Tomlin says QB call not an issue with Steelers
During the few rough patches the Pittsburgh
A season later, the
As former coach Chuck Noll once said, there are many problems and they are great, beginning with some rarely-seen-in-public infighting.
Ward: “This game is almost like a playoff game. It’s almost a must-win. I could see some players or teammates questioning, like, ‘It’s just a concussion. I’ve played with a concussion before.”‘
Holmes: “We would have liked for him to play. If he had the opportunity, he should have played for us, but he didn’t. And we didn’t get the job done.”
Afterward, coach Mike Tomlin explained the last-minute decision wasn’t made by Roethlisberger, as some players apparently thought, but was the team following a recommendation by neurologist Joseph Maroon.
Ward and Roethlisberger have had their moments before, such as when the quarterback lobbied for the team to draft a tall receiver last year and Ward objected. Still, this is the first time Roethlisberger has been so harshly rebuked in public by a teammate, and it comes just as the
Tomlin, always proactive in settling any issues, is convinced he doesn’t have an estranged team.
“I’m not worried about a problem in the locker room,” Tomlin said. “In that instance, maybe Hines was misinformed. I didn’t give him the detailed explanation that went down in terms of the decision-making. … I was more concerned with getting Dennis ready to play.”
Three of the
“I don’t feel it (the season) is over yet,” linebacker
To get turned around, the
“We will not go gently,” Tomlin said. “We will unleash hell in December because we have to. We won’t go in a shell. We’ll go into attack mode, because that’s what’s required.”
Tough words by Tomlin. He’ll find out soon if he has a team tough enough to match them.