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Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:04 am
Two interesting things happened after his Steelers lost to Green Bay on Sunday night in Super Bowl XLV. Well, I'm sure a lot more than two interesting things happened, but I saw two things that shed light on the man, not the coach. Neither anecdote demonstrates why Tomlin has been to two Super Bowls in four years as a head coach, but both showcase his leadership skills. Which, now that I think about it, has something to do with winning football.

Snapshot one: The game has just ended, and the Steelers are in the locker room. All but one -- and Tomlin is outside the locker room, waiting for that one: kicker Shaun Suisham, who had missed a 52-yard field goal in the game. Tomlin stalks the hallway outside the locker room, because he's not going to let Suisham walk the media gauntlet outside the Steelers' locker room alone. Suisham finally appears, and Tomlin barks encouraging words at him and then embraces him before leading him into the locker room.

Snapshot two: An hour later Tomlin is walking his two young sons out of the locker room. Steelers linebacker James Farrior is standing near the door, and Tomlin gives one of his sons a lesson in being a man. "There's Mr. Farrior," Tomlin tells his kid. "Squeeze his hand and look him in the eye."

I have two sons of my own. I'd happily let them play for Mike Tomlin.

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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2011 12:03 am

Let me tell you about mike tomlin

    Ben had multiple concussions in 2009-10 season, and he did miss a game against Baltimore...He was clearly not the same quarterback for the rest of that season....So he didn't play in all the games, and he certainly wasn't healthy from those hits...
   Barry Switzer(Cowboys), Jim Caldwell(Colts), and Mike Tomlin(Steelers) are 3 examples of superbowl winning franchises that had to replace their head coach..To give any of these guys alot of credit for winning, when they basically had the same team, quarterbacks, and coaches is naive...
   The AFC North has been mostly awful, especially since the Browns came back in 1999, it's been a cakewalk for the other teams to beat them...The Bengals haven't been much better...Baltimore is usually a split...So if you can count on 5-1 or 4-2 in your own division each year, you only have to go a .500 or one game better to make the playoffs....
   Tomlin, like other fairly new coaches,  is still debatable what he really brings in the form of specific coaching....He doesn't call the offense or defensive plays...The special teams has been in the bottom of the league, the last couple seasons..Frankly, there are alot of good, upstanding, moral, motivationsl coaches....In another 3 to 4 years, if there are still no more rings in Pittsburgh, I wonder how much those triats will matter to Steeler fans..  

Since: Feb 23, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:32 pm

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

Great article!  I can remember on my first day of practice in high school, my older brother made me go to the head coach and introduce myself.  By then, I had already mastered the "look in the eye firm hand shake."  I didn't understand then why he made me do that, but it wasn't long after that I did.  

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2011 1:04 pm

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

Although there's no connected indication as such, my first post in this thread was generated as a reply to ...

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2011 12:56 pm

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

For those inclined to believe this, please be aware that:

  • Tomlin's talks are not of the rah-rah " " variety; rather, his sports eloquence is befitting of his background...
  • No one simply or successfully "walks" into a job with one of the premiere professional sports organizations of the past fifty years...
  • Even if the AFC North were comprised of just two teams, it would be ...
  • Tomlin's first and only offensive coordinator was a new hire who implemented a completely new playbook (the previous offensive coordinator and the previous assistant head coach relocated to Arizona)...
  • Neither Tomlin nor Dick Lebeau - the incumbant defensive coordinator - were contracted or otherwise compelled to have to work together...

  • "If and when Pittsburgh has to get a new quarterback"???  "Cowher didn't win anything intil Ben"???  "Without Ben last year, the Steelers missed the playoffs"???  It's a good thing these monikers aren't subject to a vote...

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2011 11:21 am

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

The story is about the Tomlin the person, not the coach, haters will always hate....

Since: Nov 15, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2011 11:04 am

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

Lots of coaches took over good situations and virtually none of them have been to 2 Super Bowls.  And what are you talking about "without Ben last year?"  Ben played all 16 games last year, dolt.  The Steelers missed the playoffs last year because of special teams and injuries to Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu.  But you probably didn't notice that the Steelers special teams improved dramatically this year or that a peicemeal offensive line got to the Super Bowl because Tomlin fired the special teams coach and offensive line coaches last season; nor that he had a 4th string starting QB in 3 games this season and had to weather a bunch of offensive and defensive line injuries (the guts of a team); you probably didn't notice that the punter and kicker were gone most of the season or that 2 rookie WRs made huge contributions.  Must be all the poor coaching by Mike Tomlin that led to those things coming to fruition.

Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 10:40 pm

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

Previous comment for Megladon - meglomaniac?

Since: Apr 24, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2011 10:30 pm

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

Obviously, you know nothing about Tomlin yet you criticize someone who does. Get a life.

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2011 9:50 pm

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

watching the man in limited time on TV will give you absolutely no insight into what kind of coach he is.  are you in the locker room? are you at practice? those who are generally are blown away by the man, and not by his 'ra-ra' skills.  two paragraphs of uneducated drivel don't make you a realist, they make you a fool.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:39 pm

Let me tell you about Mike Tomlin

   Tomlin is sooo overrated folks...He gives rah, rah, speeches but not much else...His coaching decisions bear scrutiny and that in the end is all that matters...I've seen him coach in plenty of games, so it's not just in this superbowl that I'm talking about...
   Tomlin walked into a winning situation, so it wasn't like he built up a team or anything...Both his offensive and defensive coordinators were with the team before he was hired....He and the Steelers also have had the benefit of playing in an average division--at best...
   Remember when Jimmy Johnson left Dallas and was replaced by Barry Switzer?  He also walked into a winning situation and won a superbowl...Does anyone give Barry Switzer credit for winning--ofcourse not..Cowboys had the same quarterback, offense, and basically team....
   Ofcourse for now it's easy to overlook those 'details'...If and when Pittsburgh has to get a new quarterback, then you will see...Remember Cowher didn't win anything until Ben..Without Ben last year, the Steelers missed the playoffs...

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