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Friday, October 12, 2012
Foote: Steelers 'not strong mentally'

By Jamison Hensley

The Steelers have lost fourth-quarter leads in four of five games this season and all three of their defeats have come to teams with losing records.

What's the problem? It's something you don't usually hear a Steelers player say.

"We’re not strong mentally,” inside linebacker Larry Foote told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. “We don’t look like a championship team right now. Everybody here’s been knocked down, everybody’s had doors shut in their face, everybody’s gotten beat.”

Foote is in his 10th season with the Steelers and returned to the starting lineup this season after the team parted ways with James Farrior. He's only experienced one losing season with Pittsburgh.

Still, Foote didn't write off the team when talking to reporters after the game.

"You can't have mental breakdowns," Foote said. "That's what gets you beat in this league. That's what happened to us in the fourth quarter. But it's only five games. We're 2-3 but our goals are still reachable. So 10 games from now when we get this thing corrected, who's going to remember the first five games? So we're going to see what we're made of."