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AngryAsian
11-10-2008, 04:32 AM
MIKE TOMLIN

"Can you evaluate Ben Roethlisbergerís performance?

Well, you know, not up to snuff because we lost. Thatís how I evaluate everyoneís play. The quarterback position of course is in line with that. Sometimes they get a little bit too much credit when you win, and a little bit too much blame when you lose. Weíre looking to win. Thatís how he looks at it. Thatís how I look at it. Thatís how the rest of those guys in that locker room look at it.

How restricted was his ability to throw deep?

Youíd have to ask him that.

What happened on the first interception?

I donít have the details of it at this point. It was a nice catch by (Keiwan) Rat(liff).

Howís the moral of the defense, coach, after playing so hard?

Hey, we are a football team. We donít play the moral-victory game and we donít point fingers. Theyíre just like everybody else in this locker room. We lost this game today. You wonít find that in our locker room.

How would you estimate Benís health on a percentage basis?

I wouldnít. But Iím not going to make that the story and neither is he. He was well enough to play today. The standard is the standard of expectation.

How bad is Deshea Townsendís injury?

Itís a hamstring. I think in the next couple of days weíll get some clarity about the severity of it, but when you play corner and you see a guy go down like that itís generally not good. Weíll cross our fingers.

Whatís your take on the two balls that Ike Taylor tipped?

He didnít catch them and they did. Itís the difference in the outcome of games at times when youíve got closely matched football teams. Their guys pulled them in; our guys didnít.

Whatís Willie Parkerís situation?

Heís got a shoulder injury. Mewelde Moore played this week. Weíre hopeful heís well enough to play next week. Weíll see where he is.

How about LaMarr Woodley?

Same thing. That calf injury heís been battling a little bit, it didnít come around enough for him to participate. Again, LaMarr is a young guy, heís a second-year guy, heís not the kind of guy who can miss quality practice reps and show up at a stadium and play winning football. Weíve got enough quality depth that we felt we could play healthy football. He wasnít able to practice this week, so we went with Lawrence Timmons.

Ben threw a lot of short ones. Were they just giving those to him?

When you play the Colts, theyíre going to build an umbrella defense and theyíre going to invite you to throw the short ones, if you will, and theyíre going to bank on you being impatient and try to test them vertically. When you do that, you get sacked and you throw picks. Our game plan was we were going to take what they gave to us. We were able to convert third downs checking the ball down to Mewelde Moore and Matt Spaeth. That is how you play when you play the Colts. Games dome down to finishes and they specialize in finishes. They played their game.

Did you think about going for a touchdown when you kicked the last field goal?

There was a thought. It was obvious that we lost some grass on the third-down attempt. We only had two tight ends. Max Starks had declared himself eligible. In order for us to take a shot at it, he would have had to come out of the game. Semantics. When you lose ground like that on third down, you do not want to leave there with a negative taste in your mouth. We took the points.

Why did you have so much trouble running the ball against their small front?

They are very good at moving. That is how they offset their size. Their movement is exceptional with their front. They stunt. They shoot gaps. They have a guy who plays strong safety who is going to be around the line of scrimmage. He is pretty good so they move him around. Sometimes he is on the tight end side. Sometimes heís on the open side. They deserve credit for that.

Why did Troy Polamalu played Timmonsí linebacker spot in the dime all second half?

Because when they go three wideouts and a tight end, they are throwing the ball. If you want to play some man concepts, then you want to have Troy on a guy like Dallas Clark. We thought that was an advantageous matchup as opposed to having Lawrence on a guy like him. Not that Lawrence is incapable of doing those things. That is just the route that we went in the second half trying to contain No. 44.

Was Troy expecting help on the Coltsí last touchdown?

I think that was not Troyís man. There was a little miscommunication there. That is why you win and why you lose sometimes. They executed and we didnít.

Are you concerned about Benís confidence?

No. I am not concerned about his confidence. He is our quarterback because he is. If you play that position in this league, you have to remain unwavered. I expect him to, and Iím sure that he will.

HINES WARD

You guys were missing by inches. Does a QB missing practice lend itself to that?

