I don't know if I am getting snowed by letting all this positive press for Tomlin go to my head. But is this guy for real? I mean, has there ever been a better debut as a Steelers coach? It's like the guy never puts a foot wrong and knows just when to ease off on a guy like Faneca and when to sort of be pointed in his comments.
It doesnt really matter much as he will be judged (as he should be) by the number of wins he puts up on the board. Its just that the opinion from outside the organization as well as inside, seems to be uniformly positive. As in..this guy is SPECIAL. I know other coaches are loathe to badmouth their fellow brethern, but so much of the commentary is beyond just being polite. Its effusive praise with a slight bit of envy for a guy that so many see as one of the bright young minds in the NFL coaching fraternity. The old boys club.
Talk to me if they miss the playoffs and have a player mutiny...lol! We all know how things can go from bad to worse when you have irrational exuberance about a new change in direction. But I think the Rooney's (once again) have made a superb choice for coach. I love what I see and hear. Cooperation. Calmness in the face of a storm. A love of the game. A willingness to listen to people like Lebeau and not be intimidated or dismissive of an elder statesman of the D. A managerial panache more likely to be found in a much more experienced coach. A "go for the proven player over the reach or sleeper" in the just concluded draft (perhaps more a function of Colbert being allowed to follow scout's evaluations on Day 2 rather than being influenced by the Chin).
Good things happening with our new coach and it promises very bright days ahead.