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Old 02-13-2007, 08:26 AM   #1
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Default Tomlin Thrives on Pressure

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Tomlin thrives on pressure
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
By Teresa Varley
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Mike Tomlin is not a man that scares easily, no matter how hard you try to point out to him the pressure he is under. It's because pressure is something he thrives on.



Tomlin sat down with a small group of local media on Monday, and was asked about that pressure multiple times, the pressure of being the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the most sought after positions in the NFL as well as one that comes with very high expectations.



"I do (feel it) and I enjoy it," said Tomlin of the pressure. "If you don't like pressure you're in the wrong business. I thrive on that. That's how you know you're alive. If you don't want to get out of bed and meet the challenges for a day, I don't know what you do for a living at a high level.



"Do you feel pressure when you compete at the highest level? I always laugh when people ask me that, because if you are competing in any industry, if I am in mortgage banking and I am competing at the highest level on the international stage in mortgage banking I would imagine there is some pressure."



Tomlin is taking over a team that went 8-8 last year and won the Super Bowl the year before. Many think the 8-8 season was an abnormality and that the Steelers should bounce back strong this year, adding pressure for Tomlin to success fast.



But he would much rather take over this team than one that is coming off a season with just two or three wins that is loaded with high draft picks.



"I'd rather step into this situation," said Tomlin. "I struggle to understand why someone would say that I would have an issue with expectations. That's part of the business and you love it. That's what drives you. That's the competitor in all of us to do what we do. I welcome that."



And Tomlin isn't just providing lip service with his words. You can see it in his eyes, you can hear the conviction in his voice, and you definitely can feel his energy. When told there is probably less margin for error with a team like the Steelers than elsewhere, he needed just one word to answer that.



"Great," he said matter-of-factly.



And what about the fact that the Steelers faithful aren't always a patient bunch, wanting success fast.



"Pour gasoline on the fire," said Tomlin. "That's what we do for a living. We compete. You better have confidence in yourself and your ability to do a job if you expect your men to take the field with that kind of swagger. And I do."



Tomlin feels that the ultimate job for an NFL head coach is one in where you are expected to succeed, not one where failing to live up to the expectations is acceptable. He knows he will be under the microscope, even in his first season, and it's something he readily welcomes.



"When you dream about getting your opportunity, when you lay awake in bed at night dreaming about getting a head coaching opportunity, that's what you dream about," said Tomlin. "That's what you wish for. If you don't get it initially, you hope you build a program where you get to that point where the expectations are sky high and you are capable of competing for a World Championship every single year. Whether or not you get it year one of whether you build it six, seven years into the process, that's what you lay awake at night dreaming about.



"It just happens that I am getting an opportunity to be a part of a team that is capable of competing for World Championships right now."

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The more I hear about coach Tomlin the more I love him. I do not believe anything he says is lip service. I think he will capture this teams veterans quickly and all players will want to battle for him. I like his swagger and I believe the team will take on that same swagger.

I have stated before that I live in Mass., and all the Pats fans are saying that we are going to go through a rebuilding process and we are done. I think alot of people are going to be surprised this upcoming season, especially the Steeler faithful - pleasantly surprised!
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Well, he says all the right things and I really like the guy as a person. He seems like a class act with a head on his shoulders. As a coach, that remains to be seen. While I would love to get excited (found myself with goose bumps during Savern interview), I'm trying to stay levelheaded when it comes to not only Tomlin but this team in general, starting with Ben Roethlisberger.

For the record, I would be saying the same if Whiz or Grimm were hired.
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I can't wait to see what this guy can do. i was upset i wanted whisenhut myself, but the way Tomlin talks he is winning me over.
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I can't wait to see what this guy can do. i was upset i wanted whisenhut myself, but the way Tomlin talks he is winning me over.
I honestly thought Whisenhunt would get the job. But I have to agree Tomlin seems to be ready to get the job done, for now anyway.

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Well, he says all the right things and I really like the guy as a person. He seems like a class act with a head on his shoulders. As a coach, that remains to be seen. While I would love to get excited (found myself with goose bumps during Savern interview), I'm trying to stay levelheaded when it comes to not only Tomlin but this team in general, starting with Ben Roethlisberger.

For the record, I would be saying the same if Whiz or Grimm were hired.

Totally agree. I feel the same.
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