Mike Tomlin Press Conference: Week 2, Seahawks


Naturally, all anyone wanted to hear about in this press conference was “being humbled” by the Ravens last Sunday. Since that’s all anyone is thinking about right now, I’m going to make two quick points, and then I will go over the talking points from Tomlin’s presser yesterday at noon.

1) The amount of ego it takes to go for it on 4th & 1 when you are up 29-7 and in the Red Zone (but not near the goal line) is staggering. If the Ravens were playing against another other team, and I mean any other team, they kick the field goal there. I was so happy to see James Harrison fight his way to making sure that low blow didn’t connect, but the act of it was nonetheless shocking and insulting. The Ravens will get what they deserve, if not from us then from someone else.

2) Anyone else notice how the Ravens’ second string running back ran for more yards (70) against our defense than Chris Johnson did last season? Yeah. Ouch.

Now on to the good stuff.

Tomlin opened his talk just about how you’d expect. He spent the entire time talking about how much talent there is in Seattle right now. How they have lots of young guys with “great pedigree” on their roster, and how he worked with T. Jack in MN. He rattled off just about every significant player from every significant position on their squad and by default showed us that at least he is doing his homework.

I have to admit, when I was listening to the presser, all I was thinking about was when was he going to address the Ravens game? I am glad that he spent time talking about the Seahawks because frankly, the way the Steelers played last Sunday, they could literally lose to anyone right now. Remember that Oakland game in 2009. Yep, if you take any team lightly you will get beat. At least that seems to be the way of the world.

That being said, Tomlin insisted that the Steelers did not go in to the game feeling any sort of sense of entitlement. He said that he certainly hopes they don’t need to be humbled, and that he feels it was simply a matter of poor execution. When asked about the plan to work in Larry Foote for James Farrior and if he was happy with the result Tomlin responded with,

“We were not displeased with our plan, but you know, there’s not a lot to look back at that game and feel good about. We were intent on doing that, and we did, but other than that we are not pleased with how we played.”

Ouchy. I pointed out on twitter during my second time through the game that the 20 yard pass play to Rice with 2:20 left in the 2nd was Foote’s blown coverage. There were other questionable coverage moments by him during the game as well, though I can’t go in to specifics at this time.

Tomlin confirmed that Legursky played well enough to keep his spot as a starter on the Oline. He had some rough moments blocking, as did the entire Oline that game, but I think Legursky will end up being a good fit there. Has some work to do, but he’s a fighter and will hopefully be a part in rebuilding this Oline. With Colon out for the season it looks like Gilbert will get a big shot to be a contributor per Tomlin. Tomlin said that they like Gilbert’s pedigree and that they got to see him play in a variety of positions while at Florida. He will get a big shot this weekend to show what he is made of.

When asked if there is anything positive to take away from the game on Sunday, Tomlin responded only with “Daniel Sepulveda punted the ball well.”

Well, thank god for that, huh? We signed a guy who has had two season ending injuries in his short career with the Steelers and he managed to make it through the first game of the season. Can’t really say as much about Colon, can we?

A new Tomlinism:

“There is a fine line between drinking wine and squashing grapes. Obviously last weekend, we were grape squashers.”

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  • Kimmy

    I loved the “grape squashers” comment. Perfectly fitting Tomlin.

  • Kimmy

    I loved the “grape squashers” comment. Perfectly fitting Tomlin.

  • AdamMeckler

    @Kimmy Yeah, I really liked that too. I am sure there will be more gems like that one in future pressers. It actually made me wonder though, is the saying actually “there is a fine line between MAKING win and squashing grapes?” Seems to make more sense to me that way, but whatever :)

  • AdamMeckler

    @Kimmy Yeah, I really liked that too. I am sure there will be more gems like that one in future pressers. It actually made me wonder though, is the saying actually “there is a fine line between MAKING win and squashing grapes?” Seems to make more sense to me that way, but whatever :)

  • AdamMeckler

    @Kimmy *wine, not win….

  • AdamMeckler

    @Kimmy *wine, not win….

  • craterofstink

    That 2 point conversion took a lot of balls too.

  • craterofstink

    That 2 point conversion took a lot of balls too.

