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Mike Tomlin: Please keep talking about Steelers age

James Harrison, Isaac Redman AP

It’s hard not to notice that the Steelers defense is a little long in the tooth.

The topic of over-30 Pittsburgh defenders grew in recent weeks as James Harrison struggled to get into regular season shape.  Nine Steelers defenders will be over 30 this season.  Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has heard the talk and implored the media to “keep talking” about how old the defense is.

“You’re making my job easy,” Tomlin said with a smile at his Tuesday press conference, via Steelers.com.

Tomlin was extremely confident that he didn’t have to worry about Harrison. He joked that Harrison may be “sandbagging” everyone by saying he’s only 75-80% healthy.   Asked about backup linebacker Jason Worilds, Tomlin steered the conversation back to Harrison.

“I expect James to be James ,” this week, Tomlin said.

If James is truly James, he’ll have a good time making new Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie look like Bryant McKinnie.

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61 Responses to “Mike Tomlin: Please keep talking about Steelers age”
  1. steelernationlolzatyouremptytrophycase6 says: Sep 6, 2011 12:52 PM

    Can anyone else say six rings? I didn’t think so! Give up! We OWN this league. We will leave this league and start our own after this season when we get 7. Bye losers.

  2. We'reFineThere says: Sep 6, 2011 12:59 PM

    I thought the Steelers age was in the 70’s?

  3. bhindenemylines says: Sep 6, 2011 1:01 PM

    Look out. The Steelers are ready to “unleash h-3-l-l” again.

  4. allprofantasy says: Sep 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    This is the same conversation going into the 2010 season – and they only finished #1 in Rushing defense and #2 in Passing defense !! breath easy people

  5. flabtreesports says: Sep 6, 2011 1:03 PM

    Easy there Mike. Leading the Steelers to the playoffs after a Super Bowl appearance has been anything but easy.

  6. svcfilmguy says: Sep 6, 2011 1:04 PM

    The 2nd rated defense from last year is not going to get old all at once. The worst scenario that I can see is that it falls into the 5-6. Panic panic panic! There are young reinforcements everywhere. DL: Heyward, Hood, McLendon. LB: Worilds, Sylvester, Carter. DB: Brown, Allen, Lewis, Mundy. This is one of the most overrated stories of the offseason.

  7. myspaceyourface says: Sep 6, 2011 1:08 PM

    Only if the officials have the stone’s to call holding.

  8. joetoronto says: Sep 6, 2011 1:13 PM

    Tomlin then promised to wreak havoc on the Steelers opponents this year.

  9. chadmurdigan says: Sep 6, 2011 1:13 PM

    I would pass on being Bryant McKinnie this coming Sunday, that’s for sure, even if Harrison is only 75% (fat chance of that).

  10. halfie6 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:13 PM

    Tomlin-to-media: “Please keep talking about this.”

    Rosenthal: “Ok, boss!”

  11. stinkfist5 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:17 PM

    The Steelers are old.

  12. ravenution says: Sep 6, 2011 1:18 PM

    Yeah the Steelers don’t talk at all. It’s everyone but them. Oh brother.

  13. hartjk says: Sep 6, 2011 1:24 PM

    You might not like the steelers, but what’s not to love about tomlin.

  14. butternutzz says: Sep 6, 2011 1:26 PM

    Gonna be a long day for Fat Bryant. 50 plus snaps against Harrison when you came to camp weighing more that 400lbs. Good luck. Flacco better run Son!!!

  15. dayumyou says: Sep 6, 2011 1:34 PM

    wait…where’s our Tebow story for the day?

  16. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 6, 2011 1:39 PM

    nah – as a lifelong proud Stealer hater I prefer to talk about their crimes and asinine comments.

  17. 3yardsndust says: Sep 6, 2011 1:39 PM

    Guys like James Harrison step it up when the whistle blows.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:43 PM

    Tomlin is blowing smoke. They got partially exposed last year as it is. And their secondary, “led” by Mr. Overrated got toasted a lot, while he freelanced.

  19. blackgolddomination says: Sep 6, 2011 1:43 PM

    SILVERBACK ATTACK!

  20. jacunn2000 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:50 PM

    Still talking?? Just play football already and shut up.

  21. ottomanismydog says: Sep 6, 2011 1:51 PM

    How Mike Tomlin did NOT win Coach of the Year last season is insane. I’d like to see how Belichick, Payton, McCarthy or Caldwell would do without their QB for 4 games.

  22. cityofchampyinz says: Sep 6, 2011 1:51 PM

    The standard is the standard.

  23. citizenstrange says: Sep 6, 2011 1:52 PM

    Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu are the only ones who have been breaking down.

    The jury is still out on Harrison this year I guess.

    GO STEELERS!

  24. adehaas5988 says: Sep 6, 2011 1:59 PM

    If you expect ‘James to be James,’ don’t expect him to show up in the fourth quarter.

  25. ppdoc13 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:08 PM

    We’ll know by 2/3 of the way thru the season. Age can catch up real fast. It is starting to with ray Lewis. But the ravens have gotten younger this year overall meanwhile the only thing still moving fast on the steelers are their WR’s and james harrison’south

  26. 0 degrees Kelvin says: Sep 6, 2011 2:10 PM

    @peytonwantsaflag
    Haters hate, live miserable lives and die young.

    @jacunn2000
    “Still talking??”
    You wouldn’t be here if nobody talked.

  27. mbsbjb3 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:12 PM

    James Harrison might be blowing out enough candles on his birthday to warrant a phone call to the nearest local fire department, but the man is a beast football player who makes the game fun to watch. He can do more at 80% then most can do at 110%.

  28. butternutzz says: Sep 6, 2011 2:14 PM

    Flacco better have his head on a swivel. Fat Mckinney going 50+ snaps against one of the NFL’s best. Should be fun to watch.

  29. freedomispopular says: Sep 6, 2011 2:22 PM

    They’ll keep doing what they always do. Let the veterans walk at the right time and the young guys will step up and fill their place. I remember when their linebackers were Larry Foote, James Farrior, Jason Gildon, and Joey Porter. They got old and left, and new talents stepped in and filled in fine.

  30. dogsweat1 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:24 PM

    PFT……….

    We need these updates:

    NFL in Los Angeles.

    Vikings moving.

    Raider negatives.

  31. dansyndersux says: Sep 6, 2011 2:28 PM

    Stillers do have a great defense but they looked very vulnernable vs elite passers aka Rodgers and Brady who both torched their secondary.

  32. zibikbeer says: Sep 6, 2011 2:33 PM

    ottomanismydog says: Sep 6, 2011 1:51 PM

    How Mike Tomlin did NOT win Coach of the Year last season is insane. I’d like to see how Belichick, Payton, McCarthy or Caldwell would do without their QB for 4 games.

    ______________________

    BB went 11-5 without Brady. Hate on the Patriots or their coach when you get your facts straight.

  33. tigers182 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:33 PM

    As long as they keep developing this won’t be an issue. They’re a similar organization as the Red Wings. Everybody said the same thing about the Wings in the late 90’s but they kept developing players and decade+ later they’re still a top NHL team.

  34. jdreed68 says: Sep 6, 2011 2:40 PM

    Tomlin wants to get his team an AARP Discount

  35. Deb says: Sep 6, 2011 2:51 PM

    James regularly updates fan followers about his workouts and progress. He’s extremely disciplined in his regimen, and I’m not particularly concerned. The good thing is we can stop speculating come Sunday.

    Yes, football is a young man’s game, but today’s athletes are much better conditioned than previous generations and playing well into their thirties. These guys were at the top of the league last season, and I don’t expect them to suffer sudden mass aging in 2011.

