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10-18-2007, 09:47 AM
Tomlin, Broncos' Lynch offer mutual praise
By Scott Brown
Thursday, October 18, 2007

John Lynch had just finished practice at the Pro Bowl in 2001 when he noticed he had an "urgent" message from Monte Kiffin. When he returned Kiffin's call, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive coordinator told Lynch he had some good news and some bad news.
The good news: the Buccaneers had just hired a "great" secondary coach.

The bad news: that coach happened to be a year younger than Lynch.

"I said 'There's nothing wrong with that as long as he can coach,'" Lynch, now a safety for the Denver Broncos, said Wednesday. "He told me that he can flat-out coach and it was the truth."

Mike Tomlin has done nothing to dispel that notion after his first five games as an NFL head coach. He has the Steelers off to a 4-1 start and in first place in the AFC North.
Just as impressive as his record -- the Steelers will try to win their fifth game of the season Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver -- is the command of the team Tomlin has exhibited since succeeding Bill Cowher in January.

The 35-year-old has been anything but overmatched, even though he took over a veteran team and is not that much older than some of his key players.

Lynch, a standout defensive back for the Buccaneers from 1993-2003, is far from the only person who worked daily with Tomlin during his days as an assistant coach in Tampa Bay and couldn't help but notice that he had a "presence."

Kyle Shanahan, the son of Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan, worked with Tomlin in 2004-05 when he was the Buccaneers' offensive quality control coach and predicted the kind of career path Tomlin has taken to Pittsburgh.

"He told me he had a guy on his staff that would be a head coach in the National Football League in a short time," Mike Shanahan said, "and he was talking about Mike, and he was right."

There are several interesting connections between the Steelers and Broncos.

Hines Ward hosted Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey during his recruiting visit to the University of Georgia, and the two are still close.

The bond, or at least the admiration, between Lynch, 36, and Tomlin is just as strong.

"John is a special man," Tomlin said of Lynch, who has been to eight Pro Bowls and is one of the more respected players in the NFL. "A lot is written and said about what he is as a football player, but that doesn't tell the John Lynch story. He's a heck of a community guy, he is a heck of a family man. I have been blessed to be associated with a guy like him."

Lynch probably would say the same thing.

When they were in Tampa Bay, Lynch said, Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden would have his assistants take turns going over the game plan for an upcoming opponent in front of the entire team.

Intimidating? Apparently not for Tomlin.

"I remember when Mike walked up there, offensive linemen were coming up to me and saying 'This guy is for real,' " Lynch said. "You saw him in that setting and how he commanded the room (and) that was the first time you thought he could be a head coach."


I love hearing how much respect Tomlin's former players have for him. I don't think I have ever heard one negative thing out of any of them.

10-18-2007, 11:59 AM
I heard one negative thing once... he lost a game! :D I must say though he responded nicely with a shutout against one the NFC's top team! :bigthumb:

10-18-2007, 12:49 PM
Hines Ward hosted Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey during his recruiting visit to the University of Georgia, and the two are still close. This is what football is all about. Truly humanizes these great athletes, great people.
It is players like HW , Ben, and Polamaulyou that deserve a coach like The Tomcat:tomcat: is proving he is, just as he deserves players as dedicated as them.:bigthumb:
I don't think he ended up here in da 'Burgh by accident. He is the chosen one!
Fate, the planets are aligning, fits like a glove, and all that jazz!:banana2:
This is going to be a great era!:popcorn2::markit:

10-18-2007, 01:44 PM
I"m proud to have him as our coach! I love John Lynch, and I felt so bad for what Tampa Bay did to him. I can't stand the Bucs now because of what they did to their SB team by dismantling their team but it was the way they went about things. Oh yea and they did Tony Dungy wrong as well. There is a way to treat people and that organization doesn't know how to do it!

black an gold 4 life
10-18-2007, 03:06 PM
i brag all the time that we have the best rookie h.c n the nfl.

10-18-2007, 08:19 PM
Lynch may not be the explosive player he once was back in his prime but he's a class guy and good role model for young kids to emulate in today's sports world.

10-18-2007, 09:50 PM
More praise for Tomlin:

http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/...tsburgh-proud/ (http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2007/10/18/steelers-coach-tomlin-has-pittsburgh-proud/)

Steelers’ coach Tomlin has Pittsburgh proud (http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2007/10/18/steelers-coach-tomlin-has-pittsburgh-proud/) by Bill Williamson on October 18, 2007
Denver Post

You gotta give the Steelers’ ownership, one of the best in the NFL, credit for hiring Mike Tomlin.

It was a risky move for the franchise, but after five games it appears to be the right one. Tomlin brings his Steelers to Denver on Sunday night playing fantastic football.
The Steelers are 4-1 and are playing as well as any team in the NFL outside of New England and Indianapolis.

Many thought Tomlin would struggle, at least early, because he has never been a head coach. And he’s just 35 years old. Many in Pittsburgh were shocked the near no-namer got picked to replace Bill Cowher and become Pittsburgh’s third head coach in 38 years. Many were suprised the job didn’t go to Steelers’ assistants Ken Whisenhunt or Russ Grimm.

But Tomlin clearly has command and he is clearly ready for the NFL.

Nice job, Pittsburgh, you got the right guy.

10-19-2007, 01:50 AM
:lol: The mutual respect will end for 60 minutes once Hines puts Lynch on his ***:stirpot:

10-19-2007, 03:53 PM
You gotta give the Steelers’ ownership, one of the best in the NFL, credit for hiring Mike Tomlin. That's the fact Jack! I remember people whinin' for Whizzie, and Grimm. They would be a nice band-aid, But Tomlin fits the Dynasty mold, just as those before him.
thank you mr rooney!!!

Nice job, Pittsburgh, you got the right guy. WORD UP!