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Mike Tomlin wants Steelers ‘prepared’ for camp

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As the Steelers went through their final day of organized workouts on Thursday, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked what he told his players about being “prepared” for training camp.

“It’s funny you said that because the word that I used was ‘prepared,’ ” Tomlin said, according to remarks released by the club.

“Oftentimes we talk about being ready for camp. I think ready is an emotional thing. I’m ready for camp as I sit here today because I love camp. I love the process of team-building.

“Prepared is another thing. Daily actions between now and then are to ensure that we’re ready to take the actions that we desire to take. I’m more concerned about our guys being prepared than ready. We talk openly about the differences between the two.”

Tomlin’s remarks sent me to the dictionary. Was there a huge difference being ready or prepared?

“Ready,” as defined by my trusty Merriam-Webster dictionary, means to be “prepared for use or action.” It also means “likely to do something indicated.”

“Prepare,” per Merriam-Webster, means “to make or get ready.” Secondarily, it means “to get ready beforehand.”

To me, the terms are interchangeable, but I see Tomlin’s logic. The Steelers are on vacation, but there is work to be done. Making a clear distinction between these terms is one way to underscore the importance of staying fit.

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18 Responses to “Mike Tomlin wants Steelers ‘prepared’ for camp”
  1. icdogg says: Jun 15, 2013 7:15 PM

    I’m ready to get prepared. Or is that prepared to get ready?

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jun 15, 2013 7:20 PM

    Mike Shanahan doesn’t need to tell his players to be prepared. We ARE ready and just waiting til February 2014 to pick up our 4th Lombardi here in DC. #BurgundyandGoldStandard

  3. sellout1983 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:23 PM

    I’m prepared to get ready and ready to be prepared. I think.

  4. gallaghedj311 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:26 PM

    See what he means and I agree. It’s a frame of mind.

  5. sikoix says: Jun 15, 2013 7:30 PM

    Sounds like he’s been hanging around Herm Edwards lately.

  6. citizenstrange says: Jun 15, 2013 7:44 PM

    Oh good night nurse.

  7. t8ertot says: Jun 15, 2013 8:23 PM

    Prepare to lose, that is

  8. Joemontanaflacco says: Jun 15, 2013 8:37 PM

    He means he wants the players to come up with some new nasty rumors to spread about each other behind their backs.

  9. darkglobe1 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:40 PM

    Tomlin said what he thought the difference was. Don’t you read what you type?

  10. hedleykow says: Jun 15, 2013 8:41 PM

    That’s why Tomlin is a coach and doesn’t provide word definitions for dictionary factories.

  11. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 15, 2013 8:57 PM

    People regularly use the term “ready” in response to questions like, are you ready for another drink, sir? Or are you ready for your massage? Stuff like that.

    By contrast, people often associate the term “prepared” as involving advance measures have been taken proactively to achieve a desired result in response to anticipated demands. It is used in response to queries like, do you feel prepared to take your bar examination next Tuesday? Or have you prepared yourself to hold your breath underwater for 3 minutes. That kind of thing.

    And of course, I have zero problem understanding Tomlin’s distinction, and certainly no issue with why he’d purposely seek to UNDERSCORE the distinction being made. And I certainly don’t need to consult a dictionary for help.

  12. randomcommenter says: Jun 15, 2013 9:14 PM

    Long way of saying Lamar Woodley better not show up fat again.

  13. steelcurtainn says: Jun 16, 2013 1:22 AM

    What he means are the Steelers need to get readily prepared and they will be.

  14. 1mommicked1 says: Jun 16, 2013 8:57 AM

    this is what has to happen…the players get in shape or stay in shape and do not get injured in camp or during the preseason.

  15. sbchampsagain says: Jun 17, 2013 1:25 PM

    Steelers awill undoubtedly “Unleash Hell” in ’13.

    With such exciting young players as….Plaxico Burris?
    Troy Polamalu?
    Jerrico Cotchery?
    Ryan Clark?
    Ike Taylor?

    The age bug caught up to Pitt fast.

    Ruh Roh.

  16. steelcityfinest13 says: Jun 17, 2013 5:49 PM

    love it when this man opens his mouth..his words roar like a lion”!!!

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 17, 2013 10:16 PM

    The age bug caught up to the Steelers fast? Yep. Only took 10 years. You casual fans are hilarious.

  18. olcap says: Jun 18, 2013 6:00 AM

    Dude is dumb as a sack of rocks.

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