Mike Tomlin held his standard in-season weekly press conference today, and as we will always do, let’s take another look at some of the best nuggets from Coach’s words.
Mike Tomlin, to no surprise liked some of the things his football team was able to do against the Browns, but also acknowledged that they were far from perfect. The Steelers certainly won ugly in Cleveland and Tomlin knows they have a lot to work on.
Tomlin was pleased with the offense’s ability to close out the game after the Browns scored and converted a two-point conversion to make the score 21-18. Antonio Brown made a great play on the final drive followed by a nice run by Le’Veon Bell that ultimately put the icing on the cake for Pittsburgh. Tomlin also acknowledged that his team was penalized far too many times on Sunday and that was a big reason why the offense struggled.
“The reality is, when you are penalized like we were in the game, you are going to lose your balance, it’s going to put you behind chains, thus you are going to lose some third downs, you’re not going to get as many snaps as you’d like, and the point total is going to reflect it.”
Defensively, the head coach was happy with their ability to get pressure on the quarterback, which ultimately resulted in seven sacks. Also, the defense was able to shut down the run, which is key to defense. If you can’t stop the run, it will be a long day at the office for any defense. The Steelers have traditionally been stout against the run and Sunday was no different. They held the Browns to a total of 57 yards on the ground. Tomlin also mentioned how the 13 penalties hurt his defense as a lot of the fouls were committed on “possession downs.”
In regards to Stephon Tuitt:
“Man, it’s really positive compared to what it could be. His injury to his bicep is not season ending.”
Most heard the reports come out Monday that Tuitt’s injury was not season ending and even some players confirmed that, but to hear Mike Tomlin say it was music to Steelers Nation’s ears. Tuitt is a very talented young player and he is vital to the success of the Steelers defense. Tuitt has a chance to play Sunday against the Vikings according to Tomlin, but ultimately Tuitt’s practice participation will decide that.
J.J. Wilcox is in the concussion protocol after reporting concussion like symptoms on Monday. Wilcox delivered a big blow at the goal-line to Corey Coleman that knocked him out for a few moments.
The Steelers will start preparation for the Vikings tomorrow as they will hold their first practice of the week.
We have re-signed LB Steven Johnson, and terminated LB L.J. Fort.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 12, 2017