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Tomlin's take on Browns game

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By Scott Brown
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008

Whether he stands behind oft-criticized offensive coordinator Bruce Arians :

It is so not the time to talk about that, truth be known. We're singularly focused on the men we have in our circle. I won't even dignify that (question) with an answer.

Whether the 31-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday served as a wake-up call :

We're not going to ride the emotional roller coaster of win or lose. We won five (consecutive) games there and we were the same football team. I'm not going to go in the other direction and try to make more out of this loss than it is. We didn't do enough good things to win in a hostile environment against a good team. We hopefully make corrections and are better for it and move forward.

Whether the Steelers might shy away from running the ball since they've struggled in that area in recent weeks :

You've kind of got to have a short memory in this business. We can't be intimidated by what's occurred in the past. If you do, you'll never get over the hump in regard to anything you do. We acknowledge some of the areas we're deficient in, we work at them, we wait for the next opportunity to prove that we're not. That's the same mentality I have regarding the run game.

The Browns, who take a 4-11 record into Sunday's game at Heinz Field :

That's the same football team that beat the New York Giants on Monday night, it really is. There's a fine line between being 11-4 and 4-11 in this league. It happens year-in and year-out. I don't have the reasons why they haven't been successful this year, just like I don't have the reasons why maybe Jacksonville isn't successful this year. It just speaks to the parity and how good and solid this league is from top to bottom.



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