Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tomlin also dismissive of Big Ben report
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Coach Mike Tomlin became the latest to refute an NFL Network report that Ben Roethlisberger may request that the Steelers look into trading him in the offseason because the veteran quarterback is frustrated over the direction of the franchise.
When asked if he has sensed that Roethlisberger is frustrated, Tomlin said, “I have, [it's] relative to losing and I share it but not anything that would lead us into (trade) discussion in any form or fashion. I’m not going to provide any more legs to an erroneous story. I thought it was handled and handled appropriately.”
Here are more Tomlin takes from his weekly news conference:
The Bengals have drifted back toward the pack in the AFC North following back-to-back losses, but Tomlin said he is not taking note of what is happening around the league for a simple reason. “Our first charge is handle our business and we haven’t done that consistently enough to look outside of our own house,” Tomlin said. “It doesn’t matter what’s going on in our division or around the National Football League unless we can start stacking significant wins.”
The seventh-year coach said reserve running back Jonathan Dwyer has earned more playing time. Dwyer has rushed for 139 yards and is averaging 4.8 yards per carry, and Tomlin lauded the fourth-year veteran for his work on the Steelers’ kickoff and punt return teams. When asked if Dwyer has changed because the Steelers released him in late August, Tomlin said, “I would imagine unemployment does that.”
Heath Miller caught just one pass for six yards in the Steelers’ 23-10 win over the Bills, and the veteran tight end didn’t hang onto what appeared to be a couple of catchable balls. Despite limited production from Miller in the passing game the last couple of weeks, Tomlin said he has been pleased with Miller’s play. “I thought it’s been timely and consistent as always. It’s our job to take what they give us and take it consistently. I’ve got no issue with Heath.” Michael Palmer has moved ahead of David Paulson on the depth chart at tight end, Tomlin said Palmer has practiced better than Paulson and earned more opportunities.
After reviewing film of the win over the Bills, Tomlin said he liked how the offense, defense and special teams all complemented one another. “There were contributions from all three phases,” he said, “but really they came at different times.”