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Joe Haden offers extremely high praise for Mike Tomlin

Joe Haden

Joe Haden spent the first seven years of his career with the Cleveland Browns, so it goes without saying that he has been greatly enjoying his time in Pittsburgh over the past three-plus seasons. It’s also no surprise that the Pro Bowler has loved playing for Mike Tomlin.

Former Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark took to Twitter on Sunday to praise Tomlin for never having a losing season in Pittsburgh. Haden responded by enthusiastically calling Tomlin “the best coach I have ever had in my life!”

When thinking of Haden’s time with the Browns, that isn’t saying much. His head coaches in Cleveland were Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine and Hue Jackson. The Browns never had a winning season under any of them.

However, it should be noted that Haden said Tomlin is the best coach he’s had in his life, so he was likely referring to before the NFL as well. That’s pretty high praise from a Pro Bowl player.

Haden has taken shots at the Browns in the past, but this should be viewed as more of a compliment to Tomlin than anything.

Mike Tomlin has great quote about Lamar Jackson’s turnovers

Mike Tomlin

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a huge win on Sunday over Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, and one of the reasons for that was their success in forcing the reigning MVP into turnovers. Many people were surprised with the way Jackson struggled, but Mike Tomlin was not.

Jackson threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles in his team’s 28-24 loss. Tomlin was asked after the game if he was surprised Jackson threw two picks, and the Steelers coach had a great response.

“You know, we’ve got respect for him but we don’t fear him. So we are not surprised by anything that transpires,” Tomlin said, per Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Steelers are now the only undefeated team remaining in football. Many picked the Ravens to win the AFC, but Pittsburgh has shown they are the best team in the conference at the moment. Their ability to force Jackson into mistakes was further proof of that.

Tomlin’s team shouldn’t be intimidated of any opponent right now, though there is one player in the AFC that clearly has the respect of the coach. Jackson is in that category as well, but the Steelers made him look more like an average quarterback than an MVP on Sunday.

Mike Tomlin understands why players are intimidated by Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry

Mike Tomlin understands why some defensive players may make a “business decision” when facing Derrick Henry.

Tomlin’s Pittsburgh Steelers are visiting Henry’s Tennessee Titans on Sunday in a matchup of 5-0 teams. Henry had 264 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in Tennessee’s overtime win in Week 6. He had the game-winning touchdown and a 94-yard touchdown run. The week before, he had a ridiculous stiff-arm.

Speaking about Henry on Tuesday, Tomlin said there are reasons to be intimidated by the Titans back.

“There are people that are intimidated by him and there are tangible things to be intimidated by,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin then compared Henry to one of the Steelers’ linebackers.

“This is like Bud Dupree running the football.”

Henry is around 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. Not only is he physically imposing, but as Tomlin said, Henry also has sprinter speed. The rare and unlikely combination of incredible size and speed makes Henry such a dangerous player, and one defensive players want to avoid.

Mike Tomlin downplays Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph feud ahead of rematch

Myles Garrett Mason Rudolph

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns will square off on Sunday for the first time since the infamous brawl between Mason Rudolph and Myles Garrett. There will be a lot of talk about that storyline before and during the game, but Mike Tomlin insists his team is not giving it any thought.

When asked about the highly anticipated rematch on Tuesday, Tomlin reminded reporters that the Steelers are 4-0 and Browns are 4-1 in what has become a very competitive AFC North. He said the Garrett-Rudolph fight is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind.

Tomlin also praised Garrett for being a “freakish talent” and said the Steelers will have their hands full containing him.

Garrett was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season after he bashed Rudolph in the head with his helmet during a meeting between the Steelers and Browns last year. The star defensive end later claimed he became so enraged because Rudolph used a racial slur, though there is no evidence of that having happened.

Unless Ben Roethlisberger suffers an injury, Rudolph won’t even be playing in Sunday’s game. Some Steelers players may hold ill will toward Garrett over last year’s incident, but Tomlin clearly wants them to know how important the game is.

Mike Tomlin provides update on Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow injury rehab

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger has spent the better part of the last year rehabbing from an elbow injury that sidelined him early on last season, and all indications have been that he will be ready to play in Week 1. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin provided yet another encouraging update.

