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Tomlin vs. Jacksonville media


Mike Tomlin’s conference call with the Jacksonville media got a little tense today and didn’t end with friendly farewells.
The last question, as seen at the end of the transcript, was asked by Tomlin, and he hung up a couple of seconds later. Here is the full transcript:

Talk about how your team has had to change things up a little bit in trying different things to win this year
“First of all, this is still a very early portion of the season and we’re trying to find ourselves like everyone else, and you’d better win games along the way. That’s simply our process. We don’t go into any season holding on to any personality traits. We build it from ground zero every year with the understanding that we’re trying to be a good football team. We want to play to our strengths and try to minimize our weaknesses. So we’re a work in progress, no doubt, and we’ll just continue to walk the journey. And like I said earlier, we’d better to find ways to win along the way.”

On Ben Roethlisberger’s play so far this season
“Ben is very consistent. He’s a competitor. He realized, of course, the gravity of last week’s game. It’s always important that you bounce back from the type of performance that we had in Houston. He’s always kind of delivered those kinds of timely performances for us.”

On your run defense against Maurice Jones-Drew
“Jones-Drew, of course, is a spectacular player. We’re going to have our hands full there trying to slow him down. We respect him for what he’s capable of and we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

What’s been the problem with the run defense?
“We’ve given up some big runs.”

“A myriad of reasons. There are usually reasons why people give up runs. People are not where they’re supposed to be or they’re getting physically whipped and/or both, and I think such has been the case with us. We don’t run away from that. We’re working hard on a daily basis trying to right those things.”

Is the age of your defense a concern for you?

Why not?
“It just isn’t. We’re very comfortable where we are from a personnel standpoint not only with our starters but with our backups. We believe we’ve got good quality depth. I think they’ll be given plenty of opportunities to prove that.”

This is Jacksonville’s first game up in Pittsburgh since the 2008 playoff game. Any memories of that playoff game?
“Not really. I remember David Garrard of course on the draw on fourth down. That’s one of those plays that you’ll never forget. It was a big play.”

Did you send tape of that play to league office?

Why not?
“Why would I?”

Wasn’t there a questionable non-call holding on that play?
“Guys, come on man. I’m not going to cry over four-year-old spilt milk. Anybody got any legitimate questions?”

It was a big game from Jacksonville’s standpoint
“Guys, that was four years ago. I understand that might have been a big game in Jacksonville four years ago but that’s old news. Many of those guys are no longer here and definitely many of the guys that were in Jacksonville are no longer there. Anybody got any questions relative to this week?”



  1. Aldo says:

    That’s why mike T is one of the top 5 classiest coaches in thee NFL. Period.

  2. Mike says:

    Seriously! Why were they bringing up this old crap? Tomlin hung the phone up on them–which he should have–but he’s getting flack for that on! Tomlin is one of the best coaches in the league and they’re wasting their time with questions like these! Sounds like the media in Jacksonville miss Garrard–as they should! The Jags make roster moves that make no sense and the Jacksonville media are asking questions that have nothing to do with the game Sunday! All is lost in Jackassville!

  3. Zarbor says:

    This is news? C’mon now. It was a dumb question and have no relation to the game on Sunday. Sounds to me like that interview was over. I would have hung up as well.

    Steelers really need to put the beat down on teams like Jacksonville. If this game is close, it would be a failure in my eyes since this team should be making steps forward especially against the weaker teams.

  4. Scott P says:

    What a joke. I am proud of Tomlin for not allowing himself to be drug in to that debate. He didn’t cry about it 4 years ago why would he get in to it now?

  5. David says:

    Sounds like the media went into a 4 year hybernation, not many winning.g seasons since then and no superbowls to speak of, maybe tomlin should ask why the java have been out of the playoffs since then. Hmmmm

  6. David says:

    I do the same thing. I hang up on stupid questions. Loser media JAGs, Lol…

  7. Jim M says:

    It’s good to see that Mr. Tomlin does not suffer fools gladly. There is obviously a serious deficit of originality in the sports writing community in Jacksonville.

  8. David says:

    It’s a sad day when u sit Production” for Lack of production”

  9. David says:

    It’s a huge mistake to put Redman on the bench. It only hurts the team. Mendenhall is a lousey running back if that’s what you wanna call him.

  10. Scott P says:

    I see where genius Arians said “things are back to normal”. Does that mean we should expect an all out assault on the QB, less than 3 yards per carry, and no in game adjustments of the game plan?

  11. Rick says:

    Glad to see media put in its place every now and then. Wish we could do the same with the Congress and Senate!

    Mendenhall starting, what he is paid to do. That his style is different than Redman, gee they aren’t the same people. Would I like to see better run production from him, absolutely. He is capable of it.

    As a team, we weren’t really jelling all season until maybe last game. We will see vs the Jags – especially Ben vs that DB Mathis. Brown and Sanders better be up for this game, on top of things. If so, Ben won’t necessarily be pick bait for Mathis.

    And Saunders (TE), supposed to be a pass catcher, hmmm. Prove it dude.

    BA doesn’t run the ball, doesn’t block, doesn’t pass and certainly doesn’t run routes or catch. So if someone is not performing someone else who is should play more. And if BA is reluctant to do that then of course Tomlin can override.

  12. Big Al says:

    Hey, I don’t care what the Steelers to this season. I’m just thankful that I don’t have to put up with the Pirates for awhile.

  13. Mr. Steeler says:

    I agree with the Jacksonville reporter entirely. There were THREE holding penalties that weren’t called on the Gerard play. Team management had a responsibility to the fans and the players to complain to the league office. We’re way too soft.

  14. shag52 says:

    Hey Mr. steeler… did you somehow forget Hines Ward grabbing, pulling and hanging all over the Jags DB face-mask covering his TD catch… if that had been called back for offensive pass interference (like it should have been called) there would have been no questions asked about holding on Garrards run… the Jags would have won that game without it…

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