Mike Tomlin on Brown, Bell: “That’s life and that’s business”

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Mike Tomlin says letting Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell leave for two other teams is just part of the business of football.

Asked if there’s any disappointment that the Steelers couldn’t make it work with two great players, Tomlin answered, “There is, but that’s life and that’s business.”

Tomlin continued that the Steelers will move on without them and be fine.

“We as an organization have moved on,” Tomlin said. “I think they as professionals have moved on. We’re excited about the formulation of our team for ’19. We appreciate the contributions that they gave us when they were part of us, but the reality is they are no longer that, so we’re focused on the guys that we work with.”

That’s about all that Tomlin can say at this point. The Steelers are going to have to move on, without two players who were once their top two offensive playmakers.

54 responses to “Mike Tomlin on Brown, Bell: “That’s life and that’s business”

  1. The Steelers have already moved on from Bell. You keep mentioning the loss of Bell as if it is something to anticipate. The didn’t have Bell for a full season last year. The running game improved in every statistical category. The offense improved in every statistical category. They were fine without Bell and will be fine with a cheaper, younger RB core.
    How the offense will fair and adjust without AB in 2019 is yet to be determined.

  2. Both AB and Bell don’t have Super Bowl wins and they never will ,Le’Veon wasn’t a factor last year we did just fine without him,and as far as Mr Bigmouth that’s another selfish dilemma,we don’t need them

  3. I don’t live in Pittsburgh nor am I a Steelers’ fan, per se.

    So Trippy isn’t a permanent and ever-fresh embarrassment for me.

    No, au contraire, he’s an amusement.

    And yes, I know I should be sympathetic and empathetic for Pittsburgh’s inhabitants, but I’m not. Does that make me a bad person?

  4. I applaud moving on from these divas. I can only hope for the future of the nfl all divas begin to be ignored. Fans support teams; not the divas. And salary is becoming absurd. If 1-5 million is not enough….
    Of course the reality is often much more. But seriously, 1,000,000 per year and you do not run a business that provides service for the people, you are not a doctor, you are not a lawyer, nor a teacher that shapes positively life for the youth of our country.
    Professional athletes, you play a game for entertainment mente purposes only. NFL, just move on.

  5. I think he summed it up yesterday with the local media. Basically there’s been too much talk and they have a Pro Bowl Wide Receiver and Pro Bowl Running Back on the roster for 2019. Cannot argue with that.

  6. What’s wrong people? He was asked a question and answered it ! Maybe if the media would stop asking the same effing questions, we could all move on !

  7. And yes, I know I should be sympathetic and empathetic for Pittsburgh’s inhabitants, but I’m not. Does that make me a bad person?

    Not a bad person but definitely not a very Keen Observer. Look at his record if you claim to be such a Keen Observer and tell me we Steeler fans should be embarrassed. Facts are what REAL Keen Observers swear by……try it one day you may grow up to be a REAL Keen Observer.

  8. The new standard is that the Steelers will not come close to even sniffing another Super Bowl as long as Trip “What am I going to do? Bench him?” Tomlin is still there ….. and Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau is not.

  9. How many photos do Colbert and Tomlin have on Rooney? My goodness.

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    Not as many as the Jupiter police have on Kraft….only this troll would be obtuse enough to go there…foolish.

  10. And 2 of their top headaches too. By ME b AND Me’veon. Its a shame its come to this but I personally think the Steelers will be better because of the distractions. JUJU and Conner both made the pro bowl.

  11. Tomlin has underachieved with the talent he’s had there in Pittsburgh. Everyone knows that. However, the Steelers should use this opportunity to prove that they don’t need anyone that doesn’t want to be there. If they thrive without Bell and Brown, maybe it’s a good lesson on what’s necessary to win and create the right mindset, and what isn’t.

  12. crusty14 says:
    March 26, 2019 at 1:19 pm
    What’s wrong people? He was asked a question and answered it ! Maybe if the media would stop asking the same effing questions, we could all move on !
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    I agree – let’s move on. This is becoming almost as nauseating as the constant discussion of Colin K – well almost as nauseating.

  13. In the last 8 yrs the Tomlin led steelers, with a talent laden roster, have missed the playoffs 3x and gone 2-5 in the playoffs when they got in. What a record, yipee. They’ll miss the playoffs this yr too. Bell ave 609 more total yards/Connor

  14. This year will determine Tomlin’s fate. If the Steelers happen to finish below .500 (which they have not done since 2003), Tomlin will definitely not be back in 2020 to finish out his contract with the Steelers. The Steelers still have the pieces to make the playoffs but have lacked the discipline and execution which falls on the coaching.

