Mike Tomlin: “I like the preseason, personally”

AP

The preseason may be unpopular among fans who have to pay full-fare for games played by future car salesmen, and even commissioner Roger Goodell.

But Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has never been afraid to stand against the tide.

Via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tomline defended having four games to evaluate and develop players.

I like the preseason, personally,” Tomlin said. “I think it aids in the development of young players, specifically those in certain positions, like the quarterback position. Having a rookie quarterback but also having an obligation to get guys like Ben [Roethlisberger] ready, I like what the four games provides us from that perspective.”

Granted, the Steelers are in the position of acknowledging they’re thinking about a post-Roethlisberger future, so perhaps reps for rookie Josh Dobbs are more valuable for them than for others. But Tomlin’s defense was wide-ranging.

“I’ve had an appreciation for the preseason going all the way back to my position coach days,” Tomlin said. “I’m just a lover of football. I believe all of these [young players] here working have a legitimate chance, and I think the preseason games give the guys an opportunity to put their skills on display — not only for [the Steelers] but for the other 31 teams. This process that is team development and division of labor and team building, I just have a lot of respect for it and appreciation for it. And I think the preseason games are a big part of it.”

Of course, Goodell’s recent remarks have more to do with expanding the regular season than specifically cutting the preseason (ask owners if they’d be interested in losing a gate to play 16 and two), but few will acknowledge what Tomlin will.

51 responses to “Mike Tomlin: “I like the preseason, personally”

  1. Agreed. People just need to either watch and appreciate the preseason for what it is or don’t watch until regular season. Football doesn’t have a farm system to get a good look at young players. That being said, I think coaches use the preseason wrong. I’d go out and tinker with positions, formations, plays, etc. I wouldn’t care if I lost by 30 points. Find out about your team and players while you can in somewhat real game action.

  2. This actually makes sense. Fans are selfish and don’t want 4 games of this, but for players and coaches it makes sense. Even vets can’t complain because they have an easy day except for game 3.

  3. Tomlin is right that there is value in the Preseason. It’s just that the fans shouldn’t need to pay for it at the same price as regular season tickets. The real money comes from the TV contracts anyway. They should be comping the fans the preseason tickets or, even better, giving them out to charities and schools instead of gouging the most dedicated fans.

  4. There’s no reason they can’t be ready to start the regular season after 3 weeks of training camp and two pre-season games. Football is all they do and all they have ever done.

  5. If I’m not mistaken, Mike Tomlin never actually tripped Jacoby Jones. It’s the insecure, whining Patriots fans that just say he did to make themselves feel better about what the Patriots have been caught doing.

  6. namingrights says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:24 pm
    This actually makes sense. Fans are selfish and don’t want 4 games of this, but for players and coaches it makes sense. Even vets can’t complain because they have an easy day except for game 3.
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    Fans are selfish? So you enjoy being forced to pay regular season ticket prices to watch a B-team scrimmage? I am sure fans would be fine with it if it was free, like it should be.

  7. toddsuperbowles says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    If I’m not mistaken, Mike Tomlin never actually tripped Jacoby Jones. It’s the insecure, whining Patriots fans that just say he did to make themselves feel better about what the Patriots have been caught doing.

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    Fact: The Pats have never been “caught” doing anything. Don’t force me to post Bill Cowher’s comments, backing BB on Spygate. You don’t have a guy in a yellow vest in broad daylight trying to get away with anything. So, forget it. BB was retaliating towards Manboobs for the latter’s use of a 2nd cameraman (illegal) in Foxoborough in January of 2007, 6 months before Framegate I (“Spygate”) even occurred.

    NE has been framed TWICE for things that aren’t even true.

    That’s a fact.

    Goodell, however, absolutely got caught lying in a federal court on one occasion and he would have for Spygate, too. When you accuse someone of something and have no evidence and admit that in court, you’ve been caught framing someone or some thing.

    Don’t kid yourself.

    This has all been about cheating owers, their egos and parity tied to more money they think they can make expanding overseas.

    And yes, Tomlin’s antics were pathetic and unprofessional, certainly worth more than a paltry 100K fine.

  8. If the games were a reasonable price more fans might appreciate and attend the games. But $80 to sit in the nose bleeds watching Joe Webb win a meaningless game? Not a chance. Now $80 for four seats on the second level? Yeah I could go for that.

    The games have great value to the team’s and the players, but don’t bring much for the fans.

    For all those making Rooney Rule references. Please give it a rest; we white people are not entitled to every opportunity. Minorities getting a guaranteed shot at every job is not racism because the implied function is that they are equal to whites not superior. If it banned all white coaches then we could talk. However, Tomlin has been a fine coach (not great but far better than Chip Kelly or John Fox). Im not a Steelers fan but would like my team to win as often as the Steelers do.

