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Tomlin Stops Game Playing In The Locker Room


According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is no longer allowing any of his players to play pool, ping-pong or shuffleboard in the locker room until the team starts winning.

A few weeks ago, the veterans on the team that were part of the 2008 Super Bowl winning team met and decided that teammates with less than four years of experience could no longer play the popular locker room games. That decision didn’t seem to help as the Steelers lost their fourth game of the season in London to the Minnesota Vikings.

According to Dulac, unidentified veteran players told him they were unsure if they would get the right to play games next week if they are able to win their first game of the season Sunday against the New York Jets.

For now, I guess we can call this act by Tomlin him unleashing hell in October. Surely a few of you can come up with a better slogan than that in the comments.

If the Steelers should lose the Jets this coming Sunday, I suggest that Tomlin try the appraoach below.

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  • Kusko_Ken

    In my opinion Tomlin is doing what the vets or 08’ers should have done from the get-go, shut it down for everyone. Get rid of the damn things until they start winning. The vets allowing only certain players (themselves) to play showed poor leadership and a real lack of character. They are all in this together and it’s not like the veterans haven’t been missing assignments. Honestly, Ryan Clark might be the the biggest liability we have on defense, and if i had to guess he was probably the one behind the pool/ping pong BS.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    I agree there should have been a parking lot bonfire after the third loss (or sooner) with all that crap.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Deny recreation room privileges = unleash hell….great Tomlin just great.
    I’ve unleashed more hell the morning after a dinner of Mexican food with extra beans and lotsa HOT sauce…!!

  • Eric

    I never knew I unleashed hell when I told my children they could not watch TV until their homework was done.

  • Dr. Doom

    I thought papa Tomlin said Ike could have two friends over.

  • Luke Shabro

    I thought the 08ers banning people from playing was stupid in the first place. Wouldn’t playing stuff with the young guys promote cooperation and/or camraderie? This though is fine by me. Either everybody plays or nobody does. Hoping the vets are leading by example in the film room and at practice. Forget the finger-pointing BS.

  • Robert Truax

    Here is another one – ban players from the media camera until they play better. You hear me ryan clark!!

  • Tito Marin

    Just like children

  • KenNYSteelerFan

    Alot of these comments sickens me. Suddenly everybody is an expert because the team is having a rough time. Now it’s fire Tomlin. A couple seasons ago he was better than Cowher. I always thought we had the most sophisticated fanbase in the league but I don’t know about that anymore. You have to shake things up when the same things aren’t working. If he didn’t then we’d all say he was stubborn.

    Last thought, I wonder what New Englands fanbase was saying about Bill Belichick after spygate? Were they clamoring for his neck or not. I would guess no.

  • Callentown

    I dunno. Maybe sacrifice a goat on the ping pong table or something. Extreme sounds about right at this point. After 0-5, then what???

  • dollardoughtnut

    no fire no hustle just going through the motions this is on the whole team and coaching staff to much soft balling

  • Jeff

    Ping Pong during non work hours has nothing to do with the team’s success. This was dumb in the first place, and still is.

  • sean mcmartin

    This is another example of Tomlin not being a leader, letting the vets decide losing games equals taking away pool and ping pong table access.
    and then stepping in and taking games away from everyone.
    Tell that BS to Cowher or any other good coach.

    Its more than lack of talent. The coaching sucks. they have to actually coach and build a pro NFL team for a sixty minute fight every week.
    The Steeler D doesnt Tackle,fight or push back when other teams push them down after plays. watch some good teams and my point is they are not one of them.
    This is Tomlins team and they reflect his demeanor, sitting like a statue watching things unfold without any clue how to react
    Any coach who took over for Cowher could have managed them, They were self motivated and had a nasty streak that Cowher coveted . All Tomlin had to do was say the right things and be a figure head.

  • sean mcmartin

    So who is responsible for the team going through the motions?
    Who is responsible for the lack of nasty streak?

  • rizzo29

    Pat,s never have gone 0-4 under Belichick and play as poor as this team has, smarten up

  • Dr. Doom

    Wonder what they were saying after Hernandez

  • Dr. Doom

    Really never had a bad stretch? How about all those Superbowls they keep losing?

  • rizzo29

    Who gives a sh&t, about the pat,s he brought Belichick up. What bad stretch have they had yeah they lost in the Superbowls but every year there in the playoff hunt.

  • Showboogie

    Never thought Clark would be such a liability so fast he’s beginning to embarrass himself out there with his spotty play

  • TJimmy

    They need to quit playing games and focus on football….

    Oh wait…football is a game.

    It is a game… isn’t it? ISN’T IT?

  • Bell Cow

    Agreed. Their issues are much bigger and it has nothing to do with playing games in the locker room.

  • Dr. Doom

    Yes because Cowher never had a loosing season o wait 1998-1999

  • Dr. Doom

    He’s sacrificing chickens in the locker room!!

  • Dr. Doom

    So are we some Steekers fans are worse than my 18 month old

  • sean mcmartin

    So I’m curious who is responsible for motivating the players to hold up the “The Standard”? Who do you hold accountable for the team going through the motions and collecting a check?
    How about the Clock Management during games?

  • Dr. Doom

    No one said he is perfect, but I do not worship at the Altar of Cowher some Steelers fans need to quit. It took the man 15 years to win a Superbowl. /thread

  • Dr. Doom

    Please tell me what a nasty streak is? Is it getting a stupid penalty?

  • Dr. Doom

    Pedro: Bats, they are sick. I can no hit curve ball. Straight
    ball, I hit it very much. Curve ball, bats are afraid. I ask Jobu to
    come, take fear from bats. I offer him cigar and rum. He will come.

  • Bill Molinaro

    One way to rile a team is to make them do things during practice that they don’t want to do like running gassers, hitting the sleds until they drop, etc. You have to really p*ss them off. Oh wait! You can’t do that anymore because of the new practice restrictions. As a result we fans get treated to ever more mediocre football. But we love football so much that we’ll watch anyway; I guess they’re right about that. But I for one, will not do that forever!

  • sean mcmartin

    The nasty streak is a demeanor of domination for sixty minutes..The best way I can explain it is in the Steelers archives, Jack Lambert, Joe Greene, Greg Lloyd,Joey Porter, James Harrison, These guys had a Nasty demeanor and set a tone for the defensive unit. Hard hitters who made opponents pay for every yard.

  • sean mcmartin

    Cowher was fun to watch and how nice it would be to have a coach like Cowher grab onto some facemasks and dish out some in game feedback.
    His time is done. Nice job.
    They need a fresh Coach who can motivate and coach the players back to their winning ways.
    Tomlin is done , Nice Job.

  • Johnny Loose

    I like it. At least now they can focus on the game they get PAID to play. I’d like to hear that Rooney went into the locker room and started whacking ping pong balls at the team. 0-4!!!!!!!

  • gene mann

    Time to get serious Mike Like the tough talk

  • Bob Graff

    Really, no ping pong, no pool games, no card games. Don’t you think it was a little more important that you would have realized there was no offensive or defensive line. Or did he ban them first.

  • motown_98

    Obviously releasing hell in October is the standard. They will embrace and accept as such.

  • motown_98

    Fans won’t be upset if you show a product on the field that plays fundamental football, plays with passion, and has a desire to win.

  • motown_98

    After 0-5 Tomlin will remove the wide receiver screen play from Haley’s playbook.

  • Mike Sweeney

    thought hell was released some december ago? either way, as long as they’re releasing something in a positive/productive manner. oh yeah, squashing grapes to make wine or something.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Cowher never had an 0-4 start. Neither did Noll. Cowher wasn’t a great in game coach, but he was a far, far better motivator and team builder than Tomlin.

  • Xclewsive

    Tomlin shouldn’t have had to go that far honestly. This should of been addressed earlier by the veterans on the team. Instead of labeling which player could or couldn’t maybe they should just eliminated it all together. But that’s what happens when you get leaders who don’t know how to lead. Everyone of the players remaining have just been the “other” player.

  • Dr. Doom

    Good one

  • Dr. Doom

    They can make them wear pads, I think limited times during the week

  • Dr. Doom

    Yeah he sucks lets fire the winningest coach in team history, your fired.

  • Dr. Doom

    And when Cowher left, a number of veterans stated how happy they were because they were tired of that kind of treatment. There is a place near me that makes statues for lawns, I wondered where that Bill Cowher one was going.

