Mike Tomlin: Please keep talking about Steelers age

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.

61 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Please keep talking about Steelers age

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

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

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

  9. 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%.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. “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.”

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    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)

  15. 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!!!

  16. 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.

  17. Tomlin is freaking awesome!

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

  18. “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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.
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    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.

  22. @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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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    The two that left have been replaced by Lawrence Timmons and Lamaar Woodly.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

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

  26. @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.

  27. 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…

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. @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 🙂

  31. @ tomosbornesrtirement

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

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