View Full Version : Tomlin, Then And Now
02-08-2009, 12:05 PM
Anyone else quite impressed with Tomlin? I mean, myself included, I know in the Jags game last year many of us were very angry at some of his playcalling. The 4th and 2, the QB Draw, all that. Yes I know it isn't solely him, but he came in wanting to be a strong head coach, so the responsibility goes with that too.
That said, its amazing with a little brazing can do to a man, just some experience of the position. I'm not an Arians hater, which influences my opinion, but I honestly think the playcalling for the most part was pretty spot-on this past year.
Hindsight is 20/20, thinking of that, most of the decisions seemed quite sound. If nothing else, in some games, just leaving it to Big Ben to make them and do what he does.
02-08-2009, 12:48 PM
I'm very pleased with Tomlin as a coach and impressed with him as a man. I think he's done more with a Super Bowl team in 2 years than Barry Switzer did in winning a SB in 2 years after taking over a SB winner.... But with a solid core of 20 players on the SB roster who won in the Cower SB, I want just a little more separation from the Cowher Era and success that is VERY much "on his own" to be TOTALLY impressed with Coach Tomlin. I don't think that all of those players need to be gone, by any means. I don't have a line in the sand either... but 2 years separated just feels like there was still a lot of Cowher-SB-Winning-Team footprint visible. I suppose the same DC and an OC that was on staff during the Cowher era might have something to do with it. Dick L can coach the D until he drops dead (at the age of 103) as far as I'm concerned. Bruce Arians is 56... I wonder if the young coach trend will keep him out of any HC conversations if the Steelers O explodes in the next year or two.
02-08-2009, 02:23 PM
He won a bunch of guys over, many of whom had played for the same guy their entire professional careers in Cowher and earned their complete respect and they now will all climb mountains for him. That's not an easy thing to do. He's given LeBeau the kind of freedom he never had under Cowher and in so doing, the defense has just gotten better. He's a keeper in my book.
02-08-2009, 02:25 PM
I have been impressed with him from the get go. I honestly believe the best is yet to come.
Tomlin has emerged as a tremendous leader, a leader that embraces adversity and uses it to hone his men. That is precisely why this team of men flourishes when most others would wilt.
02-08-2009, 03:28 PM
I think the way he blended his knowledge of the cover 2 he was so familiar with to coach Labeaus D was not only a sign of his coaching ability and intelligence but also a sign of his overall intelligence.
I have been impressed with him as a person from day one. I have watched just about every press conference. He is well spoken and to the point. He respects the game, his position and carries himself in a way that commands respect but at the same time also gives that same respect to others. He never portrays himself as being bigger than the process but always happy and grateful to be a part of it. These same qualities became apparent in his players. It is no wonder he made such a strong impression on the Rooneys.
I also believe the best is yet to come:thumbsup:
02-08-2009, 03:38 PM
I have to say I was pleased with the hiring of Tomlin. He is a deffensive minded coach, and I think we all can see that with the deffense we have now.I think we have only seen the tip of the sword from Tomlin. In only two seasons he has taken us to the playoffs and a superbowl win. It is hard to imagin what he will bring to pittsburgh before his carrer is over.
02-08-2009, 04:29 PM
Well it sure was a tough choice for a head coach, and most of us can admit it was one of those picks no one saw coming and we all thought this was the wrong choice. Something I love about this guy is his will to always worry about the game at hand and practice that teams butt off. We just won the super bowl and he is already square ahead and ready for the long road ahead for ring number 7. Great coach and Id love to see him around 12 years plus!
02-08-2009, 06:26 PM
Im proud to say that I was one who was hoping and wanted to see Tomlin with the Steelers instead of Whiz or Grimm
My best friend is a Bucs fan so he never stopped telling me how good that DB coach was and how impressed he was cause he was only 30.
So I was convinced that Tomlin was the man we needed
02-08-2009, 06:50 PM
i think just think the huge difference between 1 and 2.. was that he finally had a yr of HC exo under his belt and he knew what a full season consisted of as a HC and he adapted very well
02-08-2009, 09:20 PM
All the news I heard was that no one respected Tomlin when he joined the Steerlers. Look how quick he got everyone on his page and into the Super Bowl.
02-08-2009, 09:30 PM
I liked the hire from the beginning. I didn't know a lot about him but I trusted the Rooneys, and all the research I did on him two years ago pointed to Tomlin being a great hire :tt03::tt03:
02-09-2009, 01:58 AM
Oh, I liked him from the beginning as well, but its great to see some strong head coaching so soon. I mean, it could've potentially been much worse.
Tomlin has done a fantastic job, great choice after Cowher too.
02-09-2009, 02:25 AM
There's something about the demeanor of the man that just captivates you. Hell, when he talks, everyone, including myself, listens. It makes you want to put on the pads and go to work.
Rooney and this organization has worked their way up the ranks of the # 1 organization in all of sports, for a reason.. and it wasn't easy to do so. The kind of man coach Tomlin seems to be, it is a perfect fit for this team, along with the Rooney personal. (Remember, it is the Rooney Rule that gives minority coaches a shot.)
Change was evident, and he made the right call, at the right time, and here we are now, in our new coaches 2nd year.. with a Lombardi Trophy. It's bittersweet, and he is ONLY to get better considering' his age, and by the way he lets his assistants take control as well.
We hit a gold mine.
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