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BlackGold4vr
03-20-2008, 10:36 AM
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Throughout the year, Coach Mike Tomlin will answer questions exclusively for Steelers Digest and Steelers.com. The following is one of those sessions. For the complete interview, pick up the latest issue of Steelers Digest.

Q. You have agreed to be the commencement speaker at St. Vincent College and at your alma mater, William & Mary. Why did that interest you?

A. Thatís one of the special days in your life, at least it was for me. If I have the opportunity to share that day with some young people, Iím honored and humbled by it. Thatís what is exciting about what I do, getting to meet people and maybe inspire people by what I say. If I get an opportunity to share that special day, Iíll jump at that.

Q. As the speaker, do you feel itís necessary for you to be able to give the ceremony meaning?

A. Thatís what I intend to do, but letís see if I can be successful. You do feel a certain responsibility. More than anything, I remember the feelings I had on that day Ė the good feelings, the scared feelings, just the feelings in general. I want those young people to know that what theyíre feeling is not out of the ordinary, that theyíre capable of doing whatever it is they do desire.

Q. Do you remember who spoke at your commencement?

A. George H.W. Bush.

Q. Do you feel a responsibility to use your celebrity to advance causes?

A. Iíd like to use my life, if I can, to help people. I think we have a certain obligation to do that. Iím thoughtful with regards to that. Time is always an issue, so you have to make choices, and sometimes those choices of whether to participate or not to participate are difficult. But it comes with the territory.

Q. What is your reaction to the fact that the team that won the Super Bowl was 10-6, didnít win its division, didnít earn a bye in the playoffs, began the season with its coach supposedly fighting for his job? What does that say about this league, about every team having hope?

A. I refer to the NFL as the ultimate parity league all the time. It is just that. If you do things right and people are unselfish and you have the key components in the right places you have a chance to win. Thatís what makes this Americaís game at this point in time, that regardless of who your favorite team is, thereís something to get excited about because you feel you have a chance. And you do. But also as a coach, it challenges you every day, because every team is capable of winning. You have to stay on the cutting edge in all facets of the game, and thatís what weíre trying to do.

Q. Did it surprise you that the Giants beat the Patriots?

A. No, it didnít surprise me. The Giants could get pressure on the quarterback without blitzing, and anybody who can apply pressure to a quarterback without blitzing has a chance to win any football game. I grew up in this league in that environment, with a front four that could apply pressure to the quarterback, and when you can do that without blitzing, youíre going to be in every football game.


The answer to that last question should probably shed some light on Coach Tomlins priority to rebuild our D-line and inject some youth into it. Wouldn't shock me at all to see a defensive end drafted first this year. :yesnod:

BlitzburghRockCity
03-20-2008, 02:36 PM
It would be nice to see 3 solid guys getting pressure up the middle and able to occupy the DT effectively so our LB's can get to the QB quicker. Casey and Smith are as good as it gets but we need help with the backups and somebody to push Keisel alittle harder for his job. Compeition breeds excellence. Our DL will never get the lions share of the sacks as long as we continue to run the 34 but seeing each of them with maybe 6 sacks each would be a nice change.

Black@Gold Forever32
03-20-2008, 02:52 PM
The thing is we run a 3-4....Its hard finding DL that fit into a 3-4......I agree we need DL...I said the samething last year that DL was a need....But we really have to make sure a DL like Balmer or Merling can play the 3-4 before drafting them....I rather miss with a pick later in the draft then with a first round pick....Seems to me that drafting a Moore or Langford in the later rounds would be a wise move....Moore might be there in the 2nd and Langford should be there in the 2nd....

I rather draft a OL or Groves then take a chance with a DL....Unless Balmer and Merling are for sure badass 3-4 DL....

DIESELMAN
03-20-2008, 03:43 PM
The thing is we run a 3-4....Its hard finding DL that fit into a 3-4......I agree we need DL...I said the samething last year that DL was a need....But we really have to make sure a DL like Balmer or Merling can play the 3-4 before drafting them....I rather miss with a pick later in the draft then with a first round pick....Seems to me that drafting a Moore or Langford in the later rounds would be a wise move....Moore might be there in the 2nd and Langford should be there in the 2nd....

I rather draft a OL or Groves then take a chance with a DL....Unless Balmer and Merling are for sure badass 3-4 DL....

I agree, theres not a whole lot of 3-4 DE's coming out of college. They are either 4-3 ends or guys that are to small to play DE in a 3-4 and have to switch to a OLB. Either way, we do need a play making DE and we need him this year.

Captcoolhand
03-20-2008, 05:59 PM
Either way, we do need a play making DE and we need him this year.:nono::nono:

We needed him last year.:yesnod: