Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin talks following Thursday night’s loss to the Ravens.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin: It was a disappointing effort for us. A lot of self-inflicted wounds are going to prevent you from being in football games like that. We turned the ball over too often. We were highly penalized, particularly on the drives that they were able to manufacture and produce points. We were highly penalized defensively. Those two things are a lethal combination. You turn the ball over, you are highly penalized, you’re extending drives. You are going to lose football games like that and we did tonight. I’m not going to accept it, they can’t accept it. It happened tonight, but we’ve got to make the necessary corrections to move forward and make sure it doesn’t happen again. These games are too precious.
Last week you talked about communication issues with the defense. Was this more of an execution issue?
There wasn’t any issue. We turned the ball over and were highly penalized. That’s why we lost the football game.
Is there anything you can do to eliminate the penalties?
Yeah, we have to play cleaner. We have to play cleaner. We have to play better technically and cleaner.
Re: Ben Roethlisberger missing some throws
It wasn’t a winning performance by any of us.
Re: Coverage problems against their tight ends
It wasn’t significant in determining the outcome of the game. You drop back, you throw, you are going to catch some. The story from my perspective, until I watch the tape, is what I told you.
Re: The early fumble by Justin Brown having an impact
It’s a game of 60 minutes. The outcome of the game is not going to be defined in the initial moments of the game, whether it’s positive or negative. We did too much of what I outlined over the course of 60 minutes.
Re: Injury update
A bunch of bumps and bruises. Steve McLendon had a shoulder and wasn’t able to return. I’ll have an update for you at the appropriate time. I don’t have anything other than that.
Re: Lawrence Timmons injury
He went back into the game.
Re: Ryan Shazier coming out of the game for Sean Spence
We are going to roll people. We’ve got capable guys. Sean Spence is a capable guy. We played them both.