  15. If he had answered the question with “We’ve moved on. Next question.” we would all be obsessing about that.
    The culture of media coverage shapes our perceptions, all of us. If you think your opinions are formed independent of that, you are kidding yourself.
    Winning is the only disinfectant for bad media coverage.
    So we are led to believe that there is one winner and 31 losers every season.
    And we can then vilify that winner, should we be losers, because that is our nature.
    If you are one on the very, very few who actually play football, that is not your reality. But that doesn’t matter, because we all play at something.

  16. I think Mike Tomlin would do well to take a page from BB – be willing to talk about the future and unwilling to talk about the past. Time to move forward.

  17. tedmurph says:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:04 pm
    In the last 8 yrs the Tomlin led steelers, with a talent laden roster, have missed the playoffs 3x and gone 2-5 in the playoffs when they got in. What a record, yipee. They’ll miss the playoffs this yr too. Bell ave 609 more total yards/Connor

    But in the 3 years prior to that the Steelers were 5-1 in playoff games with 2 AFC Champonships and 1 Super Bowl Championship. And Tomlin was the head coach.

  18. tedmurph says:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    And in 2008, Brady was out for the year. With an 18-1 team largely returning intact

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    That’s a sad excuse to pull all the time. So since 2001, if no team played the patriots in the playoffs or the super bowl their achievement of winning the super bowl that year is void? Wow man. You Patriot fans will not take the fall from grace very good in the near future. 🙂

  19. tedmurph says:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    And a SBOWL loss. With Cowhers best players.

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    Oh let’s not forget the narrative of those great cowher players you mention, in 2010 the narrative was they were old and slow, so actually getting to the Super Bowl with that old slow defence was an achievement on Tomlin, and the Steelers never were able to verse the Patriots as you guys were bumped out by Butt Fumber Mark Sanchez:)

  20. Still love these so called sports experts that ask questions, all we have herd is blame on Ben yet he led the league in passing he has won Super Bowls the two finger pointers that are gone have won Zero. They aren’t relative they are gone for more money and self important statements, who cares.

  21. Tomlin currently has a regular-season win record second only to Belichick and Reid. The Steelers haven’t had a losing season under his leadership. Other teams have fired winning coaches because they didn’t perform well in the playoffs or didn’t bring home the big one (which Tomlin has already done). Reid and Schottenheimer come to mind. It eventually worked out for Philly, but not so much for the Chargers. If the Steelers don’t improve their playoff performance or begin losing more regular-season games, Tomlin will go just as Noll did. For those Steelers fans heralding that day … be careful what you wish for.

  22. In the last 8 yrs the Tomlin led steelers, with a talent laden roster, have missed the playoffs 3x and gone 2-5 in the playoffs when they got in. What a record, yipee. They’ll miss the playoffs this yr too. Bell ave 609 more total yards/Connor

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    During the period you are referring to how many times wer the Pats punished for cheating and how many times was the Owner cited for breaking the law……Come on Teddy tellus unless you are too busy putting women in their place.

  23. And for those praying on the downfall of the Steelers organization…. let this stat sink in. From the years Terry Bradshaw retired and to the year we drafted Ben Roethlisberger…. the Steelers Regular Season record was 175 Wins and 143 Losses, that’s a a winning percentage without a Franchise QB. The Steelers took a decade of dominance in the 70s, built a winning culture from it that extended another 40 years beyond that. Countless Hall Of Famers since the 70s. This organization will last.

  24. And let’s stop with the cowhers players narrative as well. How many new coaches have taken over a good team and ran them into the ground. Tomlin Technically took Cowhers players to more Super Bowls then cowher did. 2-1. What I’m trying to say is, Tomlin took over a great team and kept them winning. In those two 8/8 rebuild years, we were in the playoff hunt until the last game of week 17 on both years. Ben in the only one left from Cowher and Tomlin has actually coached Ben for most of his career, Ben got his stuff together after Tomlin, remember that.

  25. tedmurph says:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    And in 2008, Brady was out for the year. With an 18-1 team largely returning intact

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    Oh and in 2005 we never were able to verse the Patriots in the playoffs because you guys were kicked out by Jake Plummer in Denver. Jake Plummer, the guy who was known for throwing more interceptions then touchdowns 🙂

  26. TedMurph and Tylawpicshis nose have only experienced a super bowl with one QB and one grumpy old coach they need to worry if they will ever win again after nether two proven cheaters leave.

  27. jackedupboonie says:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    And with that great sound bite, Tomlon just guaranteed he will be coaching the Steelers til 2030.

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    Tell me what he should’ve said here then. His response was as about diplomatic as it gets, but again, people find any reason possible to trash him. MT could help an elderly woman in a walker across a busy intersection and people would find something to blame him for.

  28. They should move along from Tomlin too. This last year has shown he has no spine and lets guys like AB do whatever they want. Then of course they lost to two of the worst teams in the league and missed out on the playoffs despite having a truckload of Pro-Bowlers. Forest Gump could have coached that team to the playoffs last year. That doesn’t say much about Tomlin.

