Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: Tomlin takes a page out of the Noll playbook

          
   
   
    Bookmark and Share
  1. #1
    Big T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Penn State University
    Posts
    5,509

    Tomlin takes a page out of the Noll playbook

    Tomlin takes a page out of the Noll playbook

    Something quite rare has occurred at Saint Vincent College the past week of Steelers training camp, something not seen with this kind of regularity since Chuck Noll brought his teams to Latrobe in the summer.

    The Steelers are tackling in practice, and not just in the annual goal-line drill that ended the workout Saturday. Mike Tomlin has run them through live 11-on-11 drills at least once each day, starting Monday when they pulled on the pads for the first time.

    That is old-old-school, something Bill Cowher did not even do. You would have to go back to the 1980s to see that many real, live tackling practice sessions when Noll's players wore no numbers on their jerseys and twice-daily practices were common.

    Even in Tomlin's first training camp in 2007 that he admitted was perhaps too tough, he did not put his players through as many live drills.

    "We're young in a lot of areas, particularly in the lines," he said as an explanation for increasing the hitting. "We got young, talented defensive linemen, we got young, talented offensive linemen. The only way to improve is to play football. I've stated that many times and it's something I believe in. I'm going to give them an opportunity to do that and show what they're capable of."

    Bumps and bruises

    A gaggle of Steelers, including many first-teamers, did not practice. Tomlin declined to list the players or their injuries, but his top two rookie draft picks, Jarvis Jones and Le'Veon Bell, joined many veterans watching practice.

    Bell has a left knee bruise from Friday when he bumped knees with a teammate. Tight end Matt Spaeth told reporters he had fluid drained from his right knee.

    Others joining the previously injured on the sideline were Brett Keisel for the second day, Lawrence Timmons and Steve McLendon. Ben Roethlisberger dressed but did not participate in many of the drills including 11-on-11 and the goal-line drill.

    Isaac Redman also did not participate in the goal-line drill.

    "Obviously, we got a number of guys that are out with a myriad of minor training camp-like nicks," Tomlin said. "I'm not going to get into the details of that. Many of these guys will be working their way back here in the next 24 to 48 hours."

    Haggling over tackling

    Timmons was the team's leading tackler in 2012, according to their coaches' counting. But the NFL and the Steelers website give Larry Foote the crown.

    Confused? So is the NFL when it comes to using tackles as a statistic. Unlike sacks, interceptions and fumble recoveries, tackles -- the foundation to anything a defense does -- are not considered an official statistic in the NFL.

    Yet all kinds of people keep them, and all kinds of people purport them to be either accurate or "official."

    The NFL uses the tackle count as recorded by the stats crews hired by each home team for games. There, Foote had 113 tackles (75 solo, 38 assists) and Timmons had 106 (75, 31).

    But in the totals the Steelers coaches kept, Timmons had a wide lead with 134 tackles (93, 41) to Foote's 114 (86, 28). Those stats are what the team lists in its media guide. But because Steelers.com must carry the stats the NFL keeps, Foote is the team champ in tackles there for 2012.

    "They tried to cheat me," Foote said, sort of jokingly, when he called out linebackers coach Keith Butler for the snub. " 'Butz' and them want to give Lawrence the tackles nobody sees, but they don't want to give me mine. It's politics, they want the first-round pick, Lawrence, to get all the glory."

    Veteran tackle signed

    The team signed veteran offensive tackle D'Anthony Batiste and placed rookie guard Nik Embernate on the waived/injured list.

    Batiste has been with six NFL teams and in three different leagues since 2004, when he went undrafted. He played in the Arena and Canadian Football League before joining the Dallas Cowboys in 2006.

    He has played in 37 NFL games and made 14 starts.

    Embernate ultimately will be placed on injured reserve with a season-ending knee injury that occurred Thursday in practice when two ligaments were torn, his MCL and ACL.

    The throwbacks are back

    The Steelers will wear their 1934 throwback uniforms Nov. 17 for their home game against the Detroit Lions. They are the same throwbacks they wore twice in 2012 for the first time.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...aybook-698043/

  2. #2
    Big T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Penn State University
    Posts
    5,509
    @EdBouchette: Tomlin putting #Steelers through type of practices that haven't been seen in camp in 25 years, not since Chuck Noll

  3. #3
    Big T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Penn State University
    Posts
    5,509
    @steelers: "He has a contusion of the birth certificate." - @CoachTomlin on why @tpolamalu got the day off from practice.

  4. #4
    Head Coach LatrobePA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    THIS IS MY HOUSE BITCHES
    Posts
    12,252

    Tomlin takes a page out of the Noll playbook

    He's gonna kill them!! Good weed out the weak!
    "Happy Happy Happy"

  5. #5
    Assistant Coach Real Deal Steel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Ranclho Cucamonga,California
    Posts
    5,566
    If would be smart of Tomlin to copy as much of Chuck Noll as he can. I know it's taking a risk as far as injury but I can't say that I don't like this.
    The Steeler way...is the only way.

  6. #6
    Starter
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Northeast Ohio (Clowns country)
    Posts
    1,866
    My Mood
    Clowns
    I really believe this will be troys last season in a steelers uniform. The guy just can't stay healthy.
    Cleveland Browns suck!

  7. #7
    Big T's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Penn State University
    Posts
    5,509
    Quote Originally Posted by Clevelandsux View Post
    I really believe this will be troys last season in a steelers uniform. The guy just can't stay healthy.
    He's healthy now. Today was nothing more than a veterans day off since he's "old"...

  8. #8
    Veteran TarlsQtr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    2,376
    My Mood
    Ratbirds
    Quote Originally Posted by Big T View Post
    He's healthy now. Today was nothing more than a veterans day off since he's "old"...
    Exactly. Every team does it, especially for players as well conditioned as Troy. There is little to gain by playing vets too much and a lot to lose.

    Sent from my KFTT using Tapatalk HD
    "If I could start my life all over again, I would be a professional football player, and you damn well better believe I would be a Pittsburgh Steeler." -Jack Lambert

  9. #9
    Assistant Coach Real Deal Steel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Ranclho Cucamonga,California
    Posts
    5,566
    Especially with Troy's past health issues.
    The Steeler way...is the only way.

  10. #10
    Draft Pick
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    234
    Maybe he should be taking a page from Cowher. He owes all his beginning success to Bill. Now that Bill's players have gotten older and struggled so has Tomlin.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Mike Tomlin takes shot at Bob Holtzman
    By Big T in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 01-21-2011, 11:14 PM
  2. Noll versus Tomlin: First Year
    By murtuc in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-19-2008, 07:13 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •