Steelers Mike Tomlin Broncos Post Game Press Conference AFC Wild Card Game


Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met the media following their 29-23 overtime loss Sunday to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Wild Card game.

Tomlin said the Broncos did the job, persevered and won. Tomlin says he was proud of the way the guys fought but that they are not into moral victories. They (Denver) made the significant plays today, particularly the chunks that allowed them to win. Tomlin says we accept the responsibility for that.

Tough catches by them and good run after catch as well. Tomlin refused to make excuses in regards to injuries. Saying you know we don\'t live in that world. The guys we put on the field were capable of doing the job said Tomlin. He says they didn\'t perform well enough from a coaching stand point or a player standpoint.

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  • Dcmalibu66

    There should be no way that the Denver picks before us in the draft.

  • yoi

    Tomlin wasnt perfect today. Everybody has a hand in this loss. But Doug Legursky was the biggest culpirt today. His boneheaded miscues ended drives, led to Ben lying flat on his back, multiple delay of games and most importantly took points off the board. He is NOT a legitimate nfl lineman.

  • jd

    GET ARIANS OUTTA HERE NOW

  • Chevyvan690004

    that what u get with r airdefence sucks big time

  • Bobandterry

    So much for Ike Taylor being a shut down corner. More like a burnt toast corner

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXON22FQSDCCSA2WHZIRTHQWTU Greig

    Legursky is absolutely a legitimate NFL lineman… as a backup.

  • John B

    yeah arians totally dropped all those passes. and let DT run over 200 yards..good call.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NXON22FQSDCCSA2WHZIRTHQWTU Greig

    The won’t. Draft position for playoffs teams is determined on which round a team exits the playoffs. All of this weekends losers will pick ahead of the teams who will play in the divisional round. The four teams that lost this weekend will pick 21st through 24th in the draft, based on winning percentage. Since the Steelers had the best record of all the losers, they will have the 24th overall pick.

  • Trevor

    Steeler’s defense was geared to stopped the run, and they kept the focus there all game. There were no adjustments to stop Denver’s passing game, which there obviously should have been after the first completions… blame the defense for this one!

  • Icky519

    Along with lergursky Ike Taylor played like garbage two caught passes and two touch downs made on him as well as his enormous penalty that Stevie wonder could see Ike if ur listening ur swagger was nonexistent and any time Mundy can catch up and surpass u baby u need to rethink ur profession as well as Dick Lebeau!!!

  • GoBigBen

    take Dick with him. the #1 D was only on paper. there was not one game where we looked dominating on D! very little QB pressure all year and turn-overs. The line is old and line backing crew (except harrison) has a sub par year… only secondary shined (except for this game and the 2nd Balt game).

  • RBK525

    There is only one person to blame for this season’s fiasco & that’s Tomlin. He’s the ROOT CAUSE of the lost 2010 season. He’s the guy who decided to play a 30% healthy Ben in SF & Cleveland – a brain dead move. If a 30% Ben is better than a 100% Batch or Dixon – why did he keep Batch / Dixon? He’s the guy who decided to go with too many old timers who were constantly injured. Decisions made in training camp very clearly laid the foundation for this season. Tomlin is like the Parent who is more interested in being the kids friend rather than the parent. That seldom works in parenting and it seldom works in coaching as well. That all culminated today in a team that was totally ill prepared with veterans watching from the sidelines and his known super weak corners getting beaten like a drum. I know this sounds like I’m a Tomlin hater. I’m not. iN MY OPINION, HE’S HAD AN EXCEPTIONALLY BAD YEAR= STRIKE one.

  • Dgh57

    That 24th pick should give them more bargaining power to move up in the draft to nab DB or O-Linemen!

  • GoSteelers

    tomlin, bruce, and dick have to take most blame for this loss. they under estiamted TT and came to denver with an awful game plan. TT looked like Brady today. why not attack him with man-to-man coverage and force him to his righ? poor clock management led to Doug’s high snap. they should have called a TO with 51 sc left…

    also, why did our receivers drop 6 or 7 passes? that was a first for that crew. Ben was on most of the time…

  • Bradleyaoo7

    I believe that the steelers have every game Legursky started at center! Essex looked like a beast a center when he got the opportunity. Hes gotta be smart enough he went to Northwestern.

  • Jockey31

    Lifetime Steeler Fan Here-

    Batch should have started in Cleveland and probably in SFO.
    Injuries killed us, regardless of what coach wants to say about them.
    We got burned far too many times in the secondary and we made way too many mistakes to win today, yet we were a play away. It hurts to end the year that way, in that situation.
    Felt worse than most losses. All the bs about the new overtime rules and we give it all up on one play, the first play. Still seems like a bad dream. Oh well, next year starts tomorrow!
    6 and counting…and still loving it!

  • Bradleyaoo7

    I have been speechless watching the 3 games this year. 1st Ravens game, 49ers and this one. Are you kidding me Tebow played three games and didnt get 300 yards. Hmmm we have number one pass D. I still think Goodell fixes the games.

  • GoSteelers

    i mostly agree. the SF game yes play BB. but the last cleve game should have kept ben out. they saw the balt score just like we all did and could tell that balt was not going to lose that game….

  • GoSteelers

    1st 2 picks need to be o-line followed by DB then a D-lineman…

    imagine the offsensive production if ben was never hurried/hit/sacked or the running yards if there were actually holes opened up once in awhile…

  • John

    first of all, NFL needs to correct the home field for wildcard teams. todays game and the 2010 saints should have never been away games…

  • John

    three 5000 yd and seven 4000 yd passers in 1 year! that is what goodell’s “player safety” rules has done to the game. basically eliminated any good defensive teams…

  • CTSteelerFan

    Expectations sure are high for a team playing on the road without their pro-bowl center, starting safety and two defensive lineman who go down during the game. I can’t help but think Ike Taylor was hurt most by Ryan Clark’s absence – can’t think of why else he looked so awful! That said, I think they looked ahead and bought into the hype that they would handily beat Denver – for that, Tomlin has to take some blame.

  • Dave

    tebow magic can not be denied… 300 yards in a playoff game. He got it done. No mistakes. All home teams dominated playoffs this year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZF7HM264W67YC2CRMBWUQUQKE4 XLNT

    The pattern developed early…..Putting 8 guys on the line, daring Denver to pass. Geez, after Ike was shown to be so vulnerable, it’s no wonder they went right at him in OT. Apparently, Tomlin felt the Broncos were slow learners, blind, or both.

  • Larry

    Im a Raider fan and very pissed that F’n Denver won. Plus I live in Denver and these fans are talking stupid as hell. No DT-Hampton, NO DE-Keisel, No Ryan Clark, No Mendenhall, Injured Ben, No Poncy…. Yall just had way too many injuries. These fans are talkin like they beat a healthy Steelers team. Dam I hate these Bronco fans, Smh…

  • Brian

    usually a good assumption

  • Fu-Schnickens

    I’m so fed up with this company line BS that Tomlin gives out at the end of every game. Coach, you just got beat pretty soundly by a team that was a heavy underdog, and all that you’ve got is that you’re proud of the way the guys fought out there?!?! What a bunch of dung! I’m pretty sure that the Rooneys aren’t overly proud of the “way the guys fought out there.” I can think of several players that fought like they had their arms chopped off today – namely your entire defensive backfield. This is the best that you’ve got for the largest and most devoted fanbase in the world? Not even an, “I’m sorry that we let our fans down.” You ought to try it…a little humility goes a LONG way once in a while.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    One more thing…If this doesn’t spur the management to make some real changes this year (read that however you want), I don’t know what will. The majority of that performance tonight was terrible and embarrassing.

