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83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 11:57 AM
It just ended...

I apologize. It's not exactly the greatest breakdown of a press conference......

On Rossum. He's very high on Rossum. Tomlin stated that he brings a "veteran presence" in order to help Willie Reid along. He is a "dangerous dual threat" and will be competing with Reid this week. He will make a final decision closer to game time. He also went on to state that Rossum is "somebody to be reckoned with".

Asked if Holmes will ever be back on returns, he stated that Holmes will be focusing on is WR duties.

Tomlin was then asked about Okobi/Mahan/Stapleton.

On Mahan, he "distinguished himself and took advantage of the opportunites given to him". When it came to a starter, he was our best option.

On Stapleton, he was kept around because of what Tomlin feels "he can do". He was very impressed with the way he bounced from his injury (mentally) and his overall showing in camp and during the preseason. He showed "great maturity" and "very little error". "He did not fall behind mentally". At the same time, "he's not a finished product".

He was asked about Okobi in the Mahan/Stapleton question, but he did not comment on him. Sort of left Okobi out of the response.

On Parker being a third down back, it depends on "conditioning stand point" and going by game by game situations.

Also, "we are going to be open to developement of men even though we are moving into September".

(Shows his appreciation for Cleveland, Romeo Crennel in particular) :blah::blah::blah:

When it comes to our schedule, "We don't care of time, day, place. We will be prepared to play."

On Timmons, "Lawrence is just trying to get in where he can fit in"...."He will contribute more in the kicking game than on defense" in the beginning. "He is competing for a helmet this week"...:sofunny:

About the cuts, "You know it has the makings of a good team if the cuts are hard".

On Russell, "The stage was not too big for him. He's a patient, smart player. Knows when to take what's there. He always falls forward. And must continue to develope".

On defense, "We have an exciting defense, regardless of the negatives", he was surprised at how they responded. "They were impressive".

On special teams practice, "We put in what we feel is necessary", but "it's not a finished product. Our coverage was respectable.".

On Roethlisberger, he responded "well" to more responsibility. A "capable QB".

On James Harrison, he likes where he is. He "comfortable" with him. Harrison has "no fear of the unknown". His role has changed a little, by becoming captain of ST and a starter.

On Willie Colon. He will get the start on Sunday. While it's only his second year "he's been there and done that". Tomlin is pleased with his level of play.

Side note: Heath Miller and St. Pierre are back and healthy. Our only scratch will be Cooper (hamstring).

That's about it. Once again, I apologize.

DACEB
09-04-2007, 12:35 PM
Thanks alot 83-43. Who needs Cowher, Tomlin has some pretty good quotes to remember!!

He knows what to say to build people up without propping them up to high,

On Russell, "The stage was not too big for him. He's a patient, smart player. Knows when to take what's there. He always falls forward. And must continue to develope".

On defense, "We have an exciting defense, regardless of the negatives", he was surprised at how they responded. "They were impressive".

And he knows how to tear them down allitle while keeping them motivated,

On Timmons, "Lawrence is just trying to get in where he can fit in"...."He will contribute more in the kicking game than on defense" in the beginning. "He is competing for a helmet this week"...

On Roethlisberger, he responded "well" to more responsibility. A "capable QB".

I also love the way he keeps that fire burning under everyones arse.

Also, "we are going to be open to developement of men even though we are moving into September".

I can't wait until Sunday, Tomlin you better not let me down I'm one of your biggest supporters!!

Atlanta Dan
09-04-2007, 12:56 PM
Also, "we are going to be open to developement of men even though we are moving into September".

I was joking whan I posted several weeks ago that maybe we can shuffle the O-line all year to build depth. Maybe it is not a joke. If you have 2 people competing for a position afer the regular season starts that alsmost always means you have no one worthy of starting at that position.

I am glad we are so excited about our return team that we are bringing in someone who could not stick with what is widely regarded to be the worst team in the league this year.

If Tomlin wants to be involved in the development of men send them to seminary in the offseason. Just because the cliches have changed from the Cowher era does not mean they are not cliches.

tony hipchest
09-04-2007, 01:13 PM
well, i think the o-line is set. i dont think the coaches will be doing any more tinkering in this area.

however we do have 2 guys capable of being a starting free safety. i think mcfadden will be pushed to unseat deshea, and gay will have chances to become #4. it will probably still be open competition who is the #3 wr behind hines and holmes. and russell will probably not be pigeonholed into the number 3 back.

i think all of these guys have done everything asked of them and done it well. i think all of them will have a fair shot and opportunities to show they can do better.

The Duke
09-04-2007, 03:10 PM
He didn't mention anything about Anthony Smith?

83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 03:10 PM
A little more on his PC.....

Colon beats out Starks for starting right tack spot
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Willie Colon has beaten out Max Starks at right tackle and will start there Sunday when the Steelers open the regular season against Cleveland, coach Mike Tomlin said.

All indications point to Allen Rossum supplanting Wille Reid as the team's kickoff and punt returner.

Tomlin did not commit to it at his weekly news conference today but he did say that the Steelers acquired Rossum from the Atlanta Falcons because he is a proven veteran while Reid is still a young player.

"His resume speaks for itself," Tomlin said of Rossum, the Falcons' all-time leader in kickoff and punt return yardage. "He's somebody to be reckoned with."

The Steelers, Tomlin said, are relatively healthy for the 1 p.m. game Sunday. Only linebacker Marquis Cooper, a special teams standout, has been ruled out for the game.

Cooper hurt his hamstring in the Steelers' final preseason game last Thursday.

Tomlin continued to lavish praise on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He said Roethlisberger spent time today at the Steelers' South Side practice facility getting ready for the Browns even though the players are off today.

"He's a franchise-caliber quarterback," Tomlin said.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_525679.html

83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 03:11 PM
He didn't mention anything about Anthony Smith?

Nope. And I was listening for his name in particular.

83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 03:12 PM
He said Roethlisberger spent time today at the Steelers' South Side practice facility getting ready for the Browns even though the players are off today.

Very refreshing to hear.

The Duke
09-04-2007, 03:15 PM
Nope. And I was listening for his name in particular.

So if nothing is mentioned up to now then we can assume Clark will start?

Although, just as they have that article saying Colon beat out Max there can still be undecided on the FS situation...

83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 03:16 PM
Thanks alot 83-43. Who needs Cowher, Tomlin has some pretty good quotes to remember

DACEB, it's funny listening to him. He has some catchy sayings. Ed Bouchette was busting him on something a little bit a few weeks ago and he fired back "Ed, your overcooking my grits".

Today, "Iron sharpens iron".

Im sure a good bit of it has to do with listening to the same guy the last fifteen years during PC's, but Tomlin keeps your interest during his PC's. What I'm waiting for is how he responds to questions after a bad game. With Cowher, those type of questions were not permitted for the most part. Just ask Ed Bouchette. Him and Cowher bumped heads on a few occasions. Cowher loooooooved answering questions after a big win, but hated those hard questions after a loss. You know, the type that every HC in the league have to answer after a loss.

BlastFurnace
09-04-2007, 03:33 PM
Where can I get a complete transcript of his press conferences?

83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 03:38 PM
Where can I get a complete transcript of his press conferences?

While I never visit the site, I believe www.steelers.com will post it eventually. Also, for those who missed it this afternoon and who also get FSN Pittsburgh, Stan Savern will re-air tonight at 6:30 on Sports Beat.

83-Steelers-43
09-04-2007, 03:40 PM
So if nothing is mentioned up to now then we can assume Clark will start?

Although, just as they have that article saying Colon beat out Max there can still be undecided on the FS situation...

I think Clark has the job. The main knock I heard about Smith is that he tends to roam a little bit and go for the big hit. I think they still want the big hit from him, but at the same time keep him under control to some degree. Understandable. If you are a hockey fan, he sort of reminds me of Darius Kasparaitis. Loves the big hit, but tends to take himself out of position to make the big hit. The difference.....Smith will turn out to be the better athlete in time.

Plus I feel Clark is a pretty solid FS. Smith's time will come, no doubt.

Stlrs4Life
09-04-2007, 04:16 PM
Pretty good press conference. No hidden BS.

tony hipchest
09-04-2007, 06:12 PM
i forgot to say, great breakdown 83. its impossible not to get pumped watching this. theres no way this guy is a rookie head coach, is there?.

there are some things you cant get by reading a transcript. his eyes actually lit up when he talked about sepulvedas 14 yard shank from the endzone and how his defense responded by getting off the field.

you would almost think he wanted that to happen, just to put the defense through a test and see how they would react.

HometownGal
09-04-2007, 06:33 PM
I didn't think Tomlin could impress me much more than he already has (other than going to the playoffs in his first year as HC), but his statements throughout the PC and how cool and matter of fact he seemed just blew me away. He knows what he wants out of his players and he's not going to accept anything less. The M.O. of a winner, imho. :tt02::tt02:

Good breakdown 83.

DACEB
09-04-2007, 07:47 PM
I was joking whan I posted several weeks ago that maybe we can shuffle the O-line all year to build depth. Maybe it is not a joke. If you have 2 people competing for a position afer the regular season starts that alsmost always means you have no one worthy of starting at that position.

I am glad we are so excited about our return team that we are bringing in someone who could not stick with what is widely regarded to be the worst team in the league this year.

If Tomlin wants to be involved in the development of men send them to seminary in the offseason. Just because the cliches have changed from the Cowher era does not mean they are not cliches.

I didn't get the same message that you got Dan from that quote. That being said I agree with your stance all the way. I definetely don't want to see musical chairs on the O-line all year.

I understood it more along the lines Tony described. I'm excited in the fact that McFadden and Smith will be working that much harder to get on the field, and they will get on the field. I'm excited to see Russell get some opportunities, and be that physical runner we're all waiting for. I'm excited to see Woodley on the field, pushing Haggans.

Did I mention I was excited.

I just like the fact that at every position there are guys pushing each other.

I really think Rossum is going to perform well for us in an area that was a huge disappointment last year. Don't forget that we cut a guy that many believed was our best at his position. Teams release guys for various reasons. The way I look at it, their loss is our gain.

I really appreciate the play by play at the press conf. 83-43, as well as everyones comments on Tomlin. Its nice to hear from you town folk who are there on the scene. If anyone is interested I could tell you about Billichicks press conf...... I didn't think so.

83-Steelers-43
09-05-2007, 07:38 AM
Tomlin noncommittal on personnel decisions
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coach Mike Tomlin does not have all the answers yet, or at least he did a good job of not providing them in his first news conference of the regular season.

The Steelers, for example, traded for veteran return specialist Allen Rossum on Saturday and list him No. 1 on their depth chart on kickoff and punt returns. Yet all Tomlin would commit to is that Rossum was added "to the mix."

Tomlin said his staff will figure out who the backup center is as the week goes on, and he would not commit to Willie Colon staying at right tackle or if free safety might change.

It sounded as if the new coach wants to keep his players on their toes, especially those who may think they've arrived by winning starting jobs and/or roster spots to open the season.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we're going to have a revolving door at every position," Tomlin said. "I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is that we're going to be open to the development of men even though we've moved into the month of September."

It's why rookie outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons has added another position to his repertoire, that of inside linebacker, where his future may lie.

"Lawrence is just trying to get in where he can fit in," Tomlin said of his first draft choice. "Thankfully, he's a sharp guy and he's capable of cross training positionally. He seems to be picking it up pretty well.

"We just expect him to be a good teammate and to compete for a helmet this week. If he gets one, go out and make plays regardless of what phase he's playing in, whether he gets a chance to play in the base defense, the sub-package defense or kicking game."

Tomlin also would not commit to a third-down back or a short-yardage back. They may be one and the same -- Willie Parker.

Parker said early in camp that he wanted to do both and he has had a chance to do both. The Steelers no longer have the kind of back who will blast through a line and drive tacklers back in short yardage, although Carey Davis might get a crack at doing just that.

But for the opening game Sunday in Cleveland, it's possible Parker will get his wish and stay on the field in any situation, leaving only to take a break.

"I think he's been very impressive as a guy who is capable of competing for us on third down," Tomlin said. "I think some of the running back versus linebacker drills that we had in camp were very beneficial to him. I know, personally, he's asked that those continue a little bit throughout the regular season.

"I love that about Willie. He's got desire to be a complete football player and every-down back. We're open to that because of that. Whether or not he's the third-down back or short-yardage guy really depends on what we're trying to do week to week from a game-plan standpoint. We're open to it, but we'll let those things sort themselves out as we progress."

Tomlin said he might be more apt to sub for Parker early in the season because he's not yet used to playing an entire game. Tomlin's more apt to rest him for a series here and there, especially if the coach keeps him on the field on third downs and in short yardage.

