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Mike Tomlin post game presser – Patriots

Mike Tomlin post game presser – Patriots

Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Opening statement:
It was a tough, hard-fought game. We came up short. I appreciate the efforts of the guys. Obviously, New England is a good group. You know, we’ve got to be better in an effort to finish it. But a lot of good effort [and] things there.

On the injury front, A.B. [Antonio Brown] is getting his lower leg injury evaluated. I don’t have a lot of information there. James Conner has an MCL knee injury. Other than that, bumps and bruises associated with playing. But I thought the guys played hard. I thought they made plays, obviously, in all three phases, just not quite enough to finish it. Such is life sometimes in the NFL. It’s been awhile since we’ve been unsuccessful when we’ve stepped into a stadium. It’s important that we absorb what happened, we make necessary responses as we move forward and get back into our winning ways. And that’s going to be our challenge in response to what transpired. But we’ll start on that as we get into next week. Today, we played. We played to win. We came up short. We accept responsibility for that.

How did the game plan change without Brown in there?
You know, it changes. A.B. is significant, but I thought that the guys did a nice job of adjusting and making plays largely. [When] you lose somebody like A.B., there is an adjustment.
How did you view the touchdown that was called back?
You know, I don’t have HD and all of that stuff. So, it’s really irrelevant how I feel about it to be honest with you. It’s not going to change the outcome of the game. I’m not going to cry over spilled milk and all of that crap and talk about replay. I ain’t doing it.

Do you have a problem with Ben [Roethlisberger] going for it in that situation?
No. No, man. We play and play to win. That’s what we do.

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