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Mike Tomlin expects Steelers to handle their emotions against Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 13:  Emmanuel Lamur #59 of the Cincinnati Bengals holds back Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals as he argues with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers prior to the start of the game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

The last time the Steelers and Bengals saw each other, it stopped pretending to be a playoff game and turned into a street fight.

But with the teams prepared to face off this week with much lower stakes, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he expects his team to keep its emotions in check.

I thought largely our guys handled themselves appropriately and didn’t get consumed by the emotions that comprised the recent elements of the matchup, and I don’t anticipate anything changing this time around,” Tomlin said, via Andrew Erickson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We realize to win the game, you can’t beat yourself, so that’s something that’s a part of our everyday culture in terms of how we approach our business.”

While the Bengals lost their cool and the game, the Steelers certainly weren’t angels, with assistant coach Joey Porter’s foray onto the field to check on Antonio Brown/jaw with opposing players triggered not just penalties but a new rule.

Now, assistant coaches are barred from the field, which means Porter will have to “handle himself appropriately” from the sidelines.

Whether things calm down Sunday at Heinz Field remains to be seen, but the two teams have a lot to play for this season, and it would help if it actually remained football.

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42 Responses to “Mike Tomlin expects Steelers to handle their emotions against Bengals”
  1. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 14, 2016 9:05 AM

    Pittsburgh will annihilate these kittens. They’re incapable of winning a big game.

  2. cobrala2 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:07 AM

    $10 says a Bungle loses his mind, Cincy loses, Marvin Lewis shrugs it off and then Mike Brown extends Marvin Lewis’ contract another 10 years.

  3. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 14, 2016 9:11 AM

    Should be a great game. I hope both teams can lay off the antics and cheap shots, and play the game in a manner that only the play on the field decides the outcome. Hopefully the NFL doesn’t use the same collection of idiot officials that let the last two games get out of hand. This is most likely the first of three match-ups between these two teams. Go Bengals!

  4. cmstrick says: Sep 14, 2016 9:22 AM

    Now that’s funny, right there… This is going to be more like a hockey game than football.

  5. steelcurtainn says: Sep 14, 2016 9:26 AM

    As long as turdficts not on the field it shouldn’t be a problem. Keep a close eye on the criminal jones too. He like to stir the pot.

  6. ibroxroar67 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:28 AM

    Coaches from both teams were on the field, not just Porter…..Anyway should be the best game to watch this weekend…..

  7. patsrthegreatest says: Sep 14, 2016 9:28 AM

    Try keeping both feet & Porter on the sideline, for starters

  8. t8ertot says: Sep 14, 2016 9:28 AM

    He’ll coach his guys to try and bait them like they always do, including the coaches

  9. jocko1181 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:31 AM

    Hair-pulling, eye gouging, dancing on field while guy on other team is unconscious…yeah, really appropriate.

    The media narrative is Bengals had a meltdown. While that’s completely true, if Bengals win that game, the narrative is that Steelers had meltdown. Like…if the refs decided to hit Porter with an unsportsmanlike penalty in that spot instead of Pacman.

  10. jxt2521 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:41 AM

    Didn’t one of the tough Steeler coaches pull a players hair?

    Once the league started cracking down on steroids the steelers had to double down on cheap shots to compensate.

  11. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 14, 2016 9:45 AM

    coaches running on the field, coaches pulling hair, players tweeting out death threats prior to the game- he considers all THAT appropriate behavior?

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 14, 2016 9:46 AM

    pittsburgh steelers are a low character team.

  13. 3wordanswers says: Sep 14, 2016 9:48 AM

    Its amazing to look back at The Steelers general conduct last season; (all the death threats/ illegal head-shots/ cheap shots/ personal fouls/ coaching incursions onto the field/ hair-pulling etc etc); and to think that nobody got suspended; despite there being multiple infractions, over multiple seasons.

    Strange then that the only person that got suspended was Vontaze Burfict who hit someone on a 100 mph play with his shoulder.

    #OneSetOfRulesForTheYellowAndBlackOneSetForTheOthers…..

  14. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 14, 2016 9:52 AM

    This game will be a stomping. Bengals barely squeaked by a Jets team that dropped passes, missed figgies and xpt’s, and manhandled the bengals in the trenches. Steelers looked like world-beaters, as usual.

    I predict Burfict gets tossed out of the game with 2 PF’s in the first quarter.

  15. Kaz says: Sep 14, 2016 9:52 AM

    He expects the league to allow them to head hunt and then throw flags and suspend Bengals players for fighting fire with fire….

    We saw that last year, and we saw what all the league let Denver get away with and that “tough” defense that did far more than the shoulder blow Burfict delivered.

    Shazier and the Denver’s D (including all their repeat offenders) taught Burfict he was better off going helmet to helmet instead of leading with shoulder….. Obviously.

  16. vottorific says: Sep 14, 2016 9:53 AM

    Can’t wait for this one!

  17. rastanati says: Sep 14, 2016 9:55 AM

    Tomlin is and always has been a punk – so his quote is hardly a surprise. He promotes and rewards both players and coaches alike for instigating, bullying and cheap shots. CLASSLESS

  18. luke8512 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:10 AM

    jxt2521 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 9:41 AM
    Didn’t one of the tough Steeler coaches pull a players hair?

    Once the league started cracking down on steroids the steelers had to double down on cheap shots to compensate.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Mike Munchak grabbed Reggie Nelson by his dreads on the sidelines and was trying to swing him down. After the game Mike was fined by the league. He appealed it and seeing as he was a member of the steelers had the fine repealed.

  19. clashpoint says: Sep 14, 2016 10:11 AM

    Lack of Burfict alone will help Cincinnati, the number of things he didn’t get called for was bigger than what he did get called for. Stomping on Foster’s foot, kneeing Ben in the shoulder after a tackle, the list goes on.

    By the way next time you are the video of Porter on the field with the Bengals players surrounding him, notice that his mouth didn’t move at all. He never said a thing even after Pac man makes contact with a ref. No poise, no glory. Should be the best game of the week though.

    Go Steelers!

  20. udontknowjaq says: Sep 14, 2016 10:20 AM

    The Steelers players break jaws, knees & necks of baby ish soft Bengals players on once legal plays & when hurt don’t cry & come back to win games!

    The Bengals players draw flags, lie, & cry about Steelers players when their mouths aren’t wired shut & lose playoff games!

  21. 69goatboy says: Sep 14, 2016 11:16 AM

    I love how Steeler fans are declaring themselves world champs after beating a Redskin team that would likely lose to a DII college team.

    Only the Rams and the Browns played worse in week 1.

  22. steelcurtainn says: Sep 14, 2016 11:27 AM

    The Bungles are soft. Can’t wait to see Red running for his life throwing desperation picks again.

  23. tylereifertisunstoppable says: Sep 14, 2016 11:29 AM

    Over under on how many plays it takes before Mike Mitchell goes helmet to helmet on AJ? My money is on 1.

  24. pbeatty08 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:31 AM

    Porter was not the only coach on the field. At one point there were multiple Bengals coaches out on the field that didn’t get flagged either. The refs did a poor job and let the game get out of control.

    If you honestly watch the Steelers, they play how the opponents play them. If the opponent comes in and plays and shows them some respect they play accordingly. However, if they feel an opponent is intentionally out to hurt someone which certain Bengal players have been pretty obvious about, they will defend themselves accordingly.

    Monday night game against the Redskins a perfect example. Both teams conducted themselves appropriately, no unnecessary roughness penalties were called. They just played football.

  25. udontknowjaq says: Sep 14, 2016 11:40 AM

    The Bengals will miss Burficts ankle twisting after plays this Sunday in the loss.. I mean the Bengals only won because of a missed PAT of a non playoff team..

  26. johnc44 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:47 AM

    As a 40 year NFL fan i`ve never seen a bigger group of hypocrites than Steeler fans.For a fan base that defended and celebrated the like of Donnie Shell,Jack Lambert,”Mean Joe Greene,Joey Porter,James Harrison,Mike Mitchell,Cody Wallace etc etc etc to cry so much about Burfict makes me shake my head and laugh every time.If he was a Steeler he would be their favorite player.Nobody talks out of both sides of their mouth like Steeler fans.

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 14, 2016 12:27 PM

    Hey johnc44, the bengals would love to talk out of both sides of their mouth, but Ward and Garvin likely broke their jaw.

  28. udontknowjaq says: Sep 14, 2016 12:38 PM

    Johnc44 most of those Steelers players you named were never called dirty players, not 1 is as dirty and none has missed almost a quarter of the season for being dirty like Burfict. I could be wrong but I don’t remember any steelers players intentionally twisting ankles & taking head shots after plays.. Bengals fans can’t appreciate good hard football play, all they want is get back for all the Steelers players that knocked Bengals players out on once legal plays..

  29. dontstabmeray says: Sep 14, 2016 12:42 PM

    Can anyone actually remember the last time the Bungles won a playoff game? Me neither.

  30. bucandball says: Sep 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    Would love to be in the stands for this one

  31. whocares69 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:22 PM

    The Steelers will find another way to break the rules and play like cheap shot a-holes like they normally do- and next year a new rule will be put in place for it.

  32. mmmpierogi says: Sep 14, 2016 3:35 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Sep 14, 2016 9:46 AM
    pittsburgh steelers are a low character team.

    *******************************************************************************

    cincinnati bengals are the nfl’s all-time poster child for mediocre football organization.

  33. ajigel says: Sep 14, 2016 4:01 PM

    udontknowjaq says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:38 PM
    I could be wrong but I don’t remember any steelers players intentionally twisting ankles & taking head shots after plays.

    —–

    Who’s taking headshots after plays? I don’t remember any Bengals players targeting anyone. As for the Steelers, it seems like its standard practice.

    Cody Wallace vs the Broncos comes to mind – after all, you really have to put in an effort to be the dirtiest player on the field when playing Denver. Same goes for Mike Mitchell – the guy spends so much time aiming for people’s heads he’s forgotten how to wrap anyone up.

  34. johnc44 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:10 PM

    udontknowjaq says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:38 PM

    I could be wrong but I don’t remember any steelers players intentionally twisting ankles & taking head shots after plays..
    —————————————————
    Really? Mike Mitchell doesn`t take head shots?
    You can`t remember AJ Green & Tyler Eifert missing games because of blatant Mitchell head shots the last 2 seasons? Harrison wasn`t considered dirty when he was the NFL`s poster boy for fines? Whether they were deemed illegal at the time or not the Ward & Garvin hits were dirty and why they had to make a rule to keep you guys from doing them more.Especially the Ward hit.It had no benefit to the play it was just meant to injure.

  35. johnc44 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:13 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:27 PM

    Hey johnc44, the bengals would love to talk out of both sides of their mouth, but Ward and Garvin likely broke their jaw.
    —————————————————
    Exactly. You guys take cheap shots breaking players jaws and celebrate it then cry that somebody is twisting your ankles.Thanks for proving my point hypocrite.

  36. theageofquarrel says: Sep 14, 2016 4:47 PM

    The Bungles are a garbage franchise

  37. udontknowjaq says: Sep 14, 2016 5:00 PM

    The Bengals best defensive player tried to paralyze another player & is out a quarter of the season for dirty play. The Bengals resigned another player that paralyzed a non player!

    They both aided in the biggest blunders in wildcard history & Bengals fans fully support them.

    Sounds low character!

  38. bengalsfan2079 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:12 PM

    As long as the stupid referees that did last year’s games are not working this one it’ll be fine

  39. johnc44 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:21 PM

    udontknowjaq says:
    Sep 14, 2016 5:00 PM

    The Bengals best defensive player tried to paralyze another player & is out a quarter of the season for dirty play.
    ————————————————————
    Once again go look at the Burfict hit on Brown that was a split second late and look at the hit Cody Wallace put on that Denver DB that had his head down 2-3 seconds after the play and tell me which one had a better chance of paralyzing a player. Just another example of a hypocrite talking out of both sides of his mouth.There were 20 hits on WR`s last season worse than the Burfict hit that you want to keep playing victim about.

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 14, 2016 8:18 PM

    johnc44 says:
    Exactly. You guys take cheap shots breaking players jaws and celebrate it then cry that somebody is twisting your ankles.Thanks for proving my point hypocrite.
    ——————————
    The difference, mr namecaller, is that both Ward and Garvin laid hard, legal blocks that were devastating. Twisting an ankle is a bush league play to intentionally try to injure someone. And I’m not even talking about the Bell injury.

  41. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Sep 15, 2016 10:31 AM

    Let’s face it. The Steelers lowered this bar with years of dirty play and now they lower it even further by getting their coaches in on the action. Tomlin should just shut his mouth and hope he can control his players, his coaches, and himself. Don’t forget this is the guy who tried to trip a player running to the end zone. Despicable.

  42. bengalsfreedom says: Sep 15, 2016 11:32 PM

    Can’t wait for this, one hell of a grudge match.

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