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    Tomlin has grown as a coach

    Tomlin has grown as a coach

    Tomlin was tough in his first season, showing players who was the boss. This year he is more comfortable with his team and has grown as a head coach -- and possibly coach of the year.
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008
    By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Peter Diana / Post-GazetteHines Ward on Mike Tomlin -- "He's more comfortable with his ballclub now."

    View all related imagesOne second Sunday night, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was standing outside the team bus at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, saying how coach Mike Tomlin had "done wonders" for this later stage of his fabulous career by excusing him from Wednesday practices and saving his legs. The next second, Tomlin, appearing almost out of nowhere, was right there, listening to every word. Hey, at least Ward was saying nice things about the boss.

    "I was just talking about you, coach," Ward said, somewhat sheepishly. "I'm going to keep propping you up so you can do this until you're 40!" Tomlin roared.

    An hour earlier, Ward had been a big star in the Steelers' remarkable 13-9, back-from-the-dead victory against the Ravens with eight catches for 107 yards.

    "I appreciate it, coach," Ward said.

    "A few more years and I'll just make you show up on Fridays," Tomlin said, grinning, before the two headed into the wonderful night as AFC North Division champions.

    Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

    That Tomlin just might keep Ward going until he's 40, marvelous roll that Tomlin is on?

    Can you say NFL coach of the year?
    rest of the story...

    He'd get my vote for COY, but I am a little biased....

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    Good read...thanks for posting that!
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    He would obviously get my vote, but aint going to happen, since we did pretty well last year. The coaches who get that is when your team sucked last year, and is doing so well now. Dolphins for an eksampel
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    Tomlin is proving to be one of the great new coaches in the NFL!

    When you think about it:
    1. We had the toughest schedule in the league this year.
    2. We lost Alan Faneca our best offensive lineman.
    3. Our O-line is horrific.
    4. Our offense is dysfunctional and struggles to score points.
    5. Our running game sucks.
    6. Bruce Arians

    Yet we are in position to end the year as the top team in the league. Some of that credit must go to the coach. Still not convinced? Ask yourself these questions.

    1. Do the players R-E-S-P-E-C-T him? It appears they do.
    2. Do they "buy-in" to his system and philosophy? Yes
    3. Is there UNIT COHESION? Yes
    4. Is the team disciplined? Yes
    5. Does he accept responsibility for failures? Yes
    6. Does the team accept Coach Tomlins leadership? Yes
    7. Is he a winner? Yes
    8. Has he achieved success at whatever he has done in coaching? Yes

    Like the rest of you, I did not even have Mike Tomlin on the radar when they chose him. I was hopeful last season and this season has solidified my confidense in the Rooney's choice. Mike Tomlin is a great coach! Is he going to make mistakes? Sure, everybody does. I believe he possesses the talent to motivate people to perform at their best. Noll had it, Cowher had it, and I believe Tomlin has "IT" as well.

    Remember, nobody picked us to win our division this year. Most had us behind Cleveland and some even had us third behind Cincinatti too. Even the most ardent fans here on this site couldn't look at our schedule this year and predict 13 wins. I believe Mike Tomlin deserves a look for coach of the year. If that award is not measured by the success of a team compared to its expectations then I'm not sure what the award is for.
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    Tomlin is definitely in the running for coach of the year IMO; based on our schedule, record, all the injuries he's had to deal with, etc. he's done good job thus far. he's not perfect and God knows the stuff he lets Arians do drives me nuts half the time but still he's growing and learning and done a good job this year.

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    I doubt he gets coach of the year, Dolphins, Falcons. I still believe that his footprint is on our defense as much as LeBeau's. We have never covered the pass as well as we are now. Many will say it's because of the rush we get from the LB's. That may very well be but I'd argue that we have so many sacks because of the great job Tomlin has done with our DB's.

    One thing for sure he's not worried about COY awards...he wants the 6th trophy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGold4vr View Post
    Tomlin is proving to be one of the great new coaches in the NFL!

    When you think about it:
    1. We had the toughest schedule in the league this year.
    2. We lost Alan Faneca our best offensive lineman.
    3. Our O-line is horrific.
    4. Our offense is dysfunctional and struggles to score points.
    5. Our running game sucks.
    6. Bruce Arians

    Yet we are in position to end the year as the top team in the league. Some of that credit must go to the coach. Still not convinced? Ask yourself these questions.

    1. Do the players R-E-S-P-E-C-T him? It appears they do.
    2. Do they "buy-in" to his system and philosophy? Yes
    3. Is there UNIT COHESION? Yes
    4. Is the team disciplined? Yes
    5. Does he accept responsibility for failures? Yes
    6. Does the team accept Coach Tomlins leadership? Yes
    7. Is he a winner? Yes
    8. Has he achieved success at whatever he has done in coaching? Yes

    Like the rest of you, I did not even have Mike Tomlin on the radar when they chose him. I was hopeful last season and this season has solidified my confidense in the Rooney's choice. Mike Tomlin is a great coach! Is he going to make mistakes? Sure, everybody does. I believe he possesses the talent to motivate people to perform at their best. Noll had it, Cowher had it, and I believe Tomlin has "IT" as well.

    Remember, nobody picked us to win our division this year. Most had us behind Cleveland and some even had us third behind Cincinatti too. Even the most ardent fans here on this site couldn't look at our schedule this year and predict 13 wins. I believe Mike Tomlin deserves a look for coach of the year. If that award is not measured by the success of a team compared to its expectations then I'm not sure what the award is for.

    Good post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejsteeler View Post
    rest of the story...

    He'd get my vote for COY, but I am a little biased....
    That was a good article thanks for the post.

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    My biggest complaints about Mike Tomlin after last year was this team couldn't win on the road and really dropped the ball in big games period....Well both of those complaints are gone after this season.......The Steelers have done very well on the road this year and after this schedule this team wins the big games.....I like Mike Tomlin but he has to get his team over the hump in the play-offs period before I consider him elite......But even if this team does go on and lose their first play-off game again this year then I'm willing again to cut him some slack....Cowher lost his first two play-off games.....I also don't think the Steelers will lose their first play-off game.......The Steelers will make it to the AFC title game at least....So his first two years he has two division titles and more then likely a trip to the AFC title game.....What more can you ask really?.....

    I still question some of his choices of some of his assitant coaches.....But hey Tomlin isn't perfect and I really don't see him making any changes after back to back division titles....No reason to really despite my complaints and a ton of other Steelers fans complaints about BA....lol

    The jury is still out on Mike Tomlin as a HC.....He has eased some of my doubts after last year and really he has down a solid job coaching this team this year...I also think he has some what of a positive influence on our DB's.......I like Mike Tomlin and if this team goes on to win the Super Bowl this year then he will achieve God Status among the Stiller Nation....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black@Gold Forever32 View Post
    The jury is still out on Mike Tomlin as a HC.....He has eased some of my doubts after last year and really he has down a solid job coaching this team this year...I also think he has some what of a positive influence on our DB's.......I like Mike Tomlin and if this team goes on to win the Super Bowl this year then he will achieve God Status among the Stiller Nation....

    I believe it took Chuck Noll 5 years to coach in his first SB.

    Took Bill Cowher 3 years to coach in his first but he lost. 14 years for a win in a SB.

    If Tomlin gets us into a SB and wins in his second year.......I believe you are right about that God status.
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