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Wexell waxes philosophical and Tomlin

One of the things I love about Jim Wexell is that his writing can transcend simple X's and O's.  He just wrote an entry in his blog ($) that takes a step back from who made a good or bad play and examines the culture of the team and how Tomlin is doing in his second year.  Honestly, it's probably worth the $8 month subscription (for me, anyway) by itself.  He talks about the "old guard" and the new guys and how the old guard seems a lot more content than the new guys.  Tomlin, though, is showing he means business by being tough with the old guys, while focusing his energy on guys like Bruce Davis and Tony Hills, who could be the future of the team or fade away from the NFL.  There's a lot more in there about the culture of the team and how different players fit into that (Aaron Smith and Hoke are really interesting), and it's very much worth reading. 

I think I talked about this before on this site, but I'm really liking Tomlin a lot more.  I feel like last year, he was coming into a veteran team with veteran coaches and had to tread lightly to avoid a mutiny or dissention.  As a result, I didn't feel he put much of a stamp on the team, and it was still hard to say if he would be a good coach or not based on anything I saw in his first year.  I feel like he just blossomed since the beginning of training camp into THE guy who is in control and is running the team the way he wants.  Seeing how he's handled Hampton and guys like Woodley and Davis and the general impression I get from people at camp, I'm suddenly much more excited about him as a coach, and I'm starting to see that mysterious power he seemed to have over everyone who knew or interviewed him.  For the first time, I'm starting to think maybe it was a good idea to let Whis leave and start something completely new.  Is he the next Tony Dungy?  Only time will tell, but I'm excited. 

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