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I-Want-Troy's-Hair
02-13-2007, 12:26 AM
Again I'm liking what I'm hearing from Tomlin. He likes the two back theory and he has "potential men identified" hmmm - who could it be. :tt02:

http://postgazette.com/pg/07044/761700-66.stm

Tomlin unworried about comments
Accepts that Faneca preferred Grimm

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The first discouraging words from within since the Steelers hired Mike Tomlin as head coach came from 4,657 miles away, from guard Alan Faneca, a team co-captain playing in his sixth Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

The new coach tackled this initial public difference of in-house opinion yesterday by saying he was not really surprised.

"Yeah, I did see what he said and, no, I'm not concerned about it whatsoever," Tomlin said.

"Transition's never easy, particularly at a place like this that has had great stability. Some organizations get quite used to change; this is not one of them, thankfully. So you don't expect it to be easy or comfortable for everyone, but not concerned about that at all."

Faneca, a nine-year starter, displayed disappointment over the weekend that neither of the two candidates on the staff, Russ Grimm or Ken Whisenhunt, were hired to replace Bill Cowher when he resigned. Faneca has not yet met with Tomlin, who has talked individually with more than half of the players on the roster.

"I wanted Russ to get the job," Faneca said from Honolulu, where the Pro Bowl was played Saturday night. "It's a guy we know, and a guy I'm experienced with. I hoped Russ would get that opportunity, but it didn't work out.

"When Cowher retired, everybody in the league wanted two of our guys, so you'd think we would want at least one of them."

Tomlin said once the players get to know him, those questions will "quickly be laid to bed" and that he does not rule by intimidation.

"Some people motivate through fear. To me, fear is not a good long-term motivator. I think you motivate true professionals through teaching, so that's my approach. Charismatic leadership or motivation, fear motivation, or teaching; I tend to focus on teaching.

"I'm not here to entertain them, or try to win them over immediately with glitz and glamour. That's short-lived. I'm going to be myself. We're going to get started about the business of putting together a great football team. That's just rolling your sleeves up and going to work on a day-to-day basis."

Tomlin answered questions for 30 minutes from nine newspaper reporters who cover the team yesterday, his first group interview since his initial news conference Jan. 22, the day after he was hired.

Among other more notable topics discussed by Tomlin yesterday:

While he talked to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more than any other player so far, the topic of his riding a motorcycle with or without a helmet was not broached.

"There'll be very few boundaries with me, not only with him but with any of the men in terms of things like that, because I'd ask him to do the same thing with me one-on-one. I have no problem having those kinds of discussions, not only with Ben but with anybody."

Tomlin said he would expect a starting quarterback, no matter who he is, "to play winning football, to manage the game, to do the detail things that are required to keep the chains moving and to ring up the scoreboard."

After watching Willie Parker on tape, Tomlin's opinion of the starting halfback changed.

"I think initially coming in, I had a perception of him as a perimeter runner. But it was obvious the more tape I watched that he's capable of hurting you in a variety of ways. I'm developing a great deal of respect for what he's capable of doing as a ballcarrier in all facets of the game."

Still, he still believes the Steelers need to find a second back to complement Parker, and that back could be on their roster.

"We have potential men identified. ... I think just having the ability to be multiple, having the ability to attack defenses in different ways. If you look at New Orleans, Deuce McAllister is a power man, Reggie Bush is speed. If you look at New England, Corey Dillon is power, the rookie Laurence Maroney is speed.

"You have to have the ability to have a change of pace offense, to attack people in different ways. Central, from a perimeter standpoint, having the ability to play both in the game at the same time and go two-back or one-back. It just gives the defense more things to work on. I think it's just part of today's NFL."

He has viewed plenty of tape since his arrival and formed opinions, but would not offer any on what went wrong last season for the defending Super Bowl champs.

"I'm not looking back to pass judgment on what happened here, nor do I care what happened here. My focus is the '07 Steelers, not the '06 Steelers."

The Steelers are unlikely to draft certain styles of players based on whether they continue to run the 3-4 defense or move toward a 4-3.

