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Tomlin gets testy with Jacksonville media

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The Steelers host the Jaguars on Sunday, and as is customary Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made himself available for a conference call with the opposing city’s media.

According to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, Tomlin got irritated with questions regarding a 2007 playoff game between the two teams.  The Jaguars won the game, making them the first team ever to win twice in Pittsburgh in the same season.  And the game ended with a critical fourth-down draw play by former Jaguars quarterback David Garrard, during which the officials missed an obvious offensive holding call.

Asked whether Tomlin complained to the league office, Tomlin said, “No.” Asked why he didn’t, he said, “Why would I?”  Then, after it was explained that the call was critical to the outcome of the game, the fuse entered the bomb.

“Guys, come on man. I’m not going to cry over four-year-old spilled milk. Anybody got any legitimate questions? Goll-lly,” Tomlin said.

Per Ganguli, the reporters chuckled.  Tomlin didn’t.

“Guys, that was four years ago,” Tomlin then said. “I understand that might have been a big game in Jacksonville but that’s old news. Many of those guys are no longer here and definitely many of the guys that were in Jacksonville are no longer there.  Anybody got any questions relative to this week?”

After a few seconds, another reporter started to ask another question.  But Tomlin hung up the phone.

Perhaps the question for the Jacksonville media is whether they’ll complain to the league office, and if not why not?

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  1. jlana24 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:31 PM

    As a Jag fan, Tomlin doesn’t realize that 2007 playoff win IS ALL WE GOT MAN!

    #depressed

  2. plum13sec says: Oct 12, 2011 7:33 PM

    “Per Ganguli, the reporters chuckled. Tomlin didn’t.”

    I bet everyone here can imagine the look on his face

  3. sd0wn says: Oct 12, 2011 7:38 PM

    Good for Tomlin.

    Love the jab “I understand that might have been a big game in Jacksonville”.

    He’s right, that’s was the last time they were worth a crap, and that’s all the media can talk about.

  4. ras611 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:42 PM

    As a Jag fan, I can understand his frustration. Why were they asking questions about a 4 year old game instead of this weeks game?

  5. transam7816 says: Oct 12, 2011 7:46 PM

    Many of those guys are no longer here and definitely many of the guys that were in Jacksonville are no longer there.

    I like this jab better

  6. causeisaid says: Oct 12, 2011 7:50 PM

    You stay classy Tomlin. Hang up the phone like a kid in middle school. Stress level a little high this year in Pittsburgh?? Very unlike the usually cool and collected Tomlin

  7. Jesse says: Oct 12, 2011 7:51 PM

    Why in the heck would they complain to the league, just to be cry babies about it? He’s not required to make himself available. He was well within his rights.

  8. NFLJunkie says: Oct 12, 2011 7:54 PM

    Who asked those questions? A reporter who majored in Journalism with a minor in Ancient History?

  9. bcb1999 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:03 PM

    Winning that game actually helped to set the Jaguars franchise back years. It got Del Rio an extension, and Garrard a hefty contract. Also led to the sickening 2008 draft, reaching for players they thought fit a need and from which no players remain.

    Pretty sad that the highest moment in the last decade for the team precipitated it’s demise.

  10. qdog112 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:10 PM

    Good for you coach. Jacksonville is hanging on to that game like some white southerners still hang on to the Civil War. They still call people Yankees.

  11. botchedextrapoint says: Oct 12, 2011 8:22 PM

    Looks like working with House has finally got to him. Can’t tell me the black Dr fom House and Tomlin aren’t the same guy.

  12. choppinwood says: Oct 12, 2011 8:22 PM

    Obviously, Tomlin doesn’t suffer fools lightly ..
    nor should he.

    After reading the linked article, it sounds like Tomlin
    answered their questions to that point, but wasn’t interested in giving them the chuckles they were after, nor living in the past. He is a serious coach and has more important business to tend to.
    Good for him.

  13. citizenstrange says: Oct 12, 2011 8:23 PM

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Just wait to see how testy Tomlin’s going to get after Dick LeBeau retires.

    GO STEELERS!

  14. cobibones13 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:27 PM

    Tomlin, in trying to prove he isn’t a crybaby, showed everyone that he is. Did he go cry into his pillow after hanging up the phone?

