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David DeCastro had harsh words for his Steelers teammates after losing to the Jaguars in Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff game. The guard has a point.

Ed Bouchette’s headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette summed it up. “Steelers talked a good game, but didn’t play one.”

And DeCastro expressed his displeasure with the attitude of some of his teammates as part of the story.

David DeCastro: ‘It’s Embarrassing’

The Steelers guard offered some candid remarks about his teammates’ treatment of the Jaguars, who clearly heard all the noise coming from the Steelers ahead of the game. DeCastro ostensibly confirmed that the Steelers’ obsession with the Patriots ran even deeper than it appeared publicly.

“[The Jaguars] were ready to go, they were mad, they were angry, they had something to prove and they did it,” said DeCastro. “Yeah, it’s embarrassing. It really is, man. It just blows my mind. They beat us 30-9 [in Week 5], we played like crap and we want to talk about New England!

“I don’t know what to say about that. It’s just stupid. It’s just not what you do. You don’t need to give a team like that more bulletin board material.”

Looking Ahead

The guard’s remarks came after the Steelers lost a 45-42 barn-burner to the Jaguars, who earned the right to come to Foxboro to play the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Multiple Steelers appeared to be overlooking the Jaguars prior to the game, most notably safety Mike Mitchell.

Steelers guard David DeCastro ripped teammates like Mike Mitchell for looking ahead to the Patriots instead of focusing on the Jaguars. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Mike Mitchell of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on Jan. 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Running back Le’Veon Bell also made curious comments before the game, most egregiously a Saturday night tweet reading “I love round 2’s…we’ll have two round 2’s in back to back weeks.”

Now, instead of getting the much-anticipated (and expected) Patriots-Steelers rematch, the Jaguars and their vaunted defense marches into Foxboro with a chance to pull off one more upset. And as DeCastro said, they really only have themselves to blame for it.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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