Postgame Takes

Tomlin on detail, splash and more

Looking for detail: Coach Mike Tomlin had one word that summed it all up.

Detail.

Tomlin stressed the Steelers needed more detail in their loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, a 27-17 defeat that dropped the black and gold to 1-3 on the season. 

"There's nothing mystical about it," said Tomlin. "Like I just told the team, we need more detail in our play. We've got to put them in a better position to make plays and then they've got to make more plays. We're all collectively in our circumstance together. We've got to continually get better. Those are our intentions.

"We don't like where we are, but more importantly about not liking where we are is about what we do about it as we move forward. We won't blink. We need to continue to get better and be more detailed in our play, more understanding, and that'll produce the splash that will get us out of stadiums.

"It's not enough splash. We had our opportunities. We had opportunities to get behind them and so forth. We didn't take advantage of it. We had opportunities to get off sooner on defense. We didn't win enough third downs. You know we had a splash play on special teams, to no avail. We'll just keep working, we'll keep working in all three phases."

Not so special: The Steelers thought they had a play that could have turned the tide of the game, a true splash play, when Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby with 20 seconds to play in the first half. Fitzpatrick recovered it and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown. The play would have put the Steelers up, 17-14 at the end of the half.

But Joe Haden was called for offsides, negating the play and giving Crosby a chance to hit a 26-yard field goal to extend the Packers lead to 17-10 at the half.

When asked his thoughts on the call, Tomlin said he didn't have the view of the line of scrimmage to fully say.

"You know you hear things about what was said on television and all of that," said Tomlin. "I didn't have the line of scrimmage. I'd just be speculating and giving you some hearsay."

Tomlin did acknowledge, though, the impact it could have had.

"I mean, that's obvious," said Tomlin. "That's a point swing."

Game action photos from the Steelers' Week 4 game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field

No long ball: On a day when Ben Roethlisberger threw his 400th career touchdown pass and passed Dan Marino for sixth place on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list, the offense still struggled on the deep ball. Roethlisberger did hit Diontae Johnson deep for a 45-yard touchdown pass and connected with James Washington for a 30-yard pass. But he failed to hook up with JuJu Smith-Schuster on several long pass plays.

"Just detail execution," said Tomlin. "And I don't say that tongue in cheek. We need more detail in our work. We need better understanding. We need to play faster, produce the chunks. We're close. We had some opportunities today. We just didn't hit enough of them.

"We've got to have those plays, particularly when we're not playing as well as we'd like. Chunks eliminate a lot of execution, we say in the coaching business and by that, I mean if you're not playing clean, splash plays or chunks of real estate aid you. We're not playing clean enough and we're not getting enough chunks to offset it. And that's why we have the conversation that we're having."

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