What the Steelers Said After Their Season-Ending Loss to Ravens

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Head Coach Mike Tomlin

(opening statement)

"Obviously not the way we wanted to perform today. Such is life. We take responsibility for that. Just disappointing, but there's been a lot of disappointments this season. We're not painting with a broad brush. We're focused on what happened today, and where we are today. There will be other opportunities to talk, more broader things when I visit with you guys next week. Today, just know that we're disappointed, we didn't play as well as we would like to play. We take responsibility for that. We congratulate the Ravens; they did what they needed to do." 

(on where the game got away)

"You can point to several spaces. That turnover at the end of the first half; that they were able to turn into seven [points], right before the break. It was significant, no doubt." 

(on what's special about the Ravens running the ball)

"We didn't tackle well. They possessed the ball, we didn't. There's a lot of reasons for that." 

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

(on the effect of the weather)

"It was crazy. When we got the ball, it started pouring [really] hard. Within the two minutes that they scored back-to-back, it was pouring harder on our edge. At times when they got the ball, it seemed to slow up and they could run the ball and do what they needed to do. It's just crazy. Definitely tough conditions." 

(on whether he kept an eye on the Titans' score during the game)

"No, it was kind of one of those things where a guy said to me, 'The Titans are up,' and I replied, 'We have to focus on our game and take care of business here.' We could only control what we could here." 

(on missing the playoffs after a three-game losing streak)

"For us to have the opportunity to be in the playoffs, and not be in the same position we were in last year, was kind of tough. It sucks, but it happened. For us, we were missing some key players out there, but at the end of the day, we hurt ourselves." 

S Minkah Fitzpatrick

(on finishing the season with a loss)

"We didn't finish the way we wanted to finish. Baltimore is a really good team. They're going to be really successful in the playoffs. We're not going to make any excuses. We're going to have to look back at what we could have done better. There were a lot of things we could have done better. We had a tough hand dealt to us, but we fought hard all throughout the season. We made a lot of changes. I was brought in along with a couple other guys. We need to do our jobs this offseason and improve so we're stronger for next year." 

QB Devlin Hodges

(on what went wrong over the last three weeks of the season)

"Execution. [We've] got to be better. Execution. Turning the ball over. Just little things, little things in the game that will cost you." 

(on the strip sack)

"Just have to hold onto the ball. You have to have pocket awareness, two hands on the ball. The guy made a great play. I still have to be better at taking care of the football." 

(on missing the playoffs after being 8-5)

"It definitely sucks. I heard Ramon [Foster] saying earlier, going home in January is not fun. This is my first year, so I am sure it hits the older guys who experience this a lot different. Anytime you have to end the season, it always sucks, even if you go all the way. This is our job; this is what we enjoy. The last game, it definitely sucks." 

DT Cameron Heyward

(on the loss)

"The season hasn't been the outcome we wanted. This game wasn't the outcome we wanted. I'm appreciative of the fans for supporting us. We just didn't get it done. In terms of the game, it was an avalanche. We didn't stop the run. Some of that was by me. I didn't tackle well. The rushing got out of hand and I don't think we really got anything on offense."

(on losing three straight games to end the season)

"It's tough. Three weeks ago, I thought we had a real shot. It hurts. The hourglass is getting smaller and smaller for a lot of guys. This team won't be the same. This season is over with. Guys leave. It's never going to be the same team. It sucks, because I have a lot of great teammates. That's the nature of the business. I grew with a lot of guys this year. It hurts to close the book on this season." 

LB Bud Dupee

(on being in control of their playoff destiny and losing it)

"Teams figured it out. They're NFL teams, too. They're NFL coaches. When you're seeing the cycles, you're able to pick up on things."

G David DeCastro

(on the season)

"The end wasn't pretty, that's for sure. A lot of ups and downs, but that's football."

(on whether it means anything that the Titans won)

"We feel a little better. It's a tough game to play when you're watching the scoreboard. It was a sloppy game overall and a tough way to end it."

(on ending the season with three straight losses)

"We had a lot of problems on [the offense] side of the ball. It wasn't the defense. That's how it goes. We made turnovers. We didn't score points when we should have in the red zone. Things like that hurt you."

CB Joe Haden

(on the defense this season)

"Our defense was a strong point. We had to create turnovers. We needed to score more points. We were trying to help the offense out."

(on whether the defense was pressing)

"Now, I just think that, sometimes, like today, they just came down there and did a really good job running the ball. We couldn't find a way to stop them. They never really got behind the sticks. They just stayed on schedule. [Robert Griffin III] did a good job of running that read option and not hurting them, using his legs to get first downs. So, we just needed to stop him and contain him. We know what kind of defense we have, but we can't be giving up stuff like that if we want to win. That's good for him."

WR Diontae Johnson

(on the future)

"I'm looking forward to Ben [Roethlisberger] hopefully coming back healthy. So, it can get back to the way it used to be and whatnot."

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