The Steelers lost their second consecutive game Thursday night, and both losses came against teams that entered the game with a 2-10 record.
While some will point to the lame offense or defensive failure as major reasons for the losses, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick believes there is a different root cause as to why the team has faltered against the Cardinals and Patriots. Fitzpatrick said after Thursday’s 21-18 home loss to New England that he thinks there is too much authority in the team’s locker room.
“To see the fruit, you have have to work hard for this, Fitzpatrick said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com. “I think a lot of people don’t want to work hard for it. They just want to come out here and think they’re going to make plays and think they’re going to perform at a high level. I think we need more people who want to work for this, rather than just expect it to be handed to them. This is the NFL. Nothing has been handed to you. You have to earn everything. I think people just think that because they’re wearing black and gold, that they’re going to win games, and I think we need to examine that mentality and make people realize that they have to earn that mentality. , and they won. To earn every single blade of grass, every single splash of play and every single rep that they get out there. They have to earn it.
Fitzpatrick said he was “not sure” the team’s mentality could change, but he suggested players “evaluate why they play the game” and whether they are willing to do the “ugly parts” that come with trying to win. What the Steelers didn’t get last time out. Two weeks.