  • Kimmy

    @AdamMeckler yeah I think it makes more sense “making” rather than “drinking” but either way it’s a gem.

  • Kimmy

    @AdamMeckler yeah I think it makes more sense “making” rather than “drinking” but either way it’s a gem.

  • RavenMaven

    Why are you insulted by the Ravens going for it on fourth down? Let’s recap. You noted that the Ravens had a 22 point lead at the time. You have probably noticed in the past that the Ravens tend to lead games against Pittsburgh a lot and then lose it in the fourth quarter due to some miraculous come from behind shenanigans from Big Ben and the boys. You also noted that the Ravens second string running back had more yards in that game than Chris Johnson did last year, not even considering that Ray Rice was already over a hundred yards and two touchdowns. Why the heck would they NOT go for it on fourth down near the red zone, when the running game had already been so successful? This is a no brainer coaching decision. Worst case scenario is you get no points and hand the ball to Ben Fumblefingers at the 25 yard line….

  • RavenMaven

    Why are you insulted by the Ravens going for it on fourth down? Let’s recap. You noted that the Ravens had a 22 point lead at the time. You have probably noticed in the past that the Ravens tend to lead games against Pittsburgh a lot and then lose it in the fourth quarter due to some miraculous come from behind shenanigans from Big Ben and the boys. You also noted that the Ravens second string running back had more yards in that game than Chris Johnson did last year, not even considering that Ray Rice was already over a hundred yards and two touchdowns. Why the heck would they NOT go for it on fourth down near the red zone, when the running game had already been so successful? This is a no brainer coaching decision. Worst case scenario is you get no points and hand the ball to Ben Fumblefingers at the 25 yard line….

  • RavenFever

    @RavenMaven They prefer to think it was an insult! I think it showed respect for past game history! No surprise!!

  • RavenFever

    @RavenMaven They prefer to think it was an insult! I think it showed respect for past game history! No surprise!!

  • Kimmy

    @RavenFever @RavenMaven nothing like trolling Steeler fan websites after the game is played for the smack talk huh? You do realize we spent the entire past week picking the Steelers to dominate. Your silence then must mean you agreed with us right? About the 2 point conversion and going for it on 4th down of course they were meant as insults, it’s a friggin rivalry game. It was meant to show disrespect. The Steelers would have done the same thing in that situation.

  • Kimmy

    @RavenFever @RavenMaven nothing like trolling Steeler fan websites after the game is played for the smack talk huh? You do realize we spent the entire past week picking the Steelers to dominate. Your silence then must mean you agreed with us right? About the 2 point conversion and going for it on 4th down of course they were meant as insults, it’s a friggin rivalry game. It was meant to show disrespect. The Steelers would have done the same thing in that situation.

  • AdamMeckler

    @Kimmy@RavenFever@RavenMavenHmm, take 3 points or take no points….To me, this is the no-brainer, and this is why I considered it a direct low blow and not some sort of mystical brilliant strategy.

    I pointed out that Ricky Williams, the Ravens 2nd string running back, had more yards than Chris Johnson did last year. I assume everyone in the world knows that means that Ray Rice had a great game. It was not meant as an insult to the Ravens in any way. You can get over yourself at any time.

    That being said, I didn’t think about the game history when I wrote that paragraph and that brings up a good point, I suppose they could have been trying to protect against a 4th quarter comeback, though, that doesn’t show much respect for that stout Ravens defense from the Ravens Coaches, does it? And to me, 3 points is better than no points when trying to protect against a comeback. Anyways, the game was so far out of hand the Steelers didn’t have a chance in hell at coming back, and your coaches knew that. So, I stand by my words.

  • AdamMeckler

    @Kimmy@RavenFever@RavenMavenHmm, take 3 points or take no points….To me, this is the no-brainer, and this is why I considered it a direct low blow and not some sort of mystical brilliant strategy.

    I pointed out that Ricky Williams, the Ravens 2nd string running back, had more yards than Chris Johnson did last year. I assume everyone in the world knows that means that Ray Rice had a great game. It was not meant as an insult to the Ravens in any way. You can get over yourself at any time.

