Mike Tomlin Bengals Post Game Press Conference – Week 7

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met the media following the 24-17 win Sunday night over the Cincinnati Bengals and here is the audio and recap of the post game press conference.

Tomlin said it was a big AFC North road victory for the team at that guys did what was necessary to win the game. Tomlin liked the contributions of the guys that stepped in for all of the injured players tonight that were out for the game. Tomlin said hopefully they can build upon that. Tomlin said when they got themselves in a hole tonight and that the first thing they had to do is stop digging.

Tomlin said the team came through the game relatively injury free. Linebacker Adrian Robinson may have concussion and he is being evaluated. Safety Will Allen turned his ankle but it doesn\’t appear to be significant.

Tomlin praised the play of tight end Heath Miller tonight and said that it is inline with what he has done all year. Tomlin also said that it was good to get linebacker LaMarr Woodley back on the field tonight as well.

Tomlin added that when you turn the ball over and are highly penalized you put yourself behind the eight ball, but that the guys didn\’t blink.


Coach Tomlin following the Bengals game:

Opening Remarks: That was a big AFC North road victory for us. Guys did what was necessary. Obviously we were playing without a few guys. I liked the contributions of the men that stepped up in their place. It was what was needed. Hopefully we can build upon it is what we talked about in there. We got ourselves in a hole; the first thing we have to do is stop digging. We did that tonight. We’ll review this tape tomorrow and continue to push forward. Now we have to build on it. It looks like we came through this game relatively injury free. Adrian Robinson may have a concussion; he is being evaluated for that. Other than that we are pretty clean from an injury standpoint, which is good. Will Allen turned his ankle, doesn’t appear to be significant.

Re: Heath Miller
Heath gives us consistent effort and performance on a week in and week out basis. Sometimes when we are victorious it gets highlighted, as it should. His performance tonight is in line with what he has done for us all year.
Can you talk about having LaMarr Woodley back and the interception?
It was a big play for us but we would like to think they all are capable of delivering those types of plays. He was the man in that instance. Obviously LaMarr Woodley in a helmet assists us in our effort and it was good to have him back out there.

Was this a bounce back game for Ike Taylor?
I will let you guys be the judge of that. We played winning football. He was a part of that. He did what we asked him to do. It was good overall team effort in all three phases.
Re: Offensive line and guys stepping in
Fortunately and unfortunately those guys, although they aren’t starters they are experienced. We played a lot of ball over the last few years with Doug Legursky. Arrow is pointed up with Mike Adams. We are optimistic about what he is capable of being. It wasn’t a situation where we went into it with negative thoughts. We were excited about watching those guys play and seeing what they were capable of doing, particularly Mike Adams. They answered the bell as they should. They are capable men. We were able to have a good, well-rounded attack on offense running and throwing.

Can you talk about the defense holding A.J. Green?
Big time ball for us. Like we said it was a collective effort. Rush, coverage, Dick (LeBeau) called a good game. He mixed in some zones. It was necessary to get us out of there.

Talk about the penalties and the turnovers, do they make it harder on your club?
That is the nature of NFL football. When you are highly penalized and turn the ball over you are going to put yourself behind the eight ball. But the guys didn’t blink. They didn’t. It’s a testament to them. We were able to settle down and get our jobs done.

Re: Mike Wallace
The tape is the tape. He’s got to catch the ball in a consistent manner. He didn’t do it tonight. We’ll get back to work tomorrow and hopefully he will be better next week.

Was there confusion on the two-point conversion?
We wanted to take a time out and we are allowed to do that by rule. He said that we weren’t. I guess he assumed we were the team that took the time out prior to us wanting to take the time out. The Cincinnati Bengals took that time out so we should have been given that time out. But we weren’t. The guys didn’t blink. They executed and got the two points.

  • Pete

    I can’t remember a more penalized Steeler team and I’ve been watching quite a while. How many returns in a row did special teams penalties wipe out good returns? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

    I honestly didn’t expect the Steelers to extract themselves from the early bumbling of dropped passes and penalties on returns. But the good news is the play of guys who haven’t seen a lot of snaps. The more they play the better they will get. I thought Mike Adams played well. Rainey did well also especially in the return game, and Dwyer, the kid can run. For a rag tag O line, they held up well made good holes for the running game and protected Ben for the most part.

    On defense, I thought Lewis played well and if he can keep going he’ll be a big part of the future, Taylor had some trouble early but settled down. We didn’t hear a lot of “AJ Green” – 1 reception for 8 yds and a TD. That was it for him. This was a great win and hopefully they can build from this and fix what needs fixing.

  • Tim Culligan

    Our biggest issues are all self-inflicted ones. Penalties on Special Teams really makes it hard to win the field position battle. Dropped balls can really set a drive back. Thankfully, Roethlisberger is so darn good on 3rd down that these kind of things are masked a little.

    I thought the offense played to what we can expect. 35 minutes, good 3rd downs, 22-27 points…. the big difference today was the defense. They did a great job on 3rd downs for most of the game, and dared Andy Dalton to find other WRs than Green by doubling him. Against Peyton and his 2 great WRs, that won’t work, but for mediocre QBs let them beat us. Keenan played well, Big Snack and Kiesel had a few nice pressures. But after a weak first quarter on defense, the group really stepped up. Much bigger challenge this weekend. Lets hope we can get Troy back to help stop this RG3 character.

  • Don

    I generally feel that the offensive line is much more important than the who’s running the ball. And while I was pleasantly surprised with how the OL played tonight, I have to give more of the credit to Dwyer. On the 14-yd run he made near midfield on the last drive, Peko had a clean shot at him right in the hole and Dwyer just ran right over him. He looked strong and quick. Just fantastic.