"It really depends on the circumstances of the game," Tomlin said. "What I mean is, how he's doing from a conditioning standpoint? I would imagine that he's going to be better in October than he is in September. We have an understanding about that. That's just getting your legs under you and getting in football condition, particularly for a guy who totes the football. We're going to keep and eye on that and we'll deal with that along the way."

NOTES -- Backup linebacker Marquis Cooper (hamstring) is the only player listed as out. Tomlin said everyone else is healthy and ready to play. ... Tomlin said he wants Santonio Holmes to concentrate on receiving and will not return punts or kickoffs. ... Tomlin said he would consider assigning cornerback Ike Taylor to cover Browns receiver Braylon Edwards no matter where he lines up.

Coming Friday

NFL PREVIEW '07: The Post-Gazette's Steelers writers breakdown the upcoming NFL season in a special 16-page preview section. This year's cover story takes a look the first seasons of Chuck Knoll and Bill Cowher and how they relate to rookie coach Mike Tomlin as he enters his first year with the Steelers.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07248/814643-13.stm

Atlanta Dan
09-05-2007, 08:31 AM
Don't get me wrong - I am a huge Tomlin fan (consider that last January the non-Steeler assistant regarded as most likely to get the HC job was Ron Rivera, who is now the inside linebackers coach for the Chargers - how times change).

But all the inspirational talk does not count for much - I do not think Gibbs, Walsh, Noll, and Belichick ever knocked anyone out as motivational speakers, but they have 13 SB rings between them as HCs. I also do not think they maintained training camp intensity for regular season practices, which I am hoping is just posturing on Tomlin's part.

The Steelers organization apparently had become a little stale, but now it is time to see if the changes Arians and Tomlin have brought to offense, defense and special teams carries over to winning games when it counts.

P.S. - note to the P-G - hire a proofreader (Chuck Knoll?)

WisconsinSteelerMan
09-06-2007, 11:52 AM
Hey all...

I looked around and didn't see this posted elsewhere, so I am sorry if I am talking about something that has been talked about before...

I have been noticing something about Coach Tomlin and how he speaks and chooses his words. He could be completely BS-ing, but I don't think so. He shows a very interesting attitude of seriousness and respect for his players.

The main example that I notice repeatedly is his reference to the people on his team as "MEN" and not "guys, fellas, players or anything else. They are MEN. I think that this actually speaks volumes about what expectations he has for the MEN as far as their actions on and off the field, but it also says a lot about the respect he has for this group!

I think he expects the same respect from the men he coaches as he give them. He says repeatedly that he is "developing these men" and "expecting more from the men"...

This is in contrast with the Chin, who I feel...especially in the last year of his tenure....was a "player's coach" and was "one of the guys" so to speak. His method of commanding respect was from being one of them. Coach Tomlin doesn't seem to me to seek to be "one of them" but the "leader of them" on and off the field. There seems to be a respectful (and healthy) distance between coach and player, and the players seem to be responding well to it.

I am excited about this new era, and can't wait to see the talk turned to actions! After Sunday, the "TALK" will be accompanied by the "WALK"!

Sorry this is rambling a bit! Enjoy the read! :coffee:

Mike in La Crosse, WI

rog
09-06-2007, 11:57 AM
Hey all...

I looked around and didn't see this posted elsewhere, so I am sorry if I am talking about something that has been talked about before...

I have been noticing something about Coach Tomlin and how he speaks and chooses his words. He could be completely BS-ing, but I don't think so. He shows a very interesting attitude of seriousness and respect for his players.

The main example that I notice repeatedly is his reference to the people on his team as "MEN" and not "guys, fellas, players or anything else. They are MEN. I think that this actually speaks volumes about what expectations he has for the MEN as far as their actions on and off the field, but it also says a lot about the respect he has for this group!

I think he expects the same respect from the men he coaches as he give them. He says repeatedly that he is "developing these men" and "expecting more from the men"...

This is in contrast with the Chin, who I feel...especially in the last year of his tenure....was a "player's coach" and was "one of the guys" so to speak. His method of commanding respect was from being one of them. Coach Tomlin doesn't seem to me to seek to be "one of them" but the "leader of them" on and off the field. There seems to be a respectful (and healthy) distance between coach and player, and the players seem to be responding well to it.

I am excited about this new era, and can't wait to see the talk turned to actions! After Sunday, the "TALK" will be accompanied by the "WALK"!

