What The Steelers Said After Their Loss


Head Coach Mike Tomlin

(opening statement)
"A disappointing outcome. A really good game. Two teams battled there. They made a few more plays than we did. We take responsibility for that. It's painful tonight, but this game is not going to define us. Hopefully, it's a building block for us as we move forward. There are things to learn from it. I appreciate the effort from the men, just came up short and we all are responsible for that, starting with me."

(on not giving RB Le'Veon Bell the ball during the last play of the game)
"When you lose, you're open to criticism. We lost, so I'm not going to try to justify anything that we did. Anything we did, I take responsibility for."

(on Baltimore doing something special to take WR Antonio Brown out of the game) "When you have guys like that, they work to minimize them. Just like we work to minimize Steve Smith Sr. The defenses were fighting. That's just an element of competition."

(on going for it in overtime rather than try to kick it)"Not a lot of conversation. I made that decision."

(on exploring the possibility of a new kicker)
"We have to turn the stones over. We have to find ways to win games. Obviously, that's an element of it. It was an element of the outcome tonight."

QB Mike Vick

(on if this is one of the most frustrating losses he's been a part of)
"Probably the toughest of my career. We had our chances to win the game, I had plays that I could've made, but didn't, and it's disappointing."

(on the last pass to Brown)
"That last pass to Antonio. That one is going to haunt me for a long time."

(on whether the Steelers changed their attack)
"I think it was part of our execution. We got the ball, we just didn't put up any points. They played some solid defense and took care of their job and responsibilities, and we're all professionals at the end of the day."

K Josh Scobee

(opening statement)
"I feel like I let the team down and it's not something that I ever want to remember doing. It's a bad feeling. It was a hard fought game on both sides. I wish I had been able to come through, but it just wasn't my night."

(on whether he factored in the wind too much)
"Yeah, a little bit. The first kick I had [in] that direction, I played the wind just inside the upright and it stayed there. Then, the last two, I played them down the middle and they both moved. So it's a tough end to kick in because of the more open area. It's just something that takes experience."

(on if his first miss impacted the second)
"No. I was ready for the second one. The same thing happened. I started it down the middle and it drifted really far left."

RB Le'Veon Bell

(on the two missed field goals)
"We have to score touchdowns. We can't point fingers. Obviously, we could have made stops here, we could have scored touchdowns there. So it's not just the field goals. It's a total team effort – offense, defense and special teams."

(on not getting the ball on fourth down in overtime)
"It's not my call. If I get the call, then I run it. If we had converted, it would not be a problem. I'm not the play caller, I'm just a player. I go out there and run plays."

DE Cameron Heyward

(on the frustration of losing)
"This is just as frustrating as the first game. We learn from it, but we are not here to point fingers. We accept blame. Offense, defense [and] special teams, we all have to get better. There were too many times where we had our foot on their throats, and we just didn't do it."

(on not attempting a field goal in overtime)
"It's not on them. It's on us. We have to execute better [on] offense, defense and special teams. The coaches just call the plays. We have to execute them. For us to point the finger at the coach is a stupid idea. We have to take full responsibility for what we are doing out there."

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