  9. toddsuperbowles says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    If I’m not mistaken, Mike Tomlin never actually tripped Jacoby Jones. It’s the insecure, whining Patriots fans that just say he did to make themselves feel better about what the Patriots have been caught doing.
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    But….. is it ‘more probable than not’ that Mr Mike Tomlin ‘may’ have obstructed with Jacoby’s path on the field of play?

  10. jjackwagon says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Fans are selfish? So you enjoy being forced to pay regular season ticket prices to watch a B-team scrimmage?

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    Then don’t go preseason games. No one’s forcing you to do anything.

  11. As I type this 2 out of 18 (11% of the) comments refer to the “tripping” incident. Unfortunately for Mike, this will stick to him the same was the Butt Fumble stuck to Mark Sanchez.

  12. mmmpierogi says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Fans are selfish? So you enjoy being forced to pay regular season ticket prices to watch a B-team scrimmage?

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    Then don’t go preseason games. No one’s forcing you to do anything.

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    Actually the NFL forces us to BUY the preseason tickets leaving us with a choice, give them away (they do not let us sell them on the ticket exchange like regular games either) OR go to the game and spend $40 on parking.
    And that sir is 1 reason why fans do not appreciate the preseason. The other of course being the quality of the games, the risk to players etc.

  13. Idiots.

    Everyone benefits from the Rooney rule.

    All it does is force teams to sit down with ONE potential hire. It helps give face time to candidate that might otherwise be overlooked, but it also gives those candidates valuable experience in that situation.

    Ultimately, teams are 100% free to hire whomever they wish. They can hire a guy with a swastika carved into his forehead if they really want. But for those of us who enjoy football at the highest level, it helps ensure the best people get into the jobs that can make the players and teams better, raising the level of competition and quality of games.

    Anyone still whining about it is, at best, willfully ignorant. Most though are just lazy racists.

  14. udontknowjaq says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm
    How many Great coaches in the NFL got a better resume than Mike Tomlin right now? 1

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    How many work for good ownership that gets it and has a HOF QB on the team?

    Answer? Not many

  15. udontknowjaq says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm
    If Tomlin was white? He would get so much appreciation.. Just look at the comments.. Can’t even be honest without trolls being clowns..

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    Why? If he was white would he be capable of beating BB in the postseason?

  16. Just a thought, I don’t get the bad comments about Tomlin I guess from Steelers fans, not many to be honest but still don’t know what their problem is. He gets the Steelers to the playoffs more often than not I know Pittsburgh have pretty high expectations but 99% of the league would have him as their coach. Or am I being muppet.

  17. toddsuperbowles says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    If I’m not mistaken, Mike Tomlin never actually tripped Jacoby Jones. It’s the insecure, whining Patriots fans that just say he did to make themselves feel better about what the Patriots have been caught doing.

    The fact that Jones managed to not let Tomlin trip him does not in any way let Tomlin off the hook. You could also make the case that Jones was ultimately tackled sooner than he should have because Tomlin’s attempt made him change course and allow the defender a better angle.

    Nice try though.

  18. nhpats says:
    August 10, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    udontknowjaq says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm
    If Tomlin was white? He would get so much appreciation.. Just look at the comments.. Can’t even be honest without trolls being clowns..

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    Why? If he was white would he be capable of beating BB in the postseason?

    I hate to tell you troll there is far more important things in life than beating Belicheat and the Cheaties. Do we really have to explain what the White Comment was about…..we know New England fans tend to be closet racists, but the comments meaning is quite obvious even for someone as obtuse as you.
    You don’t like Tomlin because he is a respect coach who is black…..you are pitiful.

  19. toddsuperbowles says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    If I’m not mistaken, Mike Tomlin never actually tripped Jacoby Jones. It’s the insecure, whining Patriots fans that just say he did to make themselves feel better about what the Patriots have been caught doing.

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    Jacoby Jobes didnt play for the Pats so they have no dog in that hunt. But whoever Jones did play for at the time probably is upset at the clearly made attempt, and understandably so. And of course all the teams that hate the Steelers (not really NE who wins too much to harbor resentments against other teams) are going to pile on that one too. Not everything is all about the Patriots dont you know?

  20. @ kayes says:

    Tripping Tomlin is in for a rude awakening this season if he keeps playing games with Bell. 7-9 season.
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    What games is Tomlin playing with Bell? He’s HC, not GM. Bell has a contract but won’t sign it yet. Given that Bell has 2 strikes, he should have signed the darn thing already. So it’s Bell that’s playing games.

