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12-28-2011, 06:57 AM
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's take

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin weighs in on his team heading into this week's game against the Cleveland Browns:

Last week's 27-0 win over St. Louis:

"We ran the ball well, collectively. We controlled the line of scrimmage. We were good in the red area because of our ability to run the football. I liked the contributions of our young man, John Clay. We gave him an opportunity to contribute, given the circumstances with the injury to Mewelde Moore and Jonathan Dwyer being placed on the reserve/injured list a few weeks back. John has been in our program. We believe in our program. Guys like John have the opportunity to come off of our practice squad and help us win football games."

Success running the football Saturday against the Rams' rush defense:

"You can characterize it however you want to characterize it. I think that we've run the ball effectively over the second half of the season. I've been comfortable with what we've been able to do on the ground. Situationally, I think we could be better in some areas. I think the goal-line stand that the Cleveland Browns had against us a few weeks back is one that sticks out. But largely, in terms of raw numbers, I haven't been displeased with our run game."

The backup center Saturday after Legursky went down:

"It was probably me and Greg Warren. It was getting pretty thin. Thankfully, I thought we were pretty comfortable with Legursky's ability to finish the game if something were to happen to Trai. Those are things that you deal with in the NFL. Sometimes those situations are difficult. We were in a game a few years ago when Greg Warren went down. That was pretty uncomfortable. Sometimes you are going to be uncomfortable in this thing."

The change for the Browns' offense now that Seneca Wallace is their quarterback:

"I don't know if it's changed all that much schematically. Colt McCoy is a very mobile guy as well. And the misdirection passes, play-pass, all is associated with the run game, centered around Peyton Hillis. That's pretty much the same. I wouldn't say there are a lot of schematic differences. The way plays unfold, the things each is capable of are different, especially when you are talking about a nine-year veteran and a guy that's been around like Seneca Wallace has."

Cleveland's defense:

"They've played really good defense all year. They've been very competitive. They've been a top 10-like defense for the better part of the year. They have young talent that they rely on."

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