Tomlin told reporters Roethlisberger is “comfortable” with where he’s at in his recovery and those who have worked with the 38-year-old are “impressed and pleased.” Tomlin also said Big Ben has gotten positive feedback from medical experts.

One Steelers player recently raved about the work Roethlisberger has been putting in, so there has definitely been a positive feeling surrounding the quarterback’s rehab. Roethlisberger also hyped his teammates up with a comeback video he posted last month.

Some initially wondered if Roethlisberger would retire after the elbow injury, but he never put that option on the table — at least publicly. The Steelers have a solid defense, and Big Ben is just two years removed from throwing for 5,129 passing yards and 34 touchdowns. If he’s fully healthy to start the year, Pittsburgh could fly under the radar as one of the better teams in the AFC.

Mike Tomlin likes idea of adding incentives to Rooney Rule

Mike Tomlin

The NFL’s proposal to tie draft incentives to teams who hire minority coaches has been controversial, but one of the NFL’s three black coaches likes the concept, at least in theory.

Appearing on “Coffee with Cal” with Kentucky coach John Calipari, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he liked the idea of giving incentives tied to the Rooney Rule to teams instead of the punitive measures the NFL has taken in the past.

“We’ve always taken it from the approach of, punitive if you don’t interview minority candidates or things of that nature,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I just like the different approach in terms of spinning it 180 and talking about maybe incentivizing those that develop the talent and those that hire the talent.”

As for the proposed new draft pick rules, which have been tabled by owners for the time being, Tomlin wouldn’t go so far as to actually endorse that plan as written.

“I agree it’s debatable about the value placed on the incentivized plan, but I just generally like the discussion,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin has a point. Punishments haven’t seemed to do much to get teams to follow the Rooney Rule, so perhaps some incentive would help. What has been proposed, however, has not gone over well with a lot of people.

James Harrison tries to clarify remarks about Mike Tomlin handing him an envelope

James Harrison

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been the subject of controversial headlines this week after former NFL linebacker James Harrison hinted that the coach may have paid him for an illegal hit on an opponent, but Harrison insists that is not at all what happened.

During an appearance on Barstool Sports’ “Going Deep” podcast with Steven Cheah and former Steeler Willie Colon this week, Harrison spoke about the $75,000 fine he received for a vicious hit on former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010. He said Tomlin handed him an envelope after that game, though he did not specify what was inside. On Friday, Harrison took to Instagram to blast all the people who jumped to the conclusion that Tomlin was paying players to injure opponents.

Harrison ripped those who interpreted his comments to mean the Steelers were running a bounty system similar to the one the Saints were found guilty of implementing years ago. He insisted Tomlin “NEVER paid me for hurting someone or TRYING to hurt someone or put a bounty on ANYBODY!”

“If you knew the full story of what happened back then you’d know that BS fine for a Legal Play wasn’t even penalized during the game,” Harrison wrote. “The league was getting pressure because the first concussion lawsuits were starting and they had to look like they cared about player safety all of a sudden. Before that they had been SELLING a photo of THAT SAME PLAY FOR $55 on the NFL website with other videos of the NFL’S GREATEST HITS that the league Profited On back then.”

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Wow y'all really comparing what I said to BOUNTYGATE?!? Mike T. Has NEVER paid me for hurting someone or TRYING to hurt someone or put a bounty on ANYBODY! If you knew the full story of what happened back then you'd know that BS fine for a Legal Play wasn't even penalized during the game. The league was getting pressure because the first concussion lawsuits were starting and they had to look like they cared about player safety all of a sudden. Before that they had been SELLING a photo of THAT SAME PLAY FOR $55 on the NFL website with other videos of the NFL'S GREATEST HITS that the league Profited On back then. When the league had to start pretending like they cared about player safety they took all those things down off their website and they started fining guys ridiculous amounts for the same plays they used to profit off of. EVERYBODY knew it – even these same media people and all the fans that were sending money to me and the team to cover the fine. AGAIN AT NO TIME did Mike T. EVER suggest anybody hurt anybody or that they'd be rewarded for anything like that. GTFOH with that BS!!! #receipts

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The NFL was selling a photo of Harrison’s hit on Massaquoi at one point, which was incredibly hypocritical. However, Harrison didn’t really explain what was in the envelope that Tomlin supposedly handed him.