  36. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 6, 2011 2:52 PM

    “How Mike Tomlin did NOT win Coach of the Year last season is insane. I’d like to see how Belichick, Payton, McCarthy or Caldwell would do without their QB for 4 games.”

    —————————-

    you’re a little confused dog – it wasn’t Tomlin’s coaching it was that PigBen is way way way overrated. (maybe you squealer fans have forgotten but Ben IS the reason you lost the superbowl)

  37. chizzle20 says: Sep 6, 2011 3:11 PM

    Harrison makes illegal hits to compensate for his old age. I’m sure he’ll donate plenty of money again this season.

  38. dickroy says: Sep 6, 2011 3:27 PM

    Harrison and the Steelers will be fine. There sure are some envious people on here, wishing their teams were as consistant at being a top contender every year. You can tell by their comments, most of which make no sense at all.

    GO STEELERS!!!

  39. axespray says: Sep 6, 2011 3:31 PM

    Dude, we just saw a 40 year old have his career best statistical regular season.

    I kinda doubt all these 30 something year olds are gonna start dropping like flies.

  40. vincentbojackson says: Sep 6, 2011 3:41 PM

    Tomlin is freaking awesome!

    Says exactly what’s on his mind and doesn’t care what anyone outside the organization thinks.

  41. medtxpack says: Sep 6, 2011 3:43 PM

    “steelernationlolzatyouremptytrophycase6 says:Sep 6, 2011 12:52 PM

    Can anyone else say six rings? I didn’t think so! Give up! We OWN this league. We will leave this league and start our own after this season when we get 7. Bye losers.

    ________________________________

    can you say 13 world championships!?! i didnt think so….good luck.

  42. vincentbojackson says: Sep 6, 2011 3:46 PM

    They seem old because there is hardly any turnover. They replace a guy or two every season and they keep moving forward. They have young guys waiting in the wings but the current starters aren’t showing any signs of slowing down so the the youngs can’t get on the field.

  43. keeponhating says: Sep 6, 2011 4:12 PM

    i hate the steelers. But i do like mike tomlin. I liked bill cowher too. Now chuck noll on the other hang was a total d bag. I mean suing the raiders for playing too rough. And everyone makes the 70s steelers out to be one of the toughest teams ever. So just remember that next time somebody says the steelers back then were tough.

  44. keeponhating says: Sep 6, 2011 4:14 PM

    *Hand

  45. supashug says: Sep 6, 2011 4:17 PM

    oh look another Steeler article about nothing important

  46. carnboys says: Sep 6, 2011 4:42 PM

    Steelers are a good Football Team. They are the team to beat.

    Go Ravens!

  47. flakazoid says: Sep 6, 2011 4:44 PM

    dansyndersux says:
    Stillers do have a great defense but they looked very vulnernable vs elite passers aka Rodgers and Brady who both torched their secondary.
    —————————————————-
    But don’t those two do it to everybody. Let’s all remember that even though they were minus 3 in turnovers [one a pick-six] that the Steelers had the ball with 2:00 to go and a chance to win the game.

    People are under the illusion that just like those three 3 point Patriot Super Bowl victories that this game was like 50-0.

  48. ottograham says: Sep 6, 2011 4:57 PM

    @zibikbeer

    we should also consider the fact the New England Patriots are guilty of utter cheating throughout the early decade. So when I consider how “great” ofa coach Bill Belicheck is I always think of that. Not to downplay his attitude towards the game (attack attack attack) which I love. But that attitude is alot easier to exemplify if you know exactly what your opponent is doing at all times illegally.

    Steelers have an easy out of conference schedule and matchup well this season against the only team that proves to be a threat in the division (Baltimore). Expect 10+ wins and another title run. C’mon guys its what they do… get real.

  49. lawboy2000 says: Sep 6, 2011 5:10 PM

    peytonwantsaflag and flakaziod –

    I agree that Roethlisberger is the reason the Steelers lost to Green Bay. I have been saying it since the Packers went up 14-0. He threw the bone-headed pick-6 that was the difference in the game. The defense gave up 24 and the offense scored 25 when they weren’t turning it over at midfield.

