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Old 11-02-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
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Default Tomlin regrets not challenging correct call?

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_707291.html

After reviewing film from the Steelers' 20-10 loss last Sunday in New Orleans, coach Mike Tomlin said he should have challenged a call that might have resulted in a touchdown.

It came on a run by Rashard Mendenhall early in the second quarter from the Saints' 1-yard line. Officials ruled that Mendenhall did not get into the end zone, and the Steelers didn't challenge the call.

"We didn't think he crossed the plane (of the goal line) and he didn't either," Tomlin said."

The Steelers were stopped on third down as well and settled for a 19-yard field goal by Jeff Reed.

While Tomlin said he should have challenged the call, he added that it should not have been an issue since the Steelers had three plays from the Saints' 1-yard line.


What kind of doublespeak is this? Why would you regret not challenging the play if the correct call was made on the field?

When i first saw this headline i thought, ok, I can get closure on this now, Tomlin is going to admit to the mistake and we move on. But the non denial-denial just pisses me off all over again!

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We didn't think he crossed the plane (of the goal line) and he didn't either," Tomlin said
Maybe the key is in the word he, as in he didn't cross the plane of the goal line, but the ball sure as hell looked like it did.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tomlin regrets not challenging correct call?

I think what Tomlin means when he says "and he didn't either" is that Rashard didn't think he'd crossed the goal line. When he says "we" I'm assuming he means the guys in the booth, since Tomlin is not privy to the views they get, and gets recommendations on what calls to challenge and what calls not to challenge from them.

He words his statement funny, but what I take away from this is him saying that he (Tomlin), after looking at the play closely, wishes he would have challenged the play. I just think he tried to word it in a way as to not put full blame on any one person for it.
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Old 11-02-2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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The Steelers have been awful with reviews since Tomlin became coach. They challenge when they shouldn't, and often don't when they should. They need to "review" the whole proccess of how they go about things, because they aren't getting it close to right.
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I get the feeling that zu will be asking the mods to change his name to "Fire Tomlin" soon.
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Zu since you're leading the pitchfork crowd I thought you might want to read this.

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teelerfaninNM: Ed, what do the coaches see differently in the booth than we do at home. MT challenges an obvious down by contact play on a punt return and then fails to challenge an obvious Mendy touchdown run on that fateful 1st and goal series in which Mendy was tackled on top of the defender and roll over with the ball clearly crossing the goalline, what gives?

Ed Bouchette: I figured this is what happened and after further checking today, I found out it is true. The television in the visiting coaches booth in New Orleans was tuned to the scoreboard view of the game, which is controlled by the home team. The home team will never show a replay if a successful challenge would hurt the home team. Thus, they did not show the replay on the video screen at the game and so the Steelers coaches never saw what we all saw -- the NBC network telecast that clearly showed Rashard Mendenhall had scored. Tomlin had no idea because he did not see it clearly and no one from the Steelers ever saw a replay. He should have called me in the press box because I saw it.
I'm betting dollars to donuts that the same thing happened on the fumble that was challenged.

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Zu since you're leading the pitchfork crowd I thought you might want to read this.



I'm betting dollars to donuts that the same thing happened on the fumble that was challenged.

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Think the Patrioits allow that to happen to them? They probably have someone splice into the system to get the network feed to the coaches, short of that, perhaps they have a plant in a Superbox letting them know when a play is close.
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I get the feeling that zu will be asking the mods to change his name to "Fire Tomlin" soon.
No I wont. 95% of coaching occurs before the players lace up their spikes on gameday. I have no problem with how the team is composed, how they prepare for games, motivation, discipline etc... But they said on the NBC broadcast that Tomlin is among the league's least likely coaches to challenge, and that when he does his challenges usually fail. That's a problem that likely cost us 4 points this past game, that's a problem that needs to be addressed.
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Think the Patrioits allow that to happen to them? They probably have someone splice into the system to get the network feed to the coaches, short of that, perhaps they have a plant in a Superbox letting them know when a play is close.
Chicken little just go run around the block a few times.
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Chicken little just go run around the block a few times.
Right, we all know the Patriots would just accept the scoreboard feed and leave themselves vulnerable to the whim of a homer scoreboard operater who's been instructed to not show questionable replays that might favor the visitor? Of course that's how it works.




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Right, we all know the Patriots would just accept the scoreboard feed and leave themselves vulnerable to the whim of a homer scoreboard operater who's been instructed to not show questionable replays that might favor the visitor? Of course that's how it works.




You have no idea how it works, how the Patriots work or any other team. Any claim otherwise is complete bs and nothing more. The only thing you're interested in is crucifying Tomlin et al by any means possible.
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