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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin looking to celebrate like he did against the Jets in 2012

Tomlin, one of the more intense coaches in the league, excitedly yelled, bumped fists and slapped the shoulder pads of his offensive linemen after a big win over the Jets in Week 2 of the 2012 season. They earned that win by running the ball effectively in the fourth quarter. It was one of few games in which they ran well late.


It was quickly on its way to becoming the most popular clip of the Steelers' 2012 season.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin yelling excitedly, pounding the shoulder pads of his offensive linemen, giving fist bumps and celebrating as a man who's team followed his plan.

Beating the Jets wasn't exactly a rare feat for teams in the NFL last year, but the manner in which the Steelers did it - running the ball down the Jets' throats in the fourth quarter - wasn't exactly common for the Steelers.



Whether Tomlin celebrated in a similar fashion in his team's other seven victories last season remains to be seen, but it doesn't seem likely.

The opposite of this kind of outburst seems equally fair.

Between Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer, the Steelers rushed eight times for 31 yards, including Redman's two-yard touchdown plunge that capped off a 14-play 80 yard drive. This sealed the Steelers' eventual 27-10 win over the hapless Jets, moving them to 1-1 on the year.

It was a glimmer of hope into a running game that would otherwise struggle quite a bit through the first third of the season.

It was at its worst in the fourth quarter, where the Steelers - ranked 26th overall in 2012 - ran the ball at a very poor level. Finishing 25th in the league in fourth quarter rushing yards, the Steelers held fourth quarter leads in 11 of their 16 games.

Woo Tomlin is going to look for more of these kinds of games in 2012. With Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers' second round draft pick, and some long-since-forgotten health among his offense, the Steelers will have the ability to simply possess the ball in the fourth quarter, and advance on and hold leads late in games.

As ESPN's Jamison Hensley writes in this piece, passing scores points, but running wins games. Opponents can't score if they don't have the ball, and Bell, along with contributory efforts from Dwyer and Redman, will bring out many more emotive outbursts from Tomlin.