Mike Tomlin “tips [his] cap” to Minkah Fitzpatrick

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Many (including the idiot whose name appears at the top of this article) were perplexed by Pittsburgh’s decision to send a first-round pick to the Dolphins for Minkah Fitzpatrick, after losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season. It has paid off for the Steelers, so far.

“I think it is still in progress,” coach Mike Tomlin told the Cleveland media corps when asked to assess the deal on Tuesday. “It is difficult to get on a moving train. I tip my cap to Minkah in terms of doing so, but I just think he is going to get more and more comfortable with each passing week in terms of not only gaining an understanding about the detail of what we are asking him to do but also how it fits into the big picture and he can really start focusing on some of the things that he is looking at from an opponent perspective. I just think he is getting increasingly more comfortable with each passing week, and I think that is why you see the uptick in his production and thus ours.”

It was clear at the time the deal was done, and it’s even more clear now, that the Steelers knew what Fitzpatrick is capable of doing.

“This guy made plays probably at every level of football he has ever played,” Tomlin said. “I know I was really impressed with his Alabama tape. He was taken extremely high in the draft. We traded a first rounder for him. I do not think it is an unknown thing about his nose for the ball or his general awareness of football abilities.”

He has underscored those abilities during his short stint with the Steelers, and Fitzpatrick has done well enough in Pittsburgh to invite real questions about what in the world the Dolphins were thinking when they quickly gave up on him.

23 responses to “Mike Tomlin “tips [his] cap” to Minkah Fitzpatrick

  1. The guy who traded him away from the Dolphins is also the genius picking their 759 draft picks. What could possibly go wrong?

  2. The Fitzpatrick trade for a first makes the Rams trade for Ramsey (two firsts) seem amateur desperation. Ramsey has had little obvious impact, plus he is a FA in 2020. Meanwhile, Peters is lighting it up for the Ravens.

  3. doe22us says:
    November 12, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I guess the fire Tomlin crowd has disappeared, oh well there is always next yr lol.

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    It’s still early, give it a couple more hours lol

  4. “His general awareness of football abilities”. What is he trying to say here?
    His general awareness of football is very high or his general awareness of football situations is high? What the squirrel what?
    He has an usual way of stringing words together.

  5. Here’s the thing about first round picks: everyone and their brother gets FURIOUS when they’re traded, and yet many first rounders don’t end up making an impact at all. What exactly is a good return for a first round pick? You want a young player who will make an immediate impact on your team (with the exception of perhaps a quarterback who could sit a year or two in certain situations). Trading a first round pick for a proven young talent is not a bad move, especially when considering that there is a chance the player you would have picked instead would have been a bust.

    So, to recap: for a first round pick, you can get an athletic player who has already acclimated to the NFL and is playing well, or pick a kid fresh out of college who may or may adapt either to your team or the NFL in general, but will be a few years younger. If you want a young talent (like Fitzpatrick’s fellow Alabama alum Amari Cooper) who has proven that he can make a a difference on the next level (like a Pro Bowl selection, for instance), why not give up the pick? You’ve already seen what they can do, versus some kid that you have to guess about.

  6. Hey Florio, you are different in that you are a media person that at least acknowledges your mistakes. I don’t get the love affair with picks. I will take a proven commodity everytime over the unknown of a pick. I remember last year so many fans ragged on the cowboys fir the cooper trade. He’s a pro bowl receiver, what a steal he has been.

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    dynastyfootballforme says:
    November 12, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    The Steelers were 0-2 and had lost Ben/Brown/Bell. Of course you trade a defender for their 2020 1st. It’s still the right decision.~~~~~
    He was the 11th pick the yr prior. Its not like they had the 31st pick in Rd. 1 to move. Its was a stupid move, made by an org that leads the league in stupid moves.

  8. I don’t blame the Dolphins for trading him. He didn’t want to be a Dolphin anymore after his mommy said the Dolphins were playing him in the wrong position. In 2 or 3 years when the Dolphins are making their Super Bowl run, he will be wishing he stayed.

  9. He’s not tipping his cap, he’s busting the cap by spending everything on a couple of overpriced divas. Remember. No draft picks next year.

  10. Minkah It’s a good player but he’s also very immature and selfish and that’s why he wanted in Miami instead of learning to sacrifice with a team and play the world they wanted him to play this year he he cried like a baby and wanted to leave.

    That is why he is not a Dolphin and at the same time the Steelers got a good deal and a very good young player and so far he has panned out very well for them.

    Hated to see him leave but Miami did the right thing because if he didn’t want to be there they would have been more of a distraction.

  11. The Dolphins coaching staff is not interested in building a team with players like Minkah who choose to whine and quit when things do not go their way, no matter how talented they are. I know he’s a great kid and I wish him luck in Pittsburgh, but he’s a wussy.

  12. The roster is LOADED with talent. They should win 10 games on Talent alone. People are clamoring for Coach of the Year because Tomlin beat the Chargers, Dolphins, and Bungles. The Colts gifted the game and some would argue the refs gifted the Rams game.

    I have ZERO doubt in my mind that Tomlin will be out coached in a meaningful game. Might be down the stretch, might be the playoffs, but it will happen.

  13. Many (including the idiot whose name appears at the top of this article) were perplexed by Pittsburgh’s decision to send a first-round pick to the Dolphins for Minkah Fitzpatrick, after losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season.

    Add me to that list. He’s been the playmaker they needed in that secondary. With each win, that first round pick gets a little worse for the Dolphins.

  14. ishudbgm says:
    November 12, 2019 at 6:11 pm
    The guy who traded him away from the Dolphins is also the genius picking their 759 draft picks. What could possibly go wrong?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This. This. A hundred times, this.

  15. Dave Hurlburt says:
    November 12, 2019 at 8:18 pm
    I don’t blame the Dolphins for trading him. He didn’t want to be a Dolphin anymore after his mommy said the Dolphins were playing him in the wrong position. In 2 or 3 years when the Dolphins are making their Super Bowl run, he will be wishing he stayed.
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    The defensive guru head coach was playing Minkah at SS instead of FS where he is outstanding in Pittsburgh. Then he moved their best slot corner to FS where he is not at all any good thereby playing 2 players out of position as is the tradition this century in Miami. Add to that the team’s desire to move any player with talent for future draft picks and the desire to lose in order to better their draft position and it isn’t surprising a young player wouldn’t be on board. The rebuilding process and playing out of position would devastate Minkah’s new contract when it became time. This was a failure of the coach and GM at every turn, not the player. How he is in Pitt is how he has been in HS, college and his first year in the NFL. He became an issue (by simply asking to leave) only when the current idiots in charge of Dolphins football showed they were incapable at least in the short term. Nick Saban said Minkah Fitzpatrick was the best player he has ever coached. Miami had that guy as a building block and threw it away. Pittsburgh got a heck of a steal in my opinion.

  16. It is another example of the quality of coaching in Pittsburgh. A player with “meh” performance in Miami comes to the Steelers and is amazing.

    Reminiscent of Bettis or Farrior many years ago, and in the other direction, Mike Wallace a few years ago.

    Fitzpatrick is being put in opportunities to shine in Pittsburgh. And he does.

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