Tomlin not concerned with secondary

Tomlin not concerned with secondary
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin holds news conference after win over Philadelphia Eagles (10/13/20)

PITTSBURGH — In the aftermath of giving up a season-high 29 points and allowing 10-straight third down conversions in a win over the Eagles Sunday, you’d think the Steelers might show some concern about their defense.

But Mike Tomlin largely took the Alfred E. Neuman approach to those issues Tuesday, essentially saying, ‘What, me worry?’

While acknowledging the Steelers (4-0) have some things they need to clean up as they prepare to face the Browns (4-1) Sunday at Heinz Field, Tomlin said some of the issues in the team’s 38-29 win over the Eagles were simply a matter of Philadelphia making some good plays.

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He was particularly complimentary to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and wide receiver Travis Fulgham.

Wentz completed 20 of 35 passes for 258 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, with 10 of those completions going to Fulgham, a 2019 sixth-round draft pick of the Lions who had been released by both that team and the Packers this year before landing with the Eagles.

“Some of the issues aren’t issues. Some of the issues are (Fulgham) was making some combat catches, and you’ve got to acknowledge that,” Tomlin said. "A couple of those conversions were thrown into tight coverage and they were great throws. That one down the middle of the field, we were in two-deep coverage and Mike Hilton was in close proximity to (Fulgham) and he made a combat catch down the middle of the field running blind. You’ve got to respect that. He made a circus, jump catch in front of our bench with Steven Nelson draped all over him and challenging the throw.

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