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alittlejazzbird
10-03-2007, 08:27 AM
I. Love. This. Guy. I mean, what else can you say? He's awesome.
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Candid Tomlin relishing Steelers postmortems
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It may come as a surprise to some Steelers fans that coach Mike Tomlin expected to lose.

Not necessarily to lose the past Sunday as the Steelers did to the Arizona Cardinals, 21-14, but to lose a game somewhere along the line.

And guess what? He expects to lose again.

"Believe it or not, I anticipated that at some point I would lose a game," Tomlin said yesterday at his weekly news conference. "It may happen again at some point.

"We compete. I don't mind that at all. That is why I love this business. I love the feeling you get when you come in here every week and you have to show and prove on weekends. Sometimes you don't, sometimes you do. You better show and prove more than you don't. I accept that as part of this business. I love that. That is what drives me and I hope that is what drives this football team."

Tomlin even seems to love his news conferences, something Bill Cowher notoriously detested. He doesn't flinch and issues honest opinions, sometimes brutally honest. He does not point fingers, but he points to problems as well as to areas that are doing well.

For example, he said he dealt with cornerback Ike Taylor's taunting penalty, which helped an Arizona scoring drive, on Sunday and again on Monday.

"We can't have penalties like that," Tomlin said. "Those kinds of penalties are for young-dumb guys and we can't be young and dumb, whether it is a veteran player like Ike or whether it is a young guy. It is selfish and it is not part of winning football."

It was just one in a series of opinions that have made Tomlin's news conferences informative and entertaining in a different way than were Cowher's. Long carried live by radio and television locally and transmitted by satellite around the country and on the NFL Network, Steelers news conferences have taken a different turn with Tomlin front and center.

Among his opinions yesterday:

The offensive line played "OK."

But ... "We have to be better than OK if we want to be successful. That evaluation could characterize a lot of our performances on Sunday."

He watched not a stitch of the Monday night game between AFC North opponent Cincinnati and December opponent New England. He was working.

"Very rarely do I really watch 'Monday Night Football.' "

Wide receiver Nate Washington blew a "hot route" when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger quickly threw him a ball under pressure on a slant and Washington never looked for it.

"That was a hot route. Nate just has to get his head around."

There were 11 penalties, many of them before the snap, such as the four false starts by four different offensive linemen. It causes problems to mushroom.

"You get penalized. You get behind the chains. You're not able to establish rhythm with the running game. They get in wide stances and get to foaming at the mouth and ready to rush the quarterback. The crowd gets into it. Communication gets tough. It snowballs and that is why I enjoy playing at Heinz Field."

Allen Rossum averages 3.0 yards on seven punt returns in four games.

"By no means are we satisfied with where we are in that area. We have to continue to do a better job and grow, in terms of giving Allen Rossum a clean look to get after people."

Complaints by fans and the media that he has challenged just one call in four games and perhaps should not have challenged that one mean little to him.

"I don't worry about the elevator music. I hear it, but I don't in terms of the decisions that we make. In terms of that play, I would challenge it again. You're talking about seven points on the board and we thought we got the ball out pretty quickly."

Tomlin was referring to Jerheme Urban's 6-yard touchdown pass reception in the third quarter that tied the game, 7-7.

Tomlin said he did not challenge the return on James Harrison's fumble recovery because his coaches upstairs "saw that he clearly fell over their lineman."

He's no Mike Gundy, but Tomlin showed he's also capable of defending a young player, even if rookie Lawrence Timmons looked as though he ran out of bounds on purpose and then ran back in while covering a punt Sunday.

"I would like to think that he is aware of that rule. We will move forward. It was a mistake. He needs to learn from that. Things happen to young guys in the heat of the battle. I think if you sat in the comforts of this room and maybe asked him the rule, he could tell you. Sometimes when the ball is snapped it is played out a little differently. That is part of being young."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07276/822403-66.stm#

TackleMeBen
10-03-2007, 08:28 AM
:iagree: i love tomlin too. he just seems like the right guy more and more.

HometownGal
10-03-2007, 08:38 AM
For example, he said he dealt with cornerback Ike Taylor's taunting penalty, which helped an Arizona scoring drive, on Sunday and again on Monday.

"We can't have penalties like that," Tomlin said. "Those kinds of penalties are for young-dumb guys and we can't be young and dumb, whether it is a veteran player like Ike or whether it is a young guy. It is selfish and it is not part of winning football."


I love this particular quote. I watched the clip of this last night and the look on Tomlin's face was as serious as a heart attack. He's direct, right to the point and pulls no punches.

