Coach Mike Tomlin
Steelers-Colts Post-Game Comments
It was great to finish a game. I liked the efforts in all three phases. We had splash plays from guys in all three phases. We needed to take a significant step in terms of production and degree of detail in our work and I think we did. I’m always excited about the win but don’t misunderstand me, though, there’s a lot to be corrected. That is a part of August football for us but it’s good to make those corrections while you win. I thought the turnovers defensively were big. We created a splash in the special teams game with the blocked punt. I didn’t like our return game. I thought our return game was below the line. We need to get better in that area. Offensively, we created necessary plays, particularly down the stretch to put points on the board. Obviously, we’d like to score more touchdowns than field goals but we’ll take it. Hopefully it will be a good learning experience for us as we move forward. On the injury front, I think we got out of the game relatively clean, which is good news as we move forward this time of year.
Did you see progression by the first-team offense?
I did and not only the first-team offense, but everyone. It was better. We challenged them more with what we asked them to do. They did a relatively good job. Again, we’re still working, individually and collectively. That’s all part of it. I did think they took a step today.
Were there any concussion symptoms for Rainey?
I didn’t examine. I just go with the doctors. They said he was fine to come back so we played him.
Re: Creating more turnovers:
We’re just trying to play ball and play winning football. We play hard enough and good enough technically and assignment-wise that turnovers are going to come.
Re: Players who just got activated from the PUP List:
We’re just starting the process for them. We’re at the point of rehabilitation where playing football is part of that rehabilitation. We’re going to do that with them. Whether or not they participate this upcoming week or the week after, we’ll continue to live day-to-day. Those guys were at the point where football needs to be part of the rehabilitation and that’s why we took them off PUP List.
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