Audio from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin post game press conference following the 2010 week 16 27-3 win against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night December 23rd, 2010. Transcript to follow soon!
Mike Tomlin: Boy it’s great to be in the clubhouse for the weekend with the necessary win, and then we can watch the others sort themselves out. We are far from perfect but we were good enough to win tonight. We’ll just continue to look at the areas where we fall short and hopefully improve and push forward to next week. And that’s not going to be easy, going to Cleveland. And we’ll be prepared for that. From an effort standpoint tonight, we got the necessary plays from virtually all three phases and it was good to get a win and move forward.
Did Ben Roethlisberger break his nose again?
Mike Tomlin: No.
What about the other injuries?
Mike Tomlin: There was a bunch of in game kind of stuff that is probably going to be minor. I guess the two significant ones are Jason Worilds and Mewelde Moore. Both experienced knee injuries of some kind. Both are getting scans right now. I will have more information once we get that.
Did you expect to get such large chunks of yards?
Mike Tomlin: It depended on how they chose to play us. We knew that potentially they would stack the line of scrimmage in order to stop the run. They used some five-down defensive line personnel groups, and when you see that you have to take what they give to you. Guys got open and Ben distributed the football.
Are you going to give it to Mike Wallace that he is more than a one-trick pony?
Mike Tomlin: No. He made the necessary plays for us tonight. This guy has a desire to have a complete game. We kid about it. He’s a young man in development. I like where he is right now, but he is capable of more. I think he’s got the same approach to it and he’s going to continue to work. I like a guy that is producing plays to help us win, but at the same time I understand that there is more out there for him. He’s a young guy; he’s a talented guy. He’s got a desire to be a great player and he works at it every day. On Sundays you sometimes see the fruits of that labor, and hopefully it continues.
Is James Farrior sometimes overlooked because of other defensive players?
Mike Tomlin: We have a lot of Alpha-males in our locker room. He’s the unquestioned leader of our football team. I think that’s all you can say about James Farrior. He does it all for us, inside the white lines and outside the white lines. He’s a professional, he’s a competitor, he’s a leader and they follow.