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fordfixer
11-17-2010, 02:03 AM
Tomlin takes new approach to Steelers' adversity
By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 09648.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_709648.html)

After his team was humbled in its biggest game of the season on national television, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't revisit history and promise lineup changes or make bold proclamations.

Tomlin kept his message simple and direct following Sunday's 39-26 loss to the New England Patriots at Heinz Field. Because there was plenty of blame to go around, Tomlin pointed the finger at everyone, including himself.

"They made more consistent plays, more significant plays," Tomlin said of the Patriots, who amassed 453 yards of total offense and sacked quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times. "We've got to get better."

A year ago, following a stunning loss to Oakland, also at Heinz Field, that dropped the Steelers record to 6-6, Tomlin vowed to shake up his defense the next game against Cleveland.

Tomlin's threats had little effect on his players, and the starting lineup remained intact. If anything, the Steelers played their worst game of the season in a 13-6 loss to the Browns.

The past year has been a learning experience for Tomlin, who appears to have a better understanding how to publicly channel his emotions following a loss, especially when the Steelers perform badly.

Tomlin was noncommittal following the setback to New England, in which he arguably set a record for brevity with his postgame comments.

"We need to make necessary corrections and be better for it when given an opportunity (that) we can fight and put ourselves in position to play in this kind of game again," said Tomlin, who limited his criticism to the team rather than individuals. "Hopefully, we'll learn from this."

What little Tomlin did say to the media resonated with his players, who didn't need their coach to tell them how poorly they played against the Patriots.

"It's incredibly humbling. We just didn't put a good team effort together," safety Troy Polamalu said. "There's a lot to learn from this game, that's for sure. We'll see if we're a championship-caliber team how we respond to this.

"We didn't put a good team effort together. It seems like one part of our team is doing well at one time. We've got to play on all pistons to beat a team as good as New England."

Following a 20-17 overtime loss at Baltimore last November, Tomlin promised his team would "unleash hell" the following week against Oakland. After the Steelers stumbled against Oakland, some of the Raiders said Tomlin's pregame prediction motivated them.

This year, Tomlin is saving any motivation for his own players.

"We've got to bounce back fast," said wide receiver Hines Ward, who suffered a concussion against New England but expects to play against Oakland this Sunday at Heinz Field. "Oakland's a pretty good team. Last year they beat us. That's fresh on a lot of guys' minds."

Oviedo
11-17-2010, 09:36 AM
This is why Tomlin will be a great coach for years to come. He evolves and learns versus getting caught up in his own ego and image.

Kid
11-17-2010, 11:39 AM
This is why Tomlin will be a great coach for years to come. He evolves and learns versus getting caught up in his own ego and image.


i assume that you are joking

Oviedo
11-17-2010, 11:45 AM
This is why Tomlin will be a great coach for years to come. He evolves and learns versus getting caught up in his own ego and image.


i assume that you are joking

Not at all but guess you disagree. Oh well.

Djfan
11-17-2010, 11:53 AM
He'll be a great coach for years if he learns and grows AND is succesful with it. If not he'll just be a pretty good coach.

CanadianSteel
11-17-2010, 12:09 PM
IDK

I would like to see the Cowher spit once and awhile as well. Anything other then that eyes wide open look vs the Pats.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5 ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5euA&feature=related)

Leper Friend
11-17-2010, 12:14 PM
IDK

I would like to see the Cowher spit once and awhile as well. Anything other then that eyes wide open look vs the Pats.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5 ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5euA&feature=related)
How many times do you see Belichick screaming like a moron like Cowher used to.That stuffs overated.

CanadianSteel
11-17-2010, 12:34 PM
Tell me you didn't want Gay pulled aside (Cowher style) after that performance. I like Coach T, but a pat on the rear and a "You'll get em next time" don't always work.

Oviedo
11-17-2010, 12:38 PM
IDK

I would like to see the Cowher spit once and awhile as well. Anything other then that eyes wide open look vs the Pats.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5 ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5euA&feature=related)
How many times do you see Belichick screaming like a moron like Cowher used to.That stuffs overated.

Exactly. Too much of Cowher's antics were for Cowher and the cameras. Don't miss that at all.

Eich
11-17-2010, 12:47 PM
IDK

I would like to see the Cowher spit once and awhile as well. Anything other then that eyes wide open look vs the Pats.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5 ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5euA&feature=related)
How many times do you see Belichick screaming like a moron like Cowher used to.That stuffs overated.

What you do see with Belichick though is constant coaching throughout the game. He's always going over to his guys in a sideline huddle, coaching them up during a game.

Leper Friend
11-17-2010, 12:56 PM
IDK

I would like to see the Cowher spit once and awhile as well. Anything other then that eyes wide open look vs the Pats.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5 ... re=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msNnLoO5euA&feature=related)
How many times do you see Belichick screaming like a moron like Cowher used to.That stuffs overated.

Exactly. Too much of Cowher's antics were for Cowher and the cameras. Don't miss that at all.
Yep. His antics were always very wll timed. He knew when the cameras were on him. Just like Gruden. They became caricatures.

CanadianSteel
11-17-2010, 01:01 PM
Again, the old "nice effort champ" don't work for everyone. Sometimes you have to get in a players ear and let them have it. Maybe this happens behind closed doors who knows.

ikestops85
11-17-2010, 01:02 PM
Cowher was a great motivational coach. Tomlin has his own way about him and I agree with O that its nice to see him learning from past mistakes. His "unleash hell" comment obviously didn't work so he is trying something else this time. Kudos to him for that.

Noll used to look like he was permanently constipated on the sideline. His expression rarely changed. Cowher was constantly yelling at or kissing players to keep his players fired up. Tomlin has his way and this year is a big test for him. If the team comes out of this loss playing uninspired ball and tailspins like last year his stock will go way down. I don't think that is going to happen.

sentinel33
11-17-2010, 02:17 PM
its not about the coach. its about the player. not every player can be coached the same way. cowher had it down. he knew how to sproach every player and what he needed to say and how he needed to say it. i like firein a coach/player. just not all the time. just like how i dont like dungys demeanor all the time. tomlin is still learning. this game will tell alot.

ALLD
11-17-2010, 06:42 PM
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Noll used to look like he was permanently constipated on the sideline. His expression rarely changed. Cowher was constantly yelling at or kissing players to keep his players fired up. Tomlin has his way and this year is a big test for him. [/quote]



If I see Tomlin start kissing players I am gonna burn my Terrible Towel.

hawaiiansteel
11-17-2010, 09:03 PM
does this mean we won't be unleashing hell this season?

Kid
11-17-2010, 11:41 PM
This is why Tomlin will be a great coach for years to come. He evolves and learns versus getting caught up in his own ego and image.


i assume that you are joking

Not at all but guess you disagree. Oh well.


i dont see where the guy has learned anything or has remotely taken over this team. what am i missing?