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Old 03-30-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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Default Madden: Tomlin should shoulder some blame, too

Madden: Tomlin should shoulder some blame, too
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By: Mark Madden
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sp...blame-too.html
Monday March 29, 2010 11:43 PM

"As bad boys go, Steelers have supplanted the Bengals.”

The headline at ProFootballTalk.com is a sad statement, but an accurate one. With the Ben Roethlisberger allegations segueing into Santonio Holmes’ latest escapade and with Joey Porter not far removed from Pittsburgh, the Steelers have never been viewed in a more embarrassing light.

Besides the players involved, Mike Tomlin should be the most embarrassed.

He won a Super Bowl, but that was with somebody else’s team. Otherwise, Tomlin’s reign as Steelers coach has been marked mostly by trouble and turmoil.

It’s not Tomlin’s job to baby-sit his players 24/7. But it is his duty to create an environment of accountability.

If Tomlin has done that, there’s precious little evidence. Domestic abuse, disorderly conduct, sexual assault … under Tomlin, the Steelers have run amok, especially given the team’s “standards of conduct” that are “above and beyond,” as Tomlin was laughably quoted as saying last week.

Tomlin was hired to satisfy the tenets of the Rooney Rule. But was he ready for the job? Was he ready to be head coach of perhaps football’s most storied team?

Tomlin never played in the NFL. He’s not much older than his players. He’s known for being a players’ coach, but many feel he crosses that fine line and is too buddy-buddy. He’s only coached in the NFL since 2001 and spent just one season as a coordinator before the Steelers hired him. Tomlin has little experience at being boss.

Tomlin wasn’t exactly oozing credibility in the first place.

Now his players’ shenanigans have him under a microscope.

Or, at least, they should. Tomlin’s reputation remains remarkably unscathed despite all that’s happened.

Maybe that’s fair. After all, what NFL coach truly does control his players? Between frequent roster shuffling, brief coaching tenures and second/ third/fourth chances gone wild, it’s surprising that any player listens to any coach on any issue.
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Tomlin has a good football mind. He seems to be a good administrator. He’s got massive potential.

Like his predecessor, Bill Cowher, Tomlin will probably develop into a very good coach.

Tomlin just needs time and, since the Steelers never fire coaches, it’s on his side.

Tomlin’s vulnerability in touchy situations came to light last season when he failed to mediate the conflict between Roethlisberger and Hines Ward.

Roethlisberger sat out with a concussion. Ward questioned Roethlisberger’s courage on national television.

Tomlin, by all accounts, did nothing.

Tomlin got lucky. That dispute didn’t spiral out of control. But look what’s happened since.

The Steelers have become a mess on Tomlin’s watch.

He has the most direct control over the players, and things are chaotic.

Marvin Lewis survived similar turbulence in Cincinnati and turned things around. Tomlin can do the same.

But the Steelers need to make a statement. They need to do something that suggests further tumult will not be tolerated.

But that’s difficult to do when James Harrison, an admitted domestic abuser, and Jeff Reed, a one-man crime wave of disorderly conduct, committed grievous transgressions and got fat new contracts after.

My advice is for you, not the Steelers: Watch hockey. The disappointments are a lot fewer and further between.

The good news: If Holmes can throw a glass across a room and hit a girl in the eye, the Steelers have a solid option at quarterback if Roethlisberger is suspended.

Assuming Holmes isn’t suspended, too, that is.

Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:25 PM   #2
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....and with Joey Porter not far removed from Pittsburgh, the Steelers have never been viewed in a more embarrassing light.
Fatboy realizes Porter was given his release before Tomlin coached his first game, right?
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:33 PM   #3
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Also, Vick once played a game against the Steelers, so naturally his dog fighting crimes are a reflection on the Steelers.
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This isn't college a-hole. These are grown men. Tomlin and the Steelers organizations' job is to win football games, not babysit grown men. How the **** does an article like this allowed to be printed? This is the most asinine thing I have ever heard. I want to jump into a time machine and have a second chance at not reading this soiled toilet paper.
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Default Re: Madden: Tomlin should shoulder some blame, too

unfortunately, with what has been going on, it does reflect on the coach. it is the nature of the beast.

with that being said, dan rooney was the true face of the franchise, just like his dad. he was the lovable father figure to all his players.

maybe we should blame him (or better yet obama) for abandoning the steelers and moving overseas.

better yet... lets blame goodell for running his ass out of the league.
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The coach can only do so much... what a waste of time...
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Didn't know it was Tomlins job to babysit these guys 24/7.
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Reading these articles posted daily I really feel as if I went into the wrong profession.
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Also, Vick once played a game against the Steelers, so naturally his dog fighting crimes are a reflection on the Steelers.
Oh, and Greg Lloyd allegedly putting the business end of a gun in his son's mouth in 2001 was by extension Tomlin's fault too, since Lloyd once played for the Steelers. And do I really need to mention Ray Lewis?
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There was once a draft pick who went on to not help a little old lady across the road, which is Tomlin's fault.
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