Sunday was not a good day to be a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. This is after watching their team get totally humiliated in their own home stadium by the San Francisco 49ers. Brock Purdy and the Niners flexed their muscles early on, and they just never looked back.
Simply put, Pittsburgh was just overmatched in this one. Even head coach Mike Tomlin wouldn’t argue against this notion.
Pittsburgh Steelers HC on 49ers Loss: ‘Failure in All Areas’
Speaking to the press after the game, Tomlin gave his brutally honest assessment of his team’s performance in their season opener. The Pittsburgh head coach did not hold back:
“It was a failure on our part in all areas,” Tomlin said, via Myles Simmons of PFT. “We’ve got to coach better. We’ve got to play better. We talked about a lot of the things and worked on a lot of the things that unfolded in the ways that we didn’t want them to, and so we go back to the drawing board.
“We accept responsibility, obviously, for the outcome. We compliment those guys on the quality of the work that they did. We absorb the negativity that comes with how we performed today, and we go back to work.”
To be fair, Tomlin is taking the blame for this one too. He knows that he could have coached a better game, and this is exactly the mindset he’s going to take as the Steelers prepare for their Week 2 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Obviously, though, his players are going to have to take a lot of the blame in this lopsided loss as well.
The Niners, on the other hand, kicked things off in marvelous fashion as a returning Brock Purdy showed the entire football world why he deserves to be San Francisco’s new cornerstone quarterback. Unfortunately for the Steelers, it just had to be them who fell victim to the 49ers’ statement win on opening day.