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Old 12-16-2011, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default Bound and Gagged: Tomlin Giving Into NFL, Tells Steelers To Stay Mum

Last year the Steelers locker room was more fired up than the Pacific ring of fire any time a fine was doled out by the NFL for ‘illegal hits.’ This year that tone has continued, yet slightly subdued. Now, at a time when players should be spitting more venom than a cobra, the locker room is quiet and only whispered ‘No comments’ fill the air.
Why the change in tone? Head coach Mike Tomlin told his players to keep quiet over their feelings about the NFL’s recent punishment to James Harrison. In fact, according to safety Troy Polamalu, Tomlin told players to react with, ‘No comment.’ And like the good little soldiers they are, they are indeed staying quiet – save for Ike Taylor who at least used other punishments as a litmus to ‘compare’ how unfair Harrison’s suspension really is.
“Man, they’re tripping. I don’t know what it is. [Harrison's] getting it handed to him in the NFL way … He didn’t stomp on nobody, he didn’t punch nobody’s private area.”
The stomp and punch refer to Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh for stomping a Green Bay Packer on Thanksgiving and Richard Seymour for punching a Miami Dolphins’ lineman at the beginning of December. Both are repeat offenders for post whistle activities, neither have been suspended. Harrison has been naughty during the whistle, and his actions have been football related. Suh and Seymour’s actions are things you find out on the street or in a bar brawl (minus the splintering chairs) – with the full intent on hurting or injure someone. Harrison’s hits are intended to be football plays with the intent to intimidate and make players think twice of running to his side of the field. Hard hits are part of the game. High hits have always been part of the game. But I think we can all agree that Harrison’s hits have never been with the intent on giving a guy a concussion or result in prolonged damage. Yet, Harrison is painted that way by the media who villainize him like his actions are equal to Suh’s or Seymour’s or your local knifer looking to score some crack on the street.
It’s bull shit and Tomlin should be allowing his players to be as vocal as they want to be. By him keeping his players silent, it’s like he himself is agreeing with the league’s decision on Harrison. Tomlin met with the Commish and other league officials earlier this season about illegal hits coming from his team. I don’t know what was said by either side. But it looks like Tomlin is ready to lie down and take it from the league. Maybe they said, ‘Hey if you still want everyone in this league to think of you as a classy solid coach and you don’t want the media to tear you down, then you should just keep your and your team’s mouths shut.’ Too conspiratorial? Not enough?
Either way, it’s crap. And, I’m really P.O. that Tomlin is just letting a punishment like this happen with nothing being said. Complacency for this kind of stuff will only enable and embolden the league to keep dishing out penalties that are too severe within the context of the offense. It will send a trickle down effect that will cause players to second guess their technique and how they play and how they execute – remember Larry Foote on Arian Foster back in Week 4?
The players being bound and gagged by their own coach is a chilling situation. I’m glad Taylor said at least something. But it’s just not enough.

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Old 12-16-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bound and Gagged: Tomlin Giving Into NFL, Tells Steelers To Stay Mum

I've finally figured it out and I can't believe it's taken me this long.

If we keep quiet off the field maybe the commisioner will leave us alone on the field for a change.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:15 PM   #3
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Photo of Harrison and Roethlisberger at NFL league office waiting for their suspension appeal hearings with Goodell

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Old 12-16-2011, 06:18 PM   #4
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Listen, if they're really that pissed off about this, maybe they should stage a coup, or at the very least quit their jobs, or resign from the NFL. Start your own league...others have done it before, with great success.

Tomlins only mistake (IMO) was not telling his players to keep their damn mouths shut to the media earlier. There's no need for it anyway. You can be pissed off about something and not have to air it out to the media, you know. You'll still be as pissed off, but you won't have to deal with the attention (unless you want it). Simply put, don't spout off about something unless you're prepared to take action against it...and I'm going to go ahead and assume that the players in todays high paid NFL system aren't going to risk their paychecks to find a newer and crappier job.

If you're not going to quit the league though, or start your own league, just shut up and play. All the rest is just media fodder.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:42 PM   #5
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I respectfully disagree with the shut up and play line. They gotta keep voicing their opinions. The players drive the NFL economy, put butts in seats, make owners profit which allows them to hand out paychecks and make the commisioner more big headed than ever. Without these talented players, there are only a select few that can make it, the the NFL is nothing but a less talented league. The CFL. Players drive this league.

Don't be a yes man. Sorry SCMOM. You're wrong.

We can agree to disagree but I'm not changing my stance.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:49 PM   #6
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What is the point of speaking out any ways?? there is no need for it and will only bring more animosity to the team. It is better to keep their mouths shut and play the game! The steelers speaking out will not bring Harrison back for the niners game, just keep quite and play the game fired up! and there is also no need for them to state their stances, we already know they are against it.
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I respectfully disagree with the shut up and play line. They gotta keep voicing their opinions. The players drive the NFL economy, put butts in seats, make owners profit which allows them to hand out paychecks and make the commisioner more big headed than ever. Without these talented players, there are only a select few that can make it, the the NFL is nothing but a less talented league. The CFL. Players drive this league.

Don't be a yes man. Sorry SCMOM. You're wrong.

We can agree to disagree but I'm not changing my stance.
That's fine if you disagree with my stance, but just know that I don't completely disagree with yours either.

My point is that most of these criticisms ring hollow. Unless the players are ready to take action against these rules, then what is the point of voicing your opinion? Answer: there is no point unless you're willing to do something about it.

I think it is hypocritical of them to be happy to accept paychecks from a system they seem to have no problem criticizing. If they want to stop this cycle, then they can quit and start their own league.

The best example I can give is a Senator, or Congressman (or even a citizen) who criticizes the way the nation is run, but never does anything substantial about it.
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Let's say you work at BurgerKing. Someone drives up to the window, and you say "What the hell can I get you today?". That's not an acceptable thing to say under that sort of employment, or really, any modern employment.

Now the NFL employs players to work Sunday's, Monday's and sometimes Thursday's. With the NFL you have a standard set of rules, a set of rules that are subject to change at any given time. Now let's get one thing clear. I DO NOT agree with some of these rules.

But unfortunately, rules are rules. What the big man says, goes. It sucks. I know. I hate the fact that small hits are being highlighted by the media and are ultimately resulting in fines and suspensions. the League is being softened. It sucks. But unless new leadership comes in and changes the guidelines, you must stay within the current standard.

Or your fired. Suspended. Fined. It's a job. You see what i'm saying?
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While I feel that players should theoretically be able to speak their minds, I also understand that sometimes it's not always in their best interests, as with Harrison. I also feel that they should be more educated on the topics they choose to discuss. As much as I love the guy as a football player and as much of a good heart as he may have, the comments that Harrison has made over the past couple of season regarding concussions seriously just spews ignorance, and I seriously question how well he understands just what a concussion does to one's body. Many players in fact, have said things to the effect that they'd rather have their bell rung than have their knee blown out (i.e. they'd rather tackle a guy or be tackled by a guy high than low). If they were more educated about concussions, would they still feel the same way? They may have difficulty walking after a while, but at least they'd be able to feed and bathe themselves.
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I don't think anyone should be "told to shut up" and not air their thoughts. The NFL is trying to manipulate everything and control the media, among other things. It's not much different than the way Vince McMahon treats his WWE product.
But i don't fault Tomlin on this. At all. He's already stated countless times that he hasn't agreed with league decisions and such. If he takes it any farther, its not going to do this team any good and he's going to be looking at a HUUUUUUUGE fine himself. There's no good that will come out of it, if Tomlin says any more than he already has. Our bullseye will just keep getting bigger and bigger.
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