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BlitzburghRockCity
11-21-2010, 04:56 PM
The Steelers were in full pads on Wednesday's practice, which doesn't normally happen.
He cut Jeff Reed. He benched Essex this week and played Foster instead.

He made it known that this team needs to step up and be accounted for. Nobody gets a pass, nobody gets off easy, they practiced hard and the veterans stepped up. The team elevated their game and Tomlin deserves some credit for taking ahold of those guys and getting their heads out of their asses. He needed to this, he needed to assert himself put these guys on notice.

They played like crap last weekend, couldn't do anything right and got embarrassed in primetime in their own house. They weren't perfect today, but after last week I'll take a win like this anytime. As much as we rag on the coaching staff, this week they were on their game so give them props.

Fanforlife
11-21-2010, 05:10 PM
Wow! What a game! I agree they should be put on notice. Everyone is replaceable including players. They should know this by now. Maybe it's because they get pay the big bucks and think they can't be replace? I would hope not? But there are some players who are like that though. I would like to think the steelers are different then most teams when it come to that.

:steelers1: :tt02:

Troyisabeast_43
11-21-2010, 05:13 PM
I agree this was a big game for Mike Tomlin and this Steelers team because had they lost this game the talk of complete meltdown would have been coming up all over again, Kudos for Tomlin for making changes and making them practice in pads this week on Wednesday and going for the kill today against the Raiders early and often in this game. Good stuff all around today and hopefully it carries over next week and the Steelers put a similar thumping on a bad Bills team next weekend in Buffalo...

BlitzburghRockCity
11-21-2010, 05:16 PM
I was thinking about your recent threads 43, about Tomlin when I wrote this..lol. Tomlin had to step up and assert himself and pull this team together. They had to get back to basics in practice this week because they were ugly last week. Couldn't tackle, pass, catch, run, anything. It definitely needs to carry over and hopefully it's a great jump start to the 2nd half of the season.

SteelerEyeZ
11-21-2010, 08:02 PM
Hats off to the coaching staff....ALSO i hate to but i must give props to BA i liked the play calling...Now we need to keep it up

Troyisabeast_43
11-21-2010, 08:27 PM
I was thinking about your recent threads 43, about Tomlin when I wrote this..lol. Tomlin had to step up and assert himself and pull this team together. They had to get back to basics in practice this week because they were ugly last week. Couldn't tackle, pass, catch, run, anything. It definitely needs to carry over and hopefully it's a great jump start to the 2nd half of the season.

I really think this win can go along way if the Steelers end up winning the North and turning things around. I have been jumping down Tomlin's throat here recently but he deserves a ton of credit today for stepping it up and for the Steelers complete team effort today all the way across the board. He let it be known that there was going to be no letdown similar to last year and today's win against a sub-par Oakland team I think shows that and will put a lot of that talk to rest...

LarryNJ
11-21-2010, 08:46 PM
Add to it playing Sanders and Brown in lieu of ARE.

igor0190
11-21-2010, 08:56 PM
Yeah, ARE worked his way into the doghouse... and he should stay there for the rest of the year after what was saw of Sanders and Brown today.

Tomlin is a great leader... Arians is the weak link. That being said, the offensive play calling was actually pretty decent today and the execution by the players was EVEN BETTER.

I actually saw some short pass routes, and slants which was amazing to see!

LatrobePA
11-21-2010, 09:07 PM
Brown and Sanders are $$$$$!

Troy, you're back!! He whiffed on a few but overall played good ball today!!

LarryNJ
11-21-2010, 10:06 PM
Y

I actually saw some short pass routes, and slants which was amazing to see!

