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Tomlin on Hawks: “We know they’re capable of doing damage to us.”

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:18 am with 13 Comments »
September 14, 2011 10:58 am
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

We just wrapped up our conference call with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

He talked about the mood of his team after his team’s season-opening loss at Baltimore, 35-7.

“It’s appropriate,” he said. “We played poorly. We of course analyzed our performance, and now we move forward to ready ourselves for the next one. But it doesn’t lessen the fact that that tape is out there. It’s out there forever. We understand that. We acknowledge that. We don’t necessarily like it, but that’s life in the NFL.”

And even though his team is hosting Seattle, who many national league observers evaluate as one of the worst teams in the league, Tomlin is focused squarely on the task at hand.

“We respect these guys,” Tomlin said. “We know that they’re capable of doing damage to us. And we’ve got to compare ourselves, and prepare ourselves in a big way”

Listen to a snippet of our conversation with Tomlin down below.

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Here’s what Tomlin had to say about what Seattle brings to the table offensively.

“It starts first with their featured runner,” he said. “We’ve got a great deal of respect for Marshawn Lynch, and how he plays the game and what he’s capable of doing to you.”

Tomlin also mentioned the fact that Pittsburgh evaluated highly several of Seattle’s young offensive linemen, including Russell Okung, James Carpenter, Max Unger and John Moffitt.

“We of course are familiar with many of those guys because they’ve come out of recent drafts,” he said. “And we’ve held all of those guys in high regard.”

Tomlin was in Minnesota serving as the team’s defensive coordinator when the team drafted Tarvaris Jackson, and he had good things to say about Seattle’s quarterback.

“I have a great deal of respect for him,” Tomlin said. “Boy, he’s a legitimate tough guy at the quarterback position. I think he endears himself to his teammates because of that, and that’s probably one of the reasons that his teammates elected him as one of the captain out there.”

And defensively?

“It’s always been a signature of Pete Carroll football that they will play with great energy and enthusiasm,” he said. “They run to the ball extremely well.”

Tomlin singled out defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Aaron Curry as two guys playing well in Seattle’s front seven, but left his highest praise for Seattle’s safety tandem of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

“We think their young safety tandem is very impressive,” Tomlin said. “The tape that they have out there. … Very good, high-quality play from those guys.”

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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    Mike Tomlin is saying all tbw right things.Too bad we gonna get killed.Boy oh boy smh..I can’t wait until it’s over.

  2. Dukeshire says:

    So what do you think of their defense? They run the ball well. lol And Jackson better be tough, he’s likely to get bruised up Sunday.

  3. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    Aaron Curry? We’ll trade you him for a 1st round draft pick if you like him so much, Tomlin.

  4. “We know they’re capable of doing damage to us.”

    If by “damage”, he means botched cut blocks and stolen tatorade buckets…yeah, I’d be worried too.

  5. Kinda hate starting off the morning on Sunday watching the Hawks take on a top east coast team.

  6. seahawk44 says:

    The Steelers have some problems with their O-line too. And the Ravens wrote a nice script to follow. Maybe the Seahawks can beat the spread and not lose by 2 TDs or more. Seahawks defense can be special.

  7. williambryan says:

    Even though I hate the steelers, and I have never disliked a team more than they, I think Tomlin is a great coach and even though he is the coach of the steelers, I like him…

  8. That was a little to sweet for me.Rang a little bit of BS,I’ll say what you want to here.

  9. MadSweeney42 says:

    I know the Ravens are good and Pttsturd just went to the SB, but I didn’t see a top ranked team in the east on Sunday. Seven turnovers?! And they still get ranked in the top 10 by folks? We lose on 2 ST plays and jet to the very bottom but they stay top 10? Ridiculous.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Tomlin won’t trade a 1st round pick for Curry. He will just wait until the Seahawks let Curry go, then sign him and have Keith butler work his magic.

    As I have stated before, this east coast time zone change thing is B.S. It’s just an excuse for losing teams!
    The great 49er teams of the past didn’t use this excuse to lose! The great Raider teams of the past didn’t use this excuse to lose! Why should we?

    Good teams just win, anywhere, anytime!

  11. BobbyAyala says:

    Dollars to doughnuts the Steelers are actually perparing for their next opponent, and not wasting anytime on the Hawks.

    I’m kidding.

    Or am I?

  12. BobbyAyala says:

    I like Tomlin’s glasses though. I think we call him Maverick all week. Or Goose.

  13. Tomlin must be a brilliant guy. Look how quickly he went up the coaching ladder. He’s not yet 40 and he’s been to two Super Bowls already.

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