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Old 09-04-2007, 03:33 PM   #11
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Where can I get a complete transcript of his press conferences?
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Old 09-04-2007, 03:38 PM   #12
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Where can I get a complete transcript of his press conferences?
While I never visit the site, I believe www.steelers.com will post it eventually. Also, for those who missed it this afternoon and who also get FSN Pittsburgh, Stan Savern will re-air tonight at 6:30 on Sports Beat.
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Old 09-04-2007, 03:40 PM   #13
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So if nothing is mentioned up to now then we can assume Clark will start?

Although, just as they have that article saying Colon beat out Max there can still be undecided on the FS situation...
I think Clark has the job. The main knock I heard about Smith is that he tends to roam a little bit and go for the big hit. I think they still want the big hit from him, but at the same time keep him under control to some degree. Understandable. If you are a hockey fan, he sort of reminds me of Darius Kasparaitis. Loves the big hit, but tends to take himself out of position to make the big hit. The difference.....Smith will turn out to be the better athlete in time.

Plus I feel Clark is a pretty solid FS. Smith's time will come, no doubt.
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Pretty good press conference. No hidden BS.
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i forgot to say, great breakdown 83. its impossible not to get pumped watching this. theres no way this guy is a rookie head coach, is there?.

there are some things you cant get by reading a transcript. his eyes actually lit up when he talked about sepulvedas 14 yard shank from the endzone and how his defense responded by getting off the field.

you would almost think he wanted that to happen, just to put the defense through a test and see how they would react.
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I didn't think Tomlin could impress me much more than he already has (other than going to the playoffs in his first year as HC), but his statements throughout the PC and how cool and matter of fact he seemed just blew me away. He knows what he wants out of his players and he's not going to accept anything less. The M.O. of a winner, imho.

Good breakdown 83.
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I was joking whan I posted several weeks ago that maybe we can shuffle the O-line all year to build depth. Maybe it is not a joke. If you have 2 people competing for a position afer the regular season starts that alsmost always means you have no one worthy of starting at that position.

I am glad we are so excited about our return team that we are bringing in someone who could not stick with what is widely regarded to be the worst team in the league this year.

If Tomlin wants to be involved in the development of men send them to seminary in the offseason. Just because the cliches have changed from the Cowher era does not mean they are not cliches.
I didn't get the same message that you got Dan from that quote. That being said I agree with your stance all the way. I definetely don't want to see musical chairs on the O-line all year.

I understood it more along the lines Tony described. I'm excited in the fact that McFadden and Smith will be working that much harder to get on the field, and they will get on the field. I'm excited to see Russell get some opportunities, and be that physical runner we're all waiting for. I'm excited to see Woodley on the field, pushing Haggans.

Did I mention I was excited.

I just like the fact that at every position there are guys pushing each other.

I really think Rossum is going to perform well for us in an area that was a huge disappointment last year. Don't forget that we cut a guy that many believed was our best at his position. Teams release guys for various reasons. The way I look at it, their loss is our gain.

I really appreciate the play by play at the press conf. 83-43, as well as everyones comments on Tomlin. Its nice to hear from you town folk who are there on the scene. If anyone is interested I could tell you about Billichicks press conf...... I didn't think so.
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Tomlin noncommittal on personnel decisions
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Coach Mike Tomlin does not have all the answers yet, or at least he did a good job of not providing them in his first news conference of the regular season.

The Steelers, for example, traded for veteran return specialist Allen Rossum on Saturday and list him No. 1 on their depth chart on kickoff and punt returns. Yet all Tomlin would commit to is that Rossum was added "to the mix."

Tomlin said his staff will figure out who the backup center is as the week goes on, and he would not commit to Willie Colon staying at right tackle or if free safety might change.

It sounded as if the new coach wants to keep his players on their toes, especially those who may think they've arrived by winning starting jobs and/or roster spots to open the season.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we're going to have a revolving door at every position," Tomlin said. "I'm not saying that. What I'm saying is that we're going to be open to the development of men even though we've moved into the month of September."

It's why rookie outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons has added another position to his repertoire, that of inside linebacker, where his future may lie.

"Lawrence is just trying to get in where he can fit in," Tomlin said of his first draft choice. "Thankfully, he's a sharp guy and he's capable of cross training positionally. He seems to be picking it up pretty well.