Sorry this is rambling a bit! Enjoy the read! :coffee:

Mike in La Crosse, WI


I couldn't agree with you more.

Steelman16
09-06-2007, 12:30 PM
Hey all...

I looked around and didn't see this posted elsewhere, so I am sorry if I am talking about something that has been talked about before...

I have been noticing something about Coach Tomlin and how he speaks and chooses his words. He could be completely BS-ing, but I don't think so. He shows a very interesting attitude of seriousness and respect for his players.

The main example that I notice repeatedly is his reference to the people on his team as "MEN" and not "guys, fellas, players or anything else. They are MEN. I think that this actually speaks volumes about what expectations he has for the MEN as far as their actions on and off the field, but it also says a lot about the respect he has for this group!

I think he expects the same respect from the men he coaches as he give them. He says repeatedly that he is "developing these men" and "expecting more from the men"...

This is in contrast with the Chin, who I feel...especially in the last year of his tenure....was a "player's coach" and was "one of the guys" so to speak. His method of commanding respect was from being one of them. Coach Tomlin doesn't seem to me to seek to be "one of them" but the "leader of them" on and off the field. There seems to be a respectful (and healthy) distance between coach and player, and the players seem to be responding well to it.

I am excited about this new era, and can't wait to see the talk turned to actions! After Sunday, the "TALK" will be accompanied by the "WALK"!

Sorry this is rambling a bit! Enjoy the read! :coffee:

Mike in La Crosse, WI

Great post! :iagree:

GeneralRobinson
09-11-2007, 12:10 PM
Anyone listen to today's PC? I'm curious as to the injury update on Deshea.

Also, does anyone know why Pittsburgh is the only team that holds their press conference on a Tuesday?

Preacher
09-12-2007, 01:17 AM
Anyone listen to today's PC? I'm curious as to the injury update on Deshea.

Also, does anyone know why Pittsburgh is the only team that holds their press conference on a Tuesday?

cause everyone else does it on Monday? :hunch:

Haiku_Dirtt
09-12-2007, 03:07 AM
Hey all...

I looked around and didn't see this posted elsewhere, so I am sorry if I am talking about something that has been talked about before...

I have been noticing something about Coach Tomlin and how he speaks and chooses his words. He could be completely BS-ing, but I don't think so. He shows a very interesting attitude of seriousness and respect for his players.

The main example that I notice repeatedly is his reference to the people on his team as "MEN" and not "guys, fellas, players or anything else. They are MEN. I think that this actually speaks volumes about what expectations he has for the MEN as far as their actions on and off the field, but it also says a lot about the respect he has for this group!

I think he expects the same respect from the men he coaches as he give them. He says repeatedly that he is "developing these men" and "expecting more from the men"...

This is in contrast with the Chin, who I feel...especially in the last year of his tenure....was a "player's coach" and was "one of the guys" so to speak. His method of commanding respect was from being one of them. Coach Tomlin doesn't seem to me to seek to be "one of them" but the "leader of them" on and off the field. There seems to be a respectful (and healthy) distance between coach and player, and the players seem to be responding well to it.

I am excited about this new era, and can't wait to see the talk turned to actions! After Sunday, the "TALK" will be accompanied by the "WALK"!

Sorry this is rambling a bit! Enjoy the read! :coffee:

Mike in La Crosse, WI

Business heads of the world unite in recognition - a common thread. I'm a huge proponent of Tomlin for exactly what you highlight. And that your post comes from La Crosse, WI shocks me not at all.

And being a business head could be deemed a curse. Mind you it's not one dimensional but rather a passion which leaves little room for anything other than...business. And when properly capitalized some may move mountains. Some may say sickness or obsession others call it drive and hunger for anticipated results. The weakest are the former.

Better business heads can do more with less capital because they shun the frivolous and the excessive overhead...i.e. vanity. Tomlin's character exhibits this mentality.

Whoa. Any wonder why the Rooney's love this guy? Players coach? F**k that. Players are employees. Like it or not. Outside of the Rooney's everyone is an employee by pure definition.

THIS is why I'm taking bets that Tomlin will win the big one in LESS than 15 years. Why? Because I think he can gain command of the bottom line and the employees with RESPECT.

There is no other coach that presently facinates me more than Tomlin and it has nothing to do with him being a Steeler - sort of. If there were a way to go long outside of Vegas I'd be long and buying on up ticks.

:coffee: