After the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 6th win in a row Sunday night vs. the Green Bay Packers, the fan base wasn’t discussing the latest win, but Mike Tomlin’s comments to Tony Dungy on Football Night in America regarding the New England Patriots.
With the players going through their off day on Tuesday, several members of the team, including starting guard Ramon Foster, have weekly radio spots on different stations around the 412 area code. For Foster, his spot is on with The Fan Morning Show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
You can only imagine it didn’t take long for Foster to be asked about Tomlin’s comments, and while Foster could have said his head coach can say whatever he likes, Foster supported, and agreed with, Tomlin 100-percent.
“I agree with him, I mean if we continue what we’ve been doing these next few weeks, we’ll see the New England Patriots at home (in the playoffs) and everybody knows they’re the team that everybody is chasing, not just the AFC, but the NFC,” said Foster. “I think we’d be idiotic to not acknowledge that hey, that’s a big time game for us probably twice this year. I love the fact that he called it out like that.”
Tomlin has confidence in his team, and his team clearly has confidence in him, but the line has been drawn in the sand for the Week 15 game against the Patriots at Heinz Field, the only problem is there are two very important AFC North games before the Steelers and Patriots square off in a nationally televised affair.
The Steelers will play the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Monday Night Football in Week 13, followed by a Sunday Night Showdown with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14. These two games will not be a cakewalk, and fans are concerned about a letdown. After all, if Pittsburgh drops one, or both, of those games, there will likely be far less significance in Week 15 when Tom Brady and the boys come to the Steel City.
Like it or not, Tomlin can’t take back what he said. The team will either thrive under their confident head coach, or have to answer questions about overlooking opponents.
The gauntlet has been thrown down...