Mike Tomlin Is Worried About Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media Monday after the Steelers lost 24-13 to the Washington Redskins.

On the game:
“We have gotten a little better in some areas but obviously not enough to win the game and that’s what we came to do. We didn’t get that done because we were highly penalized and that not only put us behind the drive and made conversions more difficult, but we actually converted a couple of third downs that were negated because of penalties. Obviously, we are not finishing drives. Execution needs to improve in that area. We turned the football over three times in the first half and it going to be difficult to win football games. There were some positive things and some things to build off of but we aren’t looking for comfort in that regard. We are going to watch this tape, grow from it and get better. We need to get better in a hurry and we will start that on Wednesday with the guys.”

On injuries:
“[Running back] Le’Veon Bell has a mid-foot injury and will have an MRI tomorrow. The rest of the injuries appear to be minor bumps and bruises. [Fullback] Will Johnson has a rib injury and I think he should be fine. [Running back] Baron Batch had a stinger. All of the other guys should be OK. [Running back] LaRod Stephens-Howling had a knee strain. He should be fine. He just wasn’t well enough to go tonight.”

On penalty problems in the first two preseason games:
“It is poor execution. I just told the guys we are not going to provide lip service. We have to practice how we intend to play. We may have an official or two at our practice next week to help us in that regard.”

On the play of running back Jonathan Dwyer:
“I thought he did some nice things, but obviously putting the ball on the ground doesn’t help him or us. But other than that, I thought he did some nice things. He had his moments.”

On quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s play:
“Obviously Ben was Ben. [The interception] was a nice play by their left outside linebacker [Ryan Kerrigan] and I’m not going to take anything away from him. Largely, I’m looking at this from a group standpoint and obviously we need to get better.”

On special teams:
“I saw some positive things in the area of special teams, but there was some negative there too. They had a few potential breakout punt returns. I thought [tight end] Mike Palmer did a nice job in two instances getting the guy on the ground, but we had some unblocked guys down there that didn’t make plays, and obviously unblocked men that are vying for jobs [have] got to make tackles.”

On what it says when the team holds and moves the ball but is unable to score points:
“It says that we are not playing with enough detail to win, to win in situational football, to win when the field gets short. When you’re not scoring touchdowns, when you’re moving the ball, when you’re possessing the ball but not ringing up the scoreboard… We’re lacking detail that is going to be required to finish drives, to finish games, etc. So we just have got to continue good work.”

On if he is concerned by the play of his offensive line:
“I’m not going to identify people. I’ll just say we collectively got to be better than we were tonight.”

On his level of frustration:
“I don’t get frustrated, I just deal with issues.”

Source: Washington Redskins Media

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