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'Tomlin's Takes' on rhythm, red flag & more

  • Finding their rhythm: Things were not looking good offensively for the Steelers in the first half against the Colts, with just 100 yards of total offense, 64 of them coming from the passing game. But in the second half things took a turn for the better, and Ben Roethlisberger finished the game completing 19 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. He also engineered a game-winning drive where he completed four-of-four passes for 66 yards.

"I just think offensively we were winning more possession downs," said Coach Mike Tomlin of the second half performance. "That allows you to find rhythm and stay on the field and build off of the play that preceded. When you are losing possession downs you are not going to find that rhythm. There is going to be a lack of rhythm when you are not winning possession downs. Often times anything you are talking about regarding rhythm, or finding your personality or getting hot is going to be centered around winning possession downs and being in winnable passion downs." 

  • Slow start: The slow start for the Steelers against the Colts, with the offensive numbers and trailing 10-3 at halftime, were not indicative of the Steelers, but they are indicative of a team coming off a bye weekend, where it some cases it takes a little bit of time to get rolling again.

"We just have to keep working," said Tomlin. "Sometimes you are going to start slow coming out of a bye. You hate it. You hate to even acknowledge it, but you acknowledge that it exists. Hopefully it will be less of an issue for us this week." 

  • Let's talk about it: In the third quarter the Steelers thought they had created a turnover when Vince Williams stripped the ball from Frank Gore, and the Steelers recovered. The officials, however, ruled that his forward progress had been stopped, ending the play, one that couldn't be challenged. Tomlin still threw the red flag, knowing he couldn't challenge it but frustration making him want an explanation.  

"I just wanted the discussion," said Tomlin. "It's a frustrating element. Sometimes judgement is not up for review. I understand that. But sometimes that judgement is cloudy. I wanted to know what was the indication that forward progress was stopped. Was it the whistle, and if it was the ball was out before the whistle. How is that reviewable, is there audio on the review It was an interesting discussion. It was a discussion worth having. I was frustrated because I thought we got the ball. Some rulings are judgment and are not subject to review and I understand that element of play."

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