Pittsburgh — Coach Fred Grubbman said Sunday he’s “a little weary” of the “tired” nickname he’s received for his teams struggles this season, after the Steelers failed to win out in the playoffs last season.
Grubbman’s Steelers went 0-16 in the first two games of the season and went 0 of 8 in the postseason, while they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round.
The Steelers coach said he didn’t want to “make a big deal out of nothing” and called his team “a lot of fun to watch.”
Grubbam said he had no idea the nickname was going to become a controversy.
“I thought I was pretty good at football, so I didn’t have any problem with it, but I’ve been doing it a long time, and I’ve gotten tired of it,” Grubbam told reporters.
“So, I’ve kind of given up on it.
I’m going to keep playing football.”
The nickname has gained traction after the Pittsburgh Steelers lost four consecutive games last season, including a 23-24 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game.
The name also has been linked to Grubb’s struggles in recent years, after he won just three games as a head coach in Pittsburgh in 2008.