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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin Visibly Enraged When He Replies To Peter King’s Pessimistic Outlook For The 2022 Season

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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin Visibly Enraged When He Replies To Peter King’s Pessimistic Outlook For The 2022 Season

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin is heading into his 16th NFL season as the leader of the black and gold. He has never had a losing season during his tenure and he has also never entered a season without Ben Roethlisberger as his starting quarterback. Tomlin joined Peter King from NBC Sports this week to discuss the Steelers and the team’s prospects for the 2022 season.

“15 years as a head coach, never had a losing season,” King stated to Tomlin. “A lot of people are questioning how good this team is going to be. Could this be the first year that you don’t win a lot?”

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King, formerly of Sports Illustrated who may be best known for his popular Monday Morning Quarterback column, claims that the normally poised Tomlin took umbrage with his line of questioning. The media is laser focused on the uncertainty at the quarterback position for the Steelers and how Tomlin will handle naming the eventual starter. According to King, the obviously annoyed veteran head coach responded:

“You are hoping that we are mediocre? Bring it on, bring it on. Quote me.”

The three-time National Sportswriter of the Year was caught off guard by Tomlin’s attitude about questions surrounding the 2022 Steelers and how they will perform when the season starts. The Pittsburgh head coach is normally very measured with his responses to questions from the media. According to King’s weekly column, Tomlin expounded on the philosophy he will use to put this team together.

“I don’t really seek the comfort of a veteran group,” Tomlin said. “I approach building a team the same every year. That’s how I’m wired. I understand the question, but it’s just not my style.”

Tomlin has been winning the press conference for the 15 years he has been leading the team. No one is more direct and open with the media than Pittsburgh’s head coach. His performance on the podium has spawned multiple “Tomlinisms.” The well-known pithy comments have caught on around the country and become part of the fabric of the Steelers organization. He has been a media darling for most of his tenure and eminently quotable.


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Mike Florio and Phil Simms brought up the interview on Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk when they were discussing Brian Flores and the punishment meted out to the Miami Dolphins by the NFL this week. After the pair gave credit to the Steelers organization for having the integrity to hire Flores as a defensive assistant while the process played out, they expressed their own opinions on the King interview with Tomlin.

“Go ahead and sleep on the Steelers, they got Mike Tomlin and Brian Flores,” said Florio. “Any time they are regarded as they are not that good, that’s when they end up having a pretty great year. Peter King pissed off Mike Tomlin and he got mad at him and said, ‘bring it on.’ They thrive on that; the whole organization does.”

King, who is also well known as a power broker in determining the finalists for the Hall of Fame, may be overstating or mistaking intensity for annoyance. The only time I can recall Tomlin getting annoyed at a press conference is when he was asked if he had interest in the USC Trojans head coaching position. Tomlin seemed prepared from his opening press conference in training camp to deal with the uncertainty and adversity that the Steelers would face this season, so it seems out of character for him to be short with the veteran sportswriter.

“100 percent,” replied Simms. “They have a lot of bad dudes there. I mean that in a way that they love the fight. They enjoy the criticism. It’s a very real thing in Pittsburgh. I’ve experienced it, I saw Mike Tomlin when he was one of our defensive coaches in Tampa, he thrives on it. He becomes a better leader and a better motivator when he’s put in that corner.”

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King may very well have pressed on Tomlin’s last nerve with the line of questioning. Virtually every expert including Las Vegas oddsmakers are predicting that the Steelers will not have a winning record and finish in the cellar of the AFC North. Pittsburgh will take the field for its first preseason game on August 13th against the Seattle Seahawks who are also engaged in a quarterback competition. It is likely that Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph and Kenny Pickett will make an appearance, but it is doubtful that the first preseason game will affect the depth chart permanently.

Tomlin will need every ounce of his willpower to stay patient with the endless parade of the same questions until they announce the starter for opening day against the Cincinnati Bengals. If the frustration is fueling the fire to prove everyone wrong, then Florio may be right on the money and the Steelers could have a special season in 2022.

 

What do you think, Steeler Nation? Do you think an angry Mike Tomlin is a better coach? Please comment below or on my Twitter @thebubbasq.

I have been rooting for the Steelers actively since 1975. I love the Black and Gold and support them through thick and thin. I am a Navy Veteran, living in Jacksonville, FL and never miss a chance to go to the neutral site games here in Jacksonville. I am new to the Steeler Nation website, but I love discussing Steelers Past, Present and Future.

