Mike Tomlin: Tony Dungy asked for non-coachspeak, I gave it to him

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made a headline before his team took the field on Sunday night when he said the Steelers “should win it all” during an interview with Tony Dungy for NBC’s Football Night in America.

Tomlin also talked about the “fireworks” that will come when they face the Patriots in Week 15, which he called a likely “part one” of a two-part saga against the other 9-2 team in the AFC. After the Steelers beat the Packers 31-28 with a Chris Boswell field goal at the end of regulation, Tomlin was asked about his deviation from the usual “one game at a time” approach that most coaches apply to such questions.

“He asked for non-coachspeak, so I was having a conversation with an old friend,” Tomlin said, via the team’s website. “You know I have respect for this process. We have a good football team. I got a great deal of confidence in them. Everybody in America knows that’s a big game. We couldn’t deny that if we wanted to. You guys are going to ask us about it between now and then, so I stand by the statement.”

Tomlin’s certainly correct about how often he and his team will be asked about his proclamation in the coming weeks, especially if they should stumble and lose before getting to the matchup with the Patriots. They avoided that Sunday night, although the way they tussled with a 5-6 Packers team probably won’t win over anyone who doubted Tomlin before kickoff.

60 responses to “Mike Tomlin: Tony Dungy asked for non-coachspeak, I gave it to him

  1. Great statement. I get tired of hearing the same tired answers. I would be glad if more coaches spoke more honestly about expectations and not get killed over it in the media.

  2. Those who dislike him will find fault with anything he says, no matter how he says it. Cheerleader, remember?

  3. Come on people to zero in and focus on statements like thiese is rediculous ,focus on if he would have said we are about 5 years away would that be better the media is gonna ruin the world

  4. I understand where Tomlin is coming from. I found his comments to be more bulletin board material for the other teams the Steelers play than the Pats meaning he’s sees those games as automatic wins. Having said that – he should have stuck to the one-game-at-a-time playbook.

  5. If Tomlins supposed improved defense gave up 28 points to Brett Hundley, what will Tom Brady do to it?

  6. It’s nice to sometimes hear a coach speak like a human instead of a robot. The robot thing is hilarious too, but it’s good to mix it up a little bit. Plus it gives all the talking heads (and there are plenty of them) something to talk about. At the end of the day, the games will be determined by guys like Tom Brady and Antonio Brown making plays.

  7. Wait. We’re berating a guy for being honest? For feeling Conference about his team? For stating his true feelings?

    We’ve really become a nation of softies.

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    The Steelers have been extremely, extremely fortunate this season in the way of injuries. Additionally, they were beneficiaries of a very favorable schedule with many of their opponents QBs already on the shelf.
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  9. Tomlin is the oppiste of virtually every other coach. Steelers seem to take care of business when facing teams that are good on paper then look terrible when facing bad teams (other then the Browns).

    Steelers play to the level that they think their opponent is at which leads to 2-3 WTF. loses/year. Outside of the Hoodie, Tomlin may be the beast coach when his team is an underdog but is probably one of the worst when his team is a big favorite.

  10. you know what else Belichick wouldn’t do? Belichick wouldn’t waste time fretting about what he said or didn’t say to the media as you are doing right after a game when you nearly got whipped, at home, by one of the worst teams in the league. he’d be figuring out what happened, chewing some tail and then on to the next game.

  11. The coach may want to work on his motivational speaking a bit. I’ve never seen a team as flat and lethargic as they were last night. They were lucky to beat a bad packers team in their own house. New England will run them over.

  12. Much ado about nothing. People always complain about “coachspeak,”then try to make an issue about it when they get honest answers.

    Is there any coach who DOESN’t think his team can/should win it all? If they don’t then they shouldn’t be coaching. Tomlin only said what everyone else is already thinking. Should he have been “politically correct,” and denied that the Steelers (a team who came up one game short of the SB last year), have high expectations for this year?

    I suspect other teams (i.e. the Jags) could play the disrespect card, since he seems to presume that it will be the Steelers and Pat’s in the playoffs, so be it.

