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    Hearing from Coach Mike Tomlin
    Thursday, October 15, 2009



    Throughout the 2009 NFL season, Coach Mike Tomlin will provide his insight and observations to Steelers.com on a variety of topics pertaining to the team and the National Football League.

    Q. Is the difference between home and away that great in the NFL?

    A. It is. It makes situational football increasingly difficult on the road. Communication and things like that, when thereís a sense of urgency either in the red zone or on get-off-the-field downs like third downs, it definitely makes it different in how you operate.

    Q. Did the no-whistle on Stefan Loganís fumble that was returned for a touchdown against San Diego bother you?

    A. It did, to be quite honest with you, but those things tend to happen in football, whether created by plays of your opponents or calls you may not agree with from the officials. The big thing is how you respond to it. Thatís the nature of the game. Heís got to hold onto the football. Weíve had four games, and heís had the ball on the ground two times Ė one in Chicago on the last play of the game and that one against San Diego. That has my attention, and in turn it has his attention.

    Q. You have said on a couple of occasions that itís easier to say whoa than sicíem. What do you mean by that?

    A. I mean, never let anyone dictate tempo to you. Assume itís always full speed, going hard, minute details. Itís a lot easier for me as a coach to make corrections off that than it is to tell people to turn the volume up. Thatís my preference.

    Q. That attitude, going hard all the time, is that how you manage games as well?

    A. It is. Iím aggressive by nature, I recognize that aggression is part of this game from a playing standpoint. I like to mirror that in how I manage a game. I want my guys to know I have a great deal of belief in their ability to win and to deliver in key moments. So in key times, I am going to make aggressive decisions.

    Q. Dean Smith, the North Carolina basketball coach, once said that at some point in every game, the clock becomes your opponent. Do you believe in that?

    A. I donít know that I necessarily do. I think all these games unfold differently, and so Iíd hate to say thatís a hard-and-fast rule for every football game. At times, it is, and I think how a game unfolds and the plays that occur as it winds down dictate that.

    Q. So the idea of ďtaking the air out of the ballĒ is something in which youíre not interested?

    A. I think itís prudent to shorten the game when opportunity presents itself, but at times these games donít necessarily come down to that. It takes unique circumstances to take the air out of the ball, if you will. I donít follow any formula. Itís a feel principle.

    Q. Is there a real inequity in the way the rules designed to protect quarterbacks are enforced?

    A. Iím sure that there is, but thatís human nature. To take the humanistic element out of anything is somewhat naÔve. I understand that. All Iím saying is my quarterback is pretty good, too.

    Q. Is the selective enforcement of the rules more about style of the quarterbackís play, or his reputation?

    A. I donít have the answer to that. Thatís why itís speculation to a degree. However you slice it, I want my quarterback to be afforded the same protection that some others are.

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    I was listening to this Sunday on the pre-game show. I believe it was from the Mike Tomlin Show. Good stuff.

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    Some good stuff there.

    Love him calling out the refs for throwing flags when people get 5 yards from Brady but not doing a **** thing when Ben gets trucked after a play. Just because he's a big mofo and can take it doesn't mean he should have to.

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    Q. You have said on a couple of occasions that it’s easier to say whoa than sic’em. What do you mean by that?

    A. I mean, never let anyone dictate tempo to you. Assume it’s always full speed, going hard, minute details. It’s a lot easier for me as a coach to make corrections off that than it is to tell people to turn the volume up. That’s my preference.

    Q. That attitude, going hard all the time, is that how you manage games as well?

    A. It is. I’m aggressive by nature, I recognize that aggression is part of this game from a playing standpoint. I like to mirror that in how I manage a game. I want my guys to know I have a great deal of belief in their ability to win and to deliver in key moments. So in key times, I am going to make aggressive decisions.




    Is it just me, or does anyone else see a major contradiction with these two answers?

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