PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster joined “The Fan Morning Show” in his regular weekly spot on Tuesday following his team’s stunning loss to the Jets.
Foster talked about the most controversial play from the game which didn’t take place until the final seconds, when Mike Mitchell attempted to leap over the Jets offensive line when they were lined up to take a knee and ice the game.
“The game was decided at that point,” Foster said. “I like Mike Mitchell as a player, but as far as like himself personally, if you look at him jump over the line, it looked bad. He landed hard, he landed awkward. You’ve got to take safety into consideration when you’re dealing with that type of thing. What if he had fell on the back of one of those offensive linemen’s legs? It’s hard to replace a lineman that you’re in a group with. So Coach Tomlin talked to him about it. That’s one thing we’ve got to be smart about, and not go down that lane. We lost- you’ve got to take your loss with dignity.”
The Steelers have built for themselves a reputation of playing down to their opponents and losing to teams that are widely viewed as worse than them. Foster addressed this and the high number of times the Steelers gave away the ball.
“There’s no answers to that other than we just can’t let that happen,” Foster said. “That’s one of those things where those were player controlled situations right there. We have to execute even when we’re playing against teams that are dubbed as ‘not good teams.’ The Jets have some really good players on their team. We did what they have been doing to lose those games and we turned the ball over a lot. We played like them in a sense as far as the reason they are now, what is it, 2-8? And that’s how we played yesterday.”
Foster also talked about the fine line between good and bad teams in the NFL, what the Jets showed them that they hadn’t seen on tape and the tight race in the AFC North.
The full interview can be heard here: