Steelers elimination from the playoffs won’t make a difference on future plans and games, says Tomlin

12/11/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Dec 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reacts on the sidelines against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Miami Dolphins won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsThe Pittsburgh Steelers have ruined their chances of making it to the playoffs after losing back to back matches but their head coach Mike Tomlin said that even that will not make a difference on the plans they have for the coming games and the future plans. He added that they would go into the game against the Cincinnati Bengals as usual without any fuss or nervousness.

“We understand the ramifications of what happened, but it really doesn’t change our plan of what we want to do this week — defeat the Cincinnati Bengals,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers have all but lost their chance to make it to the playoffs this season. They have lost games to the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens. Both the teams are contending for the second wildcard spot in the AFC. This means they are almost out by all rational means.

On coming Sunday the Steelers will go up against the Bengals on Heinz Field. The Bengals are 9-4 and Steelers have lost the past two matchups against them.

“We’ve lost two close games in the last two weeks to teams in the same state as us — fighting for survival,” Tomlin said. “We came up short, but it doesn’t change our approach.”

The Steelers don’t have good stats either. They have a league-leading 11 plays allowed of 50 or more yards.

“The reality is, 50-yard plays eliminate a lot of execution. We’ve had quite a few that eliminated a lot of execution opportunities,” Tomlin said. “If they were centrally located, those things are easily solved. But, when you look at it, it’s like popcorn — it’s a myriad of schematic things, a myriad of personnel things.”

About the game changing drop by wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Tomlin said that mistakes happen and players both make and drop passes.

“He’s made some plays, he’s missed some plays like everybody. He didn’t make a play in that circumstance. There’s been other circumstances when he did make plays.”
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