The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their first loss of the 2014 season handed to them by the Baltimore Ravens with the final score 26-6. Hear what the players and coaches had to say about the loss in the locker room.
The Steelers head coach answers questions from the media and discusses the injury status of a few players who left the game Thursday night. Tomlin now has his team at 1-1 and in the middle of the AFC-North standings.
Roethlisberger and the offense were a bit off Thursday night. Protection was an issue throughout the game, especially on Marcus Gilbert's side. Roethlisberger still finished the game completing 22 of 37 passes for 217 yards and an interception. Roethlisberger was sacked twice and finished the game with a quarterback rating of 64.8.
Brown was having a solid outing before missing nearly a quarter due to absorbing a hit to the head by a Ravens defensive back. Brown returned to the game after passing the safety protocol set forth by the NFL. Brown ended the day with seven catches for 90 yards and was targeted a staggering 12 times throughout four quarters.
Bell looked to be the focus of the offense in the first half but, due to playing from behind, was forced out of the plan in the second half. Bell had 11 rushes for 59 yards, but was second on the team in receiving with five catches for 48 yards. Bell has proven to be the workhorse for the Steelers and he's continually called on to be the 'do-it-all' back for Pittsburgh.
The veteran cornerback was just one part of a lackluster performance by the Steelers' defense. Taylor was credited for one tackle and one pass defense in the game against the Ravens. Taylor was matched-up on Steve Smith Sr. more than Torrey Smith, which is a sign of Taylor not being able to handle teams' top receivers as he did earlier in his career.
The defensive lineman for the Steelers had his leadership on display as much as his play during this deflating loss to Baltimore. Keisel was seen on the field and on the sidelines keeping players heads up and doing his job as a leader to keep the team focused on the remaining 14 games. Keisel was only credited with one tackle and, just like the rest of the defense, did not register a quarterback pressure on Joe Flacco.
Polamalu and his other teammates in the secondary had a rough night against the quick-passing game of the Baltimore Ravens. Polamalu fell victim to guessing on several occasions and his missed tackles continue to be an issue on the defense. Polamalu registered eight tackles, and six of those were considered solo tackles.
The man Steelers fans thought might be an improvement over ex-Steeler Ryan Clark seems to be following in Clark's footsteps. Mitchell was burnt on several run plays, as well as through the air, and was flagged for two personal-foul penalties that were costly for an already-struggling defensive unit. Mitchell finished the game with five tackles, and four of them solo tackles.
Heyward looks to be a shell of the player Steelers fans got accustomed to seeing at the end of 2013, but improvement has been evident on several occasions. Unfortunately, missed opportunities for him have been evident on several occasions as well. Heyward registered seven tackles Thursday night, two of them being solo tackles.