  • Axel718

    Taylor was not hurt by Clark’s absence because both safeties were up at the line of scrimmage. Clark would have been at the line of scrimmage and would have not been in any position to make a play anyway. Its the same defense that Tebow shredded in the second quarter. It was pretty simple, the steelers brought both safeties up to the line of scrimmage and Denver threw the ball deep and burned Taylor and William gay. Why Pittsburgh didn’t play their two deep zone and run blitz from that formation is beyond me……the secondary was just as bad as the o-line………one word for this game….. pathetic

  • Joelyboy5

    I’m tired of TOMLIN’s drivel. Same words, different day. …”we accept the responsibility for that”….. just what does that mean? Empty words. Shows his stubbornness and arrogance. Are we to think of him as a philosopher?

    I like Tomlin a lot, but IMO, he should have never played Ben in SF or Cleveland. If the ‘standard is the standard’ why doesn’t that apply to the QB position? If you don’t have confidence in Batch or Dixon, cut them and carry extra linemen. Is an 75-80% effective Ben better than a 100% Batch? Nothing says that Ben couldn’t be put in later if Batch was hurt or ineffective. I guess we’ll ‘accept the responsibility’ for that as well.

    Does Ben decide if Ben plays? With the title comes the responsibility for the decisions. It’s time we had an OC that call devise an offensive scheme that fully utilizes our plethora of offensive weapons. Someone with some imagination and creativity. Someone that create some rhythm. Someone who can make adjustments throughout the game if necessary. When the announcers call the play as you are lining up, I think you are a bit too predictable.

    And obviously too many people (coaches) read this week how Tebow could never beat us with the pass. First rule of battle, NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR ENEMY.

    This was as much (if not more) a loss by our coaches as it was the players. Yeah, I saw the dropped passes. Today, our players were not put in a position to win.

    At least we’ll get an earlier draft choice.

  • pghpatriot

    I’m tired of TOMLIN’s drivel. Same words, different day. …”we accept the responsibility for that”….. just what does that mean? Empty words. Shows his stubbornness and arrogance. Are we to think of him as a philosopher?

    I like Tomlin a lot, but IMO, he should have never played Ben in SF or Cleveland. If the ‘standard is the standard’ why doesn’t that apply to the QB position? If you don’t have confidence in Batch or Dixon, cut them and carry extra linemen. Is an 75-80% effective Ben better than a 100% Batch? Nothing says that Ben couldn’t be put in later if Batch was hurt or ineffective. I guess we’ll ‘accept the responsibility’ for that as well.

    Does Ben decide if Ben plays? With the title comes the responsibility for the decisions. It’s time we had an OC that call devise an offensive scheme that fully utilizes our plethora of offensive weapons. Someone with some imagination and creativity. Someone that create some rhythm. Someone who can make adjustments throughout the game if necessary. When the announcers call the play as you are lining up, I think you are a bit too predictable.

    And obviously too many people (coaches) read this week how Tebow could never beat us with the pass. First rule of battle, NEVER UNDERESTIMATE YOUR ENEMY.

    This was as much (if not more) a loss by our coaches as it was the players. Yeah, I saw the dropped passes. Today, our players were not put in a position to win.

    At least we’ll get an earlier draft choice.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Tomlin won’t take any of the blame. Knowing Tomlin, he will have already written off “last season” as if it were a thousand years ago and that’s the last we hear of it. Pfftttt…..whatever.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Newsflash…there were several chubs out there pretending to play o-line that are not legitimate nfl lineman. That’s been the story of this whole season. When you’ve got Scott playing left tackle, there’s a major liability – case in point.

  • V16smooth

    As a Steeler fan, I know how the Spanish Armada sailors felt. Gee, we were supposed to be invincible.

    Coach Tomlin based his game plan on the Kansas City tapes. He played right into Fox’s hands.

    Tim Tebow had an average pass length of thirty yards with a receiving corps rated below average. I’m going back to church!

    You would think after Denver got a fifteen point lead and was marching up and down the field, the Steelers would play the pass some. Was the guy who does dandruff shampoo commercials even there? I know he left before OT.

