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Koopa
03-28-2007, 12:16 AM
very good read IMO, mainly the last parts of the article........ i bet it was grimm that had the airport f'k with tomlin's head and hide his bags :lol:

i also like that he's never satisfied, that's what happened to cowher, after the superbowl, he became satisfied, and it showed, cause he no longer gave a **** about this team or his players.........


PHOENIX -- He preaches aggressiveness, and this week Mike Tomlin showed just what that might mean in his new job as the Steelers' head coach.

USAirways, Tomlin said, lost the bag he checked on his direct flight to the NFL meetings in Phoenix from Pittsburgh and gave him the run-around since that occurred Saturday night. Sunday, he was told his bag was in Phoenix and would be delivered to his hotel within four hours. He waited; no bags. He called, again and again.

Monday, Tomlin rode to the airport "to dig it out myself."

"I get over there, and they tell me the bag is not there," Tomlin was saying at breakfast yesterday morning. "I said, 'I've been talking to your call center all weekend, and they said the bag is here.'

"They said, 'I don't care what they told you on the 1-800 number, your bag isn't here.' "

He was offered a $25 voucher on his next flight for his troubles.

"Well, somewhere during the conversation, I see my bag behind her in a pile," Tomlin said. "I said, 'That's my bag!' She said, 'Sir, your bag's not here, the computer says'... I said 'I understand what the computer says, but I'm looking at my bag! It's a black bag, Pittsburgh Steelers. It's my bag.'

"So, I walk around the counter and at that point, she started to get mad. I pulled the tag off and showed her it was my bag. I had to dig it out myself."

Tomlin related that story to a handful of writers gathered around him yesterday as the morning sun popped up in the desert. Perhaps, he did not mean it to be that way, but the narrative served to portray his approach to his job as Steelers coach. He wants to be aggressive, something he has repeated many times since his arrival here.

He also began revealing his plans for the Steelers in 2007 and what he thinks of some of his players. Yesterday, for instance, he publicly committed for the first time to staying with a 3-4 as his base defense next season.

"I know what it does to offenses, I really do," Tomlin said. "It's all about the personnel you have. We have the best 3-4 people in the world, I think. That's what we're going to do."

The more Tomlin looked at the way the Steelers played the 3-4, the more it convinced him to stick with it under coordinator Dick LeBeau rather than try to convert to a 4-3 Tampa 2, the type he coached with the Buccaneers and the Minnesota Vikings.

"To me, I was excited because I came into this league, a mecca, if you will, for the 4-3 defense in the Tampa 2, working with Tony Dungy and Monte Kiffin," Tomlin said. "Now, I'm working every day with what I believe to be the mecca for a 3-4. If you look at my growth development as a coach, man, it doesn't get any better than that. To be around Monte Kiffin and Dick LeBeau, I think you guys will agree with that. It doesn't get any better than that."

The most unsettled position on his Steelers defense may be at cornerback, where Ike Taylor has attracted much of the new coach's attention. Taylor, who signed a fat contract extension before the season began, was benched by coach Bill Cowher midway through it. One of Tomlin's big jobs is to salvage him.

"He's big, he's physical, he's fast. That's what I look at," Tomlin said. "What specifically happened last year in terms of his play, it's irrelevant to me.

"He's capable of a lot. He's capable of being a dominant player, and it's important that he embraces that as we move forward. I know that maybe he's disappointed in how he performed last year. Hopefully, that's fuel for him as we approach this year. ... I know he has the physical tools to be an elite corner. Our job and his job is to make sure that happens."

The mirror of that position on offense comes at wide receiver and whether or not the Steelers have the kind of talent at the position to make defenses respect their passing game.

"There are some questions there," Tomlin said. "It's a big year for Santonio [Holmes], of what kind of player he's going to be. He and I have talked quite a bit about that. That jump a player makes from his rookie year to his second year is critical in terms of what kind of career he's going to have. He's made some plays, he's had some success. He needs to move forward.

"I think some of the things that Nate Washington is capable of has been evident, studying the tape. He needs to move forward.

"I like what the group is capable of being. Satisfied? No. Until you get to know me, you'll realize that very rarely am I satisfied. At the same time, I'm not negative."

There also are the ongoing questions about Ben Roethlisberger and Tomlin's emerging relationship with his quarterback.

"He's a unique guy," Tomlin said. "He's in the building, he's taking an active part in the development of the playbook. He's working well with" coordinator Bruce Arians and quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson.

"I studied the personality types in this game and you know a guy who is uniquely talented like him, a competitor, a ridiculous competitor, a very prideful guy. I haven't been surprised in my reactions to him in terms of maybe what I thought him to be in a personality standpoint."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07087/772998-66.stm

Steelersfan
03-28-2007, 12:31 AM
Great article!

House of Steel
03-28-2007, 12:34 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I am getting so pumped up and ready for the season to take off. This is going to be a hell of a ride you know. I like Tomlin a lot and his aggressive, I don't take any bullshit approach to his style of attitude. He is going to grow on me big time.

Dako
03-28-2007, 12:34 AM
good to see he's going to stick with the 3-4.....

BlitzburghRockCity
03-28-2007, 12:52 AM
Thanks Koopa, that is indeed a great read. I like the attitude he's taking that he's not looking at anybody from last year and prejudging them but rather everybody gets a clean slate and a chance to prove themselves.

SteelerFan87
03-28-2007, 02:00 AM
Dude, I am DEFINITELY taking Mike Tomlin with me whenever I go to the airport! :lol:

SteelerSteve
03-28-2007, 03:49 AM
good to hear something positive on roethlisberger for a change:lol:

steelersgal86
03-28-2007, 06:44 AM
good article...:bigthumb:

steelcurtaingal
03-28-2007, 07:57 AM
good to hear something positive on roethlisberger for a change:lol:

i have to agree on that! he is a coach after my own football lovin heart. he is aggressive, and willing to put last year behind us, and look to this year. I cant wait for the season to start.:tt02:

BlackGold4vr
03-28-2007, 08:06 AM
How many times has he already said, "It's a people business. It's not just about building a team, it's about building relationships." He is a motivator and someone who is able to motivate has to be able to dissect people intellectually and be able to figure out what makes people go. Because it is not the same for everybody. I think he has that skill. To motivate his people on a personal level. He hasn't done anything yet so I will hold off on the coronation, but I have a good feeling that he will be taking the team in a positive direction!

:2cents:

DIESELMAN
03-28-2007, 08:25 AM
Damn good post Koop!!


We have the best 3-4 people in the world, I think. That's what we're going to do."
Damn right, a good draft will step it up even more and look out league. I like the fact that Tomlin didn't just come in and switch everything over at the drop of a hat. Hes been taking his time and evaluating players, that right there shows what kind of coach we have. A damn good one!!

RckyMtnStlrFan
03-28-2007, 11:15 AM
He hasn't done anything yet so I will hold off on the coronation, but I have a good feeling that he will be taking the team in a positive direction!
The more I read about Tomlin the more I like him. Let's just hope his talk is as good as his game!

AZ_Steeler
03-28-2007, 11:26 AM
How funny is that story :lol: They lost his bag and said it wasn't there :lol:

Great read and it's really encouraging to hear what Tomlin has to say about Ben!

DIESELMAN
03-28-2007, 11:46 AM
How funny is that story :lol: They lost his bag and said it wasn't there :lol:


:lol: just goes to show how some people are so reliant on computers these days. Straight up lazy!!

BBG7
03-28-2007, 12:24 PM
I'm very excited about Tomlin. He is a go-getter and I like the approach he is taking. He is giving the guys time to adjust and I love what he has to say about the guys so far. It is great to hear he is not judging anyone on last year and it seems like they are all getting a fresh start. I think there were a lot of factors leading to last years 8-8 season. It's time to start fresh and put that in the back of their minds. I like that Ben is working with the coaches and being a big part of the playbook. It's also good to hear that Tomlin sees Ike's potential and that we are for sure sticking with the 3-4 as our base. Man, I am getting more and more excited for next year and my expectations are very high for this season. HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!!!!

Black@Gold Forever32
03-28-2007, 02:03 PM
Very sweet article. The more I read about Mike Tomlin the more I like this guy and the more excited I get about the Steelers future under Mike Tomlin.

introyitrust
03-28-2007, 04:29 PM
GREAT ARTICLE. I'm glad that Tomlin notices Ike, Santonio, and N. Washington's potential to be great in this league.

Koopa
03-28-2007, 04:45 PM
:lol: just goes to show how some people are so reliant on computers these days. Straight up lazy!!

actually, i don't blame the lady for doing her job, now a days, with all the potential threats at the airports i'm glad she wasn't just allowing tomlin to get his stuff....... it may be annoying, but i rather the ppl at airports do their jobs and not just let anyone through cause they say it's there...........

K Train
03-28-2007, 04:48 PM
so, like ive been saying all along....were sticking with the 3-4, he said it himself now. i expect tomlins expierence with the 4-3 to help us out greatly in ****ing with offenses though

Stlrs4Life
03-28-2007, 05:33 PM
Excellent read, hope this carries over into the season.

BB2W
03-28-2007, 06:03 PM
Great read!... He has a way with words. :redcool:

Iron City South
03-28-2007, 09:52 PM
I've given Tomlin the respect he deserved for winning the job, now I want to see results ... not more cheerleading articles that tell me what a great "character" guy he is and what what great "student of the game" and "teacher" he is .... :clap:

I'm over with the honeymoon warm and fuzzies ....

IT'S ALL ABOUT RESULTS FROM THIS POINT FORWARD:helmet:

Black@Gold Forever32
03-28-2007, 10:13 PM
Ok the season hasn't started yet so I don't get what your point is. We won't find out results until the season is over. So right now what do expect other then warm and fuzzy articles?

SteelersWoman
03-29-2007, 02:05 AM
... We won't find out results until the season is over. So right now what do expect other then warm and fuzzy articles?

Good point B@G! :yesnod:

SteelersWoman
03-29-2007, 02:07 AM
I'm very excited about Tomlin. He is a go-getter and I like the approach he is taking. He is giving the guys time to adjust and I love what he has to say about the guys so far. It is great to hear he is not judging anyone on last year and it seems like they are all getting a fresh start. I think there were a lot of factors leading to last years 8-8 season. It's time to start fresh and put that in the back of their minds. I like that Ben is working with the coaches and being a big part of the playbook. It's also good to hear that Tomlin sees Ike's potential and that we are for sure sticking with the 3-4 as our base. Man, I am getting more and more excited for next year and my expectations are very high for this season. HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!!!!

Very well said BBG :clap: :tt02: