Steelers Tomlin Post Game, Turn the Page, Ben Blames Himself
The Pittsburgh Steelers season ends in the Wild Card round to hands of the hated rival Baltimore Ravens. It’s a tough pill to swallow and it’s not going to feel good for a while. Steelers season never truly ends here at Still Curtain so we’ll be here all offseason looking for mentions of your Black & Gold to have you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Jan. 4th.
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Tomlin Post Game
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media following the 30-17 loss to Baltimore and answered questions based on the performance. He was asked about how the offense’s settling for field goals early on affected the rest of the game.
"“It’s an element of it but we were down by one at the half. You don’t like settling for field goals. We acknowledged it at the front of the week that this was a stingy red zone defense. They were No. 2 in the red zone in the NFL. We knew it’d be tough sledding. But to be down on at the half we didn’t feel negative about our positioning. You can always look back with 20/20 vision and talk about things that were significant, but at the midway point we were in a close football game.” –Mike Tomlin"
Turn the Page
Dejan Kovacevic of DK on Pittsburgh Sports takes this time following the Steelers loss to Baltimore to predict which Steelers we’ve seen for the last time. Particularly names like Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, Ike Taylor, and Brett Keisel. He also takes the time to mention that Steelers DC Dick LeBeau is 77 years old.
That seems to be a go-to move when criticizing the Steelers defense of this year as if they’d all somehow play better, penalty-free football if their coordinator was a few decades younger. DK also suggests the team part ways with the likes of
and evenMarcus Gilbert
. DK interviews some of the veterans to get their opinions on the outlook for the youngsters on the team going forward.
Ben Blames Himself
As he often does with losses, particularly when he has caused turnovers in those losses, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger places the blame of the 30-17 loss to the Ravens squarely on his own shoulders. ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown caught Ben’s comments in the dejected locker room following the loss.
"“I didn’t play well enough to win, and guys look at me as the leader and the quarterback to make plays and I didn’t do that. I want to apologize to the fans, my teammates, to the organization, to the Rooneys and to the coaches. I wish that I could apologize to everybody individually.” – Ben Roethlisberger"