Mike Tomlin Post Game Press Conference – Browns – Week 12

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media in his post game press conference following the 20-14 loss Sunday in Cleveland to the Cleveland Browns and below is the audio.

Tomlin talked about the turnovers, the play of Charlie Batch and the injuries suffered in the game before taking several more questions about the game.

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Transcript:
Opening comments: That was an ugly performance. That is ours. We own it. When you turn the ball over the way we did today you are not going to beat anybody. That is just the reality of the National Football League. I am surprised it was that close given the turnover situation. We are not looking for comfort. We understand that we are not going to have much support after a performance like that. We probably deserve that. We have to go back to work and get back to playing fundamental football. We were highly penalized; we turned the ball over. When you do those things you are going to lose. I don’t care who’s playing quarterback.

Can you talk about Charlie Batch’s performance?
It wasn’t good enough.

Do you have an injury update?
No, not really. (LaMarr)Woodley had an ankle. Mike Adams had an ankle. I don’t know the extent of those injuries. They will be evaluated. I will have more for you on Tuesday.

Were you just trying to find a running back that can hold the ball?
Absolutely.

Were the problems uncharacteristic or more symptomatic of something else?
It really doesn’t matter. The reality of it is we didn’t do a good job of securing the football today. We didn’t do a good job of converting third downs. It was ugly.

Can you talk about the decision to sit Willie Colon?
He didn’t practice on Friday. He was listed on the injury report. He had pain in his knee. We thought there was a chance it was going to perk up and it didn’t. When he went through warm-ups we discovered he couldn’t do it. Unfortunately for him and us he wasn’t able to play.

Re: Timing of the turnovers
When you have that many turnovers you can frame it however you want to frame it. There were a bunch of them. Pick one, or two, or three.

Do you have any sense of getting any injured players back next week?
I hadn’t pondered that as I sit here right now. Obviously those are top of the week things. Right now I am just thinking about this performance we just put out there.

Re: Switching running backs because of fumbles
They were fumbling the ball. We are going to play people that can secure the football. After everybody does it, obviously there aren’t many choices left.

Did Mike Wallace give enough of an effort on the deep ball that was picked off?
Yes.

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  • JT

    Had Colon been healthy, would it have been likely for him to slide over to RT and legs come in at LG when Adams went down?

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Respect to Tomlin for not sugar coating anything about this game. He was right to bench any fumbler to send message. Someone needs to pay for 7 turnovers though. Coaches need to pay for not coaching players to avoid getting stripped of ball. Lousy coaching this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000466875372 David Smith

    The press should be talking to the GM. I’d like to know if they still feel the need to keep 30+ y/o back-ups going into the future. Yes, Tomlin owns this loss too I think the front office has adopted the Donald Rumsfeld Doctrine, “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or you wish you had”. While other teams have Richardsons, Keapernicks and Lucks, we have to fight with guys on their way to retirement. Sad…

  • John A Stewart

    JERROD JOHNSON 60 PCT PASS COMPLETED IN THE PRESEASON AND KNOWS THE OFFENCE AND CAN RUN ALSO 6’5 225 POUNDS AND YOU CUT HIM ARE YOU KIDDING. HOW LONG DO YOU THINK BEN CAN PLAY UNTIL IS 50 TOMLIN LIKE YOU ALWAYS SAY THE STANDARD IS THE STANDARD LOL YOU LET A STANDARD GO JERROD JOHNSON.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Right on. Preaching to the choir.

    Haley’s preparation should be called Preparation H.

  • Tim Culligan

    I wanted JJ to make the roster over Batch, but before camp the decision was already made, as you saw when they didnt give him any 1st team reps.

  • John A Stewart

    TOMLIN IS THE KIND OF COACH IF HE DON’T LIKE YOU HE WILL GET RID OF YOU AKA TONY HILLS OR CB JOE BURNET THIS GUY INHERIT THIS TEAM THAT’S WHY HAVE A TEAM FULL OF VETS.HOW COME OUR YOUNG PLAYER’S AFTER TO WAIT AT LEAST 2 YEARS TOO SEE THE FIELD.WE HAVE ILB NAME MARSHELL MCFADDEN.CHECK OUT IS HIGHLIGHTS HE’S A BEAST THEY KEPT PUTTING HIM ON THE PRACTICE SQUARD WHEN THEY SHOULD BE GROMMING TO PLAY FOOT POSITION PLEASE CHECK OUT HIS HIGHLIGHTS.

  • calisteelerfan

    You got rocks for brains. No one expects Ben to play til he is 50, at 30 years he is entering his prime as a QB. Running backs are old at 30, not QBs. If you had perspective, you might have realized this. Many teams carry 2 QBs, the fact the Steelers carried the most experienced through the season was not a bad decision. You don’t have a crystal ball and have no way of knowing they would be on their third option. Batch was 5-2 in relief heading into today’s game. Jerrod with his 60 percent passing rate against scrubs that have mostly been cut, to YOU would make sense over a QB that had 3 years as an NFL starter under his belt BECAUSE you are an idiot. If the RBs hold on to the ball, STEELERS WIN, if Plexico or Wallace come back to the ball or make the adjustment thwarting the picks STEELERS WIN. Morons like you lay it all on Batch’s feet but you only display your ignorance by doing so. And all you STEELER “FANS” that are calling for coaches to be fired and stuff can take your asses to the Browneyes, Bungles or Ratbirds and keep to the trash you are.

  • John A Stewart

    HEY JERK OFF WE NEED TO DEVELOP OUR YOUNG PLAYERS YOU MEAN YOU RATHER HAVE 2 OLD BACKUP QBS PAST THEIR PRIMES YOU LET A YOUNG DIXON GO AND YOUNG JERROD JOHNSON.WHAT I SAID MEAT HEAD WAS DO TOMLIN EXPECTS BEN TO PLAY IN HIS 50’S JERK OFF AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO DEVELOP QB IN CASE OF EMERGENCY YOU IDIOT THE STANDARD IS THE STANDARD.

  • Buccos9

    You can blame Burress or Wallace all you want, but they weren’t the ones bouncing throws in front of receivers or sailing the ball over their heads. Batch threw for no TDs and had three picks, with a QB rating of 38.7 today. Forget his 5-2 record. That’s the past, and not the recent past. The man cannot throw deep or even fire a pass across the field to the sideline with any zip, His arm is toast. Fans are right to wonder why he was kept on the roster. It’s not unreasonable to question whether it was a good decision to keep an experienced QB who has lost most of his skill instead of keeping a younger QB with a good arm and running ability. I think Tomlin made the wrong choice.

  • Buccos9

    Mendenhall was carrying the ball like a loaf of bread, away from his body, on the first fumble. It’s not the first time he’s done that, and there’s no excusing it. Dwyer’s fumble and Rainey’s were the results of really hard hits. It was almost impossible to see what happened to Redman.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Right on. And Mendenhall never learned to stop carryingIt like that, he acts too stupid to learn.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Bah wah crybaby. Sorry u got rejected from trying out for cheerlleader. But smart folks would rather see our team get fixed. Encouage mediocrity & thats what u get.