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stillers4me
07-14-2007, 11:13 AM
http://www.dailypress.com:80/sports/dp-now-tomlin.j14,0,6907612.column?coll=dp-sports-local

The more I read about this guy, the more excited I get. Now I know we ARE going to lose games from time to time, but my gut tells me if we, the fans and the players give this guy a chance, he's going to make us very proud.......of Mike Tomlin the coach, and of Mike Tomlin the man. And, I think he is just the coolest looking head coach I've ever seen!!

Favorite son, fortunate one
Mike Tomlin is proud to be from the Peninsula. And we're proud of him.
Dave Fairbank


July 14 2007

He began by telling the crowd of family, friends and gawkerazzi that he is no different than they are -- an accurate, if incomplete, assessment.

Mike Tomlin is indeed a Peninsula guy. He can navigate Mercury Boulevard and can get to Patrick Henry Mall and Darling Stadium and Paul's Deli. His deep roots here mean that he is never more than three minutes from someone he knows or someone who knows him and his family.

That Tomlin is different speaks to the reason he was at the banquet lectern Thursday night at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. It's the reason he is the marquee presence this weekend at the Peninsula Youth Football Camp at Christopher Newport University.

People want his autograph. They whip out cameras and camera phones to have their photos taken with him. They want to shake his hand and wish him luck.

Such is life when a hard-working, fun-loving kid from Denbigh High becomes Mike Tomlin, comma, head coach of the five-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, thank you very much.

"The funny thing is," Tomlin said Thursday evening, "there's a perception that I left here in May of '95 when I graduated from William and Mary and this is my first time back. But I come home every year. I guess it's just more of a story this time."

It's enough of a story that a couple of Pittsburgh medioids have combed the Peninsula in recent weeks for background. It's enough of a story that the NFL Network sent a camera crew to shadow Tomlin this weekend during this particular homecoming.

Tomlin joked with the NFL Network crew at Thursday's banquet: "You might have to do some editing if I run into a crazy cousin or something."

To watch Tomlin this weekend is to see someone completely at ease with himself and his surroundings.

He exudes both joy and passion, evident in his keynote speech at the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation pre-camp banquet Thursday and with kids Friday at the camp itself.

Tomlin ran around with the kids Friday, going from station to station, and offered running commentary.

As the kids filed into an auditorium at CNU's Ferguson Center for a brief talk, he was at the door greeting and slapping hands, along with a stream of chatter: "Doin' alright?" "Let's go." "You havin' a good day?"

He didn't talk to them about football.

He talked about the importance of listening, how listening is a skill that needs to be developed, just like running a pass route.

At Thursday's banquet, Tomlin told stories on himself. He credited his good fortune to a nurturing family, the toughness required to be a successful athlete on the Peninsula, and a loving God.

"I'm not the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers at the age of 35 just because of me," he said. "I'm not that good. Nobody's that good."

Tomlin challenged those in attendance to do more to help kids.

For him, youth camps and organizations such as All Pro Dad are obligation more than voluntary. Paying it forward, as he put it.

He knows he has the opportunity and the platform he does because of successful African-American head coaches Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith and Herm Edwards -- "My uncles," he called them -- but he downplayed the notion of race as an overriding factor.

"I recognize the importance of it," he said. "African-American is what I am; coaching is what I do. They're two separate things."

That said, if he inspires someone else, then all the better.

Funny thing is, the person least impressed by Tomlin seems to be Tomlin. He has simply plowed ahead, listened and learned.

Most important, he has been true to himself and will use all of his power to remain so. That's why he is undaunted about taking over one of the league's signature franchises and replacing a Pittsburgh icon in Bill Cowher.

"One thing about this business, at this level, it humbles you," he said. "We're all replaceable. In terms of replacing Bill, I wasn't concerned about that. I was just going to install the foundation of what our football is going to be about and be true to my vision.

"I can't be Bill Cowher. I'm not going to try to be. I'm just going to be the best that Mike Tomlin can be."

Which, so far, isn't bad for an ordinary Peninsula kid.
Copyright ? 2007, Daily Press

steelpride12
07-14-2007, 11:21 AM
WOW! Ya everyday this guy does or says something that make me wanna get on my knees and cry:( he shows so much passion and is really ready and taking alot of steps and proving to everyone he is ready to be the head coach of our Pittsburgh Steelers!

xXTheSteelKingsXx
07-14-2007, 01:15 PM
I just cant wait for the season to start. Heres to future Super Bowl championships under Coach Tomlin:cheers:

The Duke
07-14-2007, 04:29 PM
Pittsburgh is definitely gonna love this guy more and more in the future, GO TOMLIN!!!

FastWillieParker39
07-14-2007, 05:45 PM
"I can't be Bill Cowher. I'm not going to try to be. I'm just going to be the best that Mike Tomlin can be."

That stood out to me. It shows me that he wants to be his own coach, and do things his way. Not Cowher's way. So far I am liking this guy, hopefully he can lead us to the promise land in many, many years.:tt02:

stillers4ever
07-14-2007, 06:29 PM
wow, hes definitlyy very well spoken. he seems really confident in himself and what he is able to do. i think he is a more than worthy replacment to the chin.

slippy
07-14-2007, 09:17 PM
It's amazing that a few short months ago most everyone was shocked that whix of grimm did'nt get the job. Now Tomlin has achieved sainthood BEFORE TRAINING CAMP!

ps: hiring MT was a great choice, Cowher has run his course.

stillers4me
07-14-2007, 09:28 PM
It's amazing that a few short months ago most everyone was shocked that whix of grimm did'nt get the job. Now Tomlin has achieved sainthood BEFORE TRAINING CAMP!

ps: hiring MT was a great choice, Cowher has run his course.

Actually, I wasn't surprised at tall the Rooney's went outside the box for their choice. As the days went on.......and on...........I kept reading out the different candidates and I had a gut feeling the Rooney's were going to hire Tomlin. They could have had Grimmy or Whiz early on and as the days slipped into weeks, I felt more and more confident that Tomlin was the one. So far, he has talked the talk perfectly. As for walking the walk.......time will tell. I f we lose the opener to Cleveland, .......well let's just say I wouldn't want to be Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh..........:wink02:

Galax Steeler
07-15-2007, 07:28 AM
I think tomlin will be in the steeler orgonization for a long time.

Elvis
07-15-2007, 12:57 PM
The young man seems very disciplined and I hope that that carries over to the players. The young players should really look up to someone like that in my opinion. The veterans should already be there. So far, so good for young Tomlin...
:thumbsup:

DJfan
07-16-2007, 03:17 AM
This guy firesme up! He seems like a leader no matter what team he heads up. We scored with a guy like him. What do you say, 10 years? 15?

delhess
07-16-2007, 04:30 AM
words are only words, you know.... but, that's all we have so far and it sound good. what he does after, GOD FORBID, we would lose the opener to cleveland, would tell you more. not that i think that is gonna happen :)

Counselor
07-16-2007, 09:38 AM
words are only words, you know.... but, that's all we have so far and it sound good. what he does after, GOD FORBID, we would lose the opener to cleveland, would tell you more. not that i think that is gonna happen :)

Don't dismiss the power of words----the great coaches in this world are most often great motivators---especially at the professional level where everyone knows "how" to play they just need to do it.

And as far as losing the opener to Cleveland --it won't matter if we win the other 15 games----I think we all to take this season as a whole and not get too worked up if things are perfect at the begining---Tomlin is inheriting some problems and issues that were not his. I look forward to seeing how he handles them.

steelpride12
07-16-2007, 10:58 AM
just another GREAT coach we will have around for 15 years!!! sighh

rbryan
07-16-2007, 11:11 AM
I hope everyone remembers that it took Noll 3 years to win. In todays NFL no one is going to get that kind of time to prove themself. I just hope that Tomlin doesn't get strung up in the town square if by chance we lose the opener to Cleveland, let alone have a losing season.

fansince'76
07-16-2007, 11:19 AM
I hope everyone remembers that it took Noll 3 years to win. In todays NFL no one is going to get that kind of time to prove themself. I just hope that Tomlin doesn't get strung up in the town square if by chance we lose the opener to Cleveland, let alone have a losing season.

In one respect I agree, and in another I disagree. I do believe folks should show patience with Tomlin. On the other hand, he didn't inherit the worst team in the league, whereas Noll did.

lamberts-lost-tooth
07-16-2007, 11:28 AM
As competitive as I know I can be....I would rather accept the growing pains with a coach that has integrity and character like Tomlin....then sell our soul to the devil for ONE winning season like Marvin Lewis did.

'nuff said

tony hipchest
07-16-2007, 11:31 AM
In one respect I agree, and in another I disagree. I do believe folks should show patience with Tomlin. On the other hand, he didn't inherit the worst team in the league, whereas Noll did.great points. i think tomlin will have a relatively long leash especially by todays standards, however i seriously doubt he will need 3 years to be a winner:

http://www.steelers.com/75years/spotlight/?objectID=76942

Following the departure of Parker, the head coach position was filled first by Mike Nixon, and then by Bill Austin. Rooney dismissed Nixon after one losing season and Austin after three. The message was clear. No longer was the team going to be mired in mediocrity. A new era was about to dawn in Pittsburgh, "The Dan Rooney Era."

...

As significant as it was for Rooney to hire Noll, it was equally significant that he was confident enough in his pick that he didn't fire him after he began his tenure with three losing seasons. Rooney had showed no such confidence in either Nixon or Austin.




i think tomlin is a coaching gem just like noll and cowher was.

rbryan
07-16-2007, 11:36 AM
This team is no doubt more ready to contend for a title than the Steelers of 69. I wasn't suggesting Tomlin get a free pass for the first three years. Just hoping he gets more than a few loses or even one bad year before the fans start calling for his head.

steelpride12
07-16-2007, 11:54 AM
well people dont see that in reality if we lost the opener game or the first 4 games(easy part of schedule)he would be frowned on but shouldnt i think he just needs time before people start critizing him that "he sucks" or whatever when he is a first year coach with not much experience at all! i would hate to see everyone frown on him def. this first season because my feelings are the steelers will make the playoffs but prob. will fall short but i hope for the best(one for the toe) but if we fail in the playoffs or even miss the playoffs again he should still be shown respect and give him the patiece and respect he deserves to bring this team to destiny!

The Duke
07-16-2007, 02:31 PM
The best thing about winning the opener at cleveland will be Romeo Crenel's face, here he is 3 years trying to beat the steelers and a rookie coach beats him.

HometownGal
07-16-2007, 02:36 PM
Great read. :thumbsup:

The Tomlinator era has begun and I am feeling very confident that it is gonna be one helluva ride! :cheers::tt02:

Preacher
07-16-2007, 04:29 PM
As competitive as I know I can be....I would rather accept the growing pains with a coach that has integrity and character like Tomlin....then sell our soul to the devil for ONE winning season like Marvin Lewis did.

'nuff said

really not a question...

Go with integrity... Go with character. Build on that....

Luckily, we have a team and an ownership that is already committed to integrity and character to a large degree.