  • r4kolb

    I agree except ole’ Roger Goodell has neutered all Defenses now. Think about it, when did the nastiness start to decline? I’m thinking after they constantly kept making an example of James Harrison. I truly think that’s part of it. You can’t play nasty in todays NFL or you will be fined and penalized. Think of the play in the end zone when Ryan Clark laid a CLEAN hard hit vs the Giants on Victor Cruz to his shoulder in the end zone. He got a personal foul penalty on it. Does anyone remember the game? What has always, up to recently, through the years been our M.O.? Smashmouth football!! We knew it, opposing teams knew it. Now what is it? This team has no identity any more. Part of that is Tomlin’s fault. What do you think The Chin would have done to those players who missed tackles? It wouldn’t have been take away their toys. He would have addressed it right there on the sideline. He would have been in their faces and spit would have been flying. This team is like a ship with no sail. Just drifting further out to the sea of irrelevance.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Kindly quote me where I said that… Or stick to responding to what I actually say.

    The whole issue is, if they don’t turn things around soon (the next two games, to be exact), he won’t be the winningest coach anymore. And banning games in the locker room isn’t likely to do it.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    I really can’t decide whether to vote that up or vote that down. LOL

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Product on the field is still pretty good…way better than watching cars go in circles, watching a soccer ball getting kicked up and down a field with no real chance of a score, or watching paint dry.

  • sean mcmartin

    Yeah they were tired of being coached up to be disciplined and win. let them self motivate and you get the mess they have today.
    I’m sure tomlin could be replaced by your lawn statue and it would be the same results a record of 0-4.. .

  • Dr. Doom

    I scream at the tv every time they run that.

  • Dr. Doom

    Ha, I missed the guy known as the flyin hawaiin their nasty streak is fine. Lets tackle first then intimidate.

  • sean mcmartin

    Agreed, Cowher was an ex NFL LB and he could pick the guys who had the right mindset to be a hard hitting take no prisoners Football players. Watching old tapes on him , Its obvious he was so much more involved in the game, he even took over the Offensive play calling one year when he got fed up with the incompetence.
    The Steelers need another coach just like him, No matter what race creed or color he is.

  • Dr. Doom

    They were sick of him and what happened two years later ring #6 but Cowher was secretly giving Tomlin ideas in his headset right.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Personally, I don’t want another Cowher as he was too rigid in a Martyball kind of way. But I would love to see a coach that gets more out of his players and is a better judge of talent. They aren’t going to change coaches in the next year though.

  • sean mcmartin

    Well put r4kolb,
    Just watching bengals and niners, its still possible to dominate in today’s NFL with the right talent.
    so we have
    GM= no talent
    head Coach and coaching staff= no direction, no discipline, no motivation

  • motown_98

    I as well that play is completely worthless.

  • r4kolb

    Nasty streak is fine? Name one guy on the team you think is nasty. I’m talking nasty this year. Clark used to but not any more. Troy? Never was nasty. Who?

  • r4kolb

    Don’t forget the Niners were bad for a very long time. Drafting in the upper half for as long as they did they should have a good roster. The Steelers are usually drafting toward the bottom which makes the talent level harder to evaluate. Not that I love Colbert and I’ve said for a while they had been winning in spite of Tomlin. Tomlin needs to go and it’s not just because of this year.

  • sean mcmartin

    Niners didnt utilize their talent until harblah took over, in practices he is rushing the QB, snapping the ball , throwing passes..They tanked with Nolan, and singleltary. The point is they needed a fiery disciplinarian that has NFL experience and understands the game enough to utilize his players strengths.
    Tomlin is a typical corporate tool. he has tasked his underling coaches to do the work and can’t fix anything if they do bad

  • r4kolb

    I think Tomlins coaching staff is ok. I just think his rhetoric is falling on deaf ears now. His game management and game time decisions are questionable at times, a lot of times. Watch the ESPN interview with Jon Gruden and James Harrison. When he asks James about his coaches and he mentions Tomlin all James says is how young he was. Trust me no way Rooney fires him. Could be ugly through 2016 with him at the helm. Like I said earlier, sea of irrelevance.

  • r4kolb

    When did anyone say he was better then the Chin? If anyone did thems fightin words. That’s blasphemy!!

  • r4kolb

    Heck I’m not sure we are even mediocre.

  • Kevin

    the players and coaches seem lost out there. ive seen 12 year olds look more focused on the field. the Steelers losing is starting to look like a habbit, and some things just have to change. players may have been taking advantage of Tomlins good nature. eliminating distractions is definitely a good move. whatever it takes. just win a damn game already.

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