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MIKE TOMLIN It was definitely a sub-par performance on our behalf today. I don't want to take anything away from the New York Jets. They played well enough to win. I'd like to congratulate them, but in all three phases we fell below the line of what's acceptable today. Didn't tackle well defensively. Didn't protect our quarterback on offense. Didn't run the ball, didn't establish any type of rhythm in terms of running the ball. That performance speaks for itself. The guys did stay to fight, but not enough. I'll answer any questions. Was there a letdown after the three division games? No. We're not going to make excuses about that performance. We were prepared to play today. We didn't get the job done. Were you pleased with the special teams? I'm not pleased with anything. We lost the game. As far as that last play goes, I'm not going to try to frame that game based on that play. We were poor in all three phases today, or at least we weren't up to snuff in terms of putting together a winning performance. Thomas Jones ran the damn ball on us. We didn't run the ball effectively offensively. We didn't protect the quarterback. When you do those things – you don't stop the run, you can't run the ball effectively, can't protect the quarterback – you've got a high probability of losing. Were you particularly disappointed you couldn't stop that long drive with the game on the line? I'm disappointed about the game. I don't try to look for defining moments. I look at the end result. We play and we play to win. We played 60-plus minutes today and we didn't play well enough to win. Is your offensive line becoming an issue? You know … uh … uh … you know, you could finger point. We all accept responsibility for this one. That's what teams do. That's the reality of football. It's the ultimate team sport. You win together. You stink it up together. We did that today. What was happening up front to allow them seven sacks? It was guys that were making plays and getting to the ball. The nose guard was a problem for us today. He did a nice job. Did most of Jones' yardage come while running against your sub-packages? They didn't have a fullback dressed today, so we knew that was going to be their personality. I think they just went with the guys that they had. You'd have to ask them, in terms of their reasoning, why they did that. They didn't have a fullback suited. Darian Barnes was inactive. Their other fullback they put on IR yesterday. I just think they played with what they had. They put their best 11 out there. It happened to be sub-package football. But their ability to run the football was not based on who we had on the field, from our standpoint. It was our inability to tackle. How different were they after the bye? You know, the issue with us, we're not going to make excuses about our opponent coming off a bye, and wrinkles, and flea-flickers and all of that. We've got to play football. It's about what we do. It's about our technique, about what we see, and we didn't do a good job today. Why were they able to run on you when no one else could? Quite simply we missed tackles. We missed more tackles than I've ever seen us miss. That's the story. Any injuries other than Santonio Holmes (sprained right ankle)? Not at this point. Did this performance surprise you? I'm always surprised when we lose. Thank you. WILLIE COLON Could you sum up what happened with the offensive line? We just didn't jell today. That's it. I got beat once or twice. We've just got to do a better job. Were they doing anything different than on film? I don't know. It was just their day. Teams play their best against us. We have to show up and do a better job. Schematically, anything different? They played a little more four down. They just got after us. It was just man on man. We've just got to do a better job. Did you sense a letdown on this team's part? No. We're professionals. We have to show up on Sundays and get the job done and we didn't. Could you sum up your feelings on your return to New York? It wasn't a good trip. It wasn't good. I didn't play my best ball. BEN ROETHLISBERGER What part wasn't there for you today? Give them credit. They played us well and we didn't get it done. We had some confusion early. Mistakes killed us and we've got to find a way to correct it. Did they do anything defensively that surprised you? No, I don't think they did anything that surprised us as much as we didn't execute the plan of what we had to do. Just little things here and there. They took away the run and made you one-dimensional? Give them credit. They were a very physical team. You never found a rhythm, right? That's part of it. It was so choppy out there. We were on the field for a couple plays then we were off. We put together a couple drives but for the most part it wasn't a good day for us offensively. You ran on third-and-long, or gave up. Was that symbolic of them having you guys? It's just being smart, taking what they give you. There were a couple times today that almost taking a sack was one of the better plays. Where did they get that pass rush? They did some things early and they were very physical. Were you holding it and not seeing anything at times? A couple of those sacks were definitely coverage sacks. There were a couple times when I tried to just tuck and get a yard. It was tough because they did some good things in the secondary, covering up our guys. Do you have confidence in your protection? I have all the confidence in the world in those guys. That's not going to waver and it never will. I'm never going to sit there and look at the rush and think twice about anything. When I drop back to pass, I have all the confidence in the world that those guys are going to get it done. What was it like seeing so many Steelers fans here? We're used to it. We see so many of our fans everywhere we go, and it's great. That's why we have the best fans in sports. SEAN MAHAN What can you tell me about their pass rush today? They had a good blitz package installed for us. They did a good job disguising and they were coming from places from where they hadn't normally come. Did they blitz more than they'd showed? They blitzed a lot early. They got us twice off the same blitz early. We made an adjustment and we didn't really see it again for awhile. A few times it was blitzes but a few times they just got the better of us. They played a great game tonight. Did it seem like they were more hungry? Oh, yeah. They came out fired up and played a great game throughout. They really gave us trouble and we couldn't get it going all night. It's a credit to them and the work they did this week. The nose tackle had a couple sacks. What was he doing? He had one on me at the end. He had lined up in other areas. I gave up the one in overtime. He just beat me on a quick move he hadn't done all night. I tried to jump him since it was second down, but he must've read it was pass. He had an opening and he beat me. ALAN FANECA How does the offensive line respond to today's game? How do you regroup? Get back to work. That's all you can do. Show up Monday and learn from your mistakes. How would you describe or define the performance today? A lot of things, when things were breaking down, it seemed to be something different every time – at least to my knowledge. I got in the habit of watching that damn big screen and I had to stop that. So I'm not really sure what was happening. Were they rushing wide to keep Ben in the pocket? They were doing a lot of pinching the ends on third down to get in front of his face and they were spying a guy, mirroring [Ben]. They pretty much did that most of the game unless they were blitzing off both edges.
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