The Infectious Exuberance of Mike Tomlin

He may not be firing Bruce Arians, who was the subject of a defensive Bob Smizik column that I don't even want to get into, but it seems as though Mike Tomlin has at least been a little more visibly emotive this season.

Perhaps it's the confidence that comes with having his first season as head coach under his belt, but his gameday persona has been a lot more excitable than the mostly sedate be-sunglassed guy who patrolled the sidelines last year. Whether that translates into better play from the Steelers seems to be pretty negligible, but at least it provides the viewers at home some pretty good reaction shots.

While the Jets snagged Ty Law, the Steelers brought on Fernando Bryant to shore up their increasingly depleted secondary, so hopefully William Gay won't be called upon to cover anyone's no. 2 receiver man-to-man again anytime soon. Meanwhile, FWP's staus seems to be improving slightly, as does LaMarr Woodley's (thank God), while Big Ben is actually being required to practice. Funny how quarterback's have trouble doing the Plaxico practice-once-all-week-and-play Sunday routine.


Spatula said...

I think he's a smart coach who realizes he has to adjust his coaching style to the mindset of his team. He can't be laid back like Dungy with this group.

Cornbread said...

I don't want to dwell on the Arians angle any longer, but I just want to get one thing off my chest.

Smizik ends the article - "They did not lose because Arians called the wrong plays."


Spatula said...

Sitting here watching the referees in the Steelers-Chargers game, I now know what it feels like to be anally violated by a packaderm.