Upon further review, Mike Tomlin did find something positive to take from the Steelers’ 35-7 loss to the Ravens.
“Daniel Sepulveda punted the ball well,” Tomlin said at his semi-informative, semi-entertaining news conference Tuesday.
Tomlin said several times that the Steelers were soundly beaten by their archrivals, that there is “no explanation” for what transpired in Baltimore.
And he didn’t bite when asked if the Steelers had come out flat, inexplicable as it may seem considering that they were playing the Ravens.
“I don’t want to take anything away from those guys. I don’t want to make excuses,” Tomlin said. “We didn’t perform well. We got beat convincingly by a good football team. However tough the meat is we’ll chew on that and move forward.”
At least one NFL analyst had a different take.
During a conference call Tuesday, NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk gave his observation of arguably the most surprising outcome from a wild opening week of league play.
“I didn’t think that they were ready,” Faulk said of the Steelers. “Baltimore showed up with a chip on their shoulder that the Pittsburgh Steelers normally match in that game. That did not look like the Pittsburgh Steelers team that we’re accustomed to seeing.”
Perhaps more interesting was Faulk saying that he doesn’t think the Steelers have improved themselves after getting to the Super Bowl in 2010.
“Yes, faster receivers does make for a better offense, but offensive line wise, I didn’t see them get better. I didn’t see them gain any depth on defense,” Faulk said. “Obviously, Troy Polamalu is there, kind of the heart and soul of that defense. If he goes down, they’d be in the same situation that they were in the Super Bowl when he was a little hurt.”
— Scott Brown