Tomlin suggests Ben's lawsuit kept Steelers from chasing Vick

In a taped halftime interview with Bob Costas of NBC, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that he opted not to pursue quarterback Mike Vick due to the existence of a civil suit against starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“Given some of the things that my quarterback was going through, I didn’t think it was the appropriate time to add another quarterback to the mix,” Tomlin said.  “He’s going through somewhat of a trying time with the civil allegation, a case against him.  I didn’t want to do anything that was less than supportive to Ben.”

So Tomlin admitted that the Steelers might have been in the running for Vick but for the civil suit against Roethlisberger, pointing out that it’s “a big if.”

26 responses to “Tomlin suggests Ben's lawsuit kept Steelers from chasing Vick

  1. Old news , Florio. Tomlin said a couple of weeks ago that he was giving his attention to Ben.

  2. which just shows pitt is totally committed to ben, and didn’t want to bring in a gimmick wr/rb that alot of people think is still a qb, cause it would send the wrong message
    smart move tomlin

  3. Tomlin’s nuts.. All he had to do was tell Big Baby Ben and everyone else that signing Vick has nothing to do with his support of “his QB”. We all know Ben is the franchise QB there, so that’s bogus. He could’ve kept that phony statement to himself. Vick could’ve helped the Steelers as Slash pt. 2. Honestly, I’m glad they didn’t sign them though. Hopefully, my Ravens can get over that hump this year lol.

  4. “… Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said that he opted not to pursue the possibility of pursuing quarterback Mike Vick …”
    That’s some lazy writing there, Florio. That said … what remarkably lucid thinking for an NFL coach.

  5. I’m actually glad that there is a story about this on here. I’m a little confused about how to feel about what Tomlin said. As a huge Steelers fan and a huge Ben fan, I was left with some conflicting feelings about the way Tomlin handled this interview. On one hand, I’m glad he showed support for Ben, but I thought he could have dropped in a line that this accusation was bogus. With all of the stuff that has come out lately to prove that Ben didn’t rape that psycho, I thought he could have said something to show that he thought Ben was the victim in this BS lawsuit. If he is going to support Vick on National tv after Vick admitted to and was convicted of such a controversial crime, I don’t understand why he wouldn’t have taken that time to fully support his 2 time SB winning QB. He had a great opportunity to reach out to people that may not keep up with news on Ben’s case. There are a lot of people that don’t follow football regularly that still may be misguided by the first reports of this story. I think Tomlin needs to remember that his QB is a victim of a terrible attempt of some money hungry psycho trying to extort money from him and drag his name through the dirt. To me, it seems like Tomlin took that time to support the wrong QB.

  6. “….# kcchiefs says: August 30, 2009 10:30 PM
    Yeah plus who want’s a rapist and a dog killer on your team?…”
    yeah sure, rather than having guys who have been falsely accused, the KC Chiefs prefer the real thing:
    10/21/08
    UPDATE: Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson was arrested a 4th time since joining the NFL. This latest arrest, which occurred on Oct. 15th came after he threatened to kill a woman’s boyfriend, then spit his drink on her. Class act, that LJ.
    [must be a street cred thing]

  7. Thank GOD the steelers did not sign that piece of garbage, I would have had to hand in my black and gold for life if that would have happened. knowing tomlin would have gone after him , does make me look at him differnetly now though.

  8. the whole thing of it is , he know Ben is innocent and even after his constant suggestions that Ben settle with nut job it aint gonna happen so now he is singling out Tomlin….sad sad sad

  9. Tomlin said the same exact thing during an interview on Total Access. I think Tomlin was glad that Big Ben was was going through his legal problems so he had an excuse NOT to look into signing Vick

  10. Florio you are so full of sh!t. Where exactly did Tomlin “admit” he might of been interested?

  11. TJ, I think literally standing behind Ben at his press conference and openly saying many times that he fully stands behind him figuratively has shown his support for his quarterback.
    But he’s also said on several occasions that Ben is a grown man and this is his business. He just doesn’t wanna intrude, or let it intrude on the business. Tomlin’s been both very loyal and very professional about the situation, if you ask me.

  12. Yeah plus who want’s a rapist and a dog killer on your team? That’s just bad karma.
    It’s a perfect match — a guy who owned a dog rape stand and a guy who may have used one himself.

  13. # kcchiefs says: August 30, 2009 10:30 PM
    Yeah plus who want’s a rapist and a dog killer on your team? That’s just bad karma.
    —————————————————–
    Maybe your team should sign some of these “class act” players. You guys would have a shot at more than 2 wins every year.
    Enjoy another year of insignificance out there in Kansas City.

  14. Hey, I can see his point. I mean look, Big Ben makes an inappropriate move or come on towards Vick in the shower. This really makes for an uneasy atmosphere in the locker room. I agree with Tomlin! Stay away from that scenario.

  15. Tj whosyourmomma,
    Tomlin isn’t a lawyer, he would b a fool to get involved with the legal matter publicly and call the allegations bogus, whether he thinks they are or aren’t

  16. Looking for a headline or what? I saw the interview, and no where did he say he was interested. He did say he knew Vick personally, but opted not to pursue him, because it would have been for personal reasons… not business. Anyway this is old news, You need to find something more current to write about and quit trying to stir up irrelevant crap that is meaningless.

  17. “…kcchiefs says: August 31, 2009 12:32 AM
    Florios_a_tool exactly where does it say he raped her?…”
    Nowhere, and he didn’t. But that didn’t stop you from running your mouth and calling him a rapist.
    Clean up your own house fool, starting with your 4-time woman beater. And just to make the distinction, LJ wasn’t just accused, he actually did it.
    [/making over your head motion]
    Now, go smack your wife.

  18. FREEFLO21 says:
    August 31, 2009 8:30 AM
    Looking for a headline or what? I saw the interview, and no where did he say he was interested. He did say he knew Vick personally, but opted not to pursue him, because it would have been for personal reasons… not business. Anyway this is old news, You need to find something more current to write about and quit trying to stir up irrelevant crap that is meaningless.
    *****
    Freeflo… See comment from Peter King (via Twitter):
    “To all who are scoffing at the Steelers being in play for Vick if Big Ben wasn’t in legal trouble: Don’t think it’s far-fetched. Very real.”
    Do you trust Peter King? And, BTW, this was posted at 11:13pm on Sunday August 30th by Peter King. So this is being talked about by NFL insiders and it is Florio’s job to report it.
    Slash part 2!
    Get off your high horse Pittsburgh.

  19. if that’s true that speaks volumes about Tomlin. putting a player above a team? that shows commitment right there, have to respect that!
    …and i hate the steelers.

  20. Why would he even mention Vick? It doesn’t seem to help anything, and only raises question marks about his integrity, which as far as I know no one’s had a chance to doubt so far, assuming this stuff with B.R. doesn’t clear up.
    Though, apart from that, tip for Andy Reid and Josh McDaniels: *this* is part of how you build a franchise QB.

  21. Folino said: So Tomlin admitted that the Steelers might have been in the running for Vick but for the civil suit against Roethlisberger…..
    No..thats not what he said. He said what he said so he wouldnt have to say “No…we want nothing to do with Vick” while at the same time showing support for his QB. Lets not read too deeply into that.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!