Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's take
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin weighs in on his team heading into this week's game:
The importance of Sunday's game against Cincinnati:
"We are a team that's looking to get right after a performance that was below the line. Such is life in the NFL. We are excited about preparing for this opportunity. We are going to need a good preparation week. We acknowledge that if we are going to make a run here in the second half, it has to start now. It has to start on the road, as it should. We are excited about this week."
Putting the loss to Ravens behind them quickly and moving on:
"No, I'm not comfortable, and I'm not looking for comfort. That's not how we live. I think it is important that we understand the urgency of this moment, and the gravity of the preparation that awaits us this week, and that we right this thing and quickly get back to winning football. Now that is easier said than done, because obviously we have an opponent waiting for us that has made winning a habit, particularly over the last five weeks. So we are sensitive to that, we respect that, and by no means are we looking to find comfort in our situation."
Tony Dungy being critical of the Steelers for playing man defense on the last drive against Baltimore:
"It's easy to look back and question. Guys like Tony and others were patting us on the back a week ago for doing similar things. So I don't worry about what they say, to be honest with you. We are just trying to play within our strengths and be prepared to do what is necessary for us to win football games."
If James Farrior comes back this week, will Lawrence Timmons still be at outside linebacker?
"It's a possibility, but again we haven't begun to address or discuss those possibilities because more than anything it is about the availability of the men. We have some guys that are position-flexible — that helps us — and Lawrence Timmons of course is essential to that."
What kind of difference it makes having same five offensive linemen for past few weeks:
"I don't know if there has been a difference. We are coming together as a football team. Not just our offensive line unit, but as an offensive unit, a team unit. But that is, of course, what you expect through the course of the football season. The more you play, the sharper you get as a football unit."
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