If Tomlin did give Harrison something, it may have been money to cover the fine because the coach thought it was unwarranted. That would be different from a coach urging players to severely injure opponents and giving them a cash reward for it, which is what the NFL determined was happening in New Orleans.

Either way, Harrison has no one to blame but himself for the backlash Tomlin is receiving. If he didn’t want to bring heat onto his former coach, he never should have mentioned the envelope.

Sean Payton still sour about Bountygate, not expecting punishment for Mike Tomlin

Sean Payton

Former NFL linebacker James Harrison hinted this week that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin paid him a cash reward for an illegal hit on an opposing receiver years ago. The claim immediately reminded people of the Bountygate scandal that rocked the New Orleans Saints organization prior to the 2012 season, but Sean Payton does not expect the NFL to look into it as diligently.

Harrison was fined $75,000 for a headshot on former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010, and he says Tomlin handed him an envelope after the game. During an interview with Jason La Canfora on 105.7 The Fan Thursday, Payton was asked if he thinks the NFL will look into it. He said he would be “shocked” and indicated that the league had an agenda when suspending him for the entire 2012 season.

Payton did not go into specifics, but he called Bountygate a “sham” and said he will never get over it because of “how it was handled and how it was run and the reasons behind it.” Obviously, he thinks there was some bias on the part of the NFL.

The Saints were punished so harshly in part because of the disturbing audio clips that appeared to feature former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging defensive players to severely injure opponents. If something like that were to surface involving Tomlin, the NFL would have no choice but to investigate. Harrison’s comment on a podcast probably won’t be enough.

James Harrison hints Mike Tomlin gave him cash reward for Mohamed Massaquoi hit

Mike Tomlin

James Harrison was fined numerous times throughout his NFL career for vicious hit on opposing players, but at least one of those shots may have earned him a reward from former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Harrison was a guest on the “Going Deep” podcast with Steven Cheah and former Steeler Willie Colon this week. The former linebacker was asked about the largest fine he ever received for a hit, and he said it was when the NFL fined him $75,000 for his headshot on former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010. While the hit cost him a lot of money, Harrison hinted that Tomlin gave him a cash reward for it.

“I ain’t gonna lie to you — when that happened, the G’est thing Mike Tomlin ever did, he handed me an envelope after that,” Harrison said. “I ain’t gonna say what, but he handed me an envelope after that.”

Harrison would not confirm or deny that Tomlin gave him money, but that was certainly the implication. Perhaps Tomlin was trying to help Harrison cover the cost of the fine rather than rewarding him for the hit, but either way that is a big issue in the NFL.

We all remember what happened to the New Orleans Saints when they were found guilty of implementing a bounty system on opposing players. It’s too much of a leap to say Tomlin has done that with players, but Harrison’s story about getting an envelope for a ruthless hit certainly isn’t a good look for the Steelers coach.

Here’s the hit Harrison was referring to:

Mike Tomlin urges NFL to open all facilities at same time

Mike Tomlin

All NFL team facilities are closed right now, with the league left to come up with a plan to reopen them. One prominent head coach is hoping to see that plan include one specific point.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin urged the NFL to open all facilities at once rather than a staggered opening, arguing that it would be beneficial for competitive reasons.

“I prescribe to the approach of competitive fairness within our game, and that is everybody gets an opportunity,” Tomlin said Saturday, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “Our game is extremely competitive. It’s one of the things that make football at this level so attractive to our fans. I’m committed to preserving and protecting that, and so all teams getting an opportunity to start on the same footing is a core element of that.”

The NBA took the approach that essentially allows each team to decide when to open based on local guidelines. Tomlin does not want to see that in the NFL. We’ll see if his opinion is heeded as the league begins to draw up guidelines that will allow for these facilities to reopen.