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11-12-2008, 08:48 AM
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's Take
By Mike Prisuta
Wednesday, November 12, 2008

On the importance of special-teams play this Sunday against the Chargers:

This is a quality special-teams unit that we face. That element of the game has to be a winning edge for us. We've got to be ready to negate that element of their game.

On quarterback Ben Roethlisberger blaming himself for last Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Colts:

I appreciate Ben's mentality in regards to his play. We are an accountability group. I'd like to think that we're a mentally-tough outfit, one that looks within and accepts responsibilities for the outcome of games, individually and collectively. I appreciate that approach that he has. I'm hoping that we have 52 other men in that locker room that take that same approach -- I think that we do -- because that's what's going to right this thing. That's what's going to allow us to win this week, guys looking within and making the necessary adjustments and changes.

On the Steelers passing on third-and-2 from their 16 late in the first half against Indianapolis (a pass that was intercepted), rather than run the ball:

That's a play that I approved. It came from the sideline. We were backed up. We were inside the 10- or 12-yard line. We had a new punter. We were concerned about attempting to punt backed up in those circumstances. Even if we did execute a successful punt, we were giving Indy a short field. It was my goal and desire not to give them the football back. I didn't want them to get any points. Had we punted that ball, you're pretty much assured (the Colts) had a chance to kick a field goal at the end of the half with a minute and change to work (with) and 50 to 55 yards of field. That was the intentions at that point.

On why Roethlisberger has thrown more interceptions than touchdown passes this year:

In terms of stats, I don't get overwhelmed by stats. He hasn't thrown as many touchdowns as he had last year. We ran for probably twice as many touchdowns at this point than we did all of last year. So, we are running the ball into the end zone as opposed to throwing.

On the team's offensive identity:

When you aren't being successful, you probably lack an identity and that is us at this point, but that is not going to be our story. We aren't going to allow it to be. We will continue to work.


11-12-2008, 12:25 PM
Just reading his words get me jacked up for the next game!!!


11-12-2008, 05:25 PM
No where to go but up from here.

11-12-2008, 05:58 PM
I like Tomlin's explanation. I'm sure Cowher would concur that passing there MIGHT be an acceptable gamble. Also, at that point, Ben hadn't been playing that poorly.