Final thoughts: 'he played well'

Here are a few final thoughts following the overtime loss to the Ravens.

REGRETS, THEY HAVE A FEW:Scobee wasn't the only player in the locker room bemoaning a play that wasn't made that wound up having a critical impact on the outcome.

Quarterback Mike Vick threw high and missed wide receiver Antonio Brown on fourth-and-1 from the Baltimore 33-yard line on what turned out to be the Steelers' final possession of overtime.

"That one is going to haunt me for a long time," Vick said. "It all came down to one defining play for me, I didn't convert. Antonio had a step. At the end of the day that fourth-and-1 pass still has to be made somehow, some way."

Cornerback Ross Cockrell came up with an interception and a fumble recovery but was beaten for a 15-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Kamar Aiken.

"I just gotta get my hands on, play all the way through the ball," Cockrell said. "I wish I could have done better for my team on that play."

Linebacker Arthur Moats was victimized on what became a 9-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Michael Campanaro.

"Oh, I missed the tackle," Moats said. "It was a reverse, I read it well. I gotta just shoot my gun and go get him."

There was also a pass from Vick to Brown in the second quarter on first-and-10 from the Baltimore 36 that Brown got his hands on but wasn't able to keep from falling to the end zone turf. The possession ended with a punt.

Defensive end Cam Heyward summarized the reaction of the players as follows: "We're not here to point fingers. We accept blame, offense, defense, special teams, we all gotta get better. There were too many times where we coulda put our foot on their throats and we just didn't do it."


IN PRAISE OF VICK:**Running back Le'Veon Bell appreciated Vick's first attempt at replacing Ben Roethlisberger. Vick finished 19 of 26 passing for 124 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a passer rating of 95.7. He also rushed nine times for 33 yards (3.7 yards per) and was sacked four times for 28 yards (the Steelers netted 96 yards passing).

"I think he played well," Bell said. "He definitely went out there, did everything we asked him to do, didn't turn the ball over, managed the game well and made plays. We just came up short as a team."

RUN-GAME BREAKDOWN:The Ravens came in with 218 rushing yards in three games and a 3.3 average per carry and then rushed for 191 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per attempt against the Steelers.

Moats credited running back Justin Forsett (27-150-5.6) but also thought the Steelers made it too easy at times for Forsett and the Ravens.

"The biggest thing for us is if we focus on our details in our different rushes and different blitzes, etc., we'll be fine," Moats said. "But when we're not fundamentally and gap sound you're going to have issues like that and with a back like Forsett, he's going to find it.

"If we have to get to the gap you can't get close to the gap, you have to actually get in it, and that's across the board. Going forward we have to make sure we do that."

HE SAID IT:"I haven't felt this type of pain in a long time." - Vick on the eventual outcome.

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