What Steelers Said After Losing To Ravens


Head Coach Mike Tomlin

(opening statement)
"We came up short today. The bottom line is, we put ourselves in a hole with some adversity, some of which was created by us. Largely, we were a highly penalized group. That created some third-down situations that were insurmountable, and we made the going tougher with that. We had some very makeable plays – some dropped balls and such. We can't be that type of team. The margin of error is too thin for us to slice it in that manner. That's why we're sitting here having this conversation talking about running out of time in that football game. We are where we are. We're a 4-4 team, and we accept responsibility for that, but we also recognize that we're still tied for the division lead. And there is optimism associated with that."

(on whether he thought he would be able to run the football)
"I did, but, obviously, that did not transpire. They had a lot to do with that. Give those guys credit, but we are capable of more than what we displayed in that area."

(on why it took so long to open up on offense)
"We just weren't interested in getting one-dimensional. We still had time. Obviously, the climate changed once the punt got blocked. Prior to that, we felt comfortable in terms of our ability to get it going because we were stopping them minus the big play that we gave to [Mike] Wallace. We were playing good enough defense. We felt like we didn't have to get one-dimensional from a personality standpoint. The blocked punt changed those things."

(on the Ravens stopping the run)
"They were doing what they do."

(on whether he considered replacing Ben [Roethlisberger])
"I did not."

QB Ben Roethlisberger

(on why it was so difficult to run the ball)
"How good they are."

(on how he feels about his knee)
"I feel fine, thank you for asking."

(on how he feels about their record being 4-4)
"We feel better than that, but our record tells us what we are. We're at the halfway point. We use this as kind of a halftime. We need to be a great second-half team."

(on the overall performance)
"It's frustrating. We don't take anything away from them. They are a good team. We did not make plays. I did not make plays. I did not convert third downs. I turned the ball over. It's frustrating. I hold myself to a higher standard."

(on how he feels before and after a game)
"It is a physical football game. You never walk out of a Baltimore football game like you went in. You feel a lot of adrenaline going through your body, and we'll see how I feel."

WR Antonio Brown

(on the fourth-quarter comeback)
"I think we got things going a lot better in the second half. Anytime you're playing a team on the road, you've got to be able to come out and start fast, and you could see that towards the end of the game. We were trying to play catch-up, but time ran out."

(on being double- and triple-teamed)
"The linebacker, the corner, the safety – those guys did a really good job. They used a lot of guys to take me away."

(on what the other receivers need to do when he's double-teamed)
"They need to find a way to step in, step up and make plays. It's been about eight weeks so far, and that's what we've been seeing – double coverage. Today it was triple coverage with the linebacker coming over, and we just have to find ways to win. Other guys have to step up. It just shows that people got respect for me, but we have to find a way to win no matter what they do. It's all about what we do."

RB Le'Veon Bell

(on the fourth-quarter comeback)
"I think we just stopped shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers and things like that."

(on the Ravens defense)
"I think it was just us not executing. We stuck to our game plan and did what we did, but they had a good game plan too. They kind of kept us off our rhythm, so you have to give those guys credit. Obviously, we can't allow it to keep on happening. We're not perfect guys; we make mistakes. We've got to go and correct them. Mistakes are going to cost us and dropped balls and turnovers, things like that."

(on the game)
"Baltimore had a good game plan. You have to give those guys credit. They played well, but we'll see them again. They just guessed right, so you've got to give those guys credit. We had a good week of practice, but we just didn't execute today, so obviously, it hurts, but we'll learn from it. We still have a long season. We know what we can do. We know what we're able to do. We've just go to put it all together. We still have a lot of games down the road. We'll be fine."

G David DeCastro

(on the offense)
"It was pretty pathetic. You know when you look up in the third quarter, and there's two first downs, it's kind of frustrating and an empty feeling. On third downs, we just couldn't capitalize. There were penalties, and this was just a really frustrating game."

(on the running game)
"That's credit to them. When you can't run the ball, it's going to hurt us."

S Mike Mitchell

(on the defensive performance)
"We didn't make enough plays and ran out of time. We missed a tackle early in the game and they got a big play on it. We just ran out of time. They got points on us early and that special teams touchdown. It was a good game by them and bad game by us. We lost the football game."

(on the WR Mike Wallace touchdown)
"It was a slant where I've got to cover him and I have to tackle him. It was a missed tackle and he got out ... then scored."

(on the three-game losing streak)
"It's the first one since I've been here in Pittsburgh, but we never panic. Our leaders never hit the panic button. We're going to go back to work and work extremely hard. This is a bitter pill for us to swallow, but we will get better and play better next week."

CB Artie Burns

(on the WR Mike Wallace touchdown)"We were single-high, man-up. We played a lot of man this game. That's one of the plays I gave up."

(on his interception)
"It was a concept they ran before and it failed. We were in one of our set coverages. We recognized the route concept and went and got the ball."

LB James Harrison

(on the loss)
"We did some things better than we did in previous games, especially with the run game. Everything still needs to improve. We gave up big plays that led to points and we didn't get enough big plays to try to get our own."

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