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Hawaii 5-0
10-12-2012, 07:42 PM
Tomlin's reason for attempting 54-yarder

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin decided on allowing Shaun Suisham to try a what-would-have-been a career long 54-yard field goal.

Suisham missed, the Titans got good field position and Rob Bironas kicked the game-winner a minute later.

This is what Tomlin had to say about the decision:

Was there debate?

"There was but he banged the other one before that pretty clean so I decided to give him a shot at it. I will take responsibility for the miss."

Was there a concern during the timeout that you might've iced you own kicker?

"Not at all. It was a clock stoppage. Shaun (Suisham) is a mentally tough guy. I didnít want the play clock to run down. We wanted to have a good, clean discussion about our options. He banged the previous one pretty good. We decided to give him a shot at it."

http://sulia.com/channel/pittsburgh-steelers/f/0a02db36-6370-4beb-a3ed-f104b8bb727d/?source=twitter

Curtain_of_Steel
10-12-2012, 08:58 PM
Im not sure I disagree withthe call or not. If they punted, its 80 yard drive as opposed to a 58 yard? Thats one more pass to the great shut downcorner Ike Taylor.

More importantly, it showed Tomlin has zero confidence in his defense.

What was even more comforting, Tomlin took full responsibility for the decision. Now that made me sleep well.

maddog78
10-13-2012, 09:57 AM
Go for it. Barring a sack, you're in no worse position if you fail to get the first down. He showed no confidence in his offense, either.

btaylor179
10-13-2012, 09:59 AM
defense couldnt stop em whether its 8 or 80 yds

Bayz101
10-13-2012, 10:01 AM
Good decision to go for the field goal. Shaun made a 52-yard kick earlier in the game and cleared the goal post by about 5 yards. Dick Lebeau should take heat for the loss considering his defense allowed the Titans to get well within field goal range.

Goldsteel86
10-13-2012, 10:11 AM
Good decision to go for the field goal. Shaun made a 52-yard kick earlier in the game and cleared the goal post by about 5 yards. Dick Lebeau should take heat for the loss considering his defense allowed the Titans to get well within field goal range.

You know I agree with going for the FG, Suisham just made a 52 yarder that probaly could have been good from 54 or 55, also Tennesee was also finding ways to get pressure to the QB. Now on the flip side if you are going to take a shot on 4th down against the better team in the Eagles with a deep pass to Wallace at least try to do it against a respectfully worse team in the Titans. However at the end of the day, I agree take the shot, you make the FG, you give Hasselbeck a much bigger field to work with, but then again don't ask James Harrison to cover a TE on 3rd down, especially coming on a knee injury, IMO the decision was a good one to go for the FG.

maddog78
10-13-2012, 10:38 AM
Good decision to go for the field goal. Shaun made a 52-yard kick earlier in the game and cleared the goal post by about 5 yards. Dick Lebeau should take heat for the loss considering his defense allowed the Titans to get well within field goal range.

With 10 seconds left, maybe. Not with that much time.

Tomlin is a massive fail when it comes to game day decisions. It's uncanny how he always makes the wrong one.

jiminpa
10-13-2012, 10:49 AM
With 10 seconds left, maybe. Not with that much time.

Tomlin is a massive fail when it comes to game day decisions. It's uncanny how he always makes the wrong one.I agree. Of all of the options a sure miss field goal was the worst, assuming you actually wanted to win, which I am not always certain of with Tomlin. An incomplete pass would have been better.

maddog78
10-13-2012, 11:05 AM
I agree. Of all of the options a sure miss field goal was the worst, assuming you actually wanted to win, which I am not always certain of with Tomlin. An incomplete pass would have been better.

Infinitely better!. They would have had seven more yards and five less seconds to work with.

BowCatShot
10-13-2012, 04:37 PM
"I will take responsibility for the miss."

Now just what in hell does that mean? He'll take responsibility and do what? If he'd have the balls to levy himself a hefty fine for being stupid, then he'd put meaning into that hollow phrase. Responsibility my skinny white ass.

TRH
10-13-2012, 05:15 PM
i don't like the decision. Suisham, even if he DID make the 52 yarder, thats his career long. He's not known for a strong leg, like a Phil Dawson is. Even a 52 yarder is no gimme....bad snaps, weak leg, shanks, hooks, just too many things can go wrong (like you MISS and give them fantastic field position?)

To ask Suisham to make 2 in a row of those kind of FG's was asking alot. Too much.