"They were the better team tonight," Tomlin admitted. "We'll continue to work and move forward."
They will be moving forward, however, with a veteran QB who doesn't like his offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, an offensive line in shambles and a running game that's virtually non-existent -- an almost sacrilegious development for a franchise which has always prided itself on its ability to run the football.
Tomlin has never suffered through a losing season as a head coach, earning four playoff appearances, two Super Bowl berths and the Super Bowl XLIII championship in his previous six years at the helm in Pittsburgh.
In good times or bad -- like last season's .500 finish -- Tomlin has always preached accountability.
"There's a certain amount of misery with the position that we're in," Tomlin said after watching his team fall to 0-2. "We'll wear it. We don't like it, (but) we'll wear it."
That steady hand will serve Tomlin well and have the Steelers back into a desirous situation sooner rather than later, but sooner doesn't mean 2013.
For once, it's all about patience in Pittsburgh.
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Kansas City (2-0) at Philadelphia (1-1), Thursday, 8:25 p.m.
LINE: Eagles by 3
THE SKINNY: Kansas City head coach Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia, where he guided the Eagles to 140 total victories in 14 seasons. He will join Curly Lambeau and Hank Stram as the only head coaches in NFL history to face a team he mentored for at least 14 seasons.
"It's not about me," Reid said. "It's about our football team."
That team is just the fifth in league lore to start 2-0 after losing at least 14 games in the prior season.
In Philadelphia, there is a growing concern that Chip Kelly might be the bizarro Buddy Ryan in that he only cares about offense. Through two games, it looks like Kelly's vaunted offensive schemes are translating well, but he rarely had to worry about "silly things" like the defensive side of the ball or clock management at Oregon. The learning curve is going to be much steeper than most thought in those aspects.
That said, even though Reid seems rejuvenated in Kansas City, the Chiefs just don't have the firepower to win the type of game you can against the Eagles. Meanwhile, the short week of preparation works against a defense trying to catch up to Kelly's tempo.
"I know that every game we're going to play is going to be close, and that's what this league is all about," Kelly said. "It's important to execute every single snap you get out there on the field."
PREDICTION: Eagles 31, Chiefs 23
Houston (2-0) at Baltimore (1-1), Sunday. 1 p.m.
Line: Texans by 2 1/2
THE SKINNY: Future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will both be back in Baltimore for this one. Lewis will enter the Ravens' Ring of Honor while Reed is expected to make his return from offseason hip surgery against his old team, at least according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
"We'll have to assume that he's going to play," Harbaugh said of the eight- time All-Pro, who left the reigning Super Bowl champs as a free agent in the offseason. "We'd be surprised if he didn't play in this game, and we'll have to assume that he's going to play the way he's played in the past."
The Ravens notched their first win without Lewis and Reed last week against Cleveland to even their record at 1-1. Baltimore also started 1-1 last year en route to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Against the Browns in Week 2, the new- look Ravens D allowed just 259 total yards and recorded five sacks.