CBS cameras caught Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster slamming down a tablet in frustration after quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed him for a walk-in touchdown. That wasn’t the only thing they caught that day.
Trailing the Green Bay Packers in the first half of Sunday’s matchup, Roethlisberger had JuJu wide open for one of the easiest touchdowns he will have all year, but he threw a pass that was just out of reach.
In the third quarter of the game, while trailing by 10 points — CBS cameras caught JuJu essentially Big Ben for the issues that the team is experiencing that has them 1-3 on the year and at the bottom of the AFC North.
His frustration might stem from the fact that Smith-Schuster has not caught a touchdown since the Steelers’ playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns last season.
After the game against the Packers — JuJu Smith-Schuster put the blame on himself for missing a couple big play opportunities while speaking to the media.
“I’m human,” Smith-Schuster said. “I have feelings. I was on the sideline. I got upset with myself because I make those plays. I never show emotions on the sideline, because I know I’m always being watched. A game like this in a critical time and moment, situation like that, I’m frustrated at myself.
“I’m not mad at the team, I’m not mad at the playcalling, I’m not mad at Ben making a throw. It’s all on me.”
Three other times during Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s tenure, the team has started 1-3 or worse and it has resulted in them missing the postseason, but escaping a losing season.