  21. joetoronto says:
    August 10, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Beneficiary of the Rooney rule says what?
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    Bigot says what?

  22. @ bobthebillsfan says:

    As I type this 2 out of 18 (11% of the) comments refer to the “tripping” incident. Unfortunately for Mike, this will stick to him the same was the Butt Fumble stuck to Mark Sanchez.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    However Sanchez never won a SB!

  23. The fact that Jones managed to not let Tomlin trip him does not in any way let Tomlin off the hook. You could also make the case that Jones was ultimately tackled sooner than he should have because Tomlin’s attempt made him change course and allow the defender a better angle.

    Nice try though.

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    Absolutely. You could see Jones hesitate just a little, which slowed him down and Tomlin then stepped out of the way at the last minute.

    To this day, no one has any idea on what on earth he was thinking doing that. How he wasn’t suspended, we all know why (Steelers favoritism).

  24. I gave up seasons tickets rather than pay full price plus $40 for parking to watch guys I’ll never hear from again. It’s insulting to the intelligence of fans to expect them to do it. What’s worse was I couldn’t even give them away for nothing. It’s better on TV anyway and you don’t have to put up with the drunks and deplorables.

  25. tylawspick6 says:
    August 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    The fact that Jones managed to not let Tomlin trip him does not in any way let Tomlin off the hook. You could also make the case that Jones was ultimately tackled sooner than he should have because Tomlin’s attempt made him change course and allow the defender a better angle.

    Nice try though.

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    Absolutely. You could see Jones hesitate just a little, which slowed him down and Tomlin then stepped out of the way at the last minute.

    To this day, no one has any idea on what on earth he was thinking doing that. How he wasn’t suspended, we all know why (Steelers favoritism).

    Tomlin wasn’t suspended because the decision was made by a person without the Homer bias and dumb hate that Tylawpicsix has. Think about it …..he wasn’t even looking in the direction of the play! But hey the truth doesn’t fit the liars narrative hence the obtuse comment. Much to the Pats troll’s surprise Tomlin happens to be well respected as a competitor unlike cheating Bill Belichek hence the no suspension. Don’t blame Tomlin because the NFL hates grumpy cheating Bill….truth hurts snowflake….

  26. mmmpierogi says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:28 pm
    jjackwagon says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Fans are selfish? So you enjoy being forced to pay regular season ticket prices to watch a B-team scrimmage?

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

    Then don’t go preseason games. No one’s forcing you to do anything.
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    If you want season tickets, you are forced to pay full ticket price for both preseason games. It’s why i no longer buy season tickets. Sorry you are too obtuse to know that.

  27. OF COURSE he likes pre-season! He doesn’t have to manage a clock, doesn’t have to make in-game adjustments, can let his players run around a locker room like it’s a teenage girl’s slumber party, knows he won’t be fired for not winning it all and can post decent statistics without adding another Lombardi to the case – JUST like regular season!

  28. Coaches are always in favor of more time to evaluate players. If coaches had their way, they would still hold two-a-day practices, too.
    The fact is though, the more games players play, the more chance of injury. There’s no getting around that. And it’s hard enough to lose a player to injury in a game that matters, it’s awful to lose one in a meaningless pre-season game.
    I think 3 pre-season games is plenty. The coaches have tons of tape on every player and they see them in practice every day.
    Keep the 16 game schedule, as well. Eighteen games is too many.
    And get rid of the Sunday, Monday, and Thursday night games. And never play any games outside the U.S.
    If the NFL really cares about the well being of the players, they’d do all of those things.

  29. Sounds like BB, Tomlin, and Shanahan think alike. Preseason games are the only entity that the coaches get to evaluate the players playing real football.

  30. Trippy Tomlin absolutely had intended to slow Jones down…and he succeeded in saving a TD. Down 13-6, midway thru the 3rd qtr, on the road, against a Div opponent. It was clear he was looking at himself and the play on the jumbotron.
    It was obvious as hell. Suspension was the minimum called for.
    I guess that’s not painfully obvious to certain Pitt fans on this board.
    #usualsuspect

  31. Anyone who says that Tomlin got the job due to the Rooney Rule hasn’t even take the time to look at wikipedia.

    Tomlin was the Steelers second minority interview back in 07, Ron Rivera was the first.

  32. It’s the insecure, whining Patriots fans that just say he did to make themselves feel better
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    I confess. I feel better, whine less, and feel more secure knowing that Tomlin is coaching all that talent Steelers have stockpiled.

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