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By Pittsburgh The Tribune-Review
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin weighs in on a number of issues heading into his team's game this week:

The altercation after a postgame handshake between San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh and Detroit's Jim Schwartz:

"I really have no thoughts. I think it is the same sometimes, when we pay attention to things that are meaningless, insignificant. The story of the NFL should be on the game itself. That was a hard-fought game played by two really good football teams, two exciting teams on the rise. I think that should be the story, not some unfortunate incident that happened after the game. I think that is silly."

What goes into the handshake between coaches after a game:

"I don't practice it. I don't think about it. I am just going to be cordial, be respectful and wish them well moving forward. I don't know about the norms, OK. I don't get into that. If I spend too much time thinking about the handshake, then I am not doing my job."

One conclusion he has drawn from the Steelers' 4-2 record:

"I think it's very obvious that we've performed to a winning level at home. We haven't done so on the road. We understand that if we want to be a contender, be a winning team, a January-type team, we have to perform better on the road than we have."

Why the Steelers didn't finish nearly as well as they started last Sunday against Jacksonville:

"Defensively, I thought we lacked a signature play, the defining play, a turnover play. Offensively, we didn't convert third downs in the second half. And if you give them (an extra) possession in the kicking game, you are going to give them a chance to get back into the game. It is not anything mystical. We can't allow those things to happen individually, let alone collectively, and that is what happened."

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