  • Butch_054

    Your team got out coached and out played. Tebow also had passes dropped. Tebow has something many do not have heart, honest, and gives credit to his players when they win, and takes all the blame when he loses. Plus he is a gamer, more so then most players in this league. They have ZERO players on their offense as WR,TE or QB that would be a number one on any other team. Have a so so defense that let you back in the game.So make all the excuses you want. Tebow played better then BIg Ben

  • Hawk_Eye

    Quit your crying! It’s not pretty!

  • Bonacci151

    Willam Gay needs to be cut CUT CUT CUT. This freakin guy gets burned every single week. If i was a QB and had to throw the ball, the first read and only read would be “who is 22 trying to cover. ppphhuucccck he sucks

  • Fwa2252

    At the days end, it comes down to Tomlim’s mis-management of the last 1:35 of the 4th quarter. Not only a missed T/O but play calling on the last offensive play. Pathetic. And worst, he’s made similar mistakes repeatedly this year. He needs to talk less, and study more.

  • Jockey31

    Best laid out words that I have ever read on this forum from a Raider fan. You sir are now in my opinion, “The King of Raider Fans”. Much respect….You summed it up better than half of my own people on here trying to put blame somewhere. Injuries, Bad adjustments and one too many big passes allowed…that’s why we are not in NE next week. Life goes on…..

  • Blk&Gld THEO

    gobibigben really like your post’s feel the same way u do, also think redman should be starter, and rashard traded while he still has value in other peoples eyes

  • Jsobrowski55

    One person to blame TOMLIN, do you forget where your money comes from?????

  • kevin

    Disagree. I don’t believe that Clark would have been that late in backing out of the final play. Mundy got turned around completely. That was his responsibility

  • Steelerfan

    Everyone giving negative comments on this thread is idiotic. Yes Ike Taylor played as bad as he could have. He is still a fantastic db it just happens he played the worst game of his career yesterday. As far as the Tomlin hate goes, it looks as if his game plan was terrible and its very easy for everyone watching to say he should have prepared differently, but I don’t understand why people think he should have been prepared for Time Tebow, who has trouble throwing a spiral, to throw for 300 yards, 200 coming to an unknown receiver who had the game of his life. Match-up wise, Ike Taylor will stop whoever Thomas 9 out 10 times it just so happened that the one game he didn’t was the one that was played. Ike Taylor is one of the best corner backs in the league while Mike Tomlin is arguably the best coach in the league and to even suggest that the Steelers would have had a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs this year without either of them is ridiculous and foolish. Mike Tomlin has 2 Super Bowl appearances in 4 years, something Bill Cowher who is a for-sure hall of fame coach couldn’t do so anyone calling for Tomlin to be fired is a complete idiot. He will be the Steelers coach for the next 15 years and will win at least 1 more, probably more, super bowls. Any “fan” of the Steelers who thinks that Mike Tomlin and Ike Taylor are the reasons we lost doesn’t know football and is either too stupid or ignorant to really understand the game and has no business “cheering” for the Steelers.

  • kevin

    Ike was almost completely stopped by the stiff-arm. That means that he must try to accelerate. Mundy was still running. That is the reason why Mundy could “catch up” to Ike.

  • supersanval

    Dear Mr. Mike Tomlin: Please work on learning how to direct the team on the 4th quater, and also learn to take risks!!!! for the love of God!!!!

  • Steelerfan

    Also, to even suggest that Dick Lebou, the best defensive coordinator to ever call a play, should be fired is beyond stupid. You’re right GoBigBen, it’s Dick Lebous fault that casey hampton, Kiesel, and Ryan Clark were hurt and couldn’t play. And despite being statistically the best defense all year, going 12-4, and having numerous shut-outs, because of this one fluke game where many starters were hurt the Steelers should fire all of their coaches including the best defensive coordinator ever and they should fire every line-backer and defensive lineman they have because of one bad game despite being statistically the best defense in the league. In fact GoBigBen, I think you should make a push at becoming the owner of the team with comments like that….

