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Steelers-Ravens Post-Game Quotes

Posted 20 hours ago

Sunday, October 3
At Heinz Field


Coach Mike Tomlin:
Good afternoon. I will start with a tip of the hat to the Baltimore Ravens. Boy that was a tough-fought football game and they did enough to win. They came into our place and took it so you have to compliment them for that. For us we see it as a very black-and-white issue. We didn’t make enough plays to win the football game. We didn’t play smart enough. I thought the two turnover opportunities that we had in the third quarter were significant opportunities in the game that we didn’t capitalize on in terms of putting points on the board. We knew that points were going to be scarce in this matchup and they were again today. Largely, we didn’t get any points out of those turnovers and that put us behind the eight-ball, and ultimately we were highly penalized. The penalties hurt us, no question in the football game. But you compliment them. They did enough to win, we didn’t. Such is life in the NFL. We’ll take a look at this and hopefully we’ll learn from it. It’s our first opportunity to respond to defeat, and I expect those guys to do that, respond meaning action with thought. We’ll do that as we proceed forward, and take advantage of this bye week and move on with the rest of our football season.

Why did you run the football on third-down late in the fourth quarter?
We wanted to run time off the clock. They were out of timeouts. We felt good about what we had done to that point in the game defensively. If I can put my defense on the field around mid-field and somebody has to have a touchdown to beat us, I’ll take my chances with that. I just wanted to run as much time off the clock as I could. That’s why we ran the ball on third down. That’s why we ran the play clock down to one second before we called timeout and before we kicked the punt.

Were the false start penalties at the end the result of mental mistakes?
That’s Steelers beating Steelers, but through the entire game, too many penalties. We didn’t play clean enough to earn a victory. And that’s just black and white.

Did Reed misjudge the distance on the field goals?
I didn’t talk to him about it. I just saw that they didn’t go in.

How would you sum up being 3-and-1 after four games without Ben Roethlisberger?
We’re 3-and-1.

Were there any injuries?
No, when Brett Keisel went down it was cramps during the latter portions of the game. The rest is just bumps and bruises that come along with playing. I think we got out of it pretty clean, which is a good thing.
RE: The final touchdown pass by Baltimore:
I think the most significant part of the play was the fact that they picked up our pressure. I think Todd Heap maybe came across from the strong side and picked up our pressure. And that gave Flacco the opportunity to slide to his right and deliver a ball. I think that’s the significant element of the play. We recognized that when you bring a lot of people, at times you put guys on islands, if you will. The significant part of the play was Heap coming across the formation.

RE: Baltimore’s last drive:
They just did a nice job. You got to compliment them. They were able to move the chains, get in striking distance and stop the clock.

What’s the practice schedule look like for the bye week?
I gave it to the guys last week. We’re going to come in and watch this game tape on Monday. We got a Tuesday through Thursday work mentality.

Can you talk about Ben Roethlisberger coming back?
We’ll see him tomorrow.

Can you comment further on that?
He’ll be back tomorrow.

Does losing like this hurt more than others?
I hate them all. I do. But that’s this journey we are on, not only us but everyone. I love the competition. I am hacked-off right now, but you always are. You love opportunities such as this. It’s what we all signed up for in the NFL. It was a tough, hard-fought football game versus a good opponent. You just like it if you’re a competitor. I know we do. We don’t like the outcome, but we had a lot to do with that. I’m sure we will acknowledge that. I hope we will. It will be our first opportunity to do so, and I trust we will deal with it appropriately.

S Ryan Clark

General comment
“Sometimes, when you are riding high, you don’t look at your mistakes – look at the things you do wrong – as tough as you should. We definitely need to dissect this film tomorrow. But we’re going to get better.”

Joe Flacco is one of those guys that really doesn’t seem to get too rattled.
“He’s a good quarterback. He’s been starting [for] three years now. He’s playing in a lot of playoff games. He’s played in a lot of situations and done an awesome job. We have a lot of respect for that guy right there. He can make all the throws and he showed that at the end of the game. Coach Tomlin and Coach LeBeau said if you give this guy time – if you give him opportunities to hit guys – he’s going to hit them. He’s not one of those quarterbacks that’s going to miss. And he didn’t. We left a guy open and he found him for a touchdown.”

It was atypical for your team with the number of penalties you took.
“Some games go like that. I don’t know if we were too excited or what was going on, but we made some mistakes. You can’t beat yourself. Not taking anything away from them [by] saying that they didn’t play well, but penalties are what you do to yourself. Those are things that we can control that they don’t force us into - kind of unforced errors.”

