With the win came the end of a surreal journey on Wednesday. A COVID-19 outbreak for the Ravens resulted in three postponements in what was originally the last competition in a Thanksgiving triple header. From Thursday to Sunday to Tuesday until Wednesday – finally. Despite all the delays and uncertainties, no consolation was found for Tomlin, who refused to take the absurdity of what came before the game as an excuse.
“We don’t make excuses,” he said. “We’re not looking for consolation. We didn’t play well and we didn’t train well tonight.”
Tomlin was known for often giving lengthy answers to his printers. Most of the time it was short and passionate. This one clearly left a terrible taste. How terrible?
“I don’t know,” he said. “I know this is pretty frustrating.”
There are currently no losses for the Steelers, but there are numerous concerns. However, Tomlin believes that figuring out what needs to be fixed is not that difficult.
“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “It’s not a transformative thing that has to play out. We have to train better and play better when we get in the bowl. I expect our group to do this Monday night, Monday night whenever we play.”
And so the Steelers go in another, newly planned game with a perfect record and an unsatisfactory performance to a matchup against Washington on Monday.
“We’re lucky tonight. It’s good to continue with the win. I acknowledge that,” said Tomlin. “But not much happened tonight to be proud or to look forward to anything else.”