Tomlin Won't Panic

Condensed version of Mike Tomlin's weekly press conference:

At his weekly press conference Tuesday, Mike Tomlin did not announce a demotion, a cut, a trade, a firing, or even a beheading.

And he found no evidence of a lack of effort in the tape of Sunday's 55-31 loss to the New England Patriots.

"There wasn't any blatant disregard or blatant breaches of effort and hustle on the tape," Tomlin said. "What was on tape was that we were soundly beaten in the game."

Tomlin spoke optimistically about moving forward, and showed support for the talent level of his team.

But what else could he say?

When asked later whether he was concerned about a lack of team speed, Tomlin said, "No, it's not a concern. And if it were there wouldn't be much I could do about it anyway."

Tomlin later took responsibility for the players who've been drafted since he became coach.

"Because it's the truth," he said.

The media raised some hair on the back of Tomlin's neck during an exchange about Dick LeBeau, who coordinated a defense that allowed a franchise-record 55 points.

"Do you still have confidence in Dick LeBeau to stop opposing offenses?" Tomlin was asked.

"Certainly," said Tomlin.

"Why is that?"

"Because he's Dick LeBeau," Tomlin said, and with a glare asked, "Does that answer your question?"

Tomlin agreed with poor self-assessments by Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu after the game.

"That was a substandard performance and I appreciate their willingness to accept responsibility for it," Tomlin said. "I share that, but at the same time, I've got a great deal of confidence in them and their abilities to play and play winning football for us."

Tomlin also admitted to yanking Antonio Brown late in the game after a route-running mistake caused a Patriots interception.

But in general, Tomlin supported his team while admitting it has faults; kind of like his reasoning for leaving Ben Roethlisberger on the field until the end.

"We're a group that still believes some good football is ahead of us," Tomlin said. "We also acknowledge that we're a group that needs to improve. That was an opportunity to continue to do that. The healthy guys were going to stay on the field and play with an attempt to move the ball and, obviously, get better at our football."

NOTES -- Tomlin said three players will be limited by injuries early this week: LT Kelvin Beachum (left hip flexor), DE Cameron Heyward (left knee contusion) and C Fernando Velasco (thigh). ... G David DeCastro (ankle) and WR Markus Wheaton (finger) will return to practice on Wednesday, while the team will monitor those who were injured during Sunday's game: RT Marcus Gilbert (ankle), CB Ike Taylor (concussion) and ILB Vince Williams (concussion). ... After the press conference, the Steelers announced the re-signing of CB DeMarcus Van Dyke. He replaced CB Isaiah Green and provides better insurance in case Taylor can't play.

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