  13. People can rag on Tomlin for his comments & say that the Patriots wouldn’t say that & so forth. And maybe that’s not the best way to look at things as a coach. His views do explain why the Steelers play poorly against bad teams. However, people can’t really argue that this way of thinking doesn’t work as it clearly has over the years. By his words, he is showing a tremendous belief in his team. This is his 12th season as a HC & he has never had a losing record. People can say it’s because of Cowher’s players & talented drafts but you don’t have his coaching record without being a great coach, plain & simple.

  14. fartweasel says:
    November 27, 2017 at 8:46 am
    The coach may want to work on his motivational speaking a bit. I’ve never seen a team as flat and lethargic as they were last night. They were lucky to beat a bad packers team in their own house. New England will run them over.

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    I didn’t think the team came out flat and lethargic at all. I felt like the Steelers played well, and clearly outplayed the Packers. They just had a couple of defensive lapses that gave them big plays,

  15. peytonwantsaflag says:
    November 27, 2017 at 8:44 am
    you know what else Belichick wouldn’t do? Belichick wouldn’t waste time fretting about what he said or didn’t say to the media as you are doing right after a game when you nearly got whipped, at home, by one of the worst teams in the league. he’d be figuring out what happened, chewing some tail and then on to the next game.

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    Nearly got whipped? They did get whipped! That’s GBs B Squad.

    Holy smokes. Pats will drop 40 in their sleep against that feeble D. And, it’s not like their offense is much better.

  16. Never cared for Tomlin , after the whole Anthem fiasco with Alex V. Tomlin doesn’t even rate to me…..Give him a rifle and send him overseas….His buggy eyes will be open more then they are now!!!

  17. cras108er says:
    November 27, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Is there any coach who DOESN’t think his team can/should win it all?
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    I am hoping at this point that Hue Jackson, Kyle Shanahan and John Fox among others aren’t harboring any notions about winning it all this year.

  18. We need Haden back… He went down and the Steelers D came crashing back to earth. Come on Kevin, you gotta go CB the first round, been too long waiting on you to replace Ike Taylor!

  19. It would probably be best if people just made a list or do’s and don’t for Mike Tomlin. It seems the man is always been critized for some reason or another. Before, it was he is only winning with Cowher’s guys. Well fun fact, there are only 3 players from the Cowher era remaining on this team and Steelers are 9-2 and once again will go 10 years without a losing record. Something even Cowher couldn’t achieve.

    I for one, I am enjoying this 10 year streak. At times yes it has been frustrating but then the Ravens and Bengals haven’t always made it easy. And yes, I also like a coach who goes beyond the boring coach talk. Every Steelers fan expect this team to be a superbowl caliber team and anything less is a loss season. So having our coach state the obvious means nothing to the people who actually matter to this team.

  20. They beat both the Colts and the B team of Green Bay on last second field goals! Yet he thinks he can win it all? Did he forget the Patriots are still in the NFL?

  21. fartweasel says:
    November 27, 2017 at 8:46 am

    The coach may want to work on his motivational speaking a bit. I’ve never seen a team as flat and lethargic as they were last night. They were lucky to beat a bad packers team in their own house. New England will run them over.

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    You must not watch football because I am not sure who you are referring to as B Squad. The Packers were missing Aaron Rodger not the whole team. And 3 of the TDs were bad errors on defense. On one Play Burns took the wrong guy and left his area wide open. On the screen pass, Shazier tried to be cute and bait the QB while the defense was playing man and then whiffed on the tackle. On the long TD, the corner got burned on a double move because it was like 3 and 3 and he taught with a average QB, the team will throw short. These were hiccups by the defense that can and will be fixed. And then on Offense, we had 3 turn-overs. The mark of a good team is when you can make these mistakes, you can still come back and win.

    I believe New England went through something similar when they were getting dominated in the Superbowl and the coaching came into play. While Belichik will get praise for that, Tomlin will get ridiculed. Typical.