I donít know. Iíve seen Ben miss a lot of practice and have great, flawless games. They made more plays than we did in crucial situations. We didnít score and we ended up kicking a field goal; we threw two interceptions; the tipped balls. In the course of a game like this there are usually five plays that determine the outcome of the game. That was the big difference in the game.

Do you feel like you let one slip away?

Yeah. No question. Thatís why it hurts because we had them down 17-7. They came back, we went back and forth. We scored a field goal rather than putting it in the end zone and go up 20-17. We get the ball back and turn it over. For us, we feel like we had control but we let it slip away.

Was Ben restricted in his ability to throw deep?

They played cover 2. Theyíre not going to let us throw the ball deep and let guys make plays. We drove the ball and converted third downs. You guys expecting big plays every week are going to be disappointed. Defensive coordinators are not going to let us do that. Today we took our one shot down the field and I came up with a huge catch. When you play a lot of cover 2, they try to defend the big play. They wanted to see if we could methodically drive the ball down the field, and we did. We did that all day. We just didnít finish drives off.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER

How tough is this one?

Itís tough. You never like to lose an AFC game and itís tough to lose like that.

Did your shoulder affect you at all?

Iíll never come back with an excuse. I donít care what it is: shoulder, thumb. No excuses. You have a game like that and itís disappointing.

Youíre obviously taking this personal. Could you explain?

If this was an individual sport and I lost the game, I wouldnít feel so bad. Letting the guys down, letting your teammates down, it hurts. You never hear me say ĎI anythingí but I lost this game. It hurts.

What happened on the interceptions?

The first one I didnít see Tone (Holmes) on the three-step (drop), and by the time I found him it was late and I shouldnít have thrown it. The second one, I thought he was coming under and I made the mistake and threw it quick, but his route was a return route and I made a mistake.

Can you stay sharp when you donít practice?

I donít think itís that big of an issue because Iím taking the mental reps and Iím seeing everything thatís going on out there, so itís not as tough as it may seem. Itís just coming out and executing.

What was the game plan on the last play?

Well, it wasnít a plan, just everybody go deep real quick. I was going to try to spike it, but realized it was fourth down so I told everybody to go and got a chance to let Nate (Washington) get down there and let him try to jump for it.

You had goal-to-go at the 1 and settled for a field goal. How critical was that?

It was frustrating. We take pride in getting down there and getting in. We ran the same play and couldnít get in. Thatís how we scored our touchdowns before and I canít take anything away from them because they stopped us and they played great.

How would you assess your accuracy?

I thought we did good. I thought we moved the ball up and down the field when we had to. A lot of guys stepped up. Matt Spaeth did a great job today and Mewelde, again, out of the backfield seemed like he had about 20 catches.

Do you guys have to learn how to close?

Itís frustrating because you feel like you played well and the turnover at the end of the half, and the turnover at the end, itís frustrating. I take it on myself. I let the guys down, offense and defense, but the good thing, if there is one, is that itís not the end of the season. Weíll come back and weíve got another big one this week.

Have you felt this way aver a game in a while?

No, not in a long time. When you feel like itís your fault, it really hurts.

Why canít you get the running game going?

Theyíre really fast and they were moving all over the place. Weíll have to evaluate.

How do you feel physically?

Iím more drained emotionally than anything. I feel ok.

Was there miscommunication on the second pick?

It was just a mistake on my part. I thought he was going to keep coming and he did what he was supposed to do. He was supposed to stop and go back out, and I tried to get it to him quick and let him run with it, and I tried to get it to him quick and forgot he was going back out.

http://pit.scout.com/2/810022.html

Mel Blount's G
11-10-2008, 04:42 AM
Whatís your take on the two balls that Ike Taylor tipped?

He didnít catch them and they did.
:x :arrow: :| :arrow: :lol: Master of the understatement.

Which is a standard head coaching skill it would seem.


Thanks for posting these AS

SanAntonioSteelerFan
11-10-2008, 09:59 AM
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BEN ROETHLISBERGER

How tough is this one?

Itís tough. You never like to lose an AFC game and itís tough to lose like that.

Did your shoulder affect you at all?

