Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held his weekly press conference on Tuesday to talk about the win this past Sunday and give a preview of the upcoming Sunday night game against the Indianapolis Colts. Tomlin also updated the injury condition of defensive end Brett Keisel along with a few more injuries. Below is the audio from the press conference along with the main talking points from the presser.[audio:http://www.steelersdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/mike-tomlin-week-3-colts-press-conference.mp3]
Tomlin opened by saying it was great to get first win, but that is now in the rear view mirror.
As far as injuries go, Tomlin said defensive end Brett Keisel has a grade 1 PCL sprain of his knee and is really questionable at this point. Cornerback Bryant McFadden and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery are both still dealing with hamstrings and they too are questionable at this point. Linebacker Chris Carter has his hamstring inquiry behind him now and should be a full go this week. Tomlin said it is an important week for him and Jason Worilds as they will mimic the Colts defensive ends on the scout team this week. The status of Chris Kemoeatu is still up in the air and Tomlin said they will see where the week takes him as far as his availability goes.
Tomlin praised the play of Ramon Foster and Marcus Gilbert against the Seahawks, but said they did not move ball as well in 2nd half. He said it might be conditioning. Called their play above line.
Ziggy Hood would start on right side should Keisel not be ready on Sunday.
Tomlin said Keenan Lewis did a solid job on Sunday. He also joked that Mike Wallace is still a one trick guy. He added a little praise later and said he likes Mike. He said Ike Taylor is a “blueprint” for young players.
Tomlin said not thirsty right now as far as wine drinking goes and thinks they are still squashing grapes. He said the Ravens loss still stings.
As far as crowd noise goes in Indy on Sunday, Tomlin said if they play well early on that should he control the crowd and the noise. He also said the Colts are better than they look on tape this far and are getting better and more comfortable with Kerry Collins at quarterback. He also said Dallas Clark is very dangerous and a chain mover.