While closing out our MIKE TOMLIN QUOTES for
2013, we came across an analysis of changes in Coach's word choices
from 2010 through 2013. Below are the TOP 10 words the coach began
using more frequently over those years along with the percent
2010 - 2013
Percent increase in use of the word:
"Wrap a bow around the season and move on
Re: In response to 'what
ifs' on the Ref's 'no call' on the field goal penalty in the Chiefs-Chargers
game that may have prevented the Steelers from entering the playoffs
"We stepped into 16 stadiums this year with
an opportunity to state our case, and we didn’t state a strong
enough case, so I am not going to lose a lot of sleep over something
that went on in a stadium that we weren’t even in. We had plenty of
opportunities to state our case."
Re: Not winning enough games in 2013 to
make the playoffs
"I’ll leave that between myself, my sons and
Re: What Tomlin said after he recognized
the Chargers were in an illegal formation that could have changed
the Steelers playoff hopes
"We made this bed, I like the way the group
is laying in it"
Re: Winning games recently after losing too many games early on
“You like to be a team with the arrow
Re: Win over the Bengals
"I was just going to take my medicine if you
Re: $100,000 fine
received for being on the field during a kick return
“You know we as coaches know that we are
going to be judged by those calculated decisions that you make, but
I think if you die, you die with your boots on”
Re: Play fakes like the one attempted by the Lions
“They create disruption, they create
negativity in the run game”
Re: Looking ahead to the great play of the Lions’ D-linemen
“Our first charge is to handle our own
business and we haven’t done that consistently enough to look
outside our own house.”
Re: If the Steelers could move up in their division due to other
“I don’t want him listening to the elevator
music, I want him to listen to what matters”
Re: Comments coach made earlier to reassure Le’Veon Bell not to care
what the media says or writes
“He’s the bell cow if you will, got a hot
Re: Upcoming opponent
Oakland DE Lamarr Houston
“The plays themselves aren’t new, the window
Re: Using wildcat plays
“He’s had what I call junior varsity punts”
Re: Zoltan Mesko's
Re: Why coach banned player
flips into the end zone for touchdowns
“He’s a battle tested guy”
Re: Steelers new Tackle Levi Brown with 7 years experience
“They are tough to block schematically, to
get hats on hats”
Re: Upcoming Jets team
“His pedigree is very evident”
Re: NY Jets rookie QB Geno Smith out of WVU
“The proof is in the pudding”
Re: Steelers defensive packages against tight ends
"We had an opportunity to physically work
those areas, individually, working on skill development, consistency
and movement appropriate to positions."
Re: Ongoing work with the
“We’re not going to make any excuses, we’re
going to chew on everything we got coming”
Re: Winless 0-4 record
following loss to Vikings
“It’s fundamental, it isn’t anything
Re: Loss due to errors in
football fundamentals like blocking & tackling
"19 points in two football games is not
going to win a lot of football in this league"
Re: 0-2 start to the
"We’re not expecting
Heath to step out of a phone booth with a cape on"
Re: Heath Miller’s
gradual return to play from injury
"Last night there was more positivity, there
was less negativity"
Re: Comparing the degree of loss
in the first two games
"It wasn't a clean pocket"
Re: Ben Roethlisberger's 5 sacks in
opener loss to the Titans
“I thought that his pedigree showed”
Re: Felix Jones in the Steelers final
preseason game in Carolina
“Not enough detail and execution to support
Re: Overtime loss to
Chiefs in 3rd preseason game
“Sometimes guys throw lines in
the water to see if something sticks”
Re: Rumor on how long Le’Veon Bell might be out with his foot sprain
“Coming off training camp
“You play football, you get hurt, that’s part of it”
Re: Injuries leading up to Chiefs game
“The NFL game is a bigger,
faster, more violent game than college football”
Re: Young players transitioning to the professional level
"We gave them 30 yards and free
Re: One reason for loss to NY Giants in preseason opener
“I hadn’t thought too much
about the nameless great faces on the opposite sideline.”
Re: Upcoming NY Giants
“Coaching is a small
Re: 3 new Steelers
coaches not being new to him
“What he does in stadiums is
going to be the litmus of where he is.”
Re: Rookie QB Landry
"We come together in a very
Re: Steelers scouts and
coaches working together on the draft
"The good teams, the dominant
teams, aren't necessarily dominant in stadiums, but they are
dominant largely in moments, when they do what's required to get out
of stadiums with victories."
Re: Winning close games
"We're on the outside looking
Re: 8-8 record and out of
"The excitement that is the
National Football League in the now"
Re: Appreciating the
"Arrow pointed up"
Re: Player showing steady
"They're getting on a moving
Re: DeCastro and Beachum
suddenly being starters
"Long ball hunting at that
Re: Being way behind with
time running out
"The proof is in the pudding"
Re: Game results
"We don't live in our fears, we
live in our hopes"
Re: Upcoming games
"Chew the clock mentality"
Re: Opponent's strategy
when sitting on a lead
"Practice fields of course, and
game fields, are two different things"
Re: Developing players
Latrobe training camp
"Very salty and capable"
Re: Dallas corners
"Savvy route runner"
Re: Jason Witten
"Sooner or later the dam will
Re: Having prolonged bad
"How do you teach someone to
Re: Using techniques to
"You can't wear yourself out
patting yourself on the back"
Re: Lingering too long on
"He was going to be prepared
above the neck... very cerebral... he's steady eddy"
Re: Kelvin Beachum #68
stepping in to play right tackle
7th round draft pick Kelvin Beachum at 2012 training camp
"Prove that the stage isn't too
big for them"
Re: Younger players
filling injury gaps
"Seven days does wonders for
Re: Likelihood of Big Ben
returning to play
"Have an opportunity to put
their hand in the pile"
Re: Next man up
"I was proud of the guys in the
way they displayed their mettle"
Re: Win over Ravens
"The sequence of events that
Re: Scoring before and
"It's important we get back on
that side of the ledger"
Winning instead of losing
"Poor ball security, lapses of
ball security, or ball mechanics"
Relating to the high
number of turnovers vs Browns
"We appreciate his willingness
playing in pain
Byron Leftwich #4
"Those are the type of
processes that we go through on a week-to-week basis to try to keep
the dogs off us"
In response to whether he
tweaks his game plan
"As a head coach I've always
got 11 on the grass"
Regarding his main focus
during a game
"shown great moxie... a viable
guy... no stranger to football... capable men... model of
consistency... record of longevity... an awesome shot in the arm...
Terms used to describe
"We knew this was going to be a
Baltimore-Steelers type football game, we're going to be nip and
tuck, I thought it was gritty"
Commenting on the
Steelers 13-10 loss to the Ravens
"It's about staying in our
About how the Steelers
would approach the Ravens game
"Players ascend, players
Talking about the
chemistry of different teams
"Excuses are tools of the
injuries to key players has affected performance
"He provides a nugget or two of
some clarity when we get mixed signals"
Regarding Offensive Coach
Todd Haley's preparation for games
"It's not like we've been a
juggernaut in terms of getting turnovers"
Reflecting on past games
"He has a relentless motor"
Referring to the KC
Chiefs' 6'-3'' 275lbs LB Tamba Hali
"We'll see where the week takes
us, we'll leave the door ajar"
Referring to the
availability of players coming off injuries
"Next man up, he did a nice job
of answering the bell and delivering for us"
Commenting on the 147
yard rushing game by Isaac Redman #33
Isaac 'Red Zone' Redman at 2012 training camp
"It always starts up front, I
like the personality that's developing within that group"
Referring to the great
performance by the offensive line vs the Giants
"The guys put their hand in the
pile and delivered plays that came from