Coach Tomlin's Post-Game Comments
Coach Tomlin: Itís awesome to get out of here with a win against a very good team. Obviously, we werenít really sharp early, particularly with some self-inflicted wounds, some things that usually occur when you come out of a bye, penalties and so forth. We have to get better in that area. But I am thankful that we were able to do what was necessary to win. Offense, defense, and special teams, a lot of contributions from all three phases. More than anything, the guys were resilient. They stayed together. They delivered the necessary plays down the stretch, which is important and the difference between winning and losing. From an injury standpoint, thereís a few to note. [LaMarr] Woodley has a right hamstring; we donít know the severity of it. Weíll see. Working on a short week is probably not a good sign for him, but weíll go day-to-day with that. Troy [Polamalu] re-aggravated his calf. Again, we donít know the extent of it. Same thing, working on a short week, weíll see. Ike Taylor was able to go back in the game. He should be fine. The rest are bumps and bruises that go along the way. I tip my hat to Philly. Theyíre a good team and Iím thankful we were able to win.
Re: RB Rashard Mendenhallís performance:
I thought it was a good start. Heís always a highly conditioned guy. Obviously, he has to get a little bit more ball security. It was a great place to begin and I though he not only ran well and hard and caught the ball, but he was a source of energy for the unit. Thatís what great players do. They inspire those around them. I thought he did that for the group.
Re: LB James Harrisonís conditioning:
James is another guy thatís highly conditioned. Heís in the building on off days working on conditioning and at lunch time on a daily basis. Weíre going to watch him but it became evident that he was game-ready from a conditioning standpoint. It was tight ballgame and we needed his services.
Re: The weather playing a factor in getting into field goal range:
I wasnít worried about the rain. I just was worried about his range. That was pre-determined before the game and we donít vary from that. We donít let the game circumstances get us tight in terms of our decision-making. We knew where he was. The weather wasnít significant. I was more concerned about young Drew [Butler] on the hold. He did a nice job.
Re: Performance of the offensive line:
We ran the ball well. I think we were over 4.5 yards per carry. We protected the quarterback. They did the job today.
Re: The game-winning drive:
We had the ball last. Such is life. A week or so ago, before went into the bye, Oakland had the ball last. Sometimes, itís whoís got the ball last.
Re: Defense forcing turnovers:
Sometimes theyíre just a by-product of doing what it is youíre supposed to do and doing it in the manner that youíre supposed to do it. I thought we did that. We were aggressive. The guys were where they were supposed to be. They were playing hard and pursuing the ball. Sometimes itís just a by-products and I think that was the case in most instances.
Is it troubling that the defense gave up a fourth-quarter lead again?
Does the fourth quarter bring out the best in QB Ben Roethlisberger?
What do you attribute that to?
I think all of the guys that you can make an argument for being franchise quarterbacks, I think thatís the common tie that binds them. They come in many different forms, shapes, and sizes and skill sets. Some of them are pocket passers. Some of them are mobile. But, the reality is if theyíre in that discussion itís because they deliver when itís time to deliver. No question, I donít care who youíre talking to, [Roethlisberger] is in that discussion.
Re: WR Emmanuel Sanders third down catch on the game-winning drive:
Iím not going to go through the progression with you. Obviously, he was an option.