Was just following around some Aaron Smith news just now, and I got led across ESPN's Steelers page, and a little story on Tomlin. Apparently, it was about how he doesn't like the criticism from the league from the fines, and he also doesn't really like the praise from the league this week. It's easy to find, ESPN, Steelers, but here's the meat & potatoes of the story:
"There certainly was one play, on a hit on a running back, that James Harrison may have taken a shot at the running back going down, and Harrison let up," Anderson said. "I applaud James for restraining himself."
Tomlin insisted last week that Harrison's hit was permissible under NFL rules, and Steelers president Art Rooney II agreed. Now, Tomlin appears unhappy that anyone in the league is suggesting the Steelers (5-1) softened their physical style of play during the 23-22 victory in Miami.
Tomlin said there was no such "letting up."
"I didn't see anything of that nature," Tomlin said Tuesday. "If I appear short, it's because it's somewhat insulting to me to assume that we're doing anything under any normal circumstances other than trying to play within the rules. That's how our guys play, that's how we coach. No. 1, first and foremost, is it conducive to winning? That's what our intentions are when we step into stadiums to play, whether it's last weekend of three weeks ago or a month ago. Or a month from now."
As for Anderson's praise, Tomlin said, "It would be tough for me to care less about their opinion, to be honest with you."
I love this.
I love our coach.
On a day when Brad Childress gets fined $35,000 for diarrhea of the mouth (does the guy ever stop, or consider what he's saying? He has no filter!), here is Tomlin not saying much, but saying everything that needs to be said. And, in a way far more powerful than just flippin' the bird at someone. You can't fine what Tomliln said, but he's giving the finger to Anderson...to Goodell...to anyone who thinks the Steelers are changing their way of playing. And he's skating...with his paycheck intact.
I love Tomlin. Yes, he shares the same last name as a wispy over the hill Hollywood actress...but Lily kicked some ass in her day too.
Viva la Tomlinisco perpetuado infinitissimo.