Transcripts: Steelers Post-Game Quotes

Head Coach Mike Tomlin

(general statement) "Obviously a disappointment for us, a lot of self-inflicted wounds are going to prevent you from being in football games. We turned the ball over too often, we were highly penalized, particularly, on the drives that they were able to manufacture and produce points. We were highly penalized defensively. Those two things are a lethal combination. When you turn the ball over, and you're highly penalized, and you're extending drives, you're going to lose football games like that, and we did tonight. I'm not going to accept it, and they can't accept it. It happened tonight, but we have to make the necessary corrections to move forward and make sure it doesn't happen again. These games are too precious."

(on execution) "[There weren't] any issues, like I said, we turned the ball over, and we were highly penalized, that's why we lost the football game."

(on penalties) "Yeah, we have to play cleaner. We have to play better, technically, and cleaner."

(on QB Ben Roethlisberger's performance) "Obviously it wasn't a winning performance, by any of us."

(on defensive coverage against Baltimore tight ends) "It wasn't significant, really, in determining the outcome of the game. When you drop back and throw it, they're going to catch some. The story, from my perspective, until I watch the tape, is what I told you."

(on early fumble effect) "It's a game of 60 minutes. The outcome of the game is not going to be defined in the initial moments of the game, whether it's positive or negative. We did too much of what I've outlined during the course of sixty minutes."

(on injuries) "A bunch of bumps and bruises. Steve McLendon had a shoulder [injury] and wasn't able to return. I don't have anything other than that right now."

(on WR Steve Smith Sr.'s contributions) "They're better equipped to answer that than I am."

QB Ben Roethlisberger

(on the physicality of the game) "It's typical. We knew what it was going to be coming in. And it was everything and then some."

(on the first series fumble) "We moved the ball down the field, and then we turned it over, and we just had too many tonight."

(on not being able to finish) "It was one thing here, one thing there, and I don't know if, off the top of my head, we can point to one thing right now. We'll have to look at it on film, but it just seemed like when we were moving it, we got a second down, which hurt us for whatever reason. First down, we just kept getting behind the chains, and we can't do that."

(on the offense) "I don't think it was horrible, but you have to give them a lot of credit, they're a good defense."

(on the lack of productivity during the last six quarters) "It's frustrating because we lost. We moved the ball; we just made a mistake here and there, and we can't do it."

TE Heath Miller

(on the Ravens defense) "They're a good red-zone defense. They proved that last week, and we knew that coming in. I think, ultimately, we kind of stopped ourselves at different points in the game, but when we get down there [the red zone], we need to score seven, and we didn't do that tonight."

(on the first series fumble) "We were moving the ball, we just need to finish it off. That was kind of the story the rest of the day for us. We've got to find ways to put touchdowns on the board, and they are a good red-zone defense, but we just have to execute better and score touchdowns."

(on the intense rivalry) "It's always intense. Tonight was no different. Give them credit, but we have to execute better on offense."

(on scoring just nine points in the last six quarters) "We just have to execute better. That's just a quick evaluation. I think we've proved we can move the ball. We've got to keep putting good plays together and try to put more points on the board."

LB Ryan Shazier

(on being a rookie) "It was exciting. It was a big game. But I want to come here next time and win. We just have to do better and prepare next time."

(on the defense) "We could've played better. We gave up too many points. The less points you give up, you're going to win. I don't think we did as well as we should have."

(on the intensity of playing the Ravens versus playing the Browns) "Yes, I definitely felt the physicality and the intensity of the rivalry. This is probably one of the more intense games that I've ever played in, in my life, and that's what I like. And I can't wait until we get our second chance to play them."

(on intensity of this game versus Michigan/Ohio State rivalry) "Yeah, it was even different than that, and it's hard for me to say that, because I'm Ohio State until I die, but that was probably one of the more physical games I've ever played in my life."

(on the defense's first two games) "We just have to finish. We'll do good on one drive, and then we'll give up something on the next drive. We just have to be consistent and put our foot down and stop them."

(on the penalties) "It's definitely frustrating. When you get penalties, that really hurts you bad. That sucks. So we just have to work on penalties and take care of those things back in the film room."

WR Markus Wheaton

(on the offense) "Obviously we struggled a little bit. We didn't move the ball like we wanted to. I think we left a lot out there on the field. I think their defense did a good job, obviously, stopping us, but I think we hurt ourselves most of the time."

(on the first drive fumble) "That's tough, but we expect to bounce back from that. Things like that happen in a football game. There's peaks and valleys, and we expect to bounce back from stuff like that, but tonight, it seemed like everything went that way."

(on crowd noise and rivalry) "I really don't pay any attention to that. We've been training to do our job. We've been training to play this game, training to move the ball throughout the preseason, so when we get here, I don't think the crowd stopped us. I just feel like we shuddered. I just can't tell what it is."

WR Antonio Brown

(on getting hurt) "I'm just thankful I was OK, and they let me get back in the game. I got hit in the eye, but everything was all right."

(on the fact that the Steelers haven't scored a TD in six quarters) "We wanted to come out fast tonight, and we did but we can't turn the ball over the way we did tonight. We need to protect the ball better. When you go on the road and turn the ball over, it's very hard to overcome. We have a good offense. We will go back to the drawing board and find ways to put points in the board. We need to improve individually and collectively."

(on comparing how physical this game was with the Ravens as opposed to others) "There were a lot of hard hits on both sides of the ball tonight. That's how these teams play. But every game is tough. Every team hits hard. I'm just thankful nobody got hurt tonight."

DE Cameron Heyward

(on how the defense played) "Our defense is very young. We're going to get better. Everyone on this team is accountable and will improve. We have a long week ahead of us, and we're going to use it to get better."

(on how he felt the Ravens reacted to the chaos they had this week) "They beat us. We shot ourselves in the foot a few times, but they won, and we should give them credit. I don't know what the reason was, but they played well, and they beat us. I don't know what was going on in the locker room with the chaos, but they won."

CB Ike Taylor

(on tonight's game) "We got a good ole fashioned [butt] whooping. We beat ourselves, and they capitalized. That's how it is in the NFL. It's already hard enough, and when you beat yourself, and they capitalize, it doesn't make anything better."

(on surrendering two long drives to open the game) "We got a few stops late, but that was late. We've got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. We've got to understand that it's going to be a tough game regardless, especially it being between Pittsburgh and the Ravens. When you shoot yourself in the foot, you know [those] boys are going to capitalize."

(on the penalty calls) "They've got a tough job. I can't worry about what the refs call. We just have to deal with it and fight through it."

(on explaining the phrase, "shoot yourself in the foot") "Making mistakes. Penalties. Kicking your own butt. Steelers versus Steelers instead of Steelers versus the Ravens. Every time we play each other, it's going to be a battle. The team with [fewer] penalties is going to win."

(on defensive play the last six quarters) "It's a marathon not a sprint. Let's just say there is no need to panic. You've just got to be honest with yourself, as a football player and a man. Everybody likes to throw rocks, but playing this game, you've got to be honest with yourself and ask yourself, 'Did I play hard? What do I need to work on?' You need to self-evaluate, because that's the only way you're going to last."

LB Jarvis Jones

(on defensive performance) "They capitalized on the first half and scored a couple touchdowns. Second half they scored two. We just have to minimize the penalties. I think the penalties really got us and put them in good situations. I don't feel like they did anything spectacular to get all those points. Whatever they got, we gave to them."

(on playing the Ravens and the rivalry) "It is what it is. It's a tough ball game, intense game from the start to the finish, and that's what they brought tonight."

RB Le'Veon Bell

(on lack of offensive rhythm) "Turnovers and penalties really killed us tonight. We just need to go back to the drawing board and clean up some things, and see what we did wrong."

(on lack of carries) "By the way this game was going, we couldn't run the ball that much, so we really couldn't establish the run like we wanted to."

(on replicating last week's first half performance against Cleveland) "We want to do even better than that. We [have] a lot of things to clean up. Penalties and turnovers killed us today. That's all it was. We beat ourselves."

(on establishing consistency) "We've got to take care of the ball, and stop making mental mistakes. Holding penalties, false starts and blocks in the back are drive killers. It's already hard to pick up a first down, as it is. When you hurt yourself and it's first­­­­-and-20 going against a good defense, it makes it that much harder. We just need to clean up some things."

(on getting a majority of the snaps) "As for my training, I made sure that I'm in shape because I never knew how much I'd get the ball. I never felt fatigued. I just have to always be ready. I'm such a competitor, so when I'm out there I want to help my team win. I just make sure I'm always in the game."

S Troy Polamalu

(on addressing the number of penalties) "[We] just need to work on playing cleaner and practicing better."

(on defensive problems) "Our communication was on point. It's just about execution. We need to practice better. We just have to make our plays. I made a lot of mistakes tonight. I have to get better myself and help this team."

(on the defensive personal foul penalties) "Which one? (Reporter, "the personal foul") Which one? (laughs) I think it's kind of funny because that is what you are used to seeing in this type of game. It's just kind of our style of play. They play physical. We play physical. I think those kind of plays are going to happen whenever we play each other."

(on receiving an explanation of his penalty) "I don't need an explanation. They make the call. I'm not going to complain about it." 

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