Iíll never come back with an excuse. I donít care what it is: shoulder, thumb. No excuses. You have a game like that and itís disappointing.

Youíre obviously taking this personal. Could you explain?

If this was an individual sport and I lost the game, I wouldnít feel so bad. Letting the guys down, letting your teammates down, it hurts. You never hear me say ĎI anythingí but I lost this game. It hurts.

What happened on the interceptions?

The first one I didnít see Tone (Holmes) on the three-step (drop), and by the time I found him it was late and I shouldnít have thrown it. The second one, I thought he was coming under and I made the mistake and threw it quick, but his route was a return route and I made a mistake.

Can you stay sharp when you donít practice?

I donít think itís that big of an issue because Iím taking the mental reps and Iím seeing everything thatís going on out there, so itís not as tough as it may seem. Itís just coming out and executing.

What was the game plan on the last play?

Well, it wasnít a plan, just everybody go deep real quick. I was going to try to spike it, but realized it was fourth down so I told everybody to go and got a chance to let Nate (Washington) get down there and let him try to jump for it.

You had goal-to-go at the 1 and settled for a field goal. How critical was that?

It was frustrating. We take pride in getting down there and getting in. We ran the same play and couldnít get in. Thatís how we scored our touchdowns before and I canít take anything away from them because they stopped us and they played great.

How would you assess your accuracy?

I thought we did good. I thought we moved the ball up and down the field when we had to. A lot of guys stepped up. Matt Spaeth did a great job today and Mewelde, again, out of the backfield seemed like he had about 20 catches.

Do you guys have to learn how to close?

Itís frustrating because you feel like you played well and the turnover at the end of the half, and the turnover at the end, itís frustrating. I take it on myself. I let the guys down, offense and defense, but the good thing, if there is one, is that itís not the end of the season. Weíll come back and weíve got another big one this week.

Have you felt this way aver a game in a while?

No, not in a long time. When you feel like itís your fault, it really hurts.

Why canít you get the running game going?

Theyíre really fast and they were moving all over the place. Weíll have to evaluate.

How do you feel physically?

Iím more drained emotionally than anything. I feel ok.

Was there miscommunication on the second pick?

It was just a mistake on my part. I thought he was going to keep coming and he did what he was supposed to do. He was supposed to stop and go back out, and I tried to get it to him quick and let him run with it, and I tried to get it to him quick and forgot he was going back out.

http://pit.scout.com/2/810022.html

I actually feel hopeful in that Ben seems to have a very objective view of his interceptions, and other mistakes. "I didn't see him ...", "I thought he was supposed to turn in but I was wrong ...".

Not that I'm an expert, but I think the first step in getting better is to know what the problem is. There's no denial there that I can see, which is something to hang some hope on.

Thank you for posting, AS. (Or is it just "A" now? Are you like Prince, are you planning on migrating to simply an unpronouncable symbol of some sort soon? Are we witness to the birth of a ... Star Child? :shock:

Iron Shiek
11-10-2008, 11:40 AM
You had goal-to-go at the 1 and settled for a field goal. How critical was that?

It was frustrating. We take pride in getting down there and getting in. We ran the same play and couldnít get in. Thatís how we scored our touchdowns before and I canít take anything away from them because they stopped us and they played great.


Phuck this! I can't even comment on this....I'm so pi$$ed reading that. Nice logic there guys.

blacknblue80s
11-10-2008, 12:54 PM
You had goal-to-go at the 1 and settled for a field goal. How critical was that?

It was frustrating. We take pride in getting down there and getting in. We ran the same play and couldnít get in. Thatís how we scored our touchdowns before and I canít take anything away from them because they stopped us and they played great.


Phuck this! I can't even comment on this....I'm so pi$$ed reading that. Nice logic there guys.

Yea, they were playing run... all three times, very frustrating. Ben should have had a td there for sure.

Iron Shiek
11-10-2008, 02:39 PM
I'm sayin though. The same exact play. "Huh...well it worked the first two times. And it didn't work on 2nd down...lets do it again." Playaction bootleg is the call there man. Ben can run that one in or dump off to corner TE with ease. We win.