"The elite players defy scheme," Tomlin said. "Troy Polamalu's going to be an excellent safety, regardless of what defensive scheme he's in. Casey Hampton's going to be a dominant interior defensive lineman, regardless of what scheme he's in. So the elite players defy scheme. We're not going to get enamored with that. What we're going to do is we're going to continue to shape our package to do what our players do and do well. It'll be a constant evolution, just like the players are constantly evolving."

He's all for using starters on special teams, something Cowher tried to avoid.

"I have an all-hands-on-deck mentality. And you guys will find it's not going to be lip service. It's a legitimate phase of the game."

Preacher
02-13-2007, 12:55 AM
Man...

WHEN DOES CAMP START??


ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHH

OX1947
02-13-2007, 01:42 AM
This is a good omen, the last time Faneca was displeased about a certain transition, the steelers went 27-4 and won a super bowl in less then 2 years....

robzombie813
02-13-2007, 05:57 AM
Yeah, I'm beginning to think Alan should just start keeping his opinion to himself. It's one thing to have and express your opinion, but, that almost bordered on malicious, I think. Alan Faneca is a great lineman and one of the best left guards in all of football, but, he needs to think first, install a Shut-Up filter from brain to mouth, and just let it be.

Edman
02-13-2007, 06:20 AM
Could we be using FWP as a Brian Westbrook type? He's got the speed. While having a power guy to punch the other team in the mouth? Could we finally see a capable Steeler offense that can beat you in a variety of ways? I'm psyched! Come on, Tomlin! Make it happen!

And regarding Big Ben, the ball's gonna be in his court. New coach, New Scheme, New QB coach who won't buddy-buddy with him(No More Whipple). Is he up to the challenge?

polamalufan43
02-13-2007, 06:23 AM
Could we be using FWP as a Brian Westbrook type? He's got the speed. While having a power guy to punch the other team in the mouth? Could we finally see a capable Steeler offense that can beat you in a variety of ways? I'm psyched! Come on, Tomlin! Make it happen!

And regarding Big Ben, the ball's gonna be in his court. New coach, New Scheme, New QB coach who won't buddy-buddy with him(No More Whipple). Is he up to the challenge?

I think he will be. As for the omen about Faneca, I didnt know that. Hehehe, it's a sign. Anyway, Tomlin so far seems to be a leader and all around good guy. We will see if this holds up in training camp. Cant wait for it. St. Vincent in Latrobe 07!!!!!

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

HometownGal
02-13-2007, 07:17 AM
"Some people motivate through fear. To me, fear is not a good long-term motivator. I think you motivate true professionals through teaching, so that's my approach. Charismatic leadership or motivation, fear motivation, or teaching; I tend to focus on teaching.

"I'm not here to entertain them, or try to win them over immediately with glitz and glamour. That's short-lived. I'm going to be myself. We're going to get started about the business of putting together a great football team. That's just rolling your sleeves up and going to work on a day-to-day basis."


I really like the Tomlinator's attitude and approach to running this football team. I believe the Steelers are going to benefit greatly from this man's leadership. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the great article, PF43! :cheers:

Newzfoxjr
02-13-2007, 07:24 AM
If it's from Faneca, then it's probably a good sign. He was 'disappointed' about Roethlisberger starting too! :)

polamalufan43
02-13-2007, 07:30 AM
I really like the Tomlinator's attitude and approach to running this football team. I believe the Steelers are going to benefit greatly from this man's leadership. :thumbsup:

Thanks for the great article, PF43! :cheers:

I cant take credit for it, I-Want-Troy's-Hair posted it. And in any case, great job to IWTH.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

HometownGal
02-13-2007, 08:08 AM
I cant take credit for it, I-Want-Troy's-Hair posted it. And in any case, great job to IWTH.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

Oops - sorry - LOL! Must be the hair. :wink02:

83-Steelers-43
02-13-2007, 09:27 AM
Yeah, I'm beginning to think Alan should just start keeping his opinion to himself. It's one thing to have and express your opinion, but, that almost bordered on malicious, I think. Alan Faneca is a great lineman and one of the best left guards in all of football, but, he needs to think first, install a Shut-Up filter from brain to mouth, and just let it be.