  29. mmmpierogi says:
    March 26, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    jackedupboonie says:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    And with that great sound bite, Tomlon just guaranteed he will be coaching the Steelers til 2030.

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    Tell me what he should’ve said here then. His response was as about diplomatic as it gets, but again, people find any reason possible to trash him. MT could help an elderly woman in a walker across a busy intersection and people would find something to blame him for.

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    I actually think it is over diplomatic. He’s a Super Bowl winning coach. Questions about players that aren’t on his team are not questions he needs to answer. He needs to be more terse. Not saying he has to be full Belichick, because Tomlin is generally good with the media, but he doesn’t have to always be the nice guy.

  30. 6burgh says:
    March 26, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    tedmurph says:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    And in 2008, Brady was out for the year. With an 18-1 team largely returning intact

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    Oh and in 2005 we never were able to verse the Patriots in the playoffs because you guys were kicked out by Jake Plummer in Denver. Jake Plummer, the guy who was known for throwing more interceptions then touchdowns 🙂

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    2005, 2008 and 2010 were all years that the Patriots-Steelers playoff match up could have happened.

    2005, the Patriots had just won 2 Super Bowls in a row and they weren’t great. The defense picked up at the end of the year, but that game against Denver, the wheels just fell off. When Faulk fumbled I knew it wasn’t their day.

    2008, it was a shame that Brady couldn’t play. I think that still was the only time that an 11-5 team missed the playoffs, even with Cassell they might have made some noise. Probably for the best they didn’t make the playoffs.

    2010 the Patriots lost to the stinkin’ Jets. The Jets were actually very good that year despite Sanchez. They gave the Steelers a good run in the AFCCG. The Patriots had beat the Jets, Steelers and Green Bay that year. They had a shot and blew it. Having to watch Bart Scott and Revis after the game was horrible. The long slow train back to Boston was also horrible.

  31. He answered a question, didn’t offer much and people are still bashing him for answering the question that was asked. Also, there are fans who support the players more than they do the teams. At the end of the day, the teams aren’t anything without the individuals. If it was about the teams and not the individuals on them, more people would be paying attention to the AAF. And people whining about how much players make are pathetic.This game can cost you your life and only a certain amount of rare individuals are talented enough to play it. Respect the game for what it is.

  32. I actually think it is over diplomatic. He’s a Super Bowl winning coach. Questions about players that aren’t on his team are not questions he needs to answer. He needs to be more terse. Not saying he has to be full Belichick, because Tomlin is generally good with the media, but he doesn’t have to always be the nice guy

    Barry Switzer is a good comparison. He won one too with another guy’s team. We’ve see Tomlin enough to know he’s average and gets out-coached in big games. His talented teams lack the mental discipline and preparation necessary to win meaningful close games.

  33. To me, that Pats loss to the Jets was the worst. They were jacked that yr. Great game plan For Ryan, bad gm for Brady

  34. Pittsburgh Steelers fans are just hating on Tomlin. It was business and the person who has to own costing himself millions is Bell. The Steelers seem to get no credit for offering him an over market contract while he thought he was more valuable and he ended up being wrong. Their are no winners if everyone gets hurt by not being on a better team. The Steelers were not being cheap. He walked off and left money on the table.

  35. The infatuation the NE fans have with the black and gold is hilarious. Living rent free.

  36. Patriot fans will not take the fall from grace very good in the near future.

    We shall see who falls from grace 1rst. Betting it’s not the Pats.

    Drafted before Tomlin: CHampton, KBell, TPalomalu, BRoethlisberger.HMiller, SHolmes, WColon, etc,etc. Yeah, OK city of delusion.

  37. 6burgh says:
    March 26, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    And let’s stop with the cowhers players narrative as well. How many new coaches have taken over a good team and ran them into the ground. Tomlin Technically took Cowhers players to more Super Bowls then cowher did. 2-1. What I’m trying to say is, Tomlin took over a great team and kept them winning. In those two 8/8 rebuild years, we were in the playoff hunt until the last game of week 17 on both years. Ben in the only one left from Cowher and Tomlin has actually coached Ben for most of his career, Ben got his stuff together after Tomlin, remember that.

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    This is inaccurate. They are both 1-1 in the Super Bowl. Cowher lost SB30 and won SB40. Tomlin won SB43 and lost SB45. Cowher’s problem was he did not have a franchise QB until Ben. If Cowher had someone of Ben’s talent, Cowher’s teams could have gone to SB29,30,32, and 36. Yes the Steelers were in the AFC Championship all these years with Qb’s like Neil O’Donnell, Mike Tomczak, and Kordell Stewart. Tomlin’s issue is he does not change strategies during a game. He makes a game plan and sticks to it, even if it isn’t working.

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