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mesaSteeler
01-09-2012, 02:39 PM
Mike Tomlin press conference
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Posted: Monday, January 9, 2012 2:45 pm

Excerpts of Mike Tomlin's final press conference of the season

Opening statement

"We are still coming to grips with what happened last night and how it unfolded, and the fact that our journey has come to an end. We acknowledge that there can only be one (champion), and it's not us this year. That's what stings. There are always tough feelings that come with that. That's part of this deal. We will move forward. At the appropriate time, we will start the process of chasing it again in 2012. I am extremely proud of the group of men that represent us, and what they are willing to do, more than what they are capable of doing. What they are capable of is impressive but I respect what those men are willing to do, not only in terms of the cause but what they do for one another. I enjoyed this group.

"A quick assessment of some injuries, we had three significant ones in the game. Max Starks had an ACL injury of some description. He is getting that looked at here today to determine whether or not surgery will be required. Same can be said for Casey Hampton. He has an ACL injury. He will be evaluated today to see if he will require surgery. Brett Keisel has a significant groin injury. He's getting that looked at today to see if he will need surgery. All the other injuries you know about. Those guys are all in the process of rehabilitation. Our philosophy as we push into the off-season is to attack these issues and to be aggressive in dealing with them. We want to do them sooner rather than later, if procedures are going to be required. What we are going to do here over the next several days is wrap a bow around all of the operations. We are going to visit with people, housekeeping-type things. We will start the process of building for 2012.

"Yesterday was a losing performance by us. We tip our cap to the Denver Broncos, and we will join the rest of the league in watching those guys move forward to Indianapolis."

At some point did it seem that injuries were piling up and a lot of the veterans were out?

"That's a human response, but not for long. You can't have those moments and do what we are trying to do, which of course is to win. Injuries are a part of the game. You aren't going to be so fortunate that you don't have to deal with them. We dealt with them to the best of our abilities, and it is what it is. We feel like we are fully capable of playing winning football with the men that we had out there last night, and obviously we didn't do the job."

Would you attack Tim Tebow the same way?

"Probably, the responsibilities associated with defending their run gaps kind of dictated at times how you attack them. Obviously they made some nice plays on us, and in hindsight you would analyze with a fine tooth comb some of the things you did, but I think your options are limited in terms of how you attack them because of run gap responsibilities."

What was Mundy's responsibility and read on the last play of the game?

"I am not going to get into Mundy's individual responsibilities or alignments on that particular play. What I will say is that they made a nice football play, and obviously we didn't."

Why would you go coverage-zero in that situation?

"We had done it in several instances leading up to that point. It wasn't zero particularly, by the way, it was zone coverage, and it was just inverted, so that the safeties could fit in the run box. If you guys want to get into the specifics of football, so it was an inverted zone coverage where the safeties were close to the line of scrimmage so they could play alley responsibilities in terms of the run game, and they had a nice play-action on us."

It seemed more high risk than what you do traditionally.

"No, we have done that, and done it a bit particularly versus a wildcat and wildcat type attacks, and formations and things."

Will Maurkice Pouncey need surgery?

"Potentially, we are going to see specifically what his situation is, and how we can best move forward into 2012, and if that includes surgery, obviously we will explore doing that. There are a lot of people of course that are playing with injury, and discomfort, and so forth. Surgery might be an option for those guys. Doug Legursky, has been dealing a shoulder situation. There are a myriad of those things. That is part of the process we are going trough as we speak right now, 12 o'clock today. Some of the exit physicals and interview processes started."

Did the lockout affect Pouncey to not get the proper care needed for his ankle during the offseason or is the aggravation of his ankle just football?

"It's just football, as far as I am concerned. I hadn't looked at the lockout's affect on things of that nature. It is just something that we have dealt with for a better part of the season, obviously, but it is just football."

Is Ben a candidate for surgery?

"No, I don't think he is going to be a candidate for surgery."

Re: Tim Tebow's passing

"He threw some very accurate passes down the field to some big guys who made nice plays on it. Sometimes people are going to throw and catch balls. I thought the run after was significant on a number of them, or their ability to create yardage after the catch. Sometimes guys are going to make nice throws, and have challenged catches on you, and you tackle them immediately and it minimizes the damage. In many of those instances they were able to reel up significant amounts of yardage after the catch."


Is it unfair to say that your game plan showed that you didn't think Tebow was capable of doing it?

"Anything is fair at this juncture. We accept responsibility for losing. We understand what comes with that."

Do you anticipate both of your coordinators returning?

"I anticipate it, :banging::banging::banging: but of course we all understand what the end of the season is about, and movement is a part of it in today's NFL for players and coaches. We are going to try to maintain continuity like we always do. We believe that is a benefit to us, but we also understand that things can happen, and we will deal with those as they arrive?"

How much of a say when it comes to Bruce Arians do you give Ben in a decision like that?

"None. Not from a coach's perspective. Not from a staff building perspective. None. Of course just in terms of hearing his opinion from a players-coach relationship, the same amount of say that you give anybody that is in a significant position of contribution to our football team."

Re: The identity of the team changing:

"There's always going to be changes. There are changes every year. I am not going to sit here and pretend like there's not going to be changes. To what extent, at this point I am not ready to address. That's why I enjoy these journeys. They are precious. At the end of this thing, the wheels do continue to turn. There will be some changes. We will see where this all takes us. Right now, I just have a great deal of respect and appreciation for the men in that room and what they are willing to do for us this year."

Will there be more change than in the past?

"I don't want to quantify it again, because I would be speculating. I just acknowledge that change is a part of this thing."

When do you look at the roster and decide when to move forward?"

Formally and informally it starts immediately. I think that's how we are wired. I love what I do. The wheels continue to turn, and it's time to start building for 2012. Informally it's already started. That's what this thing is all about."

Re: Ike Taylor's performance last night versus his overall season:

"Such is life in the NFL. We have a great deal of respect for Taylor and what he's willing to do for us. That's one of the guys that I think about when I talk about what the group is willing to do for us. Week-in and week-out he's willing to step in and accept the challenge of covering tough receivers. Guys like Lawrence Timmons, who will play anywhere we ask them to play, due to injuries to other players, I just like the contributions of all the men."

How far were you going to let Shaun Suisham kick at the end of regulation?

"We were comfortable anywhere from the low-to-mid 50s. Obviously it didn't develop."

Was there anything you would have done differently with managing the clock?"

I hadn't thought a great deal about it, to be honest with you. Hindsight is just that."

Re: Maurkice Pouncey being upset with fans on Twitter, and did you talk to him about it?

"I hadn't seen him since last night."

Have any of the players that had season-ending surgeries talked with you about retiring?

"We haven't had any of those discussions yet. I acknowledge that this is still pretty fresh in our minds. We just got back a few hours ago. None of those things have had time to develop as of yet."

What does Hines Ward mean to this team, organization and city?

"I don't know what I can say about Ward that hasn't already been said. We love Hines."

Re: Calling timeout when Emmanuel Sanders rolled out of bounds:

"The referee was winding the clock, saying that Sanders was inbounds. That's why I called time out. He did roll out of bounds but the referee that was right in front of me was acknowledging that it was an inbounds play. The clock was going to run so I called timeout."

Any updates on Coach Kirby Wilson?

"Not right now. No."