Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers

Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Pro Bowl
8:00PM Eastern on ESPN

Thread Tools
Old 11-04-2012, 02:32 AM   #1
tony hipchest
tony hipchest's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: in your mouth...
Posts: 42,357
Member Number: 658
Thanks: 3,059
Thanked 13,992 Times in 5,797 Posts
Default Tomlin good with Qs, not always with answers

i never realized tomlin meets so infrequently w/ the press relative to all the other coaches. i know hes got the reputation of being very difficult to work with amongst the local press, as they pretty much say he hates them and speaking with them. i consider it gamesmanship and playing it close to the vest.

he does do a weekly spot on sirius immediately after his weekly tuesday presser which is a bit more candid, but usually the same coachspeak, verbatim.

i think its more of the local media that hates him. he makes their job difficult. he makes their stories look boring and forces them to reach for "news".

everything he says is deliberate. "raw and uncut". i guess thats why i like him.


The times are easily remembered by any astute Steelers supporter — weekly appointments that can’t be missed for almost any reason: 1 p.m. on Sundays, noon on Tuesdays.

Sunday is kickoff time — at least it was until the Steelers became one of the NFL’s favorite choices for primetime games. Tuesday is the Mike Tomlin news conference, the one opportunity for a fan to peek inside the Steelers’ South Side offices and gain the same information from the head coach that reporters are gathering.

But sometimes there isn’t very much real news generated when Tomlin sits at a podium for 20 or 25 minutes, and don’t think that’s not by design.

Tomlin wants nothing made public that the Giants or Chiefs or Ravens can use against him, so his answers to questions about strategy, personnel or officiating (coaches can be fined for any critical comments about officials) often are terse and anything but insightful.

To NFL teams, any real-time information on an upcoming opponent could be helpful in designing a game plan; if the Bengals, for example, know by Tuesday that Troy Polamalu isn’t playing, they might not need to devote any practice time to preparing for him.

The problem is, in this age of Twitter and Facebook, social media and 24-hour-a-day news cycles — something even Tomlin’s predecessor, Bill Cowher, didn’t deal with — it’s harder for teams and coaches to control the message the way they did during Chuck Noll’s time.

Occasionally a player will blurt out news — inadvertently or not — in a 140-character message that’s instantly available not just for friends and family but the entire wired universe. The Steelers don’t ban their players from using Twitter because they often disperse news about their public appearances and charitable activities.

Tomlin isn’t about to offer internal intelligence, so his weekly message often is information-sparse by design.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace said the Tomlin that fans see during the news conferences is the same Tomlin the players get in private. He is straightforward in all matters with them, and a lengthy explanation isn’t always attached.

“Coach T is Coach T,” Wallace said. “Whatever you see with Coach T, that’s the same thing we see. ... He’s going to give you the facts, he’s going to give it to you raw and uncut — this is how it is and we go from there.”

What’s uncommon about Tomlin’s weekly visits are exactly that — they’re once a week. Tomlin might be the only NFL head coach who has only one scheduled news conference per week.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, for example, had four news conferences in advance of the game against the Steelers. Giants coach Tom Coughlin had a conference call rather than a press conference Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, a news conference Wednesday and two other post-practice sessions with reporters. Even the always reticent Bill Belichick has four regular weekly news briefings.

While most coaches hold Monday news conferences, as Noll did, the Steelers shifted their coach’s news conference to Tuesday — the players’ day off — during the Cowher regime to generate news on what previously was a closed-to-the-media day. The tradition stuck, especially after the news conference began being televised, and the schedule hasn’t been adjusted since.

Tomlin sometimes holds a post-practice briefing if there is significant news, although that is infrequent.

Coughlin, who first gained respect for Tomlin when he was an assistant coach in Tampa, doesn’t doubt Tomlin has any trouble getting the word out even without the benefit of a news conference.

“He’s never at a loss for some challenging words, whether it be officiating meetings or whatever,” Coughlin said. “He’s very respectful of it, but he’s not about to stifle himself in terms or asking and inquiring.”

On Tuesdays, it is those asking and inquiring who are the challenge to Tomlin.

Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/2866256-8...#ixzz2BEup6kco
Follow us: @triblive on Twitter | triblive on Facebook
tony hipchest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2012, 02:59 AM   #2
Bayz101's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Mansfield, Ohio
Posts: 8,397
Gender: Male
Member Number: 18856
Thanks: 2,183
Thanked 5,388 Times in 2,243 Posts
My Mood: Tired
Default Re: Tomlin good with Qs, not always with answers

Good read, Tony. Thanks for posting..

I love Tomlin's style. The world isn't perfect, but all players zipping their lips about ANYTHING game-plan is something all teams should desire to achieve.

"Either you're playing dumb, or it's not an act". -Judge Judy

No need to drive me crazy. I can walk from here.
Bayz101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
Millers the sh!t
Assistant Coach
Millers the sh!t's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Western MA
Posts: 1,387
Gender: Male
Member Number: 22201
Thanks: 242
Thanked 600 Times in 344 Posts
My Mood: Cheeky
Default Re: Tomlin good with Qs, not always with answers

Good read.. I like to call Tomlin "cunninglinguist"
GO Steelers soon to be AFCN champions, soon to be AFC CHAMPIONS! SOON TO BE 2014/2015 World champions!
Millers the sh!t is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:38 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2015 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts