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lamberts-lost-tooth
04-02-2008, 04:16 AM
Steelers' Tomlin offers surprising prediction
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, April 2, 2008


PALM BEACH, Fla. -- EBay and the rising Cleveland Browns were among the topics that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin discussed with reporters Tuesday during a media breakfast at the NFL owners meetings.
Tomlin has a staff member check eBay to see if any old Steelers playbooks are on sale (and, of course, to purchase them if they are up for bidding).

As for the latter, Tomlin, when prodded, picked the Browns as the favorites in the AFC North for the upcoming season.

"Sure, he said, "I'll say that."

When word got around of Tomlin's prediction, reporters stopped at the table, where he held court. They asked the second-year coach if he indeed had tabbed the once woebegone Browns as the team to beat in the division.
Tomlin seemed amused by the scene -- and the fact that predictions made five months before the start of the season mean even less than preseason games.

"That's why some of this is funny to me," Tomlin said. "I understand, you guys got to sell newspapers. Have at it. Truth be known, I'm not into prognosticating who the favorite is. I could care less."

There is no denying that the Browns, who have had just two winning seasons this decade, have positioned themselves to make a run at the AFC North title that the Steelers won in 2007.

Cleveland, coming off a surprising 10-6 season, has fortified its offensive and defensive lines during free agency. The Browns provided Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Anderson with another downfield receiving threat when they signed wideout Donte' Stallworth.

Not that Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel agreed with what Tomlin said. Same goes for Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who called the Steelers the "team to beat."

"Of course that's what Mike would say," said Crennel, who was sitting at a table close to Tomlin's during the breakfast, which was attended by AFC head coaches. "I don't begrudge him saying that. If I were in his position, I would say that also. That's why I'm telling you that (the Steelers are) the favorites and we have to catch (them). Until we can beat Pittsburgh, we won't win the division."

The Steelers have lorded over the Browns recently, having beaten them nine times in a row.

If Crennel is looking for help in the unlikeliest of places as he and the Browns try to snap that streak, he may want to check out eBay.

Tomlin talked yesterday about playbooks surfacing on the Web site when the subject of keeping gameplans a secret during the Internet age was broached. He said he heard about a Steelers playbook from a couple of years ago going up for sale on the popular Internet shopping site.

"I think it was maybe like 2004 or something," Tomlin said.

Tomlin pretty much dismissed the notion that an old playbook can be an advantage for an opposing team that gets a hold of it -- just as he did the significance of his anointing the Browns the favorite in the division.

But given the history between the Steelers and Browns, who are bitter rivals, Tomlin may have stirred more than just his coffee yesterday morning by what he said.

"You guys back us into a corner and ask us who we think is going to win a division," Tomlin said with a laugh. "If I had a crystal ball, I'd be sleeping a lot better this time of year."

Note: Troy Polamalu may not have to think about getting a haircut just yet. A proposal that would prohibit a player's hair from covering the name on the back of his jersey has been tabled, and the issue will be revisited in May when the NFL owners meet again. The league wants more input from the NFL Players Association before the proposal is voted on by the owners.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_560179.html

Galax Steeler
04-02-2008, 04:59 AM
You just have to love tomlin for the way he aproaches things the guy is so laid back,and it looks like polamalu is going to keep his hair atleast another month.

19ward86
04-02-2008, 11:56 AM
Nobody wants to be the team to beat, so why say your own team is. Underdog is the way to win it. Some people on here wont understand why he said it but i completely understand, kudos tomlin.

Dino 6 Rings
04-02-2008, 12:22 PM
Everyone already knows that the Steelers are, and always will be the Team to beat in the AFC North. Facts are facts. We have the most titles, the most playoff berths, the most wins in the playoffs and the most Superbowls. Those other 3 dogs wish they were us, year in and year out.

Dizzle43
04-02-2008, 12:40 PM
Everyone already knows that the Steelers are, and always will be the Team to beat in the AFC North. Facts are facts. We have the most titles, the most playoff berths, the most wins in the playoffs and the most Superbowls. Those other 3 dogs wish they were us, year in and year out.



Well said. As for Tomlin, I can't blame him for trying to put the pressure on the Brownies.

OneForTheToe
04-02-2008, 01:08 PM
Fire him for saying that ... and for not bieng emotional enough on the field and .....:wink02: :flap:


Bum Phillips (the old luva blue Housten Oiler coach) had the greatest comment in this regard in 78 or 79( after getting bum kicked in the AFC Championship game) saying something to the extent: " the door the the Super Bowl goes through Pittsburgh. This year we knocked on the door, next season we will kick the ***** door down." Of course, they never did. :thumbsup:

BettisFan
04-02-2008, 02:50 PM
Lol when we are the underdogs we win, this is good, not surprised at all.

Rhee Rhee
04-02-2008, 04:11 PM
tomlin thinks like everyone here on steelersfever thinks... the browns will be the browns and find a way to screw it all up...

TackleMeBen
04-02-2008, 04:14 PM
i dont know. the browns played us hard in the second game in pitt. i was there i know..lol... and if they get that defense on key.. they could contend with the mighty steelers for the division.. i wouldnt push them under the rug or take them lightly.

jason97673
04-02-2008, 05:34 PM
i dont know. the browns played us hard in the second game in pitt. i was there i know..lol... and if they get that defense on key.. they could contend with the mighty steelers for the division.. i wouldnt push them under the rug or take them lightly.

Yeah but what are the chances of Cribbs returning kickoffs like he did that game again? Thats the only reason they were even in the game.

TackleMeBen
04-02-2008, 05:46 PM
Yeah but what are the chances of Cribbs returning kickoffs like he did that game again? Thats the only reason they were even in the game.

probably pretty good. especially if we dont fix our special teams problems... and again. i wouldnt take them lightly.

stillers4me
04-02-2008, 05:51 PM
Tomlin's a straight shooter.


But he also knows how to mess with people's heads.

warddj86
04-02-2008, 05:53 PM
Yeah but what are the chances of Cribbs returning kickoffs like he did that game again? Thats the only reason they were even in the game.


Actually, with the Steelers crappy punt/kickoff defense, it actually is pretty liklely

HometownGal
04-02-2008, 05:54 PM
Yeah but what are the chances of Cribbs returning kickoffs like he did that game again? Thats the only reason they were even in the game.

Due to the fact that the Steelers are more than likely going to do some overhauling on their ST's this season, the answer to your question is probably slim and none. That being said, however, I don't take ANY team lightly no matter how bad their record may be when we play 'em. When you let your pants down is when you get burned.

jason97673
04-02-2008, 06:48 PM
Actually, with the Steelers crappy punt/kickoff defense, it actually is pretty liklely

Yes with our history it seems like it is likely, But the odds are slim to none that will happen again.

But on the other hand, the Browns are getting closer to beating us and we know the streak will come to an end sooner or later.

lilyoder6
04-02-2008, 07:16 PM
how did they know it was mike tomlin at the beach?? it could of been omar epps...

thats what i would of done on april fools was to get hold of omar epps and have him play the role oh the HC of the steelers in interviews.. how funny would that of been

Elvis
04-02-2008, 08:23 PM
Until the end of next season, or beyond, the Steelers are still the AFC North 2007 Champions!!
:tt02:

swanman12
04-03-2008, 03:03 PM
I think it was last year that the Bengals were the preseason favorites to win the AFC North according to SI

Blitzburgh_Fever
04-04-2008, 08:21 AM
I just love how Tomlin calls the press out on it. People do it all the time, but with Tomlin you get the feeling he's really mocking them. Or maybe I'l just drinking the koolaid... :tt02: