Postgame Takes

Tomlin: 'We're an attacking group'

Cleaning things up: The Steelers improved to 2-0, jumping out to a 17-3 lead, but it wasn't easy as penalties were one of the factors that kept the Denver Broncos in the game, before the Steelers closed out the 26-21 win.

The Steelers were penalized 10 times for 89 yards, giving the Broncos six first downs on penalties.

"They were a resilient bunch. They fought us the whole way," said Coach Mike Tomlin. "We helped them some. We have a lot of growth ahead of us but it's good to grow while you win. Today, I thought we were loose with the ball some. We turned the ball over, particularly at a significant period in the game.

"We were highly penalized. We'll look at the penalties and look to play cleaner. It was an Achilles heel for us today. It extended drives. It allowed those guys to remain in the game.

"We made the necessary plays. We understand early in the season we are not going to be perfect. We were good enough to win. We will make the necessary corrections tomorrow and then push forward."

Game action photos from the Steelers' Week 2 game against the Denver Broncos at Heinz Field

Something special: The Steelers special teams made some big plays against the Broncos, including a safety when Derek Watt tackled punter Sam Martin in the end zone.

Diontae Johnson and Ray-Ray McCloud also looked good in the return game, even though an 81-yard punt return by Johnson that would have gone for a touchdown was nullified by an illegal block on Cam Sutton.

"I am really excited about it," said Tomlin of the special teams play. "I thought Diontae was dynamic. I know we got a penalty on that punt return. But we had explosive plays in the return game. We had some splash with some other guys. I like the overall trajectory of it and we have to continue to grow."

Lining up: The Steelers had a different look on their offensive line today with David DeCastro inactive after he was ruled out of the game on Friday with a knee injury that has hampered him all through training camp, and Zach Banner and Stefen Wisniewski were both placed on the reserve/injured list during the past week.

With DeCastro out, and Wisniewski on injured reserve, it was rookie Kevin Dotson who had to step up at right guard, while Chuks Okorafor started at right tackle.

Tomlin said he wasn't fully ready to evaluate the line play but liked what Dotson and Okorafor brought to the table.

"I'll wait to look at the tape in terms of evaluating it," said Tomlin. "I just appreciate the effort and attitudes, particularly of the young guys. Kevin Dotson starting his first game and missed time in team development. You have to tip your cap at him for his efforts. Chuks, we know what he is capable of, so we are not surprised by his performance. It was enough to win. We will comb through it in the a.m. and get critical."

He said it:

The Steelers had seven sacks against the Broncos, with them coming from everywhere for the second-straight week.

"We're capable of bringing anybody, except the field corner," said Tomlin. "That is our philosophical approach. We are a blitz group. It's tough to bring the field corner because of the distance he plays from. Anybody else is capable of coming and that is just the code that we live by. It's our personality. We'll bring anyone. We're an attacking group."

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