    Ben should have eaten the ball at the goal line instead of forcing a throw under pressure at that spot and he should have been looking at Hines Ward instead of Mike Wallace in the final drive. Ward had the hot hand, he was determined to catch everything and, coincidently, he was open. Wallace was cold, covered and certainly no Santonio Holmes in crunch time no matter what he did to the Packers in a regular season game in 2009 or what his regular season stats looked like in 2010.

    I want a rematch in Indianapolis.

  50. donterrelli says: Sep 6, 2011 5:35 PM

    freedomispopular says:
    Sep 6, 2011 2:22 PM
    They’ll keep doing what they always do. Let the veterans walk at the right time and the young guys will step up and fill their place. I remember when their linebackers were Larry Foote, James Farrior, Jason Gildon, and Joey Porter. They got old and left, and new talents stepped in and filled in fine.

    ————-

    The two that left have been replaced by Lawrence Timmons and Lamaar Woodly. No slouches there!

  51. antibenapalooza says: Sep 6, 2011 5:45 PM

    What matters most to me is 7 experiencing a career ending injury. Then the Steelers will be truly great again.

  52. Deb says: Sep 6, 2011 5:57 PM

    @peytonwantsaflag …

    Ben is the reason we lost the Super Bowl? You don’t think the Packers had anything to do with it? When we say something like that, you guys jump all over us for not giving credit to the winning team. You can’t have it both ways.

  53. raidermick says: Sep 6, 2011 6:19 PM

    Who are the Steelers? Oh they’re the criminals in Pittsburg…

    These guys are so freakin done! Gimmie a break!

    They may have six, but that’s all they are going to get…

    Late…

  54. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Sep 6, 2011 6:20 PM

    @ medtxpack

    How many of those “world championships” were the result of beating someone from another country.

    Only in America would the arrogance be high enough to declare winning a league in that country “world champion”.

  55. steelcurtainn says: Sep 6, 2011 6:35 PM

    Steelers D is like Fine Wine. It gets better with age. The Ravens will be tasting sour grapes. Let the trash talking begin.

  56. steelersmichele says: Sep 6, 2011 8:47 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: And their secondary, “led” by Mr. Overrated got toasted a lot, while he freelanced.

    Our secondary was bad–last year. We hired a pretty awesome secondary coach this year: Carnell Lake. Maybe you heard of him? I think our secondary should be much better this season judging from the interceptions and pass coverage in the pre-season.

  57. erick670 says: Sep 6, 2011 8:52 PM

    raidermick are u serious saying the steelers wont win another title the raiders wont even see the post season

  58. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 6, 2011 9:17 PM

    steelersmichele says: Sep 6, 2011 8:47 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: And their secondary, “led” by Mr. Overrated got toasted a lot, while he freelanced.

    Our secondary was bad–last year. We hired a pretty awesome secondary coach this year: Carnell Lake. Maybe you heard of him? I think our secondary should be much better this season judging from the interceptions and pass coverage in the pre-season.
    ———-

    Lake was great as a player, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will translate to the players. Really needed to upgrade over Taylor.

  59. Deb says: Sep 6, 2011 9:39 PM

    @tomosbornesretirement …

    Excuse me, love, but do they play NFL football anywhere else in the world? Didn’t think so. That means the NFL champion is the world champion.

    If you have a problem with the way Americans speak about their sports … find the door :)

  60. dickroy says: Sep 7, 2011 7:11 AM

    @ tomosbornesrtirement

    Yes the winner of the Superbowl is the WORLD CHAMPION. Deb is right and has put you in your place.

  61. blackgolddomination says: Sep 7, 2011 1:53 PM

    @ tomosbornesrtirement

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
    You must be from Canada eh?

    Let us know how Tiki does. LOL!

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