Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Press Conference Tuesday November 16th Week 11 Raiders

Audio from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin press conference on Tuesday November 16th, 2010. Tomlin met the media on Tuesday for upcoming week 11 game against the Oakland Raiders and goes over the upcoming Sunday game. Tomlin takes questions from the local media and goes over the injuries. Check out our notes and recap below as we add them. Will be updated over next hour.

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Tomlin confirmed the release of kicker Jeff Reed and the signing of Shaun Suisham. Suisham was the only player to workout on Tuesday. Tomlin says Suisham is no stranger to the elements being from Canada. Tomlin says the off-field antics of Reed did not play a part in the decision to waive Reed and said Suiham is a veteran guy and a good kickoff guy as well.

S Will Allen (concussion) and CB Crezdon Butler (quad strain) are questionable. DE Brett Keisel (hamstring) likely not ready, but will see where he is. Same with G Chris Kemoeatu (ankle) and LB Lawrence Timmons (hip) who hopefully will be ready. S Troy Polamalu right Achilles strain might be limited early in week. WR Hines Ward (concussion) should be good to go.

Tomlin says they are familiar with Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell and knows he throws a great long ball. Receivers Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford are solid. Tomlin called Raiders tight end Zach Miller a complete player and went on to see they have a deep group of running backs led by Darren McFadden. Says Michael Bush is a good power back and they utilize their fullback well. Tomlin says they can pound you with the run and throw the ball vertically as well.

Tomlin highlighted that Raiders Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour are solid on the defensive line. Noted linebacker Rolando McClain and said the Raiders secondary include plenty of fast guys.

Tomlin went on to say that the Raiders special teams have been a difference maker for them.

Jonathan Scott remains the starting left tackle according to Tomlin and if Kemoeatu is not ready, Ramon Foster will play left guard again.

No changes at cornerback despite the poor performance Sunday night. Tomlin said pass defense is a culmination of a lot of people and noted that several passes were underneath throws that did not involve cornerback play. Says we all accept responsibility for the problems.

  • Terry S.

    Whats up, I’m starting to get tired of Tomlin’s jiberish yes is a good talker. I’m tired of hearing the excuess the last few weeks. The bottom line we need to get rid of our bum Offiense of Coord. first and the defense of coord for the first time called a game ass backward. This was the first time I didn’t see the blitz machine and I’ve been a steeler nation member for over 30 years. Gay needs to go next when you let a rockie tightend score 3 touchdowns on you in one game and he has been getting burnt sense last year. I’m through with our secondary and essex needs to go too!

  • Horcroft

    yeah this is silly. bench gay and essex. legurksy and foster have proven to be better players when they get the chance, and i don’t see how lewis’ coverage/tackling ability could be worse than gay. worth a shot. i thought he was pushing mcfadden for a starting spot in training camp.

  • djjemani

    i am steelers win or lose but the one thing that bothered me about the patriot game is the fact pittsburgh looked like they spent the night drinking the night before the game. it seemed as if no one cared and even the crowd was not very into it. cant be like that in a game that big. i dont think pittsburgh sh ould get rid of anyone because this is still a bill cowher intact team & tomlin is a great coach. that being said we lost lots of great steelers in that game but it was lack of intensity and never putting preasure on brady that lost that game. cant win them all. also anytalk of letting ben go would be a huge mistake. we are the steelers and the reason pittsburgh is great is we stick with our team with or lose. we cant dump on the team when we lose a few. we are not denver or dallas

  • steelerfan 1

    william gay suck let him go if secondary quit worrying about big hit and worry about playin ball we will be ok our secondary suspect tomlin not good of a coach like people want cowher back