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mesaSteeler
11-01-2010, 08:41 AM
Even in defeat, Tomlin deserves praise
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/print_707099.html
By John Harris
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, November 1, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - If is isn't broken, don't fix it.

That's been Mike Tomlin's motto in his four years as Steelers coach.

Tomlin boasts a style all his own without having a so-callled "system." He's a coach for all seasons who's smart enough to know a good thing when he sees one.

Sunday night, the Steelers squared off against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in the Superdome. It was another big game for Tomlin, who entered last night's contest having won twice as many games as he's lost (36-18).

Tomlin isn't a resident genius like New Orelans coach Sean Payton, who wants us to know how smart he is. He isn't impulsive like Denver's Josh McDaniels, another young coach. He isn't a friend like Dallas' Wade Phillips, who allowed his players to walk all over him.

If Tomlin has an ego, I haven't seen it.

He was asked not to mess up a good thing. The Steelers' "system" was already in place long before he arrived in Pittsburgh. So far, Tomlin has done that.

The Steelers faced the Saints with Nick Eason and Ziggy Hood starting at defensive end, and it may as well have been Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel out there. The Saints couldn't run the ball in the first half. Heck, the Saints barely tried (six carries for 15 yards). At halftime, quarterback Drew Brees had a 57.8 passer rating.

Trailing 6-3 at the 8:24 mark in the third quarter, the Steelers actually gained momentum despite falling behind for the first time. The Saints' offense was on the verge of taking control against the Steelers' defense, but the Saints went from first and goal at the 3 to fourth and goal at the 5.

Tomlin, of course, wasn't satisfied with the Steelers defensive stand. He could see like the rest of us his defense needed to have a 2008 flashback last night because his offense was stuck in park. After three quarters, the Steelers had amassed -- this is not a typographical error -- 149 total yards.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played by far his most ineffective game since returning from a four-game suspension. He was under siege from New Orelans' pass rush, and it showed in the way he got rid of the ball quickly and underthrew receivers.

The passing game was out of sync. More than once following an incompletion, Roethlisberger gestured downfield to indicate he and the intended receiver weren't on the same page.

But that's the beauty of Tomlin's Steelers. They're resourceful and supremely confident. The Steelers never believe they're out of a game.

After carrying the offense for three quarters, the Steelers' defense finally got some help.

Trailing 13-3, the Steelers made it 13-10 on Rashard Mendenhall's long touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

And then the Steelers defense, on the verge of giving up more points, forced a Brees' fumble and gave their defense a chance to win the game.

Back and forth it went. Normally reliable tight end Heath Miller lost a fumble after a 25-yard reception as New Orleans grabbed back the momentum.

New Orelans was playing desperate following an upset loss to Cleveland a week earlier. The Steelers play desperate every week. It's what separates the Steelers from other teams. They play every game like their entire season depends on it.

Sometimes it doesn't work out the way Tomlin wants. The Steelers are an imperfect team attempting to play a perfect game. Last night was one of those nights. Next Monday night against Cincinnati, they'll lace it up and do it all over again.

John Harris can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.

bobby jr
11-01-2010, 09:45 AM
I'd have to disagree. The Steelers Defense dominated the first half but Drew Brees lit them up after halftime. 20 out of 22 passes he completed in the 2nd half. It seems likely that Sean Payton made halftime adjustments and the Steelers did not.

madtowndrunkard
11-01-2010, 11:15 AM
This is the NFL. The Saints have a pretty talented team offensively. Our defense, no matter how good it is, will give up some points. The rules are slanted in the offenses favor. Even the best defense is going to give up points.

The problem is 100% on our offense. If our offense could have sustained a few drives the Saints never would have put up those points. If our offense put up some points then the defenses job gets much easier. Once again Arian's unit is under achieving with a ton of talent. There is no excuse for how pathetic our offense plays at times. Arians system is to try and hit a HR in every AB. That mind set puts us in a position to make mistakes and fall short more often then not. The play calling, the routes, the lack of cohesiveness, the in ability to adjust to a blitz, etc all fall on Bruce Arians. If we had Kordel Stewart at QB and a bunch of chumps playing WR and RB I'd understand the poor offense.

Once again our offense has let down the team.

Whodis
11-01-2010, 02:21 PM
It seems like the writers in Pitt really drank the kool-aid. They defend the coaching and trash the "D" the spends most of the game on the field. I really wish they would notice the pink elephant calling plays on offense and the coach that loves the "prevent". Love him or hate em Bellichik with this talent wouldn't let teams in games

Third Rail
11-01-2010, 02:57 PM
The coaching in this game, at least on the offensive side, was horrible and you can't blame it all on Bruce Arians. If your offense is completely ineffective, you have to change it up, and if your OC can't figure that out, then you, as the head coach have to. That's WHY you're the head coach.

I am so sick of Tomlin getting off scott free whenever the Steelers lay an egg. I'm still honestly not convinced the man should be a head coach. He won a Super Bowl, yeah right. All Tomlin did was step into an ideal situation and didn't screw it up right away. But he sure as hell did last year and a few more games like last night's crapfest, and I'll be declaring this season lost as well.

lionslicer
11-01-2010, 03:05 PM
The whole coaching staff deserves blame. Both offense and defense. Even special teams. Just a poor game.
Tomlin doesn't deserve praise, though I don't think he deserves the blame.

