Mike Tomlin's postgame comments following a tie with the Cleveland Browns | Steel City Underground

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin held a press conference following Sunday's tie against the Cleveland Browns. Let's take a glimpse at what stood out from coach's comments about the game.

Opening statement

It’s an awkward feeling after a game like that. You don’t know what to feel or to say or think. I’m appreciative of the efforts of the men. Obviously, it was some extraordinary effort at times. We have to play better. We have to play better to ensure victory. That’s what we talked about in there – that’s what I told the group.

[If] you turn the ball over the way we did and you don’t get turnovers, particularly in a hostile environment, you don’t have a very good chance to win. It’s because of those efforts we were in the game but not enough to win today. We take responsibility for that. We tip our cap to the Browns. They played tough competitive ball. We have to be better, and we intend to be, but today was what it was. We’ll analyze tomorrow and move forward.

On whether there has been a similar situation of coming off the field in a tie


On the impact of not taking care of the football down the stretch

We didn’t make enough plays to win. We didn’t. The big picture element of it obviously is the turnover margin, but we just didn’t make enough plays. We had our opportunities. Even with the turnovers, we had our opportunities. I don’t want to put it all there, but obviously, it was a significant component of the game.

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On the run game

I just appreciate the efforts of everyone. We just didn’t take care of the ball enough. We didn’t make enough significant plays at the moments to get out of the stadium.

On the weather being a factor with the turnovers

It was weather in the game for them, as well, so we don’t seek comfort in that regard. They did a better job of dealing with it, if it was a factor, than we did. That’s where our focus always is.

On whether the weather affected Steelers K Chris Boswell’s field goal attempt in overtime

Again, football is an outdoor game, guys. We can talk about the weather until the cows come home. That’s how the game is played.

On the disappointment of ending in a tie after having a fourth quarter lead

I don’t get into all of that. We play and play to win, and we didn’t win today.

Transcript provided by the Pittsburgh Steelers

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