U mad, bro? Steelers’ Mike Tomlin not a ‘Pittsburgh guy’; James Harrison’s participation trophy
In this week’s “U bad, bro?” we examine why Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin “isn’t a Pittsburgh guy.” Also, I find the one person who likes the roughing-the passer rules. But no one seems to like James Harrison.
Marc emailed me about James Harrison’s suggestion to Le’Veon Bell that he should show up to work at the last possible minute, get his franchise tag signed then fake an injury.
(This comes) from a man who wouldn’t let his sons accept a participation trophy.
Marc, based on Harrison’s comments, he has no idea how the franchise tag works. And, as you point out, he also has no idea how irony works.
Adam used the Harrison story as a way to leverage hockey’s popularity.
@MarkMaddenX @MaddenProducer @TimBenzPGH You will NEVER hear an NHL or former NHL player say or imply what Jim Harrison did. That just shows the level of class, dignity, integrity the NHL will ALWAYS have over the NFL. #HallofDishonor
— Adam Brown (@AJFresh86) September 26, 2018
No. Probably not. I can’t come up with an example to disprove that notion off the top of my head. But I hate that argument. Especially in this town. It’s so tired.
NFL players are animals, and hockey players are angels. Yeah. I’ve heard it a million times.
Look, hockey is a good enough sport, and the Penguins are a popular enough team that there is no need to advance the cause of your game by turning your nose up at football.
Tweets like this reek of a hockey inferiority complex. It’s unnecessary. Sometimes hockey fans make it seem as if appreciating both sports is somehow mutually exclusive. They don’t have to be.
But, since we are into comparisons, I do seem to remember a certain Penguin who pouted his way through his last year in Pittsburgh, only to have the fans clamor for his return. Then, he left the Pens at the altar to join a hated rival as Harrison did.
What was his name again?
After the Steelers’ 30-27 win over the Bucs on Monday Night, I sent out this tweet.
Steelers offense did everything it could to win. Steelers defense did everything it could to keep it close. Steelers special teams did everything they could to give it away. Referees did everything they could to make themselves the story.
— Tim Benz (@TimBenzPGH) September 25, 2018
I followed it up with a column expressing similar opinions.
Skip and Joe disagree.
Really? The defense that got 3 picks and scored a TD or the offense that was shut out in the second half. You might want to rethink that
— skip (@Skip1288) September 25, 2018
Which of Tampa’s three second-half scoring drives should I rethink, exactly? The 14-play one, the 12-play one or the 92-yard one?
Except for the 2nd half when, you know, they failed to score a single point.
— Joe (@JW8771) September 25, 2018
True, but isn’t it tough to score when the other team, you know, has the ball for 35 snaps on their first three drives of the half?
Mark sent me an email about Mike Tomlin.
My problem with Tomlin is the trend, the culture that exists. I don’t feel Tomlin is a Pittsburgh guy. This adds to the problem. I won’t even talk about the top picks littering the defense. A defense that just looks impotent at best. No way the organization whiffed on all. Where is the coaching?
….The Tomlin regime has wasted Ben’s prime
Mark, complaints about Tomlin’s lack of discipline, his drooping defense and a failure to maximize Ben Roethlisberger’s time here are all valid complaints to one degree or another.
But “not a Pittsburgh guy” reads like something you say when you try to specify a general dissatisfaction with him personally because you can’t define your dislike for him professionally.
Frankly, it sounds like code to me. It’s somewhere between passive racism and aggressive jingoism.
Was he a “Pittsburgh guy” when he was on the parade route down the Boulevard of the Allies? If so, when did he have his “Pittsburgh guy” status revoked? When he drifted off the sidelines against the Ravens? Or when he drafted Limas Sweed? I just want to be sure.
Chuck Noll was from Cleveland and played for the Browns. Bill Cowher also played for the Browns and openly calls himself a “full-fledged” New Yorker now.
Should we consider them “Pittsburgh guys?” How about Mike Sullivan and Clint Hurdle? Do they count?
Brian tweets with some concerns about Chris Boswell.
How much of Boswell’s contract was guaranteed? His deal could make the Lamar Woodley deal look good.
— Brian C Machi (@MachiB88) September 25, 2018
The answer is $7.2 million is guaranteed. The other answer is that Woodley may be a better kicker right about now.
And, finally, leave it to my timeline to unearth the one guy who likes the NFL roughing-the-passer flags.
They are doing everything they possibly can to protect their #1 assets, the quarterbacks!!! Without elite QB’s this game is really terrible!! No offense means no fans!!
— Jeff Shriver (@jeffshriver) September 25, 2018
No offense means no fans? OK. But no contact means it’s a different sport.
I get protecting the quarterbacks. However, I don’t understand how the NFL thinks it is being fair in asking the pass rushers to do so in the manner required. It defies science.
Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @TimBenzPGH. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.