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Old 06-29-2009, 10:06 PM   #1
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Default Tomlins take on getting Mendenhall into lineup

tomlin was on nfl network (from the rookie symposium i think) and was asked what he was gonna do to get rashard involved in the line up this year.

tomlins answer was simple and i paraphrase-

"its not my responsibility to get him into the line up. thats all up to him. we will see what he has learned and how he does at camp and pre-season. that will be the deciding factor.

absolutely brilliant coachspeak. hes not doing anyone any favors.
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Old 06-29-2009, 10:17 PM   #2
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He always has the right words to say to the media, gotta love this guy. You'll never catch him tripping over his tongue.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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Default Re: Tomlins take on getting Mendenhall into lineup

The cool thing is that he isnt trying to avoid making a mistake in the media. Tomlin believes in what he says and lives it.

He is a guy with a philosophy of "doing things right" and not making any apologies for it. Fact is, somebody will earn playing time and others will earn a pink slip.......its just the way it is.
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He always has the right words to say to the media, gotta love this guy. You'll never catch him tripping over his tongue.
riiight...? and ppl wonder how he did it to sweep the Rooneys off their feet when he was interviewed for the head coaching position....
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Default Re: Tomlins take on getting Mendenhall into lineup

I think a more important issue is the issue between Mendy and Willie. So much for Mendy being drafted to take over Willie. There's nothing "in the cards". The best guy will get it. Period, just like it should be.

Funny thing is, some people have already determined who that guy is, without putting on any pads.
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1st round pick vs. UDFA veteran "big money".

let the chips fall where they may. tomlin makes no pretenses, nor has an agenda to do anyone any favors.

his ass is pretty much covered either way. and if they cant get it done, im not too worried about a tandem of moore/summers.
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I think a more important issue is the issue between Mendy and Willie. So much for Mendy being drafted to take over Willie.
wow... i thought mendy was drafted to help willie... not necessarily to take over....

they both gotta be healthy.... a two back system....
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mendenhall was drafted because he was the best player available.

nothing more. nothing less.
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Default Re: Tomlins take on getting Mendenhall into lineup

Here's a link to the interview where Mike Tomlin shares his thoughts on the rookie symposium and a reporter talks about Tomlin's take on Mendenhall getting back into the lineup.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-networ...und-the-League
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mendenhall was drafted because he was the best player available.

nothing more. nothing less.
Yep... though much is made of it.

I, like many around here, long for the day we put the "featured back" system to rest, and start using two and three backs. I can understand needing to get a feel for a game. If I remember right, Jerome didn't really get going until the 3rd quarter. But think the pounding these guys take is just too much at times.
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