Mr. Rooney - can we please keep him? :wink02::cheers::tt02:

TackleMeBen
10-03-2007, 08:40 AM
I love this particular quote. I watched the clip of this last night and the look on Tomlin's face was as serious as a heart attack (http://www.qklinkserver.com/lm/rtl3.asp?si=92&k=heart%20attack&st=1). He's direct, right to the point and pulls no punches.

Mr. Rooney - can we please keep him? :wink02::cheers::tt02:
:iagree: and if you are too cheap to pay him.. maybe the fans will all chip in and help you out...lol :sofunny:

jtmill
10-03-2007, 02:09 PM
My favorite Tomlin PC quote I found in a Labriola article...



"It has been said of this particular group of players that they hate losing more than they enjoy winning, and Tomlin saw this characteristic for the first time. Like those before him, he appreciates it.

“They didn’t like it and I like that,” said Tomlin about the players’ reaction to the 21-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. “Show me a good loser, and I will show you a loser. It didn’t go over well and it shouldn’t. What we put into preparation, the time, energy and spirit and not to do the job is a disappointment. (Monday) was part of the healing process and (Tuesday) we move forward.”"


That's my Tomlin, and I'll be happy to chip in the $ if needed!

alittlejazzbird
10-03-2007, 02:35 PM
My favorite Tomlin PC quote I found in a Labriola article...
"It has been said of this particular group of players that they hate losing more than they enjoy winning, and Tomlin saw this characteristic for the first time. Like those before him, he appreciates it.

“They didn’t like it and I like that,” said Tomlin about the players’ reaction to the 21-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. “Show me a good loser, and I will show you a loser. It didn’t go over well and it shouldn’t. What we put into preparation, the time, energy and spirit and not to do the job is a disappointment. (Monday) was part of the healing process and (Tuesday) we move forward.”"

That's my Tomlin, and I'll be happy to chip in the $ if needed!

Excellent quote, thanks for posting.

For those of you who didn't see the video of Tomlin's press conference, and the absolutely priceless deadpan delivery of "Believe it or not, I anticipated that at some point I would lose a game. It may happen again at some point," go to NFL.com and check it out under the "Team Video" section. Every week, he says something that completely cracks up the assembled media. How often do you think Cowher ever did that?

No need to worry about any future fundraising for Coach Tomlin -- the Rooneys knew immediately that they had a winner, and they knew we'd all eventually think so, too.

TackleMeBen
10-03-2007, 03:02 PM
i think you are right jazz... they seem to have a thing for picking the right coach for the team...

Atlanta Dan
10-03-2007, 03:10 PM
I am a big fan of Tomlin's attitude as well, but let's see how much he enjoys the post-mortems if the Steelers lose again this Sunday and he gets to hear about it for 2 weeks during the bye.

Everything is aparently proceeding according to plan so far, but in the words of the great philosopher Mike Tyson, "everyone has a plan until they get hit."

TackleMeBen
10-03-2007, 03:12 PM
I am a big fan of Tomlin's attitude as well, but let's see how much he enjoys the post-mortems if the Steelers lose again this Sunday and he gets to hear about it for 2 weeks during the bye.

Everything is aparently proceeding according to plan so far, but in the words of the great philosopher Mike Tyson, "everyone has a plan until they get hit."

or bite off someone's ear:flap:

Haiku_Dirtt
10-03-2007, 03:33 PM
I love this particular quote. I watched the clip of this last night and the look on Tomlin's face was as serious as a heart attack. He's direct, right to the point and pulls no punches.

Mr. Rooney - can we please keep him? :wink02::cheers::tt02:

And not only that thanks to Tomlin I now know what to call what I'm writing in here.

ELEVATOR MUSIC!!!!!! :toofunny: Go figure. It took over 1000 posts to understand that.

alittlejazzbird
10-03-2007, 03:44 PM
I am a big fan of Tomlin's attitude as well, but let's see how much he enjoys the post-mortems if the Steelers lose again this Sunday and he gets to hear about it for 2 weeks during the bye.

Everything is aparently proceeding according to plan so far, but in the words of the great philosopher Mike Tyson, "everyone has a plan until they get hit."

I agree with you....by no means do I think things will always be rosy, and I certainly know the team will struggle and face adversity. All that said, I believe to my core that Tomlin was a fantastic hire for this team, and I will continue to believe it in good times and in bad.

Down the road, I think the record will show that as it did under Cowher, this team will continue to have more success than failure.