Tomlin: ‘We Accept the Outcome, Stand by Work’

Steelers coach deflects questions about underachieving

Josh Rowntree
December 30, 2018 - 10:51 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches his team play the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field.

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Mike Tomlin was unwilling to publicly comment on if his team underachieved in a season in which Pittsburgh went from 7-2-1, with a two-game AFC North lead, to missing the postseason entirely. 

“I don’t get into that,” Tomlin said after the Steelers beat Cincinnati, 16-13, at Heinz Field. “We are what our record says it is.”

That record, 9-6-1, is poor enough to keep the Steelers out of the playoffs for the first time since 2013. 

“We accept the outcome,” Tomlin said. “We’ve had 17 weeks to state a case for ourselves. We stand by our work. You have to in this business. I am appreciative of the efforts today. It is what it is. We’ll assess tomorrow and, obviously, move forward.”

“It’s tough, the end result of it all, as it always is.”

Tomlin said he would be more willing to “paint with a broader brush” at his Tuesday press conference. 

Hear all of what Mike Tomlin had to say below.