By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
CLEVELAND — Morning, Lunatics …
>> The Monday column from the frozen tundra of FirstEnergy Stadium offers credit where due to a coach who never allowed his team the time — or inclination — to sulk and/or quite on the season.
Here’s what Ben Roethlisberger had to say afterward …
And Antonio Brown …
… and Jason Worilds …
Random randomness from the event: Leave Worilds alone. I already made this point — or at least began to — in the Sunday column, but this game yesterday made it infinitely more stronger than any words could. Worilds was a force. He was relentlessly in pursuit of the quarterback, forcing incompletions, causing pain, you name it. I don’t care how much money LaMarr Woodley makes or what he achieved in another life. When Worilds comes back, he has to be on the left side. … Jarvis Jones earned staying at his spot, for that matter. … If the aim in challenging Le’Veon Bell all week long was to get him to hit the holes harder and keep his feet longer, it worked. The challenges continued into the game, obviously, with Felix Jones spelling him early and Jonathan Dwyer being used for those two — failed — short-yardage situations. … Ramon Foster, upon hearing Roethlisberger say down the stretch it was time to run: “We love it. I’m telling you, we were fired up.” … Enjoyed this from Ben when London was brought up: “You know what? It doesn’t matter. That’s irrelevant right now. That’s looking back, and I’m not looking back.” … Willie Gay said the secondary adjusted to all those crossing routes Cleveland had been connecting on early, but the biggest change there was getting pressure on the QB. … A lone negative here: Ike Taylor was savaged in the second half, and Josh Gordon wound up with the Browns’ record for receiving yards at 237 on 14 catches. Some of that was in garbage time, but Taylor continues to show wild swings. … Can you believe Brown already has 80 catches, with five games to go? … This is getting fun. Thursday can’t come soon enough.
The game story looks at the playoff picture, by beat writer Alan Robinson.
How about all those takeaways? Mark Kaboly reports.
OK, then, how about AB taking down Joe Haden? Ralph Paulk reports.
Here’s our full Steelers coverage, including my game balls, turning points, injuries.
Here’s Browns news from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Here are official game highlights from NFL.com.
Here’s our Steelers photo gallery by Chaz Palla and Chris Horner, including this gem of Heyward …
>> The Penguins move on to Boston, and they do so with a confident goaltender and goaltending coach. Josh Yohe reports.
Here’s our full Penguins coverage.
Here’s Bruins news from the Boston Globe.
Here are official game highlights from NHL.com.
>> Pitt hoops gets its first real test tonight in Texas Tech. John Harris previews.
>> Tyler Boyd has done it all as a Pitt football freshman. Jerry DiPaola reports.
>> Penn State will wrap up in Wisconsin. Chris Adamski reports on the special teams.
>> Lloyd McClendon earned his second chance in Seattle. This was Joe Starkey’s Sunday column.
>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.