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Mike Tomlin Hangs Up on Pushy Jacksonville Reporters During Call

NFL coaches hold conference calls with media members for the opposing team ahead of each game. The calls are intended to help reporters provide thorough coverage of each game. With the Steelers playing the Jaguars Sunday, Jacksonville reporters had an opportunity to interview Steelers coach Mike Tomlin Wednesday. Tomlin ended the conference call early because he was annoyed with questions regarding an issue he felt was irrelevant.

Tomlin was asked about the 2008 playoff game the Steelers lost to the Jaguars 31-29. He was asked if he had any memories from the game and said he really didn’t. One reporter asked him two follow-up questions, wondering if Tomlin had sent tape to the league regarding a questionable call by the referees. The Steelers coach wasn’t interested in revisiting the past. Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union describes what ensued.

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Even in Loss, Mike Tomlin Still Wins

The Pittsburgh Steelers were gracious after their Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers, not offering up excuses for their defeat but speaking solely about the facts of the game. Most of that no-excuse, take responsibility attitude comes from their coach, Mike Tomlin, who never messes around (except when he’s watching Jersey Shore.”

After his team suffered the crushing defeat, Tomlin showed no bitterness and was only complimentary of his opponent. He also took responsibility for what his team did not achieve, saying “They made plays. It’s probably less about what we were unable to do and more about what they were able to do. We can sit here and make excuses, I will not. What I will do is say Green Bay played a really good football game and made the necessary plays to be world champs.”

Tomlin refused to make any excuses, conceding that “we had injuries, they had injuries, we had a plan, they had a plan. We tried to execute ours, they executed theirs a little bit better.” He also refused to blame the refs, instead saying they did a “really good job” in the game.

We also learned during his one-on-one interview after the loss that he greeted each player personally at the locker room, explaining that it was “standard operating procedure” for the Steelers.

With a coach who handles his business as professionally as Mike Tomlin does, it’s no surprise the Steelers have had the success under him that they have. Professional, responsible, courteous, and straight forward. Mike Tomlin truly gets it and he has proven to us that even in a loss you can still win.

And to think, somehow this man was supposedly “too hip-hop” for the Dolphins. What a joke.

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Was Reportedly ‘Too Hip-Hop’ for the Dolphins

From 1989 to 2003, the Miami Dolphins did not have a losing season. Sure they had Hall of Famer Dan Marino playing quarterback and that helps tremendously, but Jay Fiedler (Jay Fiedler!) played QB the last four of those seasons. Their defense also was pretty outstanding many of those years, but the point is the people and fans in Miami were used to seeing a winning team.

Things changed pretty rapidly in Miami after that run of success. Once the Dolphins got rid of Dave Wannstedt, they hired Nick Saban who went 9-7 his first year but slipped to 6-10 before moving back to college. Miami had a major decision at that point: whom to hire as the replacement for Saban. They opted for Cam Cameron who was the offensive coordinator in San Diego. I didn’t like the hire for one simple reason: Cameron’s success was due more to his luck of coaching talented offensive players LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, and Philip Rivers than his own abilities.

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Mike Tomlin Says He Likes Jersey Shore

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin comes across as the most serious guy ever. He’s a no-nonsense dude who tells it straight and doesn’t mess around. I imagine he spends most of his time watching film, and when he’s done doing that he melts marble statues with his strong stare. If he were to tell me he watched television, I’d figure he watches the Discovery Channel to see sharks devour their prey. After all, he has to stay in the proper mindset, no?

So imagine my surprise when I read that Tomlin admitted on the radio that he sometimes watches MTV program Jersey Shore in his spare time. He said watching TV helps calm his nerves and justified it saying “We all need mindless entertainment every now and then.”

I know that’s a wildly popular show, but darn, I wouldn’t ever stoop that low. I never expected this. Not from you Mike, not from you.

Mike Tomlin in a Tough Position

No, this has nothing to do with the fact that Mike Tomlin’s two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback is suspended to start the season.  It has nothing to do with the fact that his No. 1 receiver was traded to the New York Jets.  This is more about what he’s wearing and who he’s with.

Apparently, a Barstool Sports reader got these pictures from some girls who partied with Tomlin.  According to the reader, the girls said the Steelers coach was “nuts and got wasted.”  Nothing wrong with having a little fun, but can’t Tomlin find something better to wear and someone better to party with?  All I can say is, woof.

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Reader Email – Does This Look Like The Face Of An NFL Coach? [Barstool Sports]

Mike Tomlin Made the Right Calls

I can’t stand how much heat Mike Tomlin has been getting for deciding to go for two point conversions late in the game against Jacksonville. With his team down 28-23 and about 10 minutes left in the game, Tomlin decided to go for two following a touchdown. This seemed like a completely natural call; they convert, they’re only a field goal away from overtime. If they don’t make it, they still need a touchdown to take the lead, just as they would if they kicked in the first place. Also consider that the Steelers hadn’t been scoring much until that point, and that their defense had mostly stopped the Jags since halftime.

Wouldn’t you know it, but the Steelers move the ball once again and score with about six minutes left in the game. Now up 29-28, they go for two a second time to try and make it a field goal game. They missed and still held the lead by a point. The game was then thrust into the hands of their defense which stopped Jacksonville’s first drive. The Steelers offense didn’t help matters by going three and out, giving the ball right back to Jacksonville. The Steelers defense had the Jags on the ropes but allowed David Garrard to convert a 4th and 2 which set up the go-ahead field goal.

The counter-logic says that Jags field goal would have only tied the game and sent it to OT had Tomlin decided to kick extra points following each touchdown. I disagree as I’ve said before; he was giving his team the best chance of winning late by trying to keep the game within one score. If his offense makes just one of the two conversion tries, much less stops the Jags on that 4th and 2, then his team wins and all is forgotten. Regardless of the loss, you cannot convince me that Tomlin made the wrong call.

Tomlin to Coach Steelers

Mike Silver of SI.com reports the Steelers will name Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin their new head coach.  The plans have now been confirmed by Chris Mortensen of ESPN.  Tomlin is extremely young, and at 34, he would be a very similar hire to Eric Mangini of the Jets last off-season, who was also 34 when signed by the Jets.  If you’re wondering how such a young guy gets noticed, here’s the explanation from Silver:

“Tomlin, 34, impressed the Steelers during the interview process with his organization skills, intelligence and grasp of the game, according to a source familiar with the coaching search.”

So much for just fulfilling minority requirements – Tomlin is now the 6th African-American head coach in the NFL. 

If you’re wondering where this hire comes from, Tomlin became a strong interviewing candidate after leading the Vikings to the league’s best rush defense last year.  The Vikings allowed just under an incredibly low 62 yards per game, and under 3 yards per rush.  Before getting too excited however, the Vikings also yielded the most passing yards in the league along with the Bengals.  Considering the numbers, I question how much of the success is due to Tomlin, and how much is due to the outstanding personnel in the rush defense such as former top picks Kevin Williams and Kenechi Udeze.      

NFL scout and analyst Chris Landry tells me that Tomlin has an incredible ability to lead and that he’s very commanding and respected by players.  Despite these claims, I would have elected to go with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt and stay within the organization.  The guy had a feel for the team, he was well-respected by the players, and he seems to be very commanding. 

Additionally, what does it say about offensive line coach Russ Grimm and the aforementioned Whisenhunt, who both interviewed?  Did Bill Cowher leave them hanging out to dry?  You have to wonder if Cowher still had enough juice to leave the team in one of their hands.  This leaves me scratching my head about Whisenhunt and Grimm’s abilities.    

It is worth noting that Bill Cowher was just 35 years old when he was hired, and that the Steelers went outside the organization when they brought him in 15 years ago from Kansas City.  Cowher was a defensive coordinator under Marty Schottenheimer at the time.


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