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Q&A with Mike Tomlin


Steelers coach Mike Tomlin talked to the media for the first time all season during the week, and of course, it had to do with the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Q: Was Ben in too much pain to play so that’s why you made the decision?
A “We always lean on the expert advice of our medical staff. They didn’t think it was safe for him to play so obviously we are going with Byron Leftwich.”

Q: Coach, yesterday you mentioned a sprained shoulder, now it is a rib injury. Just your thoughts on it.
A: “To my knowledge, it is one of the same. I don’t get into explicit details with you guys. I think they are connected but I don’t have a skeleton in front of me but I think they are one in the same.”

Q: Is there any time line when he will return?
A: “I live in the present. He is out this week.”

Q: Any difference in the game plan with Leftwich starting?
A: Subtlety. Just a lean on his strengths and minimize his weakness. It isn’t anything that is complex.”

Q: What are some of Leftwich’s strengths?
A: He is a veteran guy. This is not his first rodeo and he has good charismatic leadership and he can make all the throws on the field. We expect winning football from him.

Q: Mike, are you confident Ben will play again this year.
A: (Scoff) Next question.

Q: We expect to see a little more of the run game this week.
A: We are going to do what is required of us to win the football game.

Q: Are the mistakes from last week’s run game correctable?
A: Yes

Q: Any updates on Ryan Clark
A: I am just talking about Ben

Q: Is it comforting to know that you have been successful before without Ben?
A: No, I am not looking for comfort, I am looking for results so we are going to prepare and play the football game.”




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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