I'm starting to think the same. Faneca and his wife do alot for the community here in Pittsburgh and he seems like a genuinely nice guy, but I think he stepped over the line with his recent comments. You can make your point by simply stating that your "surprised" by the decision, but to go as far as Faneca went was simply uncalled for in my opinion.

You would think after making his remarks pertaining to Ben he would have learned how to quiet it down a bit. Granted, not many in Steeler nation knew Ben would turn around and go 15-1, but at times your better off keeping your mouth shut and riding out the wave. Especially when your a high paid athlete on that particular players team and he is your teammate.

alittlejazzbird
02-13-2007, 10:47 AM
Yeah, I'm beginning to think Alan should just start keeping his opinion to himself. It's one thing to have and express your opinion, but, that almost bordered on malicious, I think. Alan Faneca is a great lineman and one of the best left guards in all of football, but, he needs to think first, install a Shut-Up filter from brain to mouth, and just let it be.


In fairness to Alan Faneca, this was yet another example of how the media manipulates quotes. Ed Bouchette gave you this much of Faneca's remarks in today's article:

"When Cowher retired, everybody in the league wanted two of our guys, so you'd think we would want at least one of them,"

and conveniently forgot to follow it up with the very next words out of Alan's mouth:

"But the Rooneys have a process they go through, and it's a good process. Hopefully it will work out for the best."

So really, what he said was, he wanted it to be one of the guys he was comfortable with and was disappointed that the new coach wasn't in-house, but he is clearly demonstrating his faith in the Rooneys, which also leads me to believe that as a professional, he will work hard for his new coach and will be receptive to the inevitable change that is in the wind. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with him candidly expressing his disappointment. It's no secret that the guys wanted Whiz or Grimm to get the gig.

It irks me, though, how the media plants little seeds of discord, and intimates problems where there aren't necessarily problems, just to juice up their stories. And Ed Bouchette is someone whose coverage seems to me to be always fair and accurate regarding the Steelers, so it's a little surprising coming from him.

83-Steelers-43
02-13-2007, 10:56 AM
Ed Bouchette typed up an article dealing with Faneca's comments on January 23.

Link to article: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07023/756028-66.stm

I knew then what Faneca "fully" stated and I still felt Faneca was out of line and was better off either keeping his mouth shut or choosing his words more wisely (toning it down a bit).

In my opinion, Faneca should have followed Keisel's and Foote's lead.........

Keisel: "I'm surprised, I guess you could say," defensive end Brett Keisel said of the choice. "I said this before, I have the most confidence in the Rooneys to select a coach -- they have, and now we can move forward."

"Change can be good, and, obviously, we're in the middle of change," Keisel said. "Who knows what's going to happen with the offense, the defense. Obviously, we'll have a new special teams coach. It will be different at work, but we're in a situation where we have a new coach and we all need to embrace him and move forward."

Foote: "I'm quite sure Kevin and the Rooneys made a good decision," linebacker Larry Foote said. "All the reports I hear about people who know coach Mike said he's a great guy. I'm excited."

"This gives us a fresh start," Foote said. "Our team is pretty much intact. He's definitely coming into a great situation. He can add his insight and maybe get us back over the top."

Atlanta Dan
02-13-2007, 11:29 AM
Faneca said what he thinks - that is a luxury of having made more $$$ than you can possibly spend for the rest of your life and not giving a rat's a** whether your employer does or does not like it.

At this stage of his career, IMHO Faneca has concluded that the Steelers management needs him more than he needs the Steelers managment - for better or worse, I agree with that conclusion.

Faneca probably was asked his opinion poolside (possibly after having a couple cold ones to rehydrate) and gave an honest answer. I think Tomlin knows that and respects it - Faneca said he wanted Grimm, not that Tomlin is a rotten coach.

When Faneca's contract is up for negotiation I do not expect the Steelers to cut him any slack so I have no problem with Faneca not cutting the Rooneys any slack and saying what a lot of vets probably believe. In some ways, speaking hard truths is what being a team leader is about.

Dylan
02-13-2007, 07:57 PM
Can't wait till traing camp starts