Mike Tomlin’s not a fan of touchdown celebrations

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Few teams had more fun celebrating touchdowns last year than the Steelers.

So it was odd to hear their coach deliver a decidedly get-of-my-lawn take about them at the owners meetings.

Via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Tomlin said he thought the league’s relaxed rules sent the wrong message to young players.

“It’s for the entertainment of the fans so I respect it on that level, but personally I don’t like it,” Tomlin said. “I just think it takes away from the game. It’s not a good look for young people. Young people aren’t allowed to celebrate in that way [during games], so why should we?”

Of course, the easy answer is that perhaps high schools and colleges should amend their rules to stop being anti-fun, a position the NFL had to be dragged to a year ago.

But Tomlin, being a serious football person, said he didn’t pay much attention to some of the Steelers’ creative celebrations, which included a game of hide-and-seek behind the goalpost.

“I’m preparing, I’m moving on, to be honest with you,” Tomlin said. “I don’t even see them. I see them on television. In game, you’re moving on.”

Tomlin’s never exactly been a wallflower on the sidelines, so it’s unusual for him to be the one to rail against something that seemed generally enjoyed. Frankly, our money was on Bill Polian.

89 responses to “Mike Tomlin’s not a fan of touchdown celebrations

  1. I’ll second that. The players look like fools with these terrible ‘celebrations’.

  2. As a Steeler fan, please shut up Mike Tomlin. You allowed it on your team alllllllllll year

  3. I don’t really care either way, but Juju reenacting the Burfict hit/taunt with Martavis Bryant as a celebration was awesome.

  4. Maybe he should worry more about in-game adjustments and 4th down play calling, maybe he should worry about his team scoring touchdowns instead of complaining about what they do after.

    I’m personally not a huge fan of the choreographed big elaborate celebrations, but some of them are kinda funny. Whatever. If you’re able to score in the NFL, enjoy it. Sure. Why not.

    But i think there’s about 100 things that Mike Tomlin should find more important, like figuring out how to actually coach a 60 minute game instead of how to give great quotes after it.

  5. QB, WR, and RB don’t line-up for extra points, they can celebrate while coaches and players are preparing to lineup. Man these guys are starting to sound very old.

  6. I don’t get the celebrations… years back it was fun to see certain players do their celebrations like the Icky Shiffle, Electric Slide or Ken Norton’s boxing. Ultimately, Chad OchoCinco ruined innocent celebrations by hiding props all over the field and the NFL had to do something to limit it.

    What I don’t get it is now that its back it has become a team choreographed skit that’s different every time. I’m sure it only takes a minute or two to script it. But like most SNL scripted skits… most of these scripted bits leave me shaking my head.

    Goes to show, just because you can catch or run fun fast with a football doesn’t necessarily mean your intelligent, witty, funny or cool.

  7. I for one, as a not-too-old-not-too-young fan, like that the NFL relaxed its rules but I think pre-planning and choreographing TD celebrations is weak sauce.

    It should be spontaneous and in the moment.
    Celebrating with 8 dudes copying stuff seen in the movies is lame. But thinking these guy shouldn’t be allowed to let loose a bit comes off as old crusty “back in my day” crap.

  8. I think it will play out and become more of what it was in the old days. Not everyone doing it but certain groups. like the Fun Bunch in DC,etc.

  9. I thought the celebrations last year were fine and sometimes clever. The problem I see is that they’re going to get ever more elaborate because nobody wants to do the same thing twice. At some point, I can see things getting so ridiculous that the league is going to have to step in again and limit the celebrations. Or maybe the most original thing someone will come up with is handing the ball to the official and running off the field.

  10. Spontaneous celebrations are great. Choreographed celebrations are played, unfunny, and embarrassing.

  11. Steelers 2017 celebrations
    The good: Game of hide-and-seek behind the goalpost.
    The bad: JuJu bike lock. Just too forced.
    The ugly: Re-enacting a cheap shot that caused a player to miss two games with a concussion. Bush league and tone deaf to the issue of concussions.

  12. Exactly. Act like youve been in the endzone before and act like thats the last and only touchdown you will score. Hand the ball to the ref and run to the sideline.

  13. Remember when flash mobs were a big thing? Choreographed celebrations were popular this year because it was a new thing and teams were trying to outdo each other and have fun. It will settle back down naturally in the years to come. No reason for the NFL to make any changes.

  14. You remember that steelers game where Ben threw the interception in the end zone.

    That was awesome.

    without that play, Pats don’t get home field and probably don’t make it to the super bowl,

    Thanks for the memories

  15. There is celebrating and then there is putting on a performance. Act like you’ve been in the end zone before.

  16. Although I don’t like the Steelers I have to go with Tomlin on this (and yes I am “old”). I think the “celebrations” are getting out of control. Why can’t they just high five or something like they do in baseball after a home run or in hockey after a goal? Why is scoring a TD any better than hitting a home run or scoring a goal in hockey? I’m waiting for some diva WR to pop a bottle of champagne in the end zone next year

  17. That’s why this generation is called MEllennial.

    You’re literally called BABY boomers. And not just because you’re back in diapers.

  18. Meh. Who cares? Some of the choreographed celebrations are pretty silly, but they’re just having fun. I think it’s good for players to not take themselves too seriously. It doesn’t detract from the game, it doesn’t hurt anybody – as long as the celebrations aren’t inappropriate, let them have fun.

    I’d rather see the goofy celebrations than see someone get flagged for it.

  19. Celebrations are fun. Some are clever and some suck, but I like them. I saw Golden Tate drop the People’s Elbow on the ball this year and it was awesome.

    It’s not easy to score a TD, so I have no problem with players wanting to celebrate their accomplishment. I’m not a huge fan of celebrating a tackle or every first down, though.

  20. “Of course, the easy answer is that perhaps high schools and colleges should amend their rules to stop being anti-fun”

    — No, No they shouldn’t.

  21. If football only becomes ‘fun’ when a guy does a dance, you don’t like football. You like dancing.

  22. Maybe I’m getting old….but the new fangled orchestrated celebrations turn me off.
    I’d prefer a spontaneous celebration or spike any day versus, “Ok guys, let’s try to score because we’re going to do that Duck Duck Gray Duck (Or, is it Goose) thing we all practiced.”

  23. If football only becomes ‘fun’ when a guy does a dance, you don’t like football. You like dancing.

    No one watches football for the dancing. Who are you? What world are you on?

  24. If Players spend as much time on practice and knowing their position as they do practicing the rain dances the games would be much better.

  25. This is the problem in Pittsburgh in a nutshell. Either Tomlin has no control of this team (he hates TD celebrations but his team was probably the most elaborate all year with them), or he’s putting on a farce for the media and he’s all in with being loose and undisciplined behind the scenes. I have zero idea what the truth is and I doubt anyone else here knows, but either way, it doesn’t speak well to a franchise that has historically prided itself on being tough and blue-collar.

  26. rutchaser says:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:32 am
    This is why I miss Barry and Walter.

    You can still watch Larry Fitzgerald.

  27. “If Players spend as much time on practice and knowing their position as they do practicing the rain dances the games would be much better.”

    Oh no, I can only remember one thing in my life! Which one do I pick? Dancing or football?

  28. Baby Boomer refers to the “boom” in how many babies were being born after the troops returned home from WW2. Jeez.

  29. That’s why “TRIP” roams so close to the sideline marker. Hes all for his team celebrating, its the other teams celebrations he doesn’t like so he tries to stop them with a leg whip when he can !

  30. It’s one of those things that will get old after a little while. Football is the most popular form of entertainment in America. So to say that it isn’t any fun without the celebrations seems to be at odds with the facts.

  31. “Spouts a member of the attention starved, “look at me!” generation.”

    Your jealousy is blinding, and your fear is palpable. Don’t fear change, don’t be jealous of younger, quicker minds. You’re now the old grump that you hated when you were younger.

  32. I will agree with Tomlin. With that being said I don’t like a coach who trips players. I don’t like a coach who chastises a military veteran on his team for not hiding in the locker room during the national anthem. I don’t like a coach who can’t manage the clock at the end of a playoff game.

  33. Of course, the easy answer is that perhaps high schools and colleges should amend their rules to stop being anti-fun, a position the NFL had to be dragged to a year ago.
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    So football isn’t fun if you can’t watch dudes dance for you?

  34. We don’t need any more “cheating old farts”? This quote from a fan of the team whose coach was fined for interfering with the field of play!! Or what most people call tripping!
    Still don’t understand regarding a camera a few feet out of position ?? Seriously!

  35. meetadam says:
    jealousy is blinding, and your fear is palpable. Don’t fear change, don’t be jealous of younger, quicker minds.

    — Lol! (literally) Jealousy? Fear? Not on your best day.

  36. “gauchosporlife says:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:33 am
    That’s why this generation is called MEllennial.”
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    Further proof that this site is full of old middle aged very conservative guys. Celebrations have been going on for decades. The guys who were the most egregious in celebrations using props, and causing the draconian penalties for celebrations, were Gen X, not millennials . TO, Ochocinco, Joe Horn, etc.

    The vast majority of the posts here are upset at players celebrating or in full agreement with Tomlin. Football is an emotional game. You can’t expect a player not to show excitement when the ENTIRE stadium is going crazy, horns going off, or fireworks exploding. To want to go back to ONE guy who handed the ball off to the ref is unrealistic.

  37. charger383 says:
    March 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm
    If I watched Dancing With the Stars and they started playing football I would not like that either
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    I won’t speak for everyone… but that seems like that would be highly entertaining.

  38. I can see where he’s coming from.

    He may not be fan, but he lets the players do their thing. It’s fine. He’s not pissed about it.

  39. I don’t mind the spontaneous ones but I don’t like the scripted ones. Grown men getting together to script a celebration beforehand takes the joy out of It and seems kind of pathetic.

    Also the celebration where the player pounds his chest and pointis at the sky seems blasphemous to me. I know the players don’t mean it like that but they should think hard about all that gesture implies.

    Also, get off my lawn.

  40. The players will stop once the fans and players in the stadium stop reacting, a lot of the celebrations are done as a way to get the crowd or your teammates hyped up, or discourage opposing fans or players, the fact everyone reacts so negatively is why they do it, to draw a reaction.

  41. The next time Pittsburgh catches a TD they should give a performance where the receiver drops the ball and ten players cry.

  42. halfcentaur says:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:11 am
    Maybe he should worry more about in-game adjustments and 4th down play calling, maybe he should worry about his team scoring touchdowns instead of complaining about what they do after.

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    There’s this thing called an “interview,” where Tomlin is asked specific questions about a topic, such as TD celebrations. At that point, he’s then expected to provide an answer to that specific question, not about other topics such as in-game adjustments or situational playcalling. So, not sure what you want him to say in this situation. Had he said that he thought TD celebrations are amazing, would you have thought that was a good response?

  43. I’m surprised you old folks even know how to post a comment on these articles. The celebrating didn’t hurt anybody so stop complaining/whining. While you are at it make up your minds, “players make to much to just play a game” “you’re just football players, you don’t need an opinion on politics” then “celebrations are stupid act like you been there”. These players can’t win.

  44. Larry Fitz knows how to do it right. He flips the ball to the nearest official, exults with his teammates, then trots off the field. No spiking the ball, no rehearsed skit, just some genuine shared emotion, then moving on.

  45. This shows how little control Tomlin has over such a chaotic and undisciplined team. This is why the Steelers got a double beatdown from the Jaguars. Players like Brown the Clown are more concerned with dancing in the end zone than winning games. Bell is holding the team hostage by constantly getting them to negotiate his contract and then pulling out to make management look like a stooge. Little Ben is no role model. He’s just counting the days and counting all the dollars he’s milked out the team which is in salary cap hell for the next ten years thanks to him and Bell.

  46. Touchdown celebrations have no place in this sport. Dance with stars if you want to put in some production value

  47. I agree with Tomlin but for a guy who takes that stance he sure makes time for chest bumping his players and posturing for the camera in celebration. Just saying.

  48. If the league is serious about pace of play, this is an excellent place to start.

    To me, the best way to celebrate a good play is to hand the ball to the nearest official and then quickly move oneself back to the huddle or sideline to get ready for the next play.

  49. This shows how little control Tomlin has over such a chaotic and undisciplined team. This is why the Steelers got a double beatdown from the Jaguars. Players like Brown the Clown are more concerned with dancing in the end zone than winning games. Bell is holding the team hostage by constantly getting them to negotiate his contract and then pulling out to make management look like a stooge. Little Ben is no role model. He’s just counting the days and counting all the dollars he’s milked out the team which is in salary cap hell for the next ten years thanks to him and Bell.

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    But he did enough to punk your beloved Ravens…..hey you remember when the Ravens made the playoffs….sure you do.

  50. “Of course, the easy answer is that perhaps high schools and colleges should amend their rules to stop being anti-fun, a position the NFL had to be dragged to a year ago.”

    OR the easy answer is that colleges and high schools are not PURELY entertainment business entities like the NFL is?

    Countering your rationale: fun does not = good. Being anti-fun, in of itself, is not innately wrong.

  51. He knows zip about coaching so to get some ‘talking time’ he goes after the low hanging fruit of celebrations. What a dipstick!

  52. One name comes to mind: Heath Miller … score the touchdown, give the ball to the ref, go to the sideline.

    It’s what you are paid to do , same with the excessive celebrations when you sack, make a tackle, or reach a first down. It’s your job, it’s what you are paid to do, act like you’ve been there before.

  53. Not everyone is Barry Sanders and if they were, think how boring interviews and between Sundays would be. It’s not like Sanders had any sort of outward personality. If you don’t like celebrations go to the bathroom or grab a snack after each touchdown. My personal favorite football celebrations are 3) Gus Frerotte head butte that caused him to leave the game. 2) Stephen Tulloch celebrating a sack tears up the knee and out for the year. 1) Bill Gramatica taking out his own a.c.l. celebrating a 42 yard kick a non-game winning kick.

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