Coach Tomlin: Good win for us in all three phases. Very necessary. Obviously, contributions from all parties involved. I liked the overall energy. The team worked together. Ryan Clark got a concussion. LaMarr Woodley has a right hamstring strain. I don’t know the extent of it. We’ll take a look at him tomorrow. Jonathan Dwyer had a right quad that got tight. We don’t know the extent of it. We’ll take a look at him tomorrow. We’re going to enjoy this today. We’ll review it tomorrow and push forward, but a good win for us today. I tip my hat to a lot of the guys, contributions, and so forth from players and coaches and the administrative staff. They did a nice job.
Re: Defenses ability to contain Redskins QB Robert Griffin III:
I thought we did a nice job. We weren’t perfect. They test you, really. Dive, quarterback pitch, some of those things. They got some plays on us. The big thing and what we talked about all week is, regardless of what happened, we needed to run to the football with energy, run and hit and get multiple guys to the football. We thought that was the only way we could contain that outfit, largely, and I thought we did the job.
Re: Controlling the ball on offense:
For us, we look to possess the ball. If we convert third downs we feel like we’ve got a chance to do that. I think we did that today. That’s kind of been our story this year. Of course, if you don’t turn it over and you do that, that’s a recipe for success for us in our mind. I think it was today.
Has RB Jonathan Dwyer earned himself a chance to become a regular starter?
He’s answered the call and taken advantage of the opportunity and that’s what we expect from all our young people. We don’t discount what any of them are capable of. He did the job today but obviously, I read his name here when I talked about the list of injuries so I’m not going to speak to soon on that. We’ll check all of the people involved and the health of guys that get the opportunities next week.
Re: Improvement on the offensive line:
I think we have improved as a team and that’s what this journey that is a football season is about. You better find ways to win along the way. We hadn’t done that enough to this point but I like the direction which we’re headed.
When all three running backs are healthy, could Dwyer possibly be the starter?
I’ll see what they look like next week. You’re not getting it today.
Has Dwyer’s performance the last two games surprised you at all?
This guy went over 1,500 yards his last two years at Georgia Tech. He was the ACC Player of the Year. He’s not foreign to running the football.
Re: Players running backwards into end zone:
I didn’t see it. I was looking at the penalty on the other end of the field. So, I’m not going to pass judgment on something I didn’t see. Obviously, we’re not into that.
Re: Putting together drives:
Like we were kind of talking about, just converting third downs, we also mentioned that we were running the ball effectively so we were on schedule. That creates manageable third downs. Ben [Roethlisberger] does a nice job of managing and protecting the football.
What is your assessment of the special teams today?
I thought we had our moments. We’ve got some dangerous return men and I think we acknowledge that. If we can stay penalty free, I think everyone will acknowledge that. We had some successes and failures in that regard. I thought our kick coverage was solid. We’re going to continue to work.
Re: Thoughts on the uniforms:
I love them if we play like that in them. Go get them. I bet you they’re hot.
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