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Post Game Quotes from Mike Tomlin

(On the game)

“That’s a good road victory for us. We don’t take these for granted. We came into a hostile environment versus an undefeated team and we did the job. Hats off to a lot of people, but you really got to tip a hat to Charlie Batch. What he was able to do for us today. He played like a veteran. This guy hasn’t had a lot of opportunity, not only in recent years, but recent days, weeks, or months. He didn’t blink. He has been a consummate professional and team player. Good things usually happen to those kind of people. That’s a lesson a lot of young people in our locker room could learn from here today. Hopefully they will. A lot of congratulations to go around, just a total team effort and one I’m excited for the men in that locker room.”

(Play of the offensive line not being 100% going into the game today)

“We are kind of getting used to that. Today, Ramon Foster played and he is the last active guy on our offensive line to play this year. They have all played and they have all played extensively. It’s kind of a benefit when you look at it. We are learning a lesson that maybe some other teams are going to learn later in the year and we are finding ways to win while we do it. So when you win, it’s a positive thing. I like the contribution of all the people participated. Doug Legursky, Ramon Foster played some, Jonathan Scott rotated at the tackle. It was a nasty muggy day out there, so we had to play some folks. They upheld the standard and so it was a good performance.”

(On the standard and accountably of the team regardless of who is out there)

“Not extraordinarily. I mean what I say when I say I expect them to uphold a standard. The standard is winning. The eleven on the field represent us. They are capable and they embrace it.”

(Take shots down the field with S Tanard Jackson out)

“I wasn’t sure. We knew we potentially had to, because we knew they would pack the line of scrimmage early. Didn’t feel great about it, but had to do it, because we knew how they were going to play. They didn’t waste any time getting the 35 down there in the box early on.”

(On going back and starting Charlie Batch against Atlanta or Tennessee)

“Man, I don’t get do overs. I don’t live in that world. I’ll let you guys talk about that. Right now we are 3-0 and we are getting ready for Baltimore.”

(Up 21-6 at half and turning loose)

“Our glass is half-full. We have a great deal of trust in all of our men but in, particularly Charlie [Batch]. He is a veteran guy. He’s not careless with the ball, so you want to give guys the opportunity to play to win, and that’s what we wanted to do. They did a nice job executing.”

(On if there was miscommunication on the first interception)

“No, Aqib Talib, I think just did a nice job of going low on the shoulder on a shallow cross. He was running up field shoulder until he got to the point of the ball. He just made a play that young talented guys make. He is one of the young talented corners in the league, no doubt.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. mark

    September 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Tomlins honesty is great! He seems to say the right things. I like the fact that he doesnt chicken out when it comes to “who represents the team” When he says that the 11 guys out there represent the Steelers is a great way of setting the standard and making it stick! Last year, the “unleashing hell” statement came back to bit him and the Steelers but that was his hope and the feeling he was trying to get across.
    I also like the fact that he doesnt take other teams and other players for granted. He assesses talent on both sides and comments when you ask him to. Good for Tomlin for getting a disaster of an off-season to a 3-0 start!

    • The Tony

      September 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      Very true Mark. It is especially nice that Tomlin doesn’t blame others when things go wrong (via Jeff Fisher and Ray Lewis). Right now Tomlin without a doubt needs to be praised and be given the C.O.Y. Award for what he has done for the Steelers. Our organization is dominant for a reason! I am extremely exciting to get Ben back and continue this season of dominance! Lets bring Number Seven back to the Burgh!

  2. DrGeorge

    September 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    During the pre-season, everyone speculated about the quality of our offensive line, and the Steelers were so concerned they hired two solid free agents, J. Scott and F. Adams. At that time, I beat the drum for Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster and expressed the belief that if they and Pouncey stepped up, the Steelers would be playoff bound. Against T. Bay, all of them came through. Pouncey is a major improvment. Legursky and Foster both have outplayed Trai Essex at OG in my estimation, and J. Scott is at least as effective as Adams at RT. Plus, Chris Scott, a very promising OT, is still on the PUP list. The new O-line coach, Sean Kugler, deserves a lot of credit for managing his charges through the recent injuries to his starters, recognizing the talent he has and adapting to it, and having the back-ups ready to play. For the first time in years, we have depth in the O-line. If the starting five gets a chance to develop a little continuity and timing by playing together consistently, the O-line debate will soon be forgotten. The stout Ravens’ defensive front offers a timely benchmark for judging just how far our O-line has come and how far Arians more balanced attack is going to go. Right now the sky’s the limit.

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