Opening Statement: Since we just talked a short time ago, I really don't have much of an injury update from the game. I can tell you there are no major injuries from last night. No setbacks. From that standpoint we got through it pretty good, considering it's a short week. Certainly last nights game was disappointing. I thought we had opportunities. I thought that they controlled the line of scrimmage. From an offensive standpoint, we couldn't get anything established in the running game and couldn't make any plays in the passing game. Consequently, we really never got into any kind of flow. I thought defensively, while we did hold them to three field goals, I thought there were some periods, particularly in the third and fourth quarters, we had some pivotal third downs that could have changed field position. We really never crossed the 50 and we never started with the ball outside the 20 or 25 yard line. We had some chances to get them pinned back on third down and we didn't get off the field. We did make them punt, but the field position was a battle we lost most of the night. It was one game, the second game. The most important thing is not to dwell on it. It would serve no purpose. The biggest thing is that we come in here tomorrow and focus on Cincinnati, a division team and the defending division champs. Well have our hands full with that and were ready to move on.
How much did Ben (Roethlisberger's) performance have to do with his
I think it was just the fact with everything that went on. I was his
first time out. I think
when you go from the preseason to the regular season, everybody is
going through that
period of acclimation and the other team is going through it as well
because the speed of
the game does go up. But then you come into the second week of the
season and they've
already had that first week. So he probably was behind from that
acclimated to that. But you know what, I thought he started off the
game pretty well. We
were not in sync as we had been. Some of that will take time. Last
week, he completed a
ball to Hines (Ward) in practice and I told them that was the first
completion they'd had to
each other in a month. It is a case of circumstances not allowing us
to be in sync in
practice and some of that carried over into a game. I'd like to think
some of that will get
better. Like I said, it was one game, but there were a lot of things
that I hope we don't
think are going to be rectified over time, I hope there is a sense of
urgency doing so in all
three phases. We're going to have to play better against the team
coming in here this
How important was it to have Ben and Hines out there for that game
You want to get everybody out there. There's no substitute for
playing time. It's not just
those two, it's everybody … It's the line, the defense. That goes
hand in hand. We're a
football team that's a very proud group of guys. It was a setback
last night, but don't dwell
on it and get ready for Cincinnati this week.
Did you ever think about inserting Charlie (Batch) to see if he could
jumpstart the offense?
I didn't think it was one player. So, no; Ben just needs to play. He
needs to get out there
and play and he battled to the end. He needs to be out there playing
to get ready for this
It was 100.4, not 104. Somebody misplaced a decimal point. His
temperature was 100.4.
What was the interpretation of the possible challenge on Hedrick
Based on where he was going with the interpretation of the play and
based on what I was
wanting to challenge, we were not on the same page. I thought when
the guy had the
clock winding, I thought he was issuing forward progress. When he
came down, he kind of
came down out of bounds. In my opinion, if there was forward
progress, then he had a
catch and the forward progress would stop it. He told me that was not
part of what he
would be reviewing. He would be reviewing whether it was a catch or
not a catch based on
when he came down. At that point, I said that was not what I was
challenging so he
allowed me to take back the challenge.
You're not getting a lot in the punt returns right now.
We only had one chance. We had one punt return. The rest were a bunch
of pooch punts
taking place inside the 50 yard line so it's hard to assess that.
You kicked the ball well?
Yeah, I thought Chris (Gardocki) did a good job and our punt coverage
did a good job. Like
I said, it was one of those type of games where each third down was
critical. I thought
there were two in particular, the one where we had them backed up on
third down and
eight and they completed a pass on the right side. That was in the
third quarter. In the
fourth quarter, they had a third down and four and we let them get
out of that and then
the next third down was when they hit the long pass play. Yes they
touchdowns, but it comes down to plays. There are one or two plays
that have a dramatic
impact on the game, not just with scoring, but like you said, with
field position. I thought
the kicking game did some good things, but we certainly have a long
way to go returning,
not just punts, but kickoffs. We're still not in sync there. But we
did a much better job
covering, no question.
Will Willie Reid get a chance to return punts?
Probably not. I don't see the makeup of the roster changing much.
Were the running problems something they were doing or errors by the
A combination of both. I don't know if it was mental errors. There
was a combination of
things we can do better and some things they did. It was a
combination of both.
Did Santonio (Holmes) run the wrong route on that first interception?
No. That's a misinterpretation and the result was what it was.
Would you prefer not to see Santonio return that one kick from deep
in the end zone?
Given where he ended up, yeah.
Is he ready to make a significant contribution?
I think so.
Did Troy (Polamalu) injury affect him at all?
He was playing hurt. But Troy when he's playing, is still better than
a lot of players in the
National Football League. He got through it well, which I'm
encouraged by. He played fine.
I don't think you need to go out and do live tackling. I don't think
that's something that's
been a problem here in the past. Fred Taylor and some of their
receivers made some guys
On some of those third downs you talked about, it seemed like they
did a good job picking
up your blitz. Did they do something different?
No. Actually we had a couple of guys come free a couple of times. We
didn't execute the
coverage element of it a couple of times. Other times, you've got to
cover them one-on-
one and we weren't able to do that. Give them credit and our lack of
execution from that
I don't sense anybody throwing at him an exceptional amount. Ike has
had his moments
where he has played well and other times where he could play better,
a lot like other
players on this time right now. I'm not ready to assess peoples play
after one or two
games. To me you are who you are. You've got to give this thing a few
games to become
some degree of tendencies that you have to address or expand upon.
We're in the fact-
finding process right now. We've got to get better and try not to
make the same mistakes
and at the same time, find something to hang our hat on. The first
month, were trying to
create an identity. An identity is something you have to do play-in
and play-out. We're in
the process of trying to do that.
The game just unfolded that way. You guys can make all kinds of
your doing. We're doing what's in the best interests of this
football team. How that
unfolds sometimes, it's hard to say. You guys jump to conclusions
certain things. I should sit here and have to answer questions why
based on your
speculation. I'm not going to do that.
What about Cincinnati's injuries?
They're a good football team and it's sad about David Pollack. He's a
good football player
and you really hate to see anyone go out for a season. Really, around
the league, there
were a lot of guys who went down. You hate to see that because
they've put in so much
preparation. But hey, they're playing well. You go into Kansas City,
that's not an easy place
to play. Carson Palmer looks like he's picking up where he left off.
He's picked right back
up on the no-huddle offense and we know all about that. He came in
here last year against
us and made plays. He's got a lot of the same people there in place
and they should get
T.J. (Houshmandzadeh) back this week. It's a very potent offense.
Defensively, they're a
team that comes up with sacks, turnovers. It's a very good football
team, very solid as they
proved last year. To me it looks like they've picked up right where
they left off. They're
playing with a lot of confidence and at a very high level.
Are they one of the more balanced teams?
They really do a good job with Rudi Johnson. He's really an
underrated back. He really runs
hard and with great balance. And Carson does a good job getting him
in and out of the
right plays. If you try to take the passing game away, they'll hit
you with the running
game. And if you try to take the running game away, they'll hit you
with some passes.
They've got a great corps of receivers, a good offensive line and a
quarterback that can
run that offense very well.
Does Troy need time off?
I think hell be ready Sunday but Ill let you know tomorrow when I
give you an injury
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