays where receivers picked up extra yardage after contact.
If you're not going to cover well, you'd better tackle well. The Steelers did neither Sunday night.