19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. larry

    August 6, 2022 at 11:42 am

    Don’t you just love it when Guys like Peter King (NBC)give us their take on Professional Football when their only sports background is HIGH SCHOOL.

  2. Joanne Jones

    August 6, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    I don’t know if an angry Tomlin is a better coach but I guarantee he’s a better motivator.

  3. Mark

    August 6, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Is this the same guy who described the Steelers as the McDonald’s of the NFL? If that was really Tomlin’s response to that question, I guess I find it odd that he doesn’t perceive their record over the last ten years or so as already being mediocre.

  4. Money line Mack

    August 6, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    AFC NORTH CHAMPIONSHIP AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME that’s the standard go STEELERS

  5. Chet

    August 6, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    It’s going to be interesting to see how well the Steeler roster responds to this season. As anyone who has been around football understands that the coach is just a small part of having a successful season. It’s really about the talent. But having a fired up Mike Tomlin just might make some fired up players play above their talent level, but doesn’t that always happen in the “Burgh”. Let’s just wait and see how it all plays out.

  6. Rarebreed

    August 6, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Drafting and developing players hasn’t done much good over the last decade so they took the Miami Heat route and is trying to buy a championship so maybe it will work out that way but it won’t be coaching.

  7. kris

    August 7, 2022 at 8:23 am

    Can Peter King please say something that helps coach win a playoff game this decade?

  8. Brad deardorf

    August 7, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    Have been a bengals Fan all my life Mike Tomlin is nothing without Ben. Kind of like The patriots without Tom Brady

  9. Chip

    August 7, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    The Black&Gold won’t have a winning record but they won’t tank either more like7-10 considering the schedule

  10. A

    August 7, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    10-7 bet it. Vegas got us 7.5 over/under. Definitely, bet the over. SteelerNation

  11. Ken brown

    August 7, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    It is what it is, we will seehow good of coach Tomlin is without a veteran like Ben. We will see how good his comfort level is.

  12. David Zipf

    August 7, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    With all honesty and having been a fan since 1947 as a 5yr old, listening to the radio and trying to envision what was happening (I was not a particularly smart child but my Dad explained everything wk by wk … terrible teams), we just love the underdog role … Coach T is very smart and trolled Mr King and gave his team some negative billboard vibes to encourage them to be more than they believe that they are.. I can imagine Mr King’s angst, rather true or not, being used to really focus his team … also, they will go back to their roots and run the ball … screen passes and short passes will be a norm with YAC their forte… Coach will use the proverbial “it’s us against the world” philosophy…
    in essence, Coach is using his interview as a way to create to create said philosophy…

  13. D Fense

    August 7, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    @Brad Deardorf: In all fairness, we’ve already seen the Pats minus Brady and we already know it was Brady who made them champions, not their coach, and we have yet to see how a post Ben Steelers team will fair…so try to withhold judgements before we see results.

    I’m sorry to hear about the Bengals SB loss. This makes them 0 – 2…doesn’t it?

  14. Mark

    August 8, 2022 at 7:07 am

    @larry Why don’t learn who Peter King is and how well respected he is throughout the NFL before making such a rude comment.

  15. Adi L.

    August 8, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Keep sleeping on the Steelers, haters. We love that sh*t! 🤣
    #herewego🔶♦️🔷🖤💛🖤💛🖤💛

  16. Danny Augustine

    August 8, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    I myself have never been high on Mike Tomlin, this team never having a losing season under him,not to hard to believe when you get spotted 4-0 vs the Ohio teams that have no clue. Cincinnati finally woke up…so this year SHOW US MIKE just how good you are of a coach…..PLEASE make me wrong.

  17. Bob Quinn

    August 8, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    These are some great points, I think Tomlin is an exceptional leader but not necessarily a great x’s and o’s guy. I believe he made a very savvy move with Brian Flores and Coach Austin and I hope he really is a little more hands off on defense.

    I am hoping Tomlin can take a page from the great Steve Owen who coached the Giants in 1950’s. His offensive coordinator was Vince Lombardi and his defensive coordinator was Tom Landry. Owen was also a great leader and his favorite quote when asked.

    “Well Vince and Tom let me inflate the footballs, otherwise they have made it clear it is none of my business what they are doing.”

    Humble guy, Tomlin Reminds me of him

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