Steelers vs. Broncos: Tomlin Tuesday
By Kim Myers
The Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin previews the upcoming matchup against the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos.
Fresh off the big division win in Cincinnati Mike Tomlin took to his usual Tuesday spot to address the media to review the previous game, update injury statuses, preview the upcoming game and answer questions.
On reviewing the 33-20 win over the Bengals Tomlin noted the success on third downs to be the biggest contributor for the team. The Steelers offense converted 8 of 14 third downs while holding the Bengals offense to 3 of 8.
Tomlin also noted that the specialists did a good job kicking the football. Chris Boswell was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals while Jordan Berry had two punts for a 49-yard average.
On the injury front the Steelers came away from a very physical game against the Bengals with minimal damage.
"“Mike Mitchell sustained a shoulder injury. We’ll monitor him throughout the week and let his availability from a practice participation standpoint be our guide. We anticipate it’s just going to be uncomfortable in that framework. Other bumps and bruises associated with playing, there were a few guys who came back from injury. Heath Miller, no ill effects of his rib injury, Ryan Shazier, Matt Spaeth, no ill effects outside from the norm for the knee injuries they’re playing through.” – Mike Tomlin"
When previewing the Denver Broncos Tomlin acknowledged them as the top defensive team in the league. In order for the Steelers offense to keep rolling the way that they have they’ll need to make sure they don’t create opportunities for the Broncos defense to make plays.
"“We have to minimize negativity. Before we talk about any of the positive things we’re capable of doing, or the way we choose to attack them, we just need to acknowledge how dangerous this defense is, and for us to have a winning performance we have to minimize negativity, and the type of negativity their defense is capable of creating.” – Mike Tomlin"
Tomlin made sure to single-out former Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who left the Steelers two years ago and signed with the Broncos in free agency.
"“I love that guy. He’s a quality player and a hard-working player.” – Mike Tomlin"
Tomlin was asked about the low hits on the Steelers, particularly the low hit from Vontaze Burfict on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and he dodged the question citing that he’d let the league handle that and he was focused on facing the Broncos.
Tomlin was asked about how much he appreciates the effort given by DeAngelo Williams, who has said he has the mindset of someone who doesn’t care about numbers or stats and just wants wins.
"“It’s probably common for 32-year old running backs with no Super Bowl ring. That is what he is. He was very clear about what he was searching for when he came here. That is one of the things that really attracts us to him. He means what he says in that he wants to win and be a part of it. Statistics are less important to him, winning is most important to him and I really appreciate that.” – Mike Tomlin"
Tomlin was also asked about the social media beef that has been going on since the game between the Bengals has ended and he responded with what he directed his team to do.
"“I’m just going to ask our guys to be professional. Stay away from that childishness.” – Mike Tomlin"
When Tomlin was asked if he’s up-to-date on the different playoff scenarios he explained that he’s only concerned with the Broncos right now.
"“I have not. I’m not concerned about it. There’s enough to be concerned about what’s going to transpire in Heinz Field on Sunday.” – Mike Tomlin"
And with that the team will re-take the practice field on Wednesday to prepare to face the Denver Broncos in hopes of securing a playoff spot.
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You can listen to Tomlin’s entire press conference right here.
Here we go Steelers! Here we go!