    That being said, I didn’t think about the game history when I wrote that paragraph and that brings up a good point, I suppose they could have been trying to protect against a 4th quarter comeback, though, that doesn’t show much respect for that stout Ravens defense from the Ravens Coaches, does it? And to me, 3 points is better than no points when trying to protect against a comeback. Anyways, the game was so far out of hand the Steelers didn’t have a chance in hell at coming back, and your coaches knew that. So, I stand by my words.

  • RavenFever

    @AdamMeckler@Kimmy@RavenMaven I stand by what I said…….the last several years win/loss by 3-5 pts. Last year up 21-7 half-time lose in Steeler comeback. Two point conversion a no brainer imo. Going for the extra points….still…..in the history of things……

  • RavenFever

    @AdamMeckler@Kimmy@RavenMaven I stand by what I said…….the last several years win/loss by 3-5 pts. Last year up 21-7 half-time lose in Steeler comeback. Two point conversion a no brainer imo. Going for the extra points….still…..in the history of things……

  • RavenFever

    @AdamMeckler@Kimmy@RavenMaven Oh and btw…..speaking of stout defenses…….

  • RavenFever

    @AdamMeckler@Kimmy@RavenMaven Oh and btw…..speaking of stout defenses…….

  • Kimmy

    @RavenFever yeah your points are totally awesome…After the game. You, along with everyone else never expected this outcome in a million years. It was week 1, not the AFC Championship.

  • Kimmy

    @RavenFever yeah your points are totally awesome…After the game. You, along with everyone else never expected this outcome in a million years. It was week 1, not the AFC Championship.

  • RavenFever

    @Kimmy @RavenFever
    News Flash!! ALL Ravens fans expected to win……like you guys always beat us so badly….are you kidding! This time we Dominated! Why…..Our “D” showed up yours….DIDN’T!! Our “O” line showed up……yours DIDN’T!! Poor boy!!

  • RavenFever

    @Kimmy @RavenFever
    News Flash!! ALL Ravens fans expected to win……like you guys always beat us so badly….are you kidding! This time we Dominated! Why…..Our “D” showed up yours….DIDN’T!! Our “O” line showed up……yours DIDN’T!! Poor boy!!

  • RavenFever

    @Kimmy BTW…..I came on here with respect……you changed my mind…..

  • RavenFever

    @Kimmy BTW…..I came on here with respect……you changed my mind…..

  • Kimmy

    @RavenFever Ok Nostradamus. Come back after next weeks games and tell us how you called it all along.

  • Kimmy

    @RavenFever Ok Nostradamus. Come back after next weeks games and tell us how you called it all along.

  • AdamMeckler

    @RavenFever First of all, I never said anything about the 2 point conversion. That was someone else on the comment line. The reason I did not include it in my article is precisely because I understand the strategy behind it. However, I do not believe that your coaches have so little faith in your D that they believe Ben would have thrown four touchdowns (what it would have taken to come back before that 4th&1 stunt) in the 4th quarter. Therefore, the 4th&1 was a low blow. A kick while we were down. An insult added to injury. It was not strategic at all.

    I just spent the entire article talking about how our D didn’t show up to the game. About how terribly ugly we looked. You get no argument from me there. You’re stating the obvious and the already stated.

  • AdamMeckler

    @RavenFever First of all, I never said anything about the 2 point conversion. That was someone else on the comment line. The reason I did not include it in my article is precisely because I understand the strategy behind it. However, I do not believe that your coaches have so little faith in your D that they believe Ben would have thrown four touchdowns (what it would have taken to come back before that 4th&1 stunt) in the 4th quarter. Therefore, the 4th&1 was a low blow. A kick while we were down. An insult added to injury. It was not strategic at all.

    I just spent the entire article talking about how our D didn’t show up to the game. About how terribly ugly we looked. You get no argument from me there. You’re stating the obvious and the already stated.

  • RavenFever

    @Kimmy @RavenFever Make sense…as a steeler fan, you thought you would win as well.

  • RavenFever

    @Kimmy @RavenFever Make sense…as a steeler fan, you thought you would win as well.

  • RavenFever

    @AdamMeckler Sorry, Adam. The response was to Kimmy. I agree with much of what you said.

  • RavenFever

    @AdamMeckler Sorry, Adam. The response was to Kimmy. I agree with much of what you said.