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Old 10-27-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Coach Tomlin's Post-Game Comments


Coach Mike Tomlin talks about the Steelers loss to the Raiders.

Opening Remarks: Too many errors early on to give ourselves a legitimate chance. We allowed them to control and dictate the flow of the game with how we started really in all three phases. The first 30 minutes of football was poor on our part and I take responsibility for that. It starts with me. We canít choose to defer on a kickoff and allow them to explode and spot them seven on the first play of the game. We had a partially blocked punt. We had other opportunities in the kicking game to get the ball in the first half. The ball rolled around on the ground and we werenít able to do it and we werenít able to establish enough rhythm offensively to sustain drives. We missed point opportunities with our field goal unit. All of those things came up to bite us as we worked down the last 30 minutes of the game. I liked the effort, but itís not effort-oriented. We expect that. Itís result-oriented and we didnít get it done today, partially because of the way we started the football game. On the injury front Ramon Foster sustained a concussion early on and was unable to return. Guy Whimper has a left knee injury that needs to be and will be evaluated. David DeCastro has a right ankle injury that needs to be and will be evaluated. Other than that I am sure there are bumps and bruises associated with playing.

What was the explanation on the punt that appeared to hit them on the leg?
They thought that our 41, (Antwon) Blake touched the ball. I didnít, thatís why I challenged it. They thought he did.

They felt like it didnít hit them first?
They felt like it hit our 41 before it hit their guy.

To clarify you would have gotten possession had you won the challenge?
Yes

What happened on the first play to start the game?
It was a nice play by them, a poor play by us. Overaggressive could be a way to describe it. It resulted in a 93-yard touchdown run. I donít want to take anything away from them. They executed the play, we did not.

You said you did not like the first 30 minutes of the game. What was the reality of it? Was the team not ready?
The reality is the proof is in the pudding. We didnít perform well in a lot of instances in all three phases. I take responsibility for that.

You had a strong performance last week against the Ravens. How big a setback was this week?
Itís a loss. It is what it is. Performance aside, the quality of the performance. We come to win and we werenít able to do that. Had we been able to pull the game out I still would have been disappointed in the quality of play in the first half. But make no mistake, itís about winning.

How much did you and your defense anticipate Terrelle Pryor running?
Weíve looked at it. He has done it in every game. That has been a component of their offense. I think I led with that on Wednesday.

When you allowed the first play, you said it was a little overenthusiastic on that play?
I am not going to try and quantify it in any form or fashion. They got a 93-yard touchdown.

What were the circumstances taking the timeout on your second to the last possession?
We thought he was going to pump the clock up. We thought we had a potential horse collar tackle over there. It didnít get called. They didnít pump the clock up. We had to burn a timeout.

The play clock?
Yes. The play clock. I think that is the specific instance you are referring to.

You said in the past under certain circumstances guys might not be here in the future. Is that a possibility going into next week?
I am not going paint with a broad brush. The first thing I am going to do is get back and evaluate our play here with a fine tooth comb, assess the injuries and see how we go from there. It will be a normal business process for us.

Could you tell on the partially blocked punt, it looked like Zoltan Mesko muffed catching the snap?
He didnít catch the ball clean and that contributed to the ball being partially blocked.

Can you talk about Shaun Suisham missing the two field goals?
We lost the game by three. We missed two makeable field goals. I am sure Shaun is a standup guy. He always has been. I am sure he takes responsibility for his actions, his part in it. There are many instances that you can point to that put us in position to win this game, or strengthen our cause in terms of winning this game, not just in the field goal area.

How hard does it get when you have so many offensive line injuries?
All of these guys are professionals and capable men. Thatís how I look at it. I know thatís how they look at it. Weíre not going to make excuses. Those guys in the helmet are capable of being a part of the reason why we win. We expect them to. We didnít get it done today.

Will Guy Whimper and David DeCastro have MRIs?
I havenít had whatís been done or what hasnít been done to them to this point and thatís why I made the statement that I made. I am sure they are going to go through an MRI or something of that nature. I just donít have that information as I stand here today.

Why didnít the running game get established again?
For a lot of reasons. I will look at the tape. We werenít able to get it done. They had a lot to do with it in terms of how they played and the game circumstances also being a part of that.



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The standard is the......Awww screw it.
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The standard is slandered by meandering
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Just hope that DeCastro will be fine.
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The standard is slandered by meandering
Ooh, I got it.

The standard has meandered.
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Just hope that DeCastro will be fine.
I hope all our injured will be fine.
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I hope all our injured will be fine.
Too good to be true.
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Oviously.........................we didn't win the game.
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What a total moron...

Answer the questions, don't cliche your way around them. He's got lots of answering to do.
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Time to take the pool table away, Tomlin!

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