  15. ajknox88 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:29 PM

    tomlin = badass

  16. happybunnyj says: Oct 12, 2011 8:39 PM

    Good for you, Mike, good for you!

  17. cornellsteelers says: Oct 12, 2011 8:43 PM

    Actually, the officials missed two obvious holds on that 4th down run…

    /Still angry

  18. jaxdolfan says: Oct 12, 2011 8:49 PM

    That play was Garrard’s career maker.

    Oh yeah, they cut him.

  19. cmiddel says: Oct 12, 2011 8:51 PM

    Go Mike! Causeisaid, you must have no idea what a no nonsense approach is. He isn’t stressed, I would imagine like most coaches, he has no time for stupidity

  20. cincybert says: Oct 12, 2011 8:54 PM

    I agree with Tomlin 100% right up to the point he hung up on the call….that part was childish.

  21. bigblaw says: Oct 12, 2011 8:55 PM

    4 year old questions? So Glad Modell vetoed Baltimore all those years ( knowing he was leaving cleveland ) and now the NFL has two boat anchor franchises in Charlotte and J’ville.

  22. muckman207 says: Oct 12, 2011 8:55 PM

    Steelers don’t hang on to bad calls, & wine to the league about them…that for teams like Seattle.

  23. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 12, 2011 9:12 PM

    Golly? You can do better, coach.

  24. broncobillie says: Oct 12, 2011 9:19 PM

    Why do journalists think they have a God given right to ask asinine, stupid questions?

  25. jjbadd says: Oct 12, 2011 9:37 PM

    I hate Pittsburgh, but he was absolutely right to hang up! Except he should have told them to smooch his rump first! Reporters are frigging buttholes at times!

  26. citiciti says: Oct 12, 2011 9:42 PM

    It’s getting hot in the kitchen.

  27. ravensj5 says: Oct 12, 2011 9:50 PM

    How can you not like Mike Tomlin! Guy is a class act…

  28. melikefootball says: Oct 12, 2011 9:54 PM

    Jacksonville reporters have to have something to talk about, not wins, so lets talk years in the past.

  29. yelix says: Oct 12, 2011 9:55 PM

    That was a good game, but I can’t believe anyone thinks Tomlin still cares about it. Consider this: if the Steelers win that game, they travel to Foxborough the next week to play the 16-0 Patriots. The Steelers would’ve definitely lost that one, just like Jacksonville did.

  30. j0esixpack says: Oct 12, 2011 9:59 PM

    Tomlin’s my favorite coach after Belichick

  31. doe22us says: Oct 12, 2011 10:15 PM

    Those that hang on to past glories are doomed for failure, i dont blame the Jags reporters because a beat down is coming. How u going to ask a question about a game that happened 4 years again smh.

  32. ogre2010 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:21 PM

    As a Jacksonville native, the media here is how to put it nicely…..TERRIBLE!! And they live in the past and sell that news here.

  33. tkraw33 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:45 PM

    He was right to be terse. He must have known the follow up question was “Then how do you explain all the holding calls with which the Steelers are excused from when Benny Boy is improvising?” Smart dude, that Tomlin.

  34. timegambit says: Oct 12, 2011 10:52 PM

    The way they wrote “Goll-lly,” I immediately pictured Gomer Pyle saying it.

  35. Canyonero says: Oct 12, 2011 10:57 PM

    Jags fans, take heart. The Steelers were terrible for decades before they started winning championships.

    Even so, it was a dumb questions for Coach Tomlin. He doesn’t have much history with Jacksonville.

    With Coach Cowher, maybe, since they were in the same division for awhile..

  36. premiumpit says: Oct 12, 2011 10:59 PM

    Tomlin is the man. Imo on his way to becoming the best coach in the league. Can the media down there ask the guy questions about this year. GO STEELERS

  37. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 12, 2011 11:00 PM

    Asked whether Tomlin complained to the league office, Tomlin said, “No.” Asked why he didn’t, he said, “Why would I?” Then, after it was explained that the call was critical to the outcome of the game, the fuse entered the bomb.
    ___________

    Boy, is Tomlin stupid! I can’t believe he didn’t know that the league office would reverse the outcome of a playoff game if they decided his complaint had merit! I’m glad the Jacksonville media were able to explain it to him. No wonder he got so mad.

  38. samvonschamm says: Oct 12, 2011 11:12 PM

    This reminds me of the time when CNN’s Howie Kurtz declared that Tiger Woods would “have to” talk to the media. I wondered why ANYone would have to talk to these cretins, given that of all the so-called professionals in America, journalists are the least professional, sleaziest and the least trustworthy. Were it not for the Hollywood half-wits they’d be the least intelligent as well. Tomlin gave them some time, and the best they could do was ask about a game 4 years ago? They can’t all be as amusingly dim as Chris Berman and Peter King, can they?

  39. holeinone09 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:13 PM

    Tomlin is usually pretty businesslike and straightforward in his handling of questions, and being concerned about the here and now, not the past. The Steelers still have a lot of work to do to improve. Reporters asking why he didn’t complain to the league years ago were being dumb. Sometimes, I think the media says things just to hear themselves talk. Good for Tomlin for making a statement about a stupid question. The hang up was the statement, quit asking stupid questions when serious business needs to be conducted. The Steelers clearly are stilled pissed off at their play this year, and it starts with the attitude of their coach. He is no mood for games. The Steelers have some payback against Jacksonville in Heinz Field. All that doesn’t bode too well for Jacksonville this weekend IMHO.

    And yes, I still remember that last play of that game clearly. Ugh.

    GO STEELERS!!

  40. gassiusclay says: Oct 12, 2011 11:13 PM

    Tomlin is the man…I would kill to have him coach my team.

  41. Deb says: Oct 12, 2011 11:24 PM

    Just can’t believe how blessed we were to get this guy. Love, love, love Mike Tomlin!

    qdog112 says:
    Good for you coach. Jacksonville is hanging on to that game like some white southerners still hang on to the Civil War. They still call people Yankees.
    ————————————————-
    Oh, darlin’, don’t be silly. That has nothing to do with the Civil War. It’s about bad accents, rude behavior, and terrible driving habits. And it’s damn Yankees ;)

  42. dcommish says: Oct 12, 2011 11:26 PM

    How else would he respond to Jag-offs?

  43. maddenisfordorks says: Oct 12, 2011 11:30 PM

    From a Jag fan to Steeler nation –

    Sorry our reporters are douches.

    Here is to a hopefully good contest this Sunday with no injuries.

    BTW – Hines Ward should have got a face mask penalty in the end zone in the playoff game in 2007. He grabbed Brian Williams’ face mask and pulled him in, causing a “pass interference” – leading to a Pitt TD. We didn’t get that call … let’s trade. Let’s get all of our old players back and replay the end of the game – starting from that play.

  44. theroc5156 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:43 PM

    I hate the Steelers but Tomlin was 100% correct and handled it well. Stop asking dumbass questions about a game that was played 4 years ago.

  45. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Oct 12, 2011 11:49 PM

    @botchedextrapoint

    I’ve always thought Tomlin looks like Will. I. Am. from black eyed peas. The Dr from house is a good one too though.

  46. steeltuff says: Oct 12, 2011 11:59 PM

    MT doesn’t make excuses, so he was probably disgusted with the question. It was a stupid question, considering it was during a conference call to discuss the upcoming game between these two teams. And since when does complaining to the league office result in a decision change?

  47. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 13, 2011 12:00 AM

    Hey! Nobody hangs up on the Los Angeles Jaguars beat writer!

  48. goatcheez says: Oct 13, 2011 12:22 AM

    i miss the old AFC Central days. from 96-99 it was always Jacksonville and Pittsburgh fighting for the division. Some classic games. Anyone remember Cowher motioning to hit the Jaguars player when he recovered the fumble and ran it back for a TD down the Steeler’s sideline? LOL classic.

  49. gobills716 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:45 AM

    Good for him. I would have done the same thing… They were clearly trying to provoke him into saying something about the issue so they could twist it and effectively manufacture some drama for the game Sunday that otherwise would fail to stimulate any interest among the rabid Jaguar fans. Frankly I’m surprised the Jacksonville local paper even bothers covering the Jags, I would have assumed they would just pick up an AP story.

  50. toonsterwu says: Oct 13, 2011 12:54 AM

    Mildly surprised that PFT didn’t report on Andy Reid’s conference call with D.C. reporters. It was all over the local airways, and he was significantly more testy and intransigent than Tomlin. In response to last year’s game (the blowout, 59-28) he said something along the lines of, it was a tough, hard fought game like all division games. In response to a question on characteristics of winning teams, he said something along the lines of, yes, they all have something, but I don’t want to talk about it. It was actually surprisingly hilarious in some respects.

  51. Spencer says: Oct 13, 2011 1:18 AM

    Yep, that Steelers organization is all class, top to bottom.

  52. asublimeday says: Oct 13, 2011 2:56 AM

    Amid the insufferable Detroit and green bay fan bases, it’s easy to forget the original insufferable fan base: Pittsburgh.

  53. 1historian says: Oct 13, 2011 6:11 AM

    Tip to the Jacksonville “media”:

    Ask intelligent (or even semi-intelligent) questions.

    Problem solved

    My work here is done

  54. flakazoid says: Oct 13, 2011 6:50 AM

    tkraw33 says:Oct 12, 2011 10:45 PM

    He was right to be terse. He must have known the follow up question was “Then how do you explain all the holding calls with which the Steelers are excused from when Benny Boy is improvising?” Smart dude, that Tomlin.

    ———————————————————-

    It’s funny tkraw33, that you mention “Steelers” and “holding”–NFL Films just cut together a film of all the plays where James Harrison has been held and it wasn’t called. They had to call Peter Jackson, director of Lord of the Rings, to edit it into a trilogy cause it was so freakin’ long.

  55. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 13, 2011 7:00 AM

    “After a few seconds, another reporter started to ask another question. But Tomlin hung up the phone.”

    ———————————————————

    It’s odd how Tomlin is fine with the media most of the time except for same few days every month. Then the coach gets all grouchy and pissy and whiny.

    I wonder what the problem is?

  56. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 13, 2011 7:17 AM

    muckman207 says:Oct 12, 2011 8:55 PM

    Steelers don’t hang on to bad calls, & wine to the league about them…that for teams like Seattle.

    ———————————————————

    When the refs finally get around to making bad calls that HURT the Steelers in big games instead of helping them all the time (for example: the illegal ‘Immaculate Reception’ play, the illegal Kordell Stewart TD catch VS the Colts in 1995, the Mike Renfro “non-catch” blown call in 1979 VS Houston, & all those lousy calls made against Seattle in the Super Bowl, just to name a few of the many questionable and/or illegal calls) then you’ll hear the Steelers complain about the calls.

    Name all the obvious bad calls the Steelers have suffered from in playoff games? Take all the time you need ‘cuz there ain’t any.

    If there ever were, Lord knows Steeler fans would be crying foul over them. But for some reason known only to them the NFL has showed the Steelers favoritism when it comes to big calls in big games in the past 40 years.

    Everyone (except blind Steeler homers) knows it, too…

  57. iamthefootballjerk says: Oct 13, 2011 7:18 AM

    As a Ravens nut, I have zero problems with the way Tomlin handled this one.

  58. Steeler's Will says: Oct 13, 2011 7:19 AM

    He probably shoulda stayed on the phone, but found a way to steer the presser back on track. Good on the Jags for owning PIT that year, and good luck and good health for this Sunday JAX fans!

  59. pskotte says: Oct 13, 2011 8:00 AM

    Deb says:
    Oct 12, 2011 11:24 PM
    Just can’t believe how blessed we were to get this guy. Love, love, love Mike Tomlin!

    qdog112 says:
    Good for you coach. Jacksonville is hanging on to that game like some white southerners still hang on to the Civil War. They still call people Yankees.
    ————————————————-
    Oh, darlin’, don’t be silly. That has nothing to do with the Civil War. It’s about bad accents, rude behavior, and terrible driving habits. And it’s damn Yankees
    ———————————-

    Deb, I was ten years old before I realized that “damn Yankees” was actually two words.

  60. steeelfann says: Oct 13, 2011 8:01 AM

    Tomlin is the coolest. Fonzi wishes he was this cool.

    Been a Steeler fan my whole life (long time now unfortunately), and I never could quite love Cowher. Always trying to look tough, but not smart enough in many cases (see Bellichick).

    Tomlin is lights out. We in Pittsburgh have zillions of “Tomlinisms”. The guy gets it, all of it.

    The guy is beloved in the burgh.

  61. steelnucs says: Oct 13, 2011 8:02 AM

    quittsburghstoolers –

    Yeah, you’re right, there are none. Like the blown call on the Polamalu interception against the Colts in 2005 divisional game. You know, the one that the NFL actually came out and said was incorrect? Luckily they were good enough to overcome it. I guess your team isn’t.

    Fool.

  62. nationalmediacansuckit says: Oct 13, 2011 9:53 AM

    As a Jags fan that is just ridiculous to ask a question about a 4 year old game even though that was a great win a Jax. Bottom-line I would have hung up on those turds too. Seriously, this week is all that matter and honestly I want the Jags to lose every single remaining game. I don’t want Weaver to have any excuse of not firing Del Rio.

  63. dukemarc says: Oct 13, 2011 10:09 AM

    Perhaps the question for the Jacksonville media is whether they’ll complain to the league office, and if not why not?
    ————————————-

    And this is exhibit A on what’s wrong with today’s media(and a whole a lot of other things) – Entitlement. Waaaah, Mike Tomlin was mean to us when we asked a STUPID question.

  64. dougdoug2 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:25 AM

    Tomlin is on a mission. He has no time for morons

  65. Deb says: Oct 13, 2011 11:51 AM

    @quitsburghstoolers …

    Your name says it all … we own you :D

  66. briang123 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:12 PM

    I once participated in a Tom Osborne conference call and there were 5 questions related for his decision to go for 2 in the 1984 Orange Bowl against Miami. The conference call took place in 1994.

  67. chrisyaz79 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:06 AM

    I’m a Ravens fanatic but I have no problem with what he did.The reporter were asked nicely to change the subject. They chose not so they were penalized.Now as for the idiots that have nothing better to comment on then who he looks like all your doing is promoting the racist idea that all black people look alike which is totally retarded.Next time comment one the article not who the man looks like.

  68. chrisyaz79 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:10 AM

    Sorry for left out words and spelling mistakes running on 3 hours sleep it tends to happen

  69. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 14, 2011 8:29 AM

    steelnucs says:Oct 13, 2011 8:02 AM

    quittsburghstoolers –

    Yeah, you’re right, there are none. Like the blown call on the Polamalu interception against the Colts in 2005 divisional game. You know, the one that the NFL actually came out and said was incorrect? Luckily they were good enough to overcome it. I guess your team isn’t.

    Fool.

    —————————————————-

    Good for you, you found ONE call in forty years. That one was an HONEST MISTAKE by a ref, not one of the many blown calls that the NFL has wanted the refs to give the Steelers so they can win.

    Tell me how the Immaculate Reception was a “legal play” then. Ya can’t because by 1972 NFL rules, it should have been called incomplete. It was only because the refs were in fear for their personal safety that they allowed the play to stand. The head of the refs for that game said in a later interview that they had asked stadium security if they could be protected from the Steeler fans if they ruled the play according to the rules. The security people said “no, we can’t guarantee that we can protect you” so they ruled Dorko’s TD to be legit when it really wasn’t.

    Nobody can claim the Immaculate Reception was “human error” because it wasn’t. It was caused by a bunch of refs being afraid for their lives because the sorehead Steeler fans would have ripped them apart.

    You think ONE bad call in 40 years makes things “even” or is worse than the many blown calls that have favored the Steelers? And you are arrogant enough to call me a “fool”? lol! Typical Stooler fan.

    Pot, meet kettle…

  70. Deb says: Oct 14, 2011 2:48 PM

    @quitsburghstoolers …

    Honey, we’ve had many, many calls go against us. We mention the Polamalu call because the NFL actually apologized for that one. (And how interesting for you to recognize the call which went against us as human error when you claim the ones that have helped us are all part of some grand conspiracy theory :roll: ) Yes, we, too, could have sat around like you for the last four decades totting up every bad call that came our way. But we were too busy focusing on our next opponent. That’s what winners do.

    Owned, quitsburghstoolers. Head to tail :D

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