WR Mike Wallace

As you look at it after four games, you are 3-1. Is that okay, or are you disappointed?
“We’re off to a good start, but we’re disappointed. But, like I’ve said before, we don’t have a drop off for anybody. We feel like we have standard that is set and everybody has to abide by it. [It is] not just because one guy is out, [that] we lost the game. It’s never going to be like that. Our focus is we lost. We should win.”

You were a few yards off from making a couple of big plays.
“We took some shots, we just didn’t convert on them today. We have to go back in the lab and see what happened on those plays to try to come up with a way to make them the next time.”

CB Bryant McFadden
Comment re: game-winning touchdown pass
“It was a tough play and situation. I just have to try to do what I need to do to be close to that. It’s a tough situation to be in.”

It looks like you are taking that play hard.
“No doubt. You always want to do what you are supposed to do. Sometimes situations may make it a little difficult, but that’s not the character of a competitor. You still want to be where you need to be regardless. And that’s how I look at it. It’s a tough situation, a tough play. But sometimes things like that happen. It’s the nature of the game. You are playing against a good offense. Hat’s off to them – they made great execution [in] executing that play.”

What goes through your head when he makes that second move and gets a step on you?
“It’s tough. It’s kind of hard to explain. But playing football and playing in the secondary, things of that nature happen. You just have to bounce back. It’s tough on me. Regardless of the situation – a double-move [or a] triple-move, I always want to be where I need to be.”

LB Lawrence Timmons

Is there anything positive about this loss today?
“We like to win. We don’t look at it as a positive thing because we always like to finish. But you can’t win them all. We just have to learn from our mistakes here and, hopefully, let them make us stronger.”

WR Hines Ward

Will it be a lift getting Ben Roethlisberger back coming off a tough loss?
“Of course. We’re getting our starting quarterback, our franchise guy, back. I know he wishes he was out there competing. We get a chance to get him back next week. We have a bye week and then we get ready for Cleveland.”

It’s tough to think about this after a loss, but at 3-1 after 4 games – without your starting quarterback and without the guy you were going to start – how do you assess that?
“It just shows the depth that we have on this team [and] they type of players that we have on this team. We don’t let adversity sink in with us. We just go out and play ball. We just fell short today. We could have easily been 4-0. It just talks to the quality of players that we have on our team, the togetherness that we have. We came together. Yeah, we’re 3-1, but we could easily be 4-0 right now. It hurts a little bit.”

QB Charlie Batch
On the interception at the end, did you try to throw that one because you were running out of time instead of trying to take some yardage on the ground [with running the ball yourself?
“I was just trying to make a play down the field.”

You were close a few times with Mike Wallace down the field.
“We were trying to take our shots down the field. We felt that we had a good matchup there. And when you are in those situations, you just try to get them to play honest by letting them know that we’re going to take our shots deep. We didn’t connect on them.”

You had that long drive where you connected on some third down conversions and got a touchdown. Did you think at that point that you had the game?
“Well in that situation, I think there was probably about seven minutes left on the clock. For us, we felt that with two minutes to go when [the defense] held them on that situation, we needed to at least make a first down [and] give ourselves some breathing room. We didn’t do that. We backed up [with] a punting situation with a penalty and we put our defense in a bad situation. We feel that if we were at least able to make a first down, the game is over because they would never get back on the field.”

Did you want to throw the ball in that situation?
“They had no timeouts, no.”

With the illegal procedure penalties, what happened?
“We beat ourselves in that situation. That’s something that you can’t have down there. In hindsight, I would like to have those back and not, maybe do a hard count. Just get the play [run] and run some time off clock and not lose time in the process.”

Both times, you went with a hard count?

Do you allow yourself at all to think about what a 3-1 start means, or is this just too tough of a loss to think about that?
“I can’t even really worry about what’s going to happen in the next couple of days or hours. For me, we let one go. It’s an empty feeling anytime that you lose, regardless if you are 3-1. We feel that we shouldn’t be feeling down right now. I honestly feel that way.”

Is the bye welcome? Or would you rather just get back out there?
“It’s always good on the upswing. But anytime that you have the bye, it’s always good.”

Comments re: Ravens defense
“They did a good job. We weren’t converting on third down. They did a good job of mixing up some pressure. We have to be able to make those third downs in those situations to at least allow us opportunities to continue our drives. I wasn’t able to help convert those.”

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