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Todd Haley accepts blame for Steelers' offensive shortcomings in loss to Jets

PITTSBURGH – Todd Haley did not give himself a pass for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ lackluster performance in a 20-13 loss to the New York Jets last Sunday.

“When it’s a poor performance, it takes everybody,” the Steelers’ offensive coordinator said on Thursday. “That goes for me as well.”

The lack of production from the Steelers’ offense was the most surprising development last Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

The Steelers had averaged 41.3 points during a three-game winning streak but they managed just one touchdown against the Jets, who started a pair of backups at cornerback and were 1-8 entering the game.

The Steelers did not find the end zone until there was just over a minute left in the game when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant.

Take away that play and the Steelers managed just 182 yards of offense against the Jets.

The Steelers also committed four turnovers against a team that had three takeaways in its first nine games. And they failed to run the ball effectively for the second consecutive game as the Steelers managed just 36 rushing yards on 17 carries.

Pittsburgh has a more favorable matchup Monday night at Tennessee as the Titans are allowing 136.6 rushing yards per game.

"We want to run the ball efficiently. Last week, we were probably disappointed in the way we ran it. We fell behind and stopped running it for the most part,” Haley said. “There will be games where we feel the best way to win is by throwing it. There will be games where we feel the best way to win is to try to run the heck out of it. But obviously the more balanced you are, which I think we have the chance to be a really balanced group because we can run and pass against anybody, then you have a chance to be real good.”