After going over the film, Mike Tomlin again today cited the Steelers getting “significant plays in all three phases” being pivotal to the Steelers dominant performance vs the Bengals.
“A good performance from all parties involved,” Tomlin said. “Had significant plays in all three phases. Thought the splash plays in special teams set the tone early on.”
Even with their playoff hopes on life support, Tomlin felt a strong week of practice played a big factor in the Steelers performance. “I liked the things that setup the performance. Thought we had a great week of practice,” Tomlin said.
Needing a ton of help and pretty much a miracle to make the playoffs, winning out, though, might not matter to the Steelers playoff hopes, but it could lead to momentum heading into next season.
Pittsburgh faces a playoff caliber team in the Green Bay Packers that has a lot of play for Sunday and it’s going to be another good measuring stick for management when evaluating this team at seasons end.
The storyline this week will be whether the Steelers see Aaron Rodgers under center. Tomlin tried to downplay the importance of Rodgers returning saying the Packers scheme hasn’t changed.
“{Matt} Flynn is playing good football for them,” Tomlin said. “He’s managed their offense very well. Nice balance of run and pass……There’s potential Aaron Rodgers could play, we’re not going to worry about that. We’ll get information as you guys get information.”
Tomlin noted from a planning stage, the team won’t worry about what quarterback is playing. “We’re going to prepare what they do schematically,” Tomlin said……Sure the Steelers aren’t worried about whether Rodgers plays or not.

LaMarr Woodley is expected to miss the rest of the season. Tomlin ruled Woodley out for Sunday’s game and didn’t deny the possibility of Woodley going on injured reserved. Woodley is now dealing with a second calf injury and it’s just as severe as the one that kept him out three weeks. Tomlin was asked about Woodley’s play this season when he’s healthy and Tomlin said “he’s been solid”.
Meanwhile the “arrow is pointing up” on Brett Keisel and Steven Mclendon playing this week.