Post-game Tomlin

Here's Steelers coach Mike Tomlin following the 34-16 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Mike Tomlin, coach, Pittsburgh Steelers

Good performance for us. I'll start with the injury report: Byron Leftwich broke his arm. I don't have any additional information in terms of the time he's going to be out. I'm sure it's going to be an extended period of time. It just goes to show you it's good to have four NFL capable quarterbacks in a training camp setting. We've gone through this several times over the last few years and it always has a way of working itself out. It's going to be a factor here moving forward.

Miguel Chavis tore his pec. The rest of the injuries are minimal, in-game kind of injuries. Maurkice Pouncey re-aggravated his ankle. It shouldn't be a major deal.

I liked the splash plays. We had some big plays offensively and defensively. I thought it was the difference in the game. Not a consistent dominant performance we're looking for in terms of winning by attrition, but we were explosive offensively. We made key plays, game-changing-like plays defensively. But we'll have to learn from this and understand that can't be a continual recipe for us in terms of winning football games. I'd like to see us control the line of scrimmage more definitively on offense; I'd like to see us get off more consistently on third down defensively, more consistent pressure on the quarterback, tighter coverage in the secondary.

Q: How's Keenan Lewis?

A: I think he's going to be fine. They're running tests. He had an in-game injury with his knee.

Q: Same for Casey Hampton?

A: Yes.

Q: Is it the same ankle for Pouncey as last year?

A: Yes.

Q: And are the injuries related?

A: Sometimes you break up the scar tissue on an existing injury. It's very painful, a lot of discomfort, but nothing long-term.

Q: Could you talk about Antonio Brown's game?

A: He made some plays. He got behind people and finished off some plays for us. It's consistent with his play in all of the preseason. He's a highly conditioned guy. Because of that he's able to take a lot of reps. Because of that he's able to improve, and he's reaping the rewards. He's consistently been a sparkplug for us throughout the preseason and hopefully he's put himself in position for that to continue as we push into the regular season.

Q: Did you like the 50-plus snaps for the first-team defense?

A: I was talking about that group when I was talking about not getting off on third down. They kicked three field goals in the first half. They were able to move the ball on the open grass a little bit. We've got to be more consistent in terms of the pressure we provide on third downs. We've got to be closer and challenge more potential catches. But, that's just looking at it, knee-jerk reaction if you will. Obviously it was enough for us to win.

Q: On no turnovers for the offense this preseason:

A: I like it. And I'd like to see it continue.

Q: On Brown's penalty on the touchdown:

A: It's just not intelligent. We can't get those kind of penalties.

Q: Is Bryant McFadden still your starter?

A: Yes.


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