Last time Tomlin took that tone postgame, Shaun Suisham was headed for injured reserve with a torn ACL.
The Steelers could be looking for a third kicker in four weeks, which is a brutal way to live. No free agent kicker was replacing Suisham, a top-10 kicker in the league, but Hartley was a good backup. On his first practice day, he made 10-of-13 kicks in live action simulation, and two of those misses were on 50-plus yarders. From 35 to 45 yards, Hartley is pretty consistent. He doesn't have a booming leg for kickoff returns -- 80 percent of his kickoffs have been returned this preseason, according to Pro Football Focus -- but the Steelers could live with that.
Now, if Hartley's out for an extended period, the offense still doesn't know what to expect from the field-goal unit when it approaches the red zone.
The leftover options are serviceable but not overly exciting.
The Steelers can revisit recent tryout players Alex Henery, a career 86 percent kicker before his 1-of-5 performance got him fired in Detroit last year, or veteran Jay Feely, who attempted four kicks for Chicago last year (he went 3-of-4).
Then there's Billy Cundiff, who made 22-of-29 kicks for Cleveland last year but was released after suffering a knee injury. Hartley replaced him.
Those aren't bad fallback options, but the Steelers have reason to feel uneasy when forced to reach into the third-string bin for precious points.
Between injuries and suspensions this preseason, the Steelers must be ready to start the games that matter already.