Coach Tomlin: It was an appropriate response to last week’s performance. We talked openly about it this week. That’s what good football teams in the National Football League do. They might not always be perfect but they respond. It was a good week for us and the response was appropriate to get a win against a very good football team. It was a good start for us in our home venue in front of our fans. There were a lot of positives, of course. Obviously, it wasn’t perfect by any stretch. I wasn’t perfect but that’s life. We’ll learn from it. We’ll start this process tomorrow in terms of learning from it and preparing for our next challenge.
Re: Adjustments you made after the Jets’ opening drive:
It wasn’t changes. We just buckled down and played a little bit better. We’re capable of playing how you saw us play over any stretch of the game. That’s what we expect. Obviously, we didn’t start in the manner in which we desired, really on offense or defense. We moved the ball some but those drives stalled and we got field goals. We realize when you play good people you have to put seven points on the board as opposed to three.
Re: QB Ben Roethlisberger being sharp in the game:
He was but it’s not like we’re surprised by it. We’ve come to expect that from him. He expects it from himself. He’s our guy and he delivered for us today. When you’re facing the kind of adversity we were faced with, redemption week if you will, we expect the “A” players to step up and lead the charge and he is just that.
Was the reason for more passing plays than running plays in the first three quarters because that is what the Jets defense was giving you?
Often times, that’s the case. When you play a Rex Ryan-led defense they pride themselves in getting after the run and they commit bodies to the run. We’re committed to moving the football and possessing the football and sometimes that means taking what they give you.
Re: How your teams are able to bounce back from tough losses:
We’ve got a good team. We’ve had good teams and we’ve had good men. More than anything, that’s what it’s about. During times of adversity you get an opportunity to display your football character. We’ve got a bunch of high character guys and veteran guys that know the drill and understand the urgency of moments such as these.
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