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« on: Jan 10, 2008 at 17:17 »

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 17:22 »

Love the fact that he's emphasizing the trenches in he draft, that he's going to focus on special teams players, that he wants a stronger run game, and that he's confirmed that Timmons is moving to (mack) ILB -- competing with Foote, apparently.

The guy had a rookie season that, while it was disappointing as he said, revealed a coach who's gutsy, canny, and forward-thinking.  This cat has it in his blood.  Would not surprise me if next year we were lighting Cohibas and basking in a Lombardi win.

Oh, and it sounds like he's gonna be talking to all the coaches about learning and improving.  I credit the guy for not overreacting, for promoting stability, and for allowing guys the chance to improve (where perhaps I'd have fired Lig and Porn).  I think he's already starting to craft the 2008 plan.  
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 19:13 »

nicely done.

Where will Timmons compete in the spring?

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 19:38 »

i wish that damned reporter would have ballsed up and asked that questoin about Mahan before the interview was over...


I don't like how he said he was "knee deep" in the draft last year and was happy with it.. I wish he was more like neck deep into the draft, because if we don't have an OUTSTANDING draft (+ maybe a little FA help) this year, either our O-line or D-line is going to be in miserable shape.. and to be honest I have little faith in Colbert anymore.. I still really like Timmons and especially Woodley, but we could have gotten another MLB at a much better value than 1.15, and the rest of the draft was pretty suspect as well..

The only pick i love is Woodley, other than that? Gay looks good, but I doubt he'll be an every down player with us. But he does give us some pretty decent dpeth there..  
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 21:21 »

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Love the fact that he's emphasizing the trenches in he draft, that he's going to focus on special teams players, that he wants a stronger run game, and that he's confirmed that Timmons is moving to (mack) ILB -- competing with Foote, apparently.

I like it all too.

Though it certainly is open to interpretation.

I hope he picks up a few OL and DL in the draft, though I don't believe it has to be a Day One affair.

When he talks about getting younger, I wonder if he thinks Capizzi or McBean (not Steely) or like types figure into the picture???

I know it's been discussed elsewhere, but looking down some of the prospects for DE, there seem to be two guys from Hampton in the 285 range.  Could stand to put on more weight but (and all things tend to change between now and the draft via one thousand variables) at least one of them is projected as a Day Two pick.  

OT depth appears strong, OG not as much.  Haven't looked at the OC talent

Is STs success dependent on guys like Morey and Iwouma?  Or is it coaching guys better?  Or drafting and using young guys on STs?  Isn't there a 5th rounder available with the talent of Chidi Iwuoma on STs but with the ability to progress into a starting role?  

So I like that Tomlin isn't washing away the late season flaws to injury or fatigue and that he realizes the issues bitched about will remain problems, healthy team or not, until some things change.  

But I do wonder what mix of in-house player changes, draft additions, coaching changes (philosophy, style or coach), and free agent additions Tomlin thinks will make for the greatest promise for 2008?

Won't find out 'til it's all done and over with but I have a feeling he won't put all of his eggs in one basket (i.e., all OL Day One draft, numerous ST only aging vets, status quo for the coaches, etc.)
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 21:30 »

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I know it's been discussed elsewhere, but looking down some of the prospects for DE, there seem to be two guys from Hampton in the 285 range. Could stand to put on more weight but (and all things tend to change between now and the draft via one thousand variables) at least one of them is projected as a Day Two pick.

Of course, this assumes the 34 is here to stay.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 21:38 »

"Teams like Baltimore win their division and go the other direction."

i love this guy.  he's knows what it means to be part of the Steelers.  he could've picked any number of teams but singled out the Ravoons.  nice.

he really seems to have his shit together although i don't like the way he said he'd go for 2 on the 12.  twice.  it's such a canned answer....

other than that, solid.

 
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 21:55 »

Yeah, Tomlin assuming that the Jags could go on a 9:00 game-ending TD drive wasn't the best explanation, but since he said he'd do it again (Cowher, c. 2004), that was probably his thinking.  Still don't agree with it, now or then, but at least he's not dodging it, telling the reporters that they don't know jack (Ray Handley), etc., etc.

Other stuff was OK.  Interesting explanation of the ST core group, especially with three guys (J. Harrison, Kriewaldt, Cooper) that are supposed ST aces or are on the roster for no other reason.  That doesn't really bode well for next year.
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 22:27 »

I love that interview.  When he was first hired, I was thinking, "Who the fuck is this guy?"  Yeah, I knew he was DC for the Vikes.  But then I heard the man speak.  Then I saw the look in his eyes.  I was onboard bigtime and still am.

Tomlin will lead the Steelers to another SB.  I don't know when, but it'll be w/in the next few years.  Can't say why other than he seems like a man who will not be denied ... and he has Big Ben as his franchise QB.  

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 10, 2008 at 22:49 »

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But then I heard the man speak.  Then I saw the look in his eyes.  I was onboard bigtime and still am.
 
that is either the most 100% thing I have ever heard in my life...or you have a stockroom of candy in your basement and have accepted a million rides from dudes who wear tunics brandishing illegal firearms!!!!!??????  :unsure:  
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