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Old 03-19-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default Tomlin to Steelers' critics: "See you in the fall"

Tomlin to Steelers' critics: See you in the fall

March 19, 2013
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



PHOENIX -- Mike Tomlin had a bold message today for those questioning the Steelers ability to be a playoff team in 2013 after so many key losses and defections.

"That's March talk," Tomlin said. "I'll see you at stadiums in the fall."

It might not carry the same stern warning Tomlin issued in the 2009 season when he said, "We will unleash hell in December." And it remains to be seen if this directive proves to more prophetic than the one in 2009 when the Steelers subsequently lost their next two games, resulting in a five-game losing streak.

But it nonetheless points out what Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II have maintained since the start of free agency -- the Steelers are not a team that is rebuilding.

"I acknowledge we got a ways to go," Tomlin said during the AFC coaches breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, site of the NFL owners meetings. "[We lost close games] because we weren't good enough. Good teams win close games. Teams that are not lose those games.

"We were an 8-8 team. I'm not going to hide from that."

The Steelers have already lost three key starters in free agency -- Mike Wallace, Rashard Mendenhall and Keenan Lewis -- and released two others who were still under contract, Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison and guard Willie Colon. They are expected not to re-sign two others starters who are unrestricted free agents -- tackle Max Starks and nose tackle Casey Hampton.

Here what Tomlin had to say on several other subjects:

On the performance of his offense in their first year under Todd Haley:"I thought we did some good things early. I thought we waned down the stretch."

On the relationship of Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: "I think it's going to be a healthy one and one that grows. Both guys are geared toward winning and are unselfish from that standpoint."

On using more zone blocking schemes with new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr.: "We'll lean on the strength of our guys. It's something we're going to explore. But we're not going to move too far from what the guys are capable of doing."

On the long-term future of the read option: "I think it's the flavor of day. We will see if it's the flavor of year. We'll see if guys are committed to getting their guys hit."

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...#ixzz2O0aeQDdw
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tomlin to Steelers' critics: "See you in the fall"

'Attta boy Mike. Let these beat writers talk.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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He better be able to back up this talk, otherwise he's just going to look like a clown.
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Default Re: Tomlin to Steelers' critics: "See you in the fall"

This talk happens all the time. After the draft everyone will like our picks regardless of who they are and they will start talking about how much better we are now and how 4 of our rookies will make an immediate impact
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This season is put up or shut up for Tomlin. Otherwise it is the start of the end for him. 2 more years @ 8-8 and mediocre drafts will not help him.
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This season is put up or shut up for Tomlin. Otherwise it is the start of the end for him. 2 more years @ 8-8 and mediocre drafts will not help him.
I agree, his success with cowers team was fine, but now he needs to prove he can put something together him self. I'm liking what I see so far, we had to deal with our cap issues, and we did. Now we need to piece something together. Honestly, last off season we had the choice to sign Brown or Wallace, we Chose Brown and we chose right in my opinion. better hands, not as fast, but you have to catch the ball before you can run with it.
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I agree, his success with cowers team was fine, but now he needs to prove he can put something together him self. I'm liking what I see so far, we had to deal with our cap issues, and we did. Now we need to piece something together. Honestly, last off season we had the choice to sign Brown or Wallace, we Chose Brown and we chose right in my opinion. better hands, not as fast, but you have to catch the ball before you can run with it.
Not this shit again.
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Default Re: Tomlin to Steelers' critics: "See you in the fall"

Yay! More Cowhers team bullshit! I'm not surprised it came from Blaze, though,

Oh how quickly we forget the years of mediocrity that Billy had. Tomlin's job is safe, guys - get over it. I can't wait until the regular season so we can stop reading stupid comments like "Cowher's players" and "this is it for Tomlin!". September can't come fast enough.
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It was Cowhers teams that tomlin had sucess with Holmes, Ward, harrison.. all gone now, lets see what he can do. Not saying Tomlin is a bad coach, I think hes awesome, but he can he do it with a staff he didnt inherit from cowher? yet to be seen
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