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Old 09-10-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Tomlin "Uneasy" About Ravens Changes

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/r...,5480752.story

:All the Ravens' changes make Steelers coach uneasy
Mike Tomlin doesn't know what to expect Sunday"

"As I sit here today, I am probably a little bit more uneasy than I normally am when we play these guys, because they have so many new guys that we have to account for," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "I think that's something that needs to be stated up front about this. They probably know more about us than we know about them."

Well said, Mike. I like to see honesty. The Ravens have indeed made a lot of changes and they are no longer the same team that lost to the Steelers two of three times last year. The Ravens are a younger team and likely a better one. They have a deep threat now and create big matchup problems for the Steelers.

Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in NFL history, taking over a losing team and leading them to the playoffs 3 straight years. I'm sure he has the new players ready for Sunday.

As Tomlin said, the Ravens now know the Steelers better than the Steelers know them and that is another advantage for the Ravens.
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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:All the Ravens' changes make Steelers coach uneasy
Mike Tomlin doesn't know what to expect Sunday"

"As I sit here today, I am probably a little bit more uneasy than I normally am when we play these guys, because they have so many new guys that we have to account for," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "I think that's something that needs to be stated up front about this. They probably know more about us than we know about them."

Well said, Mike. I like to see honesty. The Ravens have indeed made a lot of changes and they are no longer the same team that lost to the Steelers two of three times last year. The Ravens are a younger team and likely a better one. They have a deep threat now and create big matchup problems for the Steelers.

Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in NFL history, taking over a losing team and leading them to the playoffs 3 straight years. I'm sure he has the new players ready for Sunday.

As Tomlin said, the Ravens now know the Steelers better than the Steelers know them and that is another advantage for the Ravens.

Do you live in tent? This article has been posted numerous times already and you clearly have never seen a Mike Tomlin press conference.
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:50 PM   #3
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Do you live in tent? This article has been posted numerous times already and you clearly have never seen a Mike Tomlin press conference.
Now Platy, go easy on him. It's true that Tomlin never spins at press conferences. If he knew the Steelers were going to beat the Ravens he'd just say it like that: "We're going to kick their asses. Next question."
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Do you live in tent? This article has been posted numerous times already and you clearly have never seen a Mike Tomlin press conference.
I just looked at all the thread titles and saw none which mentioned this. Unlike you I don't have time to read every thread on the forum in it's entirety. I'm a busy man.

Now as for Tomlin's admitting he is uneasy, this is somewhat unusual for a NFL head coach. I do recall Bilichick saying that he was uneasy about the Colts game the year they lost to he Colts I think it was in the AFC Championship game.

I think when coaches say such things it usually means they think their team will likely lose.
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[QUOTE=Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in NFL history


Seriously, really, honestly, you believe this statement. Come on now.
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[QUOTE=steelerjim58;941639][QUOTE=Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in NFL history


Seriously, really, honestly, you believe this statement. Come on now.[/QUOTE]

Look at the record, man. They were 5-11 in 2007 so Billick got fired.
Harbaugh took over and has led them to the playoffs 3 years in a row.
And not only that he has a winning record in the playoffs and has never lost a first round playoff game

How many NFL coaches have done that their first 3 years? Turn a losing team around like that?

I will however amend my original statement to say Harbaugh has started off his coaching career with one of the best starts in NFL history for a NFL head coach. I think he will be a great coach for his career but of course time will tell that story.
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Harbaugh has had a good start, just not quite as impressive as Tomlin's. Tomlin has been better and has done it an additional year to Harbaugh. 4 years to 3 years. Both coaches worst season has been 9-7 and best season at 12-4.

When you look at total records they are close, but edge to Tomlin.
Tomlin 48-23 or 67.6%
Harbaugh 36-19 or 65.5%

When you look at just the playoffs.
Tomlin 5-2
Harbaugh 4-3

The difference here of course is 2 AFC championships and 1 SB title vs. none and none.

