Tomlin on win over Eagles

Coach Mike Tomlin's postgame assessment following the 24-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles:

That was a better outcome than last time out. That's kind of the desired response in terms of what we were looking for from our last performance in some areas and production. This is a process. We will assess this like the last one and move forward. Hopefully we will be better in our next outing versus Atlanta. But we are pleased to get the win and to see some of the things we saw offensively, defensively and on special teams. Guys have taken the steps that we've looked for. So we will just continue the team-building process.

Q. Can you talk about how the defense responded to the disappointing performance against the Redskins?

A. That's a veteran group. They challenge themselves. They understand the standard and they know they didn't meet it a week ago. That's the pleasure in having a group like that. They are harder on themselves than we could be. That's why they have a chance to be good.

Q. How would you assess Tony Hills' play?

A. I have to look at the tape first. I like the energy in which he played. I saw him finishing several times. He's had a good camp. He continues to be a guy on the rise. But I will reserve judgment on the details of his play until I see the tape.

Q. How about the play of Troy Polamalu and James Harirson, both of whom were making their first appearances of the preseason?

A. Those guys are who they are. They are both former defensive player of the year type dudes. So we come to expect that play from them. We weren't surprised with what we got.

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