Mike Tomlin: To be honest and blunt, Melvin Ingram no longer wanted to be here

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When the Steelers traded edge rusher Melvin Ingram to the Chiefs for a sixth-round pick back in November, there was always a bit of a risk that it could end up significantly benefiting Kansas City for the December matchup between the two teams.

Even though that appears to be the case now, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin didn’t sound like a head coach who regretted the deal when asked about it in his Tuesday press conference.

When the deal went down, Tomlin said the Steelers prefer volunteers over hostages. He’s used that line before and said it again to describe Ingram’s feelings about Pittsburgh prior to the trade.

“We didn’t weigh their circumstances, no. We weighed our circumstances,” Tomlin said. “Not only the tangible element of our circumstances, but the intangible quality that makes up team. Like I mentioned when we moved him, we had an opportunity to get value for him. And so that was entertaining and interesting to us. But also, to be quite honest with you and blunt, Melvin no longer wanted to be here. And for us, we prefer volunteers as opposed to hostages.

“And we believe that is a formula that really allows us to come together in ways that you can’t measure — to do the things that we were able to do last week, to smile collectively in the face of adversity and do what’s required to get out of stadiums with necessary wins. And so that is more of a function of us and the things that we value and less about Kansas City, the things that they needed or the prospects of playing them later in the season.”

Having Ingram play the edge along with a healthy Chris Jones inside is one of the ways Kansas City’s defense has significantly improved since the club’s 3-4 start. In six games with three starts for the Chiefs, Ingram has 10 total tackles, three QB hits, a tackle for loss, and 1.0 sacks.

We’ll see if Ingram gets to take out some revenge against Pittsburgh or if it will be the other way around on Sunday.

17 responses to “Mike Tomlin: To be honest and blunt, Melvin Ingram no longer wanted to be here

  1. “We’ll see if Ingram gets to take out some revenge against Pittsburgh”

    Revenge for… giving him a contract when nobody else seemed interested, allowed him to show he was healthy, and then traded him to a contender when he asked to be let go?

    Those Steelers are a bunch of jerks.

  2. Melvin must feel like he’s escaped prison. Going from the disjointed Steelers to the number one seed in the AFC

  3. In six games with three starts for the Chiefs, Ingram has 10 total tackles, three QB hits, a tackle for loss, and 1.0 sacks.
    I doubt these numbers would turn any team around.

  4. Seems like a lot of jibberjabberfor a starting edge rushers with these numbers:. “In six games with three starts for the Chiefs, Ingram has 10 total tackles, three QB hits, a tackle for loss, and 1.0 sacks.”

    Not hing to see here.

  5. Everybody wins. Steelers correct a perceived error, player moves on to a team that values his contributions.

  6. tavisteelersfan says:
    December 21, 2021 at 1:21 pm
    Seems like a lot of jibberjabberfor a starting edge rushers with these numbers:. “In six games with three starts for the Chiefs, Ingram has 10 total tackles, three QB hits, a tackle for loss, and 1.0 sacks.”

    Not hing to see here.

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    This is true, but he’s been able to do for our defense what Josh Gordon hasn’t been able to do for our offense, and that is draw attention. When he’s on the field he needs to be blocked and that opens up the game for Jones, Clark and Reed. His contribution to our defense is pretty significant regardless of his personal stats.

  7. Surprised they would deal him to KC, they aren’t the only club in need of pass rushing help.

  8. Ingram acted like a tool…and he’s done little at KC Good riddance to the malcontent

  9. Seriously glad that he talked his way out of Pittsburgh. Ingram was the missing piece that the Chiefs D line needed. His individual stats don’t begin to tell the story of his value in KC. Steelers fans will see a different Melvin Ingram this weekend.

  10. KC was in hot pursuit of Ingram in the off-season but he chose the Steelers. Getting him was a solid move and fixed the mistake of trying to move Chris Jones to be a DE. That’s been a huge improvement and came when the young linebackers really started to catch up to the speed and complexity of the NFL.

    Veach is a brilliant personnel man that really knows how to work with his coaches.

  11. weepingjebus says:
    December 21, 2021 at 2:32 pm
    Who really wants to be anywhere at this point.
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    Ha! Well done.

  12. clearly steelers fans dont want him, but the chiefs fans love him. He is a huge part of the change in the defense. He fills a huge void at De when Chris Jones goes back in the middle and just the increase at production with Jones in the middle is the numbers you should see what his impact means.

  13. FYI: Since the Steelers traded away Melvin Ingram to the Chiefs in early November, he has logged 229 defensive snaps in six games, an average of just over 38 snaps per game. While he was with the Steelers, Ingram averaged 41 snaps per game.

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