On assessing the offense: "We were a little flat offensively. We had opportunities and we didn’t convert them. What you want to do in this league is to be in position to win at the end, and we were. They just made plays. I think the defense played well today. We could have helped them a little bit more in the first half."
On how the team keeps it together after a series of fumbles: "You know that you’ll have other opportunities. You never want to give up. Unfortunately it happened, and you just have to bounce back. I do think that the first half was a big reason that the outcome was the way it was. We went to halftime and made adjustments."
On the defense giving up a touchdown after a 17-play touchdown drive: "This is a team effort. There’s no pointing fingers. The defense has held up all year. They’ve played well all year. We just came up a little short."
On how much the no-huddle helped: "It was good. Obviously they’re in a 3-4 and they like to be disruptive. We found a way to counter that. That’s why the big drive happened there at the end. We converted two fourth-down conversions where Shady put his nose in there and got the first down. We answered the call but we have to come out hot in the first half."
On the defensive performance on the final drive: "There’s not much you can do. We just have to go out there and fight. They ended up with a field goal. It’s not like we didn’t go out there and fight until the end. We just didn’t execute when we needed to execute. You can’t have mistakes and turnovers and win games. You have to go out there and be mistake-free. That’s what great teams do."
On not stopping the Steelers on third and twelve in their own territory: "We have to get off on third downs. We can’t have big plays. They had some big plays and they hurt us. As a defense we just can’t have it."
On whether he was tired on the final drive: "No, we weren’t tired. That’s the way game goes. They made a big play and there’s nothing you can really say about it."
On the defense's inability to sack QB Ben Roethlisberger: "We try to get to him as best we could. He gets the ball fast, takes two steps and throws the ball fast."
On the importance of finishing on final drives: "It’s not just the final drive. It shouldn’t have even been that close. We need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot when we have opportunities. We’re not taking advantage of our opportunities. We’re not playing complete games. We’re just waiting to the end and trying to pull it out. We’re not putting ourselves in the best situation. We have to take advantage of every opportunity that we have throughout the whole game."
On if winning close games a sustainable way to succeed: "There are going to be close games. You’re always going to have close games. When you get in those close games, you have to pull them out. You want to be able to win them. Obviously it’s not the NFL, you’re not going to win every game. When you have opportunities like that you can’t let them slip away. This was an opportunity that we let go. We should have won that game. They pulled out the plays at the end this week and we weren’t able to stop them."
On if it is frustrating to not be able to close out a close game at the end: "That’s the name of the game. We wanted to be in that position. We were ready for that. We were excited to go out and take the field and win the game for our club. We just didn’t get it done today. I think it’s going to make us stronger."
On if it is deflating when to get a stop and then the offense turns the ball over: "No. We relish the opportunity to get on the field and make plays. It gives us more stats. We enjoy it. That’s been the marquis of this defense this year. We love taking the field, getting after the QB and getting after their guys."
On why he threw Antonio Brown’s shoe to the sideline: "I didn’t want it. I’m not going to hold on to it and hand it to him. He’s going to have to go get it."
On the 17-play touchdown drive: "We knew we needed to convert. We had to drive and score to give us an opportunity to win the game. That’s all that was. We were all on the same page in terms of blocking, running the ball, and converting. Everything that we needed to do to score, we did that."
On if it was frustrating to turn the ball over at the goal line: "That’s always frustrating. That contributed to the loss. You need to at least score three. If we get seven it’s a different ballgame. We just made turnovers. We have to stop it."
On what the turnover did to the momentum: "I want to be humble, but we felt like we could drive on them. At the beginning of the game, the calls were making, the runs, the passes. We were driving, driving. But that kind of changed the game a little bit."