"We just expect him to be a good teammate and to compete for a helmet this week. If he gets one, go out and make plays regardless of what phase he's playing in, whether he gets a chance to play in the base defense, the sub-package defense or kicking game."

Tomlin also would not commit to a third-down back or a short-yardage back. They may be one and the same -- Willie Parker.

Parker said early in camp that he wanted to do both and he has had a chance to do both. The Steelers no longer have the kind of back who will blast through a line and drive tacklers back in short yardage, although Carey Davis might get a crack at doing just that.

But for the opening game Sunday in Cleveland, it's possible Parker will get his wish and stay on the field in any situation, leaving only to take a break.

"I think he's been very impressive as a guy who is capable of competing for us on third down," Tomlin said. "I think some of the running back versus linebacker drills that we had in camp were very beneficial to him. I know, personally, he's asked that those continue a little bit throughout the regular season.

"I love that about Willie. He's got desire to be a complete football player and every-down back. We're open to that because of that. Whether or not he's the third-down back or short-yardage guy really depends on what we're trying to do week to week from a game-plan standpoint. We're open to it, but we'll let those things sort themselves out as we progress."

Tomlin said he might be more apt to sub for Parker early in the season because he's not yet used to playing an entire game. Tomlin's more apt to rest him for a series here and there, especially if the coach keeps him on the field on third downs and in short yardage.

"It really depends on the circumstances of the game," Tomlin said. "What I mean is, how he's doing from a conditioning standpoint? I would imagine that he's going to be better in October than he is in September. We have an understanding about that. That's just getting your legs under you and getting in football condition, particularly for a guy who totes the football. We're going to keep and eye on that and we'll deal with that along the way."

NOTES -- Backup linebacker Marquis Cooper (hamstring) is the only player listed as out. Tomlin said everyone else is healthy and ready to play. ... Tomlin said he wants Santonio Holmes to concentrate on receiving and will not return punts or kickoffs. ... Tomlin said he would consider assigning cornerback Ike Taylor to cover Browns receiver Braylon Edwards no matter where he lines up.

Coming Friday

NFL PREVIEW '07: The Post-Gazette's Steelers writers breakdown the upcoming NFL season in a special 16-page preview section. This year's cover story takes a look the first seasons of Chuck Knoll and Bill Cowher and how they relate to rookie coach Mike Tomlin as he enters his first year with the Steelers.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07248/814643-13.stm
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Don't get me wrong - I am a huge Tomlin fan (consider that last January the non-Steeler assistant regarded as most likely to get the HC job was Ron Rivera, who is now the inside linebackers coach for the Chargers - how times change).

But all the inspirational talk does not count for much - I do not think Gibbs, Walsh, Noll, and Belichick ever knocked anyone out as motivational speakers, but they have 13 SB rings between them as HCs. I also do not think they maintained training camp intensity for regular season practices, which I am hoping is just posturing on Tomlin's part.

The Steelers organization apparently had become a little stale, but now it is time to see if the changes Arians and Tomlin have brought to offense, defense and special teams carries over to winning games when it counts.

P.S. - note to the P-G - hire a proofreader (Chuck Knoll?)
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Hey all...

I looked around and didn't see this posted elsewhere, so I am sorry if I am talking about something that has been talked about before...

I have been noticing something about Coach Tomlin and how he speaks and chooses his words. He could be completely BS-ing, but I don't think so. He shows a very interesting attitude of seriousness and respect for his players.

The main example that I notice repeatedly is his reference to the people on his team as "MEN" and not "guys, fellas, players or anything else. They are MEN. I think that this actually speaks volumes about what expectations he has for the MEN as far as their actions on and off the field, but it also says a lot about the respect he has for this group!

I think he expects the same respect from the men he coaches as he give them. He says repeatedly that he is "developing these men" and "expecting more from the men"...

This is in contrast with the Chin, who I feel...especially in the last year of his tenure....was a "player's coach" and was "one of the guys" so to speak. His method of commanding respect was from being one of them. Coach Tomlin doesn't seem to me to seek to be "one of them" but the "leader of them" on and off the field. There seems to be a respectful (and healthy) distance between coach and player, and the players seem to be responding well to it.

I am excited about this new era, and can't wait to see the talk turned to actions! After Sunday, the "TALK" will be accompanied by the "WALK"!

Sorry this is rambling a bit! Enjoy the read!

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