  • Black-n-Gold

    i agree with gobigben. the D did not dominate at all this season as shown by the lack of QB pressure and turnovers. IMHO our #1 rating and record was because of a weak schedule. this is bascially the same defensive scheme that blew all those 4th qtr leads in 2009, but I do have to hand it to cornell lake for improving the secondary this season. now if the schemes can improve we are back!

  • Steelerfan

    GriffingLambert…. you’re an idiot. You should email the Rooney’s and make a push at becoming the new coach…

  • Steelerfan

    Seems like you have it all figured out… maybe you should be become offensive coordinator. And you’re right, despite Tomlin being the youngest coach to ever win a superbowl and to have taken us to the superbowl 2 out of his 5 years and posting a 12-4 record this year he’s actually garbage and doesn’t know a thing about football. If only he were as football savy as you…

  • Steelerfan

    yeah the steelers offense really struggled. I mean our running back who battled injuries and an injured line had season with almost 1000 yards, both are recievers with over 1000 yards were terrible and our qb with over 4000 yards had an awful year as well. You’re absolultely right the offense sucked imagine the possibilities if you were calling the shots….

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Steelerfan, You clearly don’t get it, do you? The reason that people are upset is that a 12-4 record doesn’t mean squat if you don’t at least show up for a game that CLEARLY you should be able to win. Also, this team has played down to every opponent this season except for one. This is a classic case of underachieving which falls on coaching – nothing else. Sure, the Steelers have had success but this falls on a whole lot of people’s shoulders in addition to Mike Tomlin. The great coaches don’t just go to the Super Bowl, they win and they put a quality product on the field. That was not the case yesterday. If you want to support a team that simply goes to the playoffs and loses then perhaps you should think about becoming Bengalfan.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Look, mouthbreather…if you’re that complacent with a 12-4 season in which you are embarrassed in a Wildcard game versus a very average 8-8 team, then so be it. Perhaps I expect more than you although that goes without saying after reading some of your posts on this board which clearly show an egregious lack of critical ability.

  • redreamer

    If Tomlin relied solely on the KC tape to develop his game plan, he’s not as smart as he’s been given credit. It’s one thing to craft a strategy to shut down the run while forsaking pass coverage when you possess two shutdown corners or at least one. Pittsburgh doesn’t have any. I’m sick of hearing how good Ike Taylor is. He does a good job on run support and he is no better than adequate in pass coverage. He’s curentrly being paid as though he’s an elite corner. Taylor showed us yesterday that he’s not. Gay is a total embarassment. I don’t know his contract status, but he must be demoted on the depth chart at the very least and maybe even released. What has happened to Bryant McFadden? If he’s not better than Gay, it’s time to look for another occupation. I think it’s time for Tomlin to evaluate his own performance and that of his staff. Dick LeBeau may be one of the all time greats, but is the game starting to pass him by? Bruce Arians does nothing in his play calling to inspire confidence in the Steeler fan base. With a record of 12-4 it’s not easy to find fault with the staff. However, yesterday’s performance gave me reason to pause and reconsider. Denver had no business winning that game. The Steelers were outcoached and outplayed. If the purpose of an organization is to always strive for improvement, the results of this game signal the need to fix some problems that clearly exist. Let’s start by drafting a quality cornerback and acquiring an offensive lineman or two that know something about pass blocking.

  • Stevek

    Shells yeah! Fire that mother!
    Useless, I make better calls on the sofa or in the bath tub! Your fired for letting Ben play all 3 games!
    Don’t give me this team leader, needs to be out there, the guys need them. He demoralized them minute by minute while he was incapable of running or passing on his bad foot. Oh which caused interceptions.

    Fire his aash.

  • Stevekalnas

    Fire head coach now!

  • Svnglrf

    all i know is, i’ve been a die hard steelers fan for over 30 years now. all i can tell ya is, i don’t know who they shipped to denver but it wasn’t the steelers i know. these guys played like shit. dropped pass’s interceptions, sacks. wtf guys this was denver, you know like cleveland, come on

  • Robert E Michel

    Can’t blame this loss on anyone. Bronkos got lucky. See if their luck holds up against the Patriots.

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