In addition, 3 or Harbaugh's 4 playoff wins are wildcard wins. Harbaugh is 1-3 in playoff games after the wildcard round. You could make a pretty good arguement that a bye is as good as a wildcard win and Tomlin has 2 additional byes in his playoff career. Since the Steelers earned SB berth's in both years the likelyhood of being able to win those wildcard games is fairly strong. Obvoiusly a wildcard game should be against easier competition than a divisional or championship game in theory. Additionally, the Ravens lopsided playoff record against wildcard teams vs. divisional and championship teams helps support that.

The Ravens have been good the last few years. You'll get no arguement from me on that. The Steelers have just been better, even great one might say.

Oh, and in case you were wondering. Tomlin took over an 8-8 team that nobody gave a chance in his first season. The Ravens were supposed to run away with the divsion that year coming off of one of only 2 division championships in their history to go 5-11. They were a # 2 seed that year and favored to beat the Colts before they choked at home in the playoffs. Yet another choke by the Ravens. So saying they were a losing team is somewhat of a stretch. They were 1 season removed from a #2 seed when Harbaugh took over. They needed some correction, but the core of their team was in tact.
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I just looked at all the thread titles and saw none which mentioned this. Unlike you I don't have time to read every thread on the forum in it's entirety. I'm a busy man.

Now as for Tomlin's admitting he is uneasy, this is somewhat unusual for a NFL head coach. I do recall Bilichick saying that he was uneasy about the Colts game the year they lost to he Colts I think it was in the AFC Championship game.

I think when coaches say such things it usually means they think their team will likely lose.
He constantly praises the Ravens...and pretty much hypes up every other team that they play. This is nothing new. He plays up the difficulty of the opponent and never shows c0ckiness. So no, this is not something unusual for him...in fact, I'd say it's the standard.

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He constantly praises the Ravens...and pretty much hypes up every other team that they play. This is nothing new. He plays up the difficulty of the opponent and never shows c0ckiness. So no, this is not something unusual for him...in fact, I'd say it's the standard.

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It's called respecting your opponent. Harbaugh could learn something here, instead of whining like a little bitch everytime he gets his ass handed to him.

Tomlin is classy before and after games and Harbaugh is classless in both respects.
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Harbaugh has had a good start, just not quite as impressive as Tomlin's. Tomlin has been better and has done it an additional year to Harbaugh. 4 years to 3 years. Both coaches worst season has been 9-7 and best season at 12-4.

When you look at total records they are close, but edge to Tomlin.
Tomlin 48-23 or 67.6%
Harbaugh 36-19 or 65.5%

When you look at just the playoffs.
Tomlin 5-2
Harbaugh 4-3

The difference here of course is 2 AFC championships and 1 SB title vs. none and none.

In addition, 3 or Harbaugh's 4 playoff wins are wildcard wins. Harbaugh is 1-3 in playoff games after the wildcard round. You could make a pretty good arguement that a bye is as good as a wildcard win and Tomlin has 2 additional byes in his playoff career. Since the Steelers earned SB berth's in both years the likelyhood of being able to win those wildcard games is fairly strong. Obvoiusly a wildcard game should be against easier competition than a divisional or championship game in theory. Additionally, the Ravens lopsided playoff record against wildcard teams vs. divisional and championship teams helps support that.

The Ravens have been good the last few years. You'll get no arguement from me on that. The Steelers have just been better, even great one might say.

Oh, and in case you were wondering. Tomlin took over an 8-8 team that nobody gave a chance in his first season. The Ravens were supposed to run away with the divsion that year coming off of one of only 2 division championships in their history to go 5-11. They were a # 2 seed that year and favored to beat the Colts before they choked at home in the playoffs. Yet another choke by the Ravens. So saying they were a losing team is somewhat of a stretch. They were 1 season removed from a #2 seed when Harbaugh took over. They needed some correction, but the core of their team was in tact.
It was just one losing year, but they were 5-11 and then completely turned that around when Harbaugh took over. I doubt they would have been in the playoffs the last 3 years if Billick were still here. They could have easily been around 5-11 the last 3 years too.

Objectively speaking the Steelers have had some luck in beating the Ravens. As one who has watched NFL football for many years I've come to recognize that close games can go either way, one dropped pass, one bad call by the ref, is the difference between winning and losing in a 3 point game. The Steelers cannot count on continuing to win close games against the Ravens. That is in the past now.
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