Did one of those slants end have 45 yards after the catch for a TD?:greengrin:

coldrolled
11-23-2010, 01:55 PM
Tomlin is a great leader... Arians is the weak link. That being said, the offensive play calling was actually pretty decent today and the execution by the players was EVEN BETTER.

if tomlin keeps this attitude we will be fine..

tomlin: As for playing the Bills, who are only 2-8, Tomlin said, “We’re not in a position to take anyone lightly. We’re not that good.”

jpele
11-23-2010, 03:27 PM
Is any else sick of Tomlin being politically correct all the time. he wants his team to be physical and violent yet talks like a little boy that's afraid of his big brother.

"Do as I say not as I do" I mean really ,he called Seymore a class act in his post game presser, he's scared to call out the league and officials. I don't know about the players but if you want my respect man up ,it's only a fine.

jnes1216
11-23-2010, 03:39 PM
Is any else sick of Tomlin being politically correct all the time. he wants his team to be physical and violent yet talks like a little boy that's afraid of his big brother.

"Do as I say not as I do" I mean really ,he called Seymore a class act in his post game presser, he's scared to call out the league and officials. I don't know about the players but if you want my respect man up ,it's only a fine.

There's so much sh*t flying around the media with the Steelers these days he's probably not willing to add to it. Maybe he thinks the extra attention will bring down more scrutiny. I'm sure his message in the locker room is different. I feel your frustration - I would like someone in position to say something to the league about the officiating but it doesn't seem like its going to happen.

harpo
11-23-2010, 03:57 PM
There's so much sh*t flying around the media with the Steelers these days he's probably not willing to add to it. Maybe he thinks the extra attention will bring down more scrutiny. I'm sure his message in the locker room is different. I feel your frustration - I would like someone in position to say something to the league about the officiating but it doesn't seem like its going to happen.

^^^ This.....

Well said. :yellowthumb:

LarryNJ
11-23-2010, 05:36 PM
I would like someone in position to say something to the league about the officiating but it doesn't seem like its going to happen.

It's certainly not going to happen publicly. Simply because Tomlin and the front office are much too smart for that. Maybe a little bit more diplomatically, which is something Dan should be very good at with his recent experience. Think about it, what good would come out of it? Nothing except to make a few fans feel better. Especially because the problem isn't with the officials, the problem is with the league office.

Scorp
11-25-2010, 01:00 AM
Mike Tomlin sent a message to his team last week and the Steelers responded by blowing out the Raiders.




In a week in which a second NFL coach was fired for his team's failings, Mike Tomlin quietly showed once again why he might be one of the best young coaches in the history of the game.

Tomlin smoothly navigated the Pittsburgh Steelers through what could have been a troublesome week with a series of bold decisions, displaying a keen sense for the pulse of his locker room, something often lacking in other organizations this season. Coming off a dispiriting performance against New England at home in Week 10, Tomlin faced the challenge of quickly redirecting the energy of his ballclub, with a bit of panic setting in around Pittsburgh that this group might fade in the second half. Instead, Tomlin's moves -- jettisoning a high-profile kicker; juggling his offensive line; marshaling his players through more tough practices; restoring an emphasis on the run game and physical football -- culminated in a thrashing of the Raiders on Sunday that catapulted the Steelers back into the Super Bowl conversation.

"We all knew how big this game was for us," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after the 35-3 victory. "We had to get back to playing our kind of football."

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley said: "Coach was saying it was time to get back to playing Steeler football. He kind of laid down to us that it was time to get back to playing physical football."

A loss to Oakland, or even a lackluster performance in a victory, would have been a setback. Early in the week Tomlin stressed the need to play Steeler football, to display more urgency on defense and adopt a more direct approach on offense. He drove the point home by putting the team in pads Wednesday, a rarity for teams as accomplished as this bunch.

"It was different for us, and there was more contact," Woodley said, "but at the same time it was still under control. It was smart."

Tomlin's message carried through the week.

"Coming off that New England game, we kind of went out there and embarrassed ourselves," Woodley said. "On defense, we couldn't stop them; on the first series they marched the ball on us and they put up all kinds of points on us and controlled the game and ran the ball on us.

"We couldn't stop them and this is the road to the Super Bowl and then the next week we're playing a good team like the Raiders that beat us last year and kept us out of the playoffs. We had something to prove. We had to go back out and get our respect back after New England dominated us."

Tomlin, 38, often appears to be very much like his players. He's close in age, dealing with similar life experiences. He walks and talks like them. But he's also clearly a leader of men, and has shown an ability to deliver a stern hand when necessary. And unlike a year ago, when his vow to "unleash hell" in December fell hallow, Tomlin's actions last week did more than those words ever could.

Kicker Jeff Reed, despite his immature off-field foibles and dip in productivity this season, was well regarded within that locker room based on his prior big kicks. He had kicked on championship teams. The conditions at Heinz Field are among the most rugged in the league, and, up until this year, Reed had handled them with aplomb. So, even despite his untimely remarks about fans following the loss to the Patriots, cutting the veteran the next day certainly read like a statement to the entire team.

"A lot of us were surprised by that," Woodley said. "I definitely was surprised he got let go."

Tomlin also took a proactive approach to the offensive mindset. Trai Essex, when healthy, had been a regular starter the past two seasons. But Tomlin benched him for the Oakland game, with second-year reserve Ramon Foster getting that spot at guard. The Steelers ended up run blocking better than they had in weeks, particularly to the right side, and, whereas the Patriots were assaulting Roethlisberger all night, the Raiders' big defensive line didn't sustain much pressure until deep in the game.

The will to run the ball was also there, another factor born of the more physical practices. The Steelers' first scoring drive -- while trailing, 3-0 -- was a testament to that. This was quintessential Pittsburgh football -- 14 plays, 85 yards, 8:06 time of possession. Six of the final eight plays were rushes by Rashard Mendenhall, including the touchdown, and the Raiders never quite recovered.

The Steelers regained their swagger as the game went on. Things turned chippy early, with Chris Kemoeatu going at it with Richard Seymour and then Seymour ultimately getting ejected and fined $25,000 for punching Roethlisberger in the head after a play. So it was no surprise that Roethlisberger continued to look for Mike Wallace deep downfield even with the game out of hand, and Tomlin opted to play many key veterans very late into the blowout.

There was plenty Tomlin still wanted to get on film for the rest of the league to see. Pittsburgh football is never without a hint of intimidation, and this was no time to show mercy to an inferior opponent. Raiders quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski could never get comfortable, and the beating spanned all spheres, from the mental to the physical to the emotional.

But having already lost to the Ravens (on a last-second drive) and Patriots at home, Tomlin and the Steelers know that only so much can be proven in November. A Week 13 trip to Baltimore looms with the AFC North on the line. However, with a meeting against the offensively potent Bills next, you can guarantee Tomlin is railing against any signs of complacency.

I have the suspicion that when that Ravens game does come near, his Steelers will be ready to play.

LarryNJ
11-25-2010, 06:50 AM
Did you write that scorp?

Props to Tomlin and the boys for doing what they needed too do against the Raiders. It was just one game, let's how that they can put a string of similar performances together.

JensK
11-25-2010, 07:41 AM
Did you write that scorp?

Props to Tomlin and the boys for doing what they needed too do against the Raiders. It was just one game, let's how that they can put a string of similar performances together.

Jason La Confora did :)

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81c5d36d/printable/tomlins-proactive-approach-quickly-puts-steelers-back-on-track

Its a good read never the less

LarryNJ
11-25-2010, 08:51 AM
Ahhh..Thanks and yes it is!

Callax
11-25-2010, 09:31 AM
I'm happy to see some of the rookie WR's get more playing time. A R E is good but has not really been an asset in the passing game. I hope that these 2 guys can help sooner than later. The loss of Holmes hurt the pass and Hines is not putting up the numbers from previous years. Wallace is looking like a pro bowl player ( hopefully) and Miller is solid and reliable.
Sanders and Brown need to contribute now to help make the passing game more diverse and unpredictable.