Steelers coach Mike Tomlin: ‘Those people that were lacking effort won’t be playing’

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin disappointed after Sunday’s 55-31 loss to the New England Patriots.

“A disappointing performance, probably as disappointed as I have been especially under the circumstances in terms of how we were able to fight back there at the beginning of the second half,” said Tomlin, via the team’s website. “It was a 24-24 game and they handled us and handled us well.”

Tomlin was asked about the team’s effort.

“Not good enough,” he said. “Not good enough. It just wasn’t. We are going to comb through this with a fine tooth comb, as we should. Those people that were lacking effort won’t be playing. It’s just that simple.”

Ben Roethlisberger completed 28 of 48 passes for 400 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions.  Jerricho Cotchery caught three of those touchdowns, finishing with seven receptions for 96 yards.  Antonio Brown caught the other touchdown.

“I am angry,” Tomlin said. “I’m disappointed. We don’t have time for perplexed. We are capable of better than that. We’ve got to be better than that, we weren’t. So we’re going to fix it.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his best performance this season, completing 23 of 33 passes for 432 yards and four touchdowns.

The Steelers (2-6) have never given up 55 points in a game.

“It was a 55-point game. I don’t care whether it was the most points we gave up or not, it isn’t any more sickening or less sickening based on those results.”

The Steelers host the Buffalo Bills next Sunday at Heinz Field.

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