Third Rail
11-01-2010, 03:08 PM
He doesn't deserve ALL of the blame... but he shouldn't be completely absolved of it either.

fer522
11-01-2010, 03:39 PM
we need to get rid of BA before all our players get much older
he keeps making the same mistakes, and he just does not know
how to create good match ups for our receivers
Payton came out on the second half and destroyed us with the passing
game and BA came out doing the same old shit.
look at Dallas they kept the same coach and they are 1-6

ZoneBlitzer
11-01-2010, 06:39 PM
I just don't get this article.

zulater
11-01-2010, 07:58 PM
How can he write this article the morning after Tomlin coached the crappiest game of his career? Tomlin made 4 terrible choices that greatly influenced the game aginst us last night.

1. challenging the non fumble call that clearly wasn't a fumble. Does he even know what the rule is, if so how could he challenge that play. I realize no harm came of that series in the short term, but in the long term it might have cost us a touchdown,.

2. Which gets us to point 2. the non challenge. On our wonderfull goalline offensive series on the second down play I think Mendenhall might have broke the plane of the goal with the tip of the ball. It certainly looked like a reasonable case could be made for a challenge. I think the reason it wasn't is because having needlessly burned one challenge already you couldn't afford to use your second one there.

3. Reed fg att. from too far with too much time left in the half. If there's less than 35 seconds in the half ok try it, but Reed is historically a poor risk outside of 45 yards. You essentially jump started a stagnant Sainst offense by needlessly giving then great field position before the half.

4. 4th and 4. A 3 point game, and you again needlessly give the saints superior field position. The offense was too erratic to trust to make that conversion, and the risk of not making it was too great to afford the chance.

fer522
11-01-2010, 08:24 PM
How can he write this article the morning after Tomlin coached the crappiest game of his career? Tomlin made 4 terrible choices that greatly influenced the game aginst us last night.

1. challenging the non fumble call that clearly wasn't a fumble. Does he even know what the rule is, if so how could he challenge that play. I realize no harm came of that series in the short term, but in the long term it might have cost us a touchdown,.

2. Which gets us to point 2. the non challenge. On our wonderfull goalline offensive series on the second down play I think Mendenhall might have broke the plane of the goal with the tip of the ball. It certainly looked like a reasonable case could be made for a challenge. I think the reason it wasn't is because having needlessly burned one challenge already you couldn't afford to use your second one there.

3. Reed fg att. from too far with too much time left in the half. If there's less than 35 seconds in the half ok try it, but Reed is historically a poor risk outside of 45 yards. You essentially jump started a stagnant Sainst offense by needlessly giving then great field position before the half.

4. 4th and 4. A 3 point game, and you again needlessly give the saints superior field position. The offense was too erratic to trust to make that conversion, and the risk of not making it was too great to afford the chance.


:drink:

Atlanta Dan
11-01-2010, 08:30 PM
I just don't get this article.

Must have been something about last night's match-up - even Collinsworth was upbeat, having a love fest with Al Michaels about Tomlin and observing what a brilliant move it was for Tomlin to make the pedestrian decision to burn a timeout with less than 10 seconds in the first half when the Saints came out in the fake field goal formation:noidea:

Steelers were out coached last night and no Steeler coach will ever highlight last night's game on their resumes

Spinlcrack
11-01-2010, 09:20 PM
I don't know... I agree it was a terrible game by everyone involved. They seemed distracted. It's no excuse, they should know better, but if there is any enviroment to be distracted, it's got to be NO on Halloween.

Even as bad as they played and coached, they were right there with 8 minutes left. The fumble changed everything. Miller has 4 career fumbles. Can't hate on Heath. Without the fumble, they run more time off the clock and at least tie the game.

The last interception...well #7 had a bad night as well, but we've seen him at his best in those situations. It happens to the best of them, and he is certainly in that group. .

TRH
11-01-2010, 09:20 PM
1. i thought the 4th down call (with our sputtering offense), was a poor decision.
2. Also at the goal line when we didn't score. I knew before we even started the series that it was going to be this : run up the middle. run up the middle. run up the middle.
Stupid. We do it everytime. No QB sneak, no run to the outside, no pass. If i knew it at home, you think the Saints maybe knew it?? we are EXTREMELY predictable at the goal line.
It was Arians call, but Tomlin's the boss. He has to shake things up with his staff.
3. and wheres the FIRE at?? I'd like to see Tomlin do some yelling and screaming on the sidelines, firing up the troops. The team just looked 'dead' out there, while the Saints were just swarming all over the place.

I don't lay all the blame on him, but man, no way you can 'praise' him for that embarrassing performance Sunday night (in front of the entire country).

Third Rail
11-02-2010, 10:00 AM
2. Also at the goal line when we didn't score. I knew before we even started the series that it was going to be this : run up the middle. run up the middle. run up the middle.
Stupid. We do it everytime. No QB sneak, no run to the outside, no pass. If i knew it at home, you think the Saints maybe knew it?? we are EXTREMELY predictable at the goal line.


THIS.

I swear, we are the worst team in the league when we are on the 1-yard line. I see so many teams... the Saints, the Ravens, etc., consistently, and often easily, run the ball into the end zone in this type of situation. Cut around to the outside. Jump OVER the pyle instead of under it. Or push forward and let your QB punch it in.

But no. What do we do? Give it to Mendenhall or Redman and have them dive straight for an incoming defensive end, dropping them just short of the plane of the goal. Every damned time.