Steelers Mike Tomlin Post Game Press Conference Transcript – Bills – Week 10

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held his post game press conference following the 23-10 win Sunday to the Buffalo Bills and below is a transcript of what he had to say during the session courtesy of

Mike Tomlin: That was a good performance in a lot of areas by a lot of people, but particularly after the first initial drive there where we turned the ball over. I thought we were able to settle down and find rhythm and establish the running game and convert some third downs. I thought the defense was game today. A lot of quality efforts by a lot of people. On the injury front, we had a few. Shamarko Thomas had an ankle, LaMarr Woodley hurt his calf and Ramon Foster hurt his ankle as well. All three guys are being evaluated. I don’t know about their availability here moving forward. I’ll have more detailed information for you on Tuesday.

What was the biggest difference in your ability to stop the run?

Mike Tomlin: We tackled well. It’s fundamental. You maintain your ground, you shed blocks, you make tackles and you’re where you’re supposed to be. That’s what we were able to do.

Were guys getting sort of out of position the biggest thing holding you back?

Mike Tomlin: I’m not talking about the past. I’m just talking about what happened today, evaluating this performance. Guys did a nice job today.

Was that the kind of bounce-back performance you expected?

Mike Tomlin: Yes, it really was. It’s what they’re capable of and that’s the type of men we have.

Did you notice any different type of attitude coming off of last week’s game? Any kind of defiance or pulling together?

Mike Tomlin: It was appropriate. We had an embarrassing performance a week ago. You’ve got to swallow it and chew it, and we did. We didn’t let it stop our preparation, and obviously, you measure preparation on performance. So it was a good week.

How much of a factor was the wind in that game, particularly early on?

Mike Tomlin: It was a factor, but it was a factor for both teams. I’m not going to make it out to be something that it’s not. The ball hung up there. We threw an interception. The ball hung up here. They threw an interception. Both teams had punts that they wish they could have back, so forth and so on. That’s the nature of football when you play outside.

When you get into a game like that, having the running game like you had it going today becomes much more important, does it not?

Mike Tomlin: It is. It’s always important, but we didn’t have any hesitation about Ben’s [Roethlisberger] ability to cut to the wind. He’s a bad-weather guy. Playing in those types of conditions is something I think that he looks forward to.

The pundits talked about desperation. Do you think this effort was just more about discipline, as opposed to desperation?

Mike Tomlin: I don’t know about the pundits and all of that. We prepared and then we ultimately performed. That’s what we try to do week-in and week-out. Obviously, we did it with more success today than we did last week.

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    LMAO, you can’t make this press-conference nonsense up.

    “I’m not talking about ***the past***. I’m just talking about what happened today. Evaluating this performance. Guys did a nice job today. ”


  • CrazyTerry

    Tomlin, “swallow it and chewed on it”. That does not make one sense. he should concentrate on just saying what is on his mind instead of trying to coming up with cutesy phrases that are not even smart.

  • T R

    it actually makes a lot of sense.. y’all just always gotta say something negative…

  • T R

    what so funny bout that response..very appropriate response.

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    It makes sense to say:

    “I’m not going to talk about the past”

    Then, in fact, talk about the past?

    Do you understand verb tense?

    In fact, his comment in the context of the question didn’t even need the first sentence, given his second sentence?

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    You chew things after you swallow them?

  • CrazyTerry

    You chew things first then swallow them. Unless you are a cow. Maybe that’s what Tomlin was referring to? Swallow the loss and then regurgitate the details to ponder what went wrong. I don’t know if he really is that deep.

  • They won the could have won 100-0 and some people would complain

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    thanks for the highly germane and intelligent response.

  • Ha ha. Another spoiled Steelers fan.

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    translation “I got nothing”

  • Actually I have everything.

  • Luke Shabro

    Somebody who’s moniker is Fire.Mike.Tomlin is clearly highly intelligent and has a ration unbiased opinion. Go become a Dallas Cowboys fan, we don’t have room for fair weather crybabies around here.

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    “who’s moniker is”
    “has a ration unbiased opinion”
    *facepalm*. Cast those stones on intelligence, champ.

  • dude WTF are you talking about…enjoy the win. It was a successful day holy smokes

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    Chalk up another who doesn’t understand verb tense apparently….

  • It doesn’t really take a genius to understand what he was trying to say…at least if you have ever been involved in organized sports before – and no watching it on television doesn’t qualify.

    “You have got to swallow it” = accept the loss and own how bad your performance was

    “chew it” = analyze the details from the loss and learn from the mistakes made

    Thank GOD coaches do the coaching and perpetual complainers only get as far as these message boards…

  • seriously?? this is FOOTBALL…are we really having english class on this message board? again – enjoy the win and get ready to support your team next week. The Steelers just destroyed the Bills and we are arguing sentence structure. Unreal…

  • Kevin Gobleck

    You know we’ve won if he only says “Obviously” twice. now that is definatly some kind of record

  • Reader783

    Dude, you know exactly what Tomlin meant. To clarify for everyone else: “Fire.Mike.Tomlin” is saying that Tomlin is an idiot for saying he wouldn’t talk about the past and then proceeded to talk about the Bills game that technically happened in the past. Clearly we all know Tomlin was referring to past games, but “Fire.Mike.Tomlin” wants to make Tomlin look like an idiot. Good joke.

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    If his intended (and omitted) context is so easy to understand, why did he even say it? It was not* needed by the way he phrased the second sentence.
    But keep white knighting! He’ll totally call you someday.

  • Reader783

    Dude, get a life. We should totally fire Tomlin for the way he phrases his sentences. Go ahead, stay on the message boards all night and thumbs down everybody’s comments. Go find an actual reason to fire him rather than knit pick on his grammar, you look really intelligent that way.

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    How cute— you’re too incompetent to see I didn’t sign up here today just to post in this thread.
    How in the world do you manage to figure out how to turn your computer on ?

  • Reader783

    good one i guess. you win i suppose.

  • Fire.Mike.Tomlin

    ps , it’s “nitpick” not ‘knit pick’

  • Reader783

    Ah, darn, you got me! Fire me too!

  • Paul

    Tomlin’s press conferences are painful, why does anyone go to them?

  • carbolaw

    Everyone understands the game that happened hours before was in the past. However, what most of us also understand here is how to interpret the context of a comment based upon the question the comment is meant to answer. In this case, the past has a very specific, not general meaning. It is used in this context to define games prior to the current game – i.e. “I am talking about this week.” If we were to always use the literal rather than contextual definition of “the past” as you suggest here we really could stop all conversation by saying we are not talking about the past (i.e. a just a second ago engaged in some indiscretion, but we agreed not to dwell on the “past.”) Not only is your comment a stretch it does not paint you in a very positive light and sometimes you need to know when to accept and move on rather than digging a deeper and deeper hole.

  • pretty sure your moniker will be face plant when he is back next season.

  • Pretty sure it was an NFL press conference, not Mr. Smith’s 12th grade English. Who gives a””

  • Luke Shabro

    And I meant to write rational.
    I used poor grammar and spelling so you win this round, mystery man. Although I’m pretty sure Russ Grimm or Ken Whisenhunt is behind this account….

  • Just think how the coaches and players feel. They have to sit there and answer questions from these morons 2-3 times per week…

  • Some people just grasp at straws anything to say something bad, you just saw the anything.

  • yeah…normally I don’t get too worked up, but this time I couldn’t resist.