  22. jmdanieli says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

    They beat both the Colts and the B team of Green Bay on last second field goals! Yet he thinks he can win it all? Did he forget the Patriots are still in the NFL?

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    You mean the Patriots that lost by 25 to the 6-5 Chiefs? And only won by 5 against the 4-7 Bucs? And only by 3 against the 4-6 Texans? It would seem that even the Patriots have off days. I think we all got tackled by some click bait. Much ado about nothing.

    Also…in comparing what Tomlin said to whether Belichick would or would not say is silly. I don’t think I’ve heard Belichick speak more than 5 words at a time. Ha. Both great coaches w/ great teams. Looking forward to the on-field action.

  23. Normally I think Trip Triplin is a dope, but this time I totally agree with him. How could they not be thinking about the Patriots, and how could they not be suspecting it will be a 2 game series. He called it as it is, without the BS. Good for him.

  24. mitchitized says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:02 am
    We need Haden back… He went down and the Steelers D came crashing back to earth. Come on Kevin, you gotta go CB the first round, been too long waiting on you to replace Ike Taylor!

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    Haden sucks. If you’re seriously relying on Haden, you have some serious issues on that defense.

    Brady will torch it all night long in 3 weeks.

  25. Steelers have a very good offense. Their defensive secondary is suspect. New England’s offense is pretty good too and their defense is playing very well these past 7 weeks.

    This game in 3 weeks will come down to coaching, game plan, injuries, and the QBs. I give New England the edge.

  26. Never cared for Tomlin , after the whole Anthem fiasco with Alex V. Tomlin doesn’t even rate to me…..Give him a rifle and send him overseas….His buggy eyes will be open more then they are now!!!
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    You got to be kidding right? I see what this is..

  27. The Packers run a lot of pics and screens to get their wide receivers open. Before all the Packer fans jump on me, they do it within the rules and most teams do some level of it. Green Bay is quite good at it and that’s how they got those easy touchdowns. Good defenses can stop that and I’m surprised the Steelers didn’t. But make no mistake New England was watching.

  28. Good grief. More hype over nothing. The media lives to generate imaginaries controversies with Tomlin and Roethlisberger.

    What exactly did he say? The 2017 Steelers are talented enough to go to the SB? The media’s been saying that since July. The upcoming NE game is going to be huge and everyone’s thinking about it? Tough to dispute. If the Steelers and the Pats take care of their business, they will probably see each twice this year? Again, tough to dispute.

    In other appalling, controversial news that’s certain to generate outrage, Roethlisberger was quoted as saying he thought the offense “made some good plays.” SCANDALOUS!

  29. Lots of talk from a guy whose team should have blown out the Pack last night, but barely beat them instead. Same with the Colts… Let’s see what he’s saying when the Pats come to town.

  30. bradygirl12 says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Lots of talk from a guy whose team should have blown out the Pack last night, but barely beat them instead.
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    Regardless of how you view Tomlin’s statements talk is just talk. This Pats fan is seeing something that others would do well to take notice of. The Steelers in this incarnation are finding ways to win the ugly games they lost in the past. In that regard they are a more dangerous team than they have been in years.

  31. I’m just going to point out that the Steelers just barely beat a team at home that the Ravens shut out on the road last week.

    I’m not saying the Ravens are better than the Steelers this year- they aren’t, and in fact they stink.

    I’m just saying Tomlin might want to check out what’s going on in the NFC this year before he starts talking smack about winning it all. I don’t see the Steelers or the Patriots having anywhere near as complete a team as the Eagles, Vikings, Rams or even the Saints. I don’t think the Steelers would be 9-2 if they hadn’t been playing some extremely inconsistent and mediocre AFC opponents (including the Ravens).

  32. I rip Tomlin for poor in-game coaching and prep. But at least he is consistent and really he just stated the truth. Steelers are no doubt the most talented team and Injuries have decimated Pats depth. That is under reported because it’s always assumed B.B. will plug people in off the street. Like Rex said, Pats are always better at coach and qb, beyond that we’ll see. If Steelers can’t get it done this year they never will.

  33. Besides a favorable schedule and injuries to opposing team QB’s, the NFL has the Pats playing the Steelers on the road, at the end of a 5 out of 6 game stretch on the road, with one trip out of the country, with this being the third road game in a row, with the Pats having to play a Monday night game against a dirty defense the week before, while the Steelers get to play at home, and in conjunction with travel days, effectively giving the Steelers almost two full days more to prepare. They shouldn’t need the extra time since they worked all off season to prepare for this right? But they get it as one of the NFL’s protected franchises. It’s all set up for them. So why all the bravado? Oh yeah, 3-13 including 0-3 in AFC Championship games since 2001 with most games in Pittsburgh. Sounds like Jarvis Landry in Miami except he’s just a player.

  34. I am one Pats fan that is appreciative of the Steelers; that at least one other AFC franchise is good enough to keep things interesting. Can’t wait for their upcoming match-up in Pitt. Hopefully their playoffs re-match will be in Foxboro.

  35. If the Steeler’s ‘D’, particularly the secondary, doesn’t get better quickly Mr. Brady will be having a early Christmas feast at Heinz Field. “Win it all”; ha, that’s about a joke.

  36. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 27, 2017 at 11:12 am
    bradygirl12 says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Lots of talk from a guy whose team should have blown out the Pack last night, but barely beat them instead.
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    Regardless of how you view Tomlin’s statements talk is just talk. This Pats fan is seeing something that others would do well to take notice of. The Steelers in this incarnation are finding ways to win the ugly games they lost in the past. In that regard they are a more dangerous team than they have been in years.

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    1. You are either not a Pats fan.

    2. You clearly don’t watch many NFL games.

    Pitt is the same mediocre zone D team with poor Safeties and LBs in coverage as they were last year and every other year. I am stunned by how many people get fooled by them every year.

    Their division is absolutely atrocious, so most of their stats are very misleading. When you play Balt, Cleveland and Cincy, to various degrees, all of those teams stink. They almost lost to the Colts, struggled at home with a bad Tenn team for 3.5 qtrs, and almost lost to a weak GB team last night with no Rodgers and injuries everywhere.
    Their best game came against a fledgling Chiefs team and now look at KC.

    Brett Hundley looked like Aaron Rodgers last night which is why Rodgers looked so ticked off on that sideline.

    On offense, Ben is old, and good teams, that can scheme to their predictable offense, will limit their points.

    Pats 41, Steelers 20.

  37. Greg says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:25 am
    jmdanieli says:
    November 27, 2017 at 10:03 am

    They beat both the Colts and the B team of Green Bay on last second field goals! Yet he thinks he can win it all? Did he forget the Patriots are still in the NFL?

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    You mean the Patriots that lost by 25 to the 6-5 Chiefs? And only won by 5 against the 4-7 Bucs? And only by 3 against the 4-6 Texans? It would seem that even the Patriots have off days. I think we all got tackled by some click bait. Much ado about nothing.

    Also…in comparing what Tomlin said to whether Belichick would or would not say is silly. I don’t think I’ve heard Belichick speak more than 5 words at a time. Ha. Both great coaches w/ great teams. Looking forward to the on-field action.

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    I am fairly certain Tomlin sitting down with overrated, cheating buddy, Tony Dungy, predicting a SB win is not “much ado about nothing”.

    It’s disrespecting your future opponents and putting an unnecessary spotlight on yourself. If Pitt chokes at home to NE, it will only look worse.

  38. Bunch of armchair coaches. He has built a very good team and the younger players are starting to make a difference. all you so called experts that are always dogging Tomlin, he has the 2nd best winning percentage next to Belichick. They are 9 and 2!! As far as last night goes, Artie Burns made 2 very large mistakes, but they were able to stop them in the 2nd half. I think we will make it interesting when the Pats come to town. Hopefully we will be able to pressure MR Wonderful.

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