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Inside the Steelers: Mike Tomlin Press Conference

After two straight impressive performances in which the Pittsburgh Steelers crushed both the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, the team once again found itself mystified by one of the dregs of the league.

After dropping a shocking 20-13 snooze-fest of a game to the previously one victory New York Jets, the Steelers are now an astounding 1-8 in the last nine contests on the road against sub .200 teams. Not just sub .500, but sub .200!

Mike Tomlin assigned blame to the glaring amount of turnovers by the Steelers, which totaled four.

“I’m sure we can bounce around a myriad of things, but I tried to focus on what’s tangible, and on Sunday we turned the ball over and didn’t get any,” Tomlin said. “When those things happen, you have a tough time winning football games.”

Earlier this year, the Steelers fell victim to winless Tampa Bay, and narrowly escaped an 0-fer Jacksonville team. The Buccaneers and Jets have three combined wins, two courtesy of your Steelers. It is mind-numbing to think about.

Other quotes from Tomlin…

In regards to James Harrison being in during the goal-line play: “James has been practicing as a short-yardage and goal line fullback for a number of weeks. James is a talented guy. He likes running down the center of people … that’s an asset in goal line and we’re going to utilize it.”

On Mike Mitchell, who tried an ill-advised Polamalu Leap as the Jets were in Victory Formation: “Mike is an emotional guy and he’s new to us, learning how we do business,” Tomlin said. “He came over and said something to me prior to that sequence on the sideline and, to be honest with you, I couldn’t hear what he said. I just kind of acknowledged him, and nodded. I guess he assumed I gave him those instructions. … We don’t want to play football like that.”

Tomlin also addressed Veteran’s Day, in which he recognized all military personnel, as well as Steelers Practice Squad player Alejandro Villanueva, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army captain who has served active duty in Afghanistan. The Steelers will take Villanueva with them to the Monday Night match-up against the Tennessee Titans.

“It’s a sign of our appreciation for the sacrifice he made and all our men and women,” Tomlin said. “It’s very humbling. It’s great to have him be a part of us.”

To view the entire press conference, please click: Mike Tomlin Press Conference 11/11

 

Injury News

SS Troy Polamalu (Knee), LB Ryan Shazier (Ankle), and CB Ike Taylor (Forearm) will all miss the Titans game. Steve McClendon (Shoulder) is questionable, as is SS Ross Ventrone (Hamstring) and FS Shamarko Thomas (Hamstring).

 

Next Game

Monday Night, the (6-4) Pittsburgh Steelers travel to face the (2-7) Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Kickoff is at 8:30 pm.

 

 

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