Steelers Mike Tomlin Press Conference – Jaguars Week 6 – 2011

It is Tuesday and that means Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met the media today for his weekly press conference to discuss the win over the Titans this past Sunday and give a look ahead at the upcoming game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming Sunday at Heinz Field. Tomlin updated the injury status of several players in addition. Below is the audio of the presser and the talking points from today.


Injury wise, Tomlin said Mewelde Moore (ankle) continues to work his way back from his left high ankle sprain. Tomlin says he is questionable. Maurkice Pouncey (knee) has a right knee contusion but should be fine. He may be limited in the early portion of the week. Jason Worilds (quad) continues to work his way back, but Tomlin does not seem too optimistic that he will be ready this week. Marcus Gilbert (shoulder) also deemed as questionable and he said Jonathan Scott will start at right tackle if Gilbert can not play. Tomlin also said Casey Hampton (shoulder) is also questionable with his right shoulder injury. Chris Kemoeatu (knee) is deemed questionable and it depends on his level of participation this week. Tomlin would not speculate who would start at right guard if Kemoeatu plays. Aaron Smith (foot) is expected to be out again with his foot sprain and James Harrison (eye) will be out again as well. Tomlin speculates that timetable on the Harrison return is a month. Cortez Allen (ankle) will likely work himself back in this week after being out last week. Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) and Ben Roethlisberger continue to progress from their injuries per Tomlin.

More talking points coming shortly.

Tomlin said that William Gay and Keenan Lewis will continue to start ahead of Bryant McFadden and that he would not fix what is not broken.

Lawrence Timmons was praised for his play against the run at right outside linebacker in place of Harrison.

Tomlin said that special teams have made some splash plays but also had some miscues.

Tomlin praised play of Isaac Redman, but it was what he expected. Pleased not surprised. Same goes for Jonathan Dwyer. Not surprised by Dwyer running ball, noted his special teams play and all other areas of his game.


    For me, I hope Mendy gets the start this week. I’ve heard all the negative Mendy talk the last few weeks, but I think it’s premature to give up on him so fast. He has a lot to offer as a player as does Redman and the others. Plus, he just turned 24.

    Remember, even Bettis had a 3rd season slump (3.5 ypc) with the Rams and got traded away… and the rest is history.

    And no… I’m not comparing Mendy to Jerome! I’m just saying — give the guy a break.

  • Jabsosteel

    Nope…I’m hoping that Mendenhall does NOT get back into the starting lineup anytime soon. I’m sick and tired of year after year and the same old garbage of waiting for the guy to hit it up in the hole for the tough yards. ‘Giving him a chance’ came and went a long time ago. Enough is enough. Let’s give Redman and Dwyer some time. They seem to have the toughness to run inside and get the yards – something Mendenhall has consistently lacked….time for a change.

  • craig in boise

    just a general comment. really enjoy your site, always the first with analysis and pressers. enjoy the effort. hope you can add more perspective in your game day tweets too. (follow you during the game as i’m at work… your “looks like a broken arm” tweet had me worried til i finally watched the game and realized it wasn’t us) Love the site!

  • josh

    I don’t want to give up on Mendenhall, but I think Redman deserves equal time. It seems that play action works best when you’ve got a tough runner who won’t go down with the first hit.