Joe Deemer: History will favor Tomlin...

Joe Deemer: History will favor Tomlin's debut

There are 8 comments on the Indiana Gazette Online story from Jan 6, 2008, titled Joe Deemer: History will favor Tomlin's debut. In it, Indiana Gazette Online reports that:

In years to come, people will likely look back at Mike Tomlin's first year as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers as a success. via Indiana Gazette Online

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DickO

Beaver Springs, PA

#1 Jan 6, 2008
I think overall it was ok. I think his inexperence as a coach really showed at times this season. Tomlin needs to make some changes on his staff. The first should be special teams coach. They never did fix the problem and it cost them in every game they lost. The 2 point trys last night showed arrogance and getting caught up in the moment. If you are going to be sucessful year in and year out, you must learn from your shortcomings and check your ego at the door.

“Steelers Forever”

Since: Dec 07

Cranberry Township PA

#2 Jan 6, 2008
Decent article. I believe Tomlin did a good job.
He has seemed to win over the players and thats a big 1st step. Special teams play is an issue that has haunted us for a while. Cowher did'nt fix it and Tomlin for sure did'nt. Tomlin needs a new special teams coach. I think and hope he will act both swiftly and accordingly.
Najeh Davenport in my book is certainly not the answer. I don't know how they are going to address this issue. Willie Reed may not be around for the upcoming season. Too many injuries and to many blown opps. The O line is the biggest and foremost challenge. Play at center is a KEY issue. Ben has got to be protected and given the opportunity to run his team. The running game has also suffered because of the inept play. Willie Parker would be a great back if he had some consistant hole makers up front.
All in All it was a season beyond expectations. Tomlin has shown that he is a student of the game.
He has had to have learned!
BobRoberts

East Butler, PA

#3 Jan 7, 2008
DickO wrote:
I think overall it was ok. I think his inexperence as a coach really showed at times this season. Tomlin needs to make some changes on his staff. The first should be special teams coach. They never did fix the problem and it cost them in every game they lost. The 2 point trys last night showed arrogance and getting caught up in the moment. If you are going to be sucessful year in and year out, you must learn from your shortcomings and check your ego at the door.
I couldn't agree more. Dump the special teams coach and even look for another OC. The play calling at the end of a playoff game was absurd! Ben on a QB run on 3rd and 6???!! are you kiddin me? We moved the ball great in the fourth quarter then when the game depended on one more drive they get all conservative. I thought right there we lost the game...and we did. I could see the logic of going for two when to make it a 3 point game...and it worked... but after the phantom holding call kick the dam point after and go for a touchdown to win! that was pure stupidity on Tomlins part even jack del rio said he was surprised by the call.
BobRoberts

East Butler, PA

#4 Jan 7, 2008
Bill in Cranberry wrote:
Decent article. I believe Tomlin did a good job.
He has seemed to win over the players and thats a big 1st step. Special teams play is an issue that has haunted us for a while. Cowher did'nt fix it and Tomlin for sure did'nt. Tomlin needs a new special teams coach. I think and hope he will act both swiftly and accordingly.
Najeh Davenport in my book is certainly not the answer. I don't know how they are going to address this issue. Willie Reed may not be around for the upcoming season. Too many injuries and to many blown opps. The O line is the biggest and foremost challenge. Play at center is a KEY issue. Ben has got to be protected and given the opportunity to run his team. The running game has also suffered because of the inept play. Willie Parker would be a great back if he had some consistant hole makers up front.
All in All it was a season beyond expectations. Tomlin has shown that he is a student of the game.
He has had to have learned!
Bill, you are right as usual. the o line is a shadow of it's former self and as I see it the biggest problem is with the center position. we have been spoiled in the burgh for many years, weber, dawson etc. They either need to go to free agency or pick o line with 1 and 2 drafts.

“Steelers Forever”

Since: Dec 07

Cranberry Township PA

#5 Jan 7, 2008
BobRoberts wrote:
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Bill, you are right as usual. the o line is a shadow of it's former self and as I see it the biggest problem is with the center position. we have been spoiled in the burgh for many years, weber, dawson etc. They either need to go to free agency or pick o line with 1 and 2 drafts.
Bob it is certainly going to be a challenge, but one that can be met. The play calling in the 4th was incrediable. I would like to see Tomlin or whoever man up about that, but at the same time I still see it as a learning experience. There are more than a few problems. With the schedule being what it is next year I don't look for a playoff berth (of course this could change by free agency and the draft). I'm excited at the prospects. Let the new season begin!

PS If you read Ben during his post game I believe I saw some anger along with his disappointment. Ariens & the play calling????
BobRoberts

East Butler, PA

#6 Jan 7, 2008
Bill in Cranberry wrote:
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Bob it is certainly going to be a challenge, but one that can be met. The play calling in the 4th was incrediable. I would like to see Tomlin or whoever man up about that, but at the same time I still see it as a learning experience. There are more than a few problems. With the schedule being what it is next year I don't look for a playoff berth (of course this could change by free agency and the draft). I'm excited at the prospects. Let the new season begin!
PS If you read Ben during his post game I believe I saw some anger along with his disappointment. Ariens & the play calling????
I didn't see the post game, maybe he was also mad at himself. I think for the most part the play calling this season produced tds and yards but got very wierd in pressure situations. In many games Ariens got too conservative and we go 3 and out and the D doesn't hold. I'm still not sold on having a wide receivers coach as our OC! One thing I hope to see is Tomlin firing the special teams coach. This is a no brainer.

And playoffs for next year? Hey Bill don't get gloomy on me man, we will still win our division! All those playoff teams that are lined up for next fall may go the way of the ravens and bungels. This off season adjustments will be telling.

“Steelers Forever”

Since: Dec 07

Cranberry Township PA

#7 Jan 7, 2008
Believe me Bob I'm still with you. With things being the way they are with that O line...
We need some stud monsters up there. Some players that can come in and make an immediate impact. That worries me given the Rooney's preference to draft rather than to tap free agency. If we draft, can that rookie step right in there??? We need at least 3 O lineman. 1 to replace Faneca, 1 for Starks, 1 for Mahan (unless he can successfully move to gaurd). Marvel Smith may not return or be the same from back surgery.
So that could mean a 4th O lineman. Thats a pretty big order to fill.
Additionally, if Aaron Smith makes such an impact on the D line as he does then we need to address that... I would never have a defense dependant upon the play of one player. Thats not smart or winning FB.
Of course there are other issues. What I'm saying is don't get too revved up. There's alot of rebuilding to do.
BobRoberts

East Butler, PA

#8 Jan 7, 2008
Bill in Cranberry wrote:
Believe me Bob I'm still with you. With things being the way they are with that O line...
We need some stud monsters up there. Some players that can come in and make an immediate impact. That worries me given the Rooney's preference to draft rather than to tap free agency. If we draft, can that rookie step right in there??? We need at least 3 O lineman. 1 to replace Faneca, 1 for Starks, 1 for Mahan (unless he can successfully move to gaurd). Marvel Smith may not return or be the same from back surgery.
So that could mean a 4th O lineman. Thats a pretty big order to fill.
Additionally, if Aaron Smith makes such an impact on the D line as he does then we need to address that... I would never have a defense dependant upon the play of one player. Thats not smart or winning FB.
Of course there are other issues. What I'm saying is don't get too revved up. There's alot of rebuilding to do.
You bet, and I don't see too many outstanding lineman waiting in the wings on the steelers roster. I have faith in the front office they have been pretty good in the past. This off season will be fun to watch.

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