It was to be preseason game No. 2, and the general impression during the run-up was there was plenty of room for improvement based on what had happened five days ago in preseason game No. 1.
“I want to see guys take a significant step,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “The guys have been in a stadium, and wherever they were a week ago I want to see them take a significant step forward. I expect us collectively to do some of the things we talked about last week, that quite frankly we failed at doing. I want an elimination of pre-snap penalties. We had delay of game penalties on offense. We also had a false start by the punt team. We had a lining up in the neutral zone on defense. You make yourself an easy team to beat when you do things like that, and I’m not interested in being that type of team.”
The game was to serve as the 2015 preseason debut for
Coming into the game, the plan was to play Roethlisberger between 10-12 plays, but after he directed the first-team offense on a six-play 80-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a two-point conversion pass to Markus Wheaton, Coach Mike Tomlin decided he had seen enough. Roethlisberger exchanged his helmet for a baseball cap and was done for the night.
ALIGNING THE OFFENSIVE LINE
To start the game, the Steelers offensive line was as expected – from left to right,
It was the fourth quarter, and the Steelers had just taken a 21-17 lead on a touchdown pass from
After the ensuing kickoff, the Jaguars began their offensive possession at their own 8-yard line, and before it ended with what turned out to be the deciding 1-yard touchdown by QB Stephen Morris, the Steelers defense had helped out with four critical penalties.
STAT THAT STANDS OUT I
Le’Veon Bell and
STAT THAT STANDS OUT II
The Steelers were not penalized in the first half, but they were flagged eight times for 73 yards in the second half, with seven for 68 yards coming in the fourth quarter.
GIVEN THE NIGHT OFF
Two days before the game, Tomlin ruled out