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Captcoolhand
09-27-2009, 10:20 PM
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Mike Tomlin, coach, Pittsburgh Steelers (http://pit.scout.com/) We were unable to make significant plays at the end of the football game to secure victory. Let me start by complimenting the Cincinnati Bengals (http://cin.scout.com/) because they did. We respect that element of it. We accept responsibility for our actions but at the same time we want to be complimentary of our opponents when they do the job. We’ve got some work to do. We’ve got to finish football games better. That’s the mark of a champion. It’s not us at this point. We’ve got to continue to grow. We’ve got to accept responsibility for our action, get back in the lab, turn over whatever stones possible to find a winning formula to get in this locker room victorious when we’re in control of football games. That’s the reality of it. We won’t run away from that. We acknowledge that. We accept responsibility for what happened. Questions.

Q: Before the end of the half, why didn’t you try a long field goal?

A: We thought we were controlling get-off downs. We thought we were moving the ball effectively. We thought maybe we had an opportunity to get a first down and potentially a touchdown. We were at the outermost edge of what was comfortable field-goal range. You saw we attempted one maybe a yard shorter than that location there in the second half, so we opted to try to move the chains and maybe put seven on the board.

Q: With a timeout left on the final kickoff return, were you surprised Rashard Mendenhall (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=4314015) pitched it back?

A: I was, but that was just a young guy trying to make a play to try to win the football game. That’s not the reason we lost. There’s a lot that transpired in the moments preceding that that made that score what it was.

Q: Why did you make personnel changes in the secondary on that last drive? Was that health related or matchup related?

A: It was both. Of course, Tyrone (Carter) is coming off a thigh injury and we had some matchup situations where we wanted to apply pressure and put a corner-like guy on a wide receiver-like guy. We were using three-corner defenses there throughout the game in base defense with Deshea (Townsend) essentially playing strong safety in some instances. We also of course put Keiwan Ratliff (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=4326752) in in certain situations at the end. Needless to say it was not successful.

Q: What happened on the interception return for a touchdown?

A: Just a miscommunication.

Q: Is this the best evidence that this is a new season?

A: We don’t need what transpired out there to let us know it’s a new season. We realized that when we reported to Latrobe. That’s been our mentality. That’s what we said, and that’s not lip service. We mean it.

Q: (Inaudible question)

A: Really, what it is, and it’s the story of the National Football League, is we’ve got to get on the details. This is the ultimate parity league. When you’re on the details, you find ways to win close games, you find ways to close games simply because you’re living and performing right. When you’re not, you’re not and we accept responsibility for that.

Q: Should it even have come down to the last drive?

A: I’m not concerned about putting people away early. We need to do what’s required to win. We had an opportunity to win that football game and we weren’t able to do that.

Q: Why can’t the defense get off the field late in games?

A: Usually it’s a myriad of reasons, quite frankly. Tighter coverage, better players, they go hand in hand. The bottom line is we need significant players – and we’ve got quite a few of those – to make significant plays at significant moments. That’s what comprises good football teams. We have candidates. They’ve got to deliver.

Q: Is it a variety of mistakes or are you seeing the same mistakes over and over?

A: It’s not a big enough body of work to judge it in that way. We’ve just got to make critical plays at critical moments. We have people who are capable of doing that. We have people who have resumes that are full of that. We’ve just got to find ways to get it out of them.

Q: What causes details to slip?

A: I’m not even going to say it’s lack of details. That’s just what my human nature tells me when you lose ball games. The reality is we’ve got to make plays in big moments.

Q: When you win it’s a veteran defense. When you lose it’s maybe an old defense. Did you sense your defense running out of gas at the end?

A: No. I’ve never called it ‘a veteran defense’ or ‘old defense.’ Those are not my words. That’s our defense.

Q: Did you sense them tired though?

A: I’m sure there were 22 people that were fatigued. That was a great number of
plays. That will never be an excuse. The reality is we’d better be relatively fresh, meaning relative to our opponent.

Q: Did Limas (Sweed) take his eyes off the ball in the end zone?

A: (Laughs) You saw what I saw. He dropped it.

Q: Were you pleased that you got more production out of Willie (Parker) today?
A: I’m not pleased with anything because we were not successful.

Q: Why didn’t Rashard get in?
A: Rashard wasn’t on the details this week so I chose not to play him on offense.
I seen part of this on TV after the Game and He looked pissed/sound pissed. I can just imagine what the players/coaches had to hear before we did.....:evilshake:


I’m not concerned about putting people away early.And why the F*ck not!!!!!!!!!!:duh:

LatrobePA
09-27-2009, 10:24 PM
Here's my problem:

A: I’m not concerned about putting people away early. We need to do what’s required to win. We had an opportunity to win that football game and we weren’t able to do that.

Seems he's relying on this too much!

2 games, I'm pissed as is all of Steelers Nation, we will rebound! But some changes are needed.

Captcoolhand
09-27-2009, 10:31 PM
Here's my problem:

A: Iím not concerned about putting people away early. We need to do whatís required to win. We had an opportunity to win that football game and we werenít able to do that.

Seems he's relying on this too much!

2 games, I'm pissed as is all of Steelers Nation, we will rebound! But some changes are needed.
:lol: That's the same thing that i had to edit my post about that stood out to me.....

Iím not concerned about putting people away early.

Dude, that has to be one of the dumbest things I ever heard.......

steel-tex
09-27-2009, 11:09 PM
From the mouth of --- our coach !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

igor0190
09-27-2009, 11:14 PM
Get a healthy lead and let our defence play their game... Relentless agressive, turn the other team one dimensional. PUT THEM AWAY AS SOON AS YOU CAN! Early is always preferable. My God...

greennick
09-27-2009, 11:22 PM
:lol: That's the same thing that i had to edit my post about that stood out to me.....

Iím not concerned about putting people away early.

Dude, that has to be one of the dumbest things I ever heard.......

Don't you get what he is saying though? Regardless of whether we should have scored more earlier, we still had chances to win. We didn't win though because we didn't come out with the big plays when we needed to. It is not like they are not trying to get some big scores, the offence isn't just firing on all cylinders, particularly in the red zone.

steelersforever1983
09-27-2009, 11:44 PM
big plays never pan out in the NFL. We need to concentrate on west coast since we obviously pass the ball more than we run. West Coast philosophy is short passing and occasional runs. This goes against everything i believe and hate it. Run the ball, play action and defense is what i believe in.

igor0190
09-27-2009, 11:51 PM
big plays never pan out in the NFL. We need to concentrate on west coast since we obviously pass the ball more than we run. West Coast philosophy is short passing and occasional runs. This goes against everything i believe and hate it. Run the ball, play action and defense is what i believe in.

I agree... We don't have the personnel (O-LINE) to be running the kind of O we are all used to. We didn't do it last year, we might as well abandon it this year.

greennick
09-28-2009, 12:04 AM
big plays never pan out in the NFL. We need to concentrate on west coast since we obviously pass the ball more than we run. West Coast philosophy is short passing and occasional runs. This goes against everything i believe and hate it. Run the ball, play action and defense is what i believe in.

By big plays, I mean important/key plays. Like stopping a 4th and 10. Making a TD catch. Kicking a long FG.

steelersforever1983
09-28-2009, 12:09 AM
if your talking about key plays i agree with stopping them on 4th and 10 and kicking the fg but people forget that the it was third and manageable and you go for the big pass play for a TD instead of converting the down with a short pass play or run. smart football is the key.

greennick
09-28-2009, 12:15 AM
if your talking about key plays i agree with stopping them on 4th and 10 and kicking the fg but people forget that the it was third and manageable and you go for the big pass play for a TD instead of converting the down with a short pass play or run. smart football is the key.

Yeah, I was surprised we were even going for the FG or throwing deep for the TD to Sweed. Some bizarre play calling in there. But I guess it is easy to say that after the fact. If either of those two plays had worked we wouldn't have questioned them at all.

steelersforever1983
09-28-2009, 12:22 AM
of course we wouldn't have questioned if it we won and made those plays. but we didn't so the fact is if your a passing team you better do dink and dunk to convert or run the ball more often when d's will be playing us with more pass rushing.

LatrobePA
09-28-2009, 09:38 AM
If we won the game I would still be PISSED! Point simple, this team sucks as a whole right now!

That stems from the coaches down!

BlitzburghRockCity
09-28-2009, 09:50 AM
Here's my problem:

A: Iím not concerned about putting people away early. We need to do whatís required to win. We had an opportunity to win that football game and we werenít able to do that.

Seems he's relying on this too much!

2 games, I'm pissed as is all of Steelers Nation, we will rebound! But some changes are needed.

Out of everything he said that is the only thing that made me do a double take. How can you not be concerned with putting teams away early if you have the chance. We should have been up 17-0 going into halftime but instead it was 13-0 because we couldn't close the deal.

Obviously you can't always put teams away early but when you get the chance you you to execute and get the job done. This pissing around in 4th quarter trying to pull a win out of our asses is pathetic. We're a better team than that...or are we?

yinzer
09-28-2009, 11:28 AM
i hope the media rips him a new one on tuesday

Troyisabeast_43
09-28-2009, 03:00 PM
Out of everything he said that is the only thing that made me do a double take. How can you not be concerned with putting teams away early if you have the chance. We should have been up 17-0 going into halftime but instead it was 13-0 because we couldn't close the deal.

Obviously you can't always put teams away early but when you get the chance you you to execute and get the job done. This pissing around in 4th quarter trying to pull a win out of our asses is pathetic. We're a better team than that...or are we?

Im with you TG it's as if Tomlin has it set in stone in his head that just because they did it what 5 or 6 times last year especially in the Super Bowl and found a way to win he thinks it's automatic this season that they are just going to keep doing it every single game. Well guess what Coach Tomlin it's not going to happen that way and it's already caught up to the Steelers 2-3 weeks into the season. Tomlin needs to get off this theory that style points dont matter and all you need to do is find a way to win because it's not always going to happen that way. Last year it did. This year so far it's not working out that way. The Steelers had numerous chances when they were up 13 and 11 in the 4th especially after the Shayne Graham miss to put the game away and they failed miserably to do so. It seems as if right now the Steelers are doing just enough to lose right now on both offense and defense. When they need a key first down or drive on offense late in the game they dont get it. When they need a key stop on defense late in the game they dont get it. It's very similar to the 2007 season where the defense let teams score at the end of the game and win especially on the road. It happened at least 4-5 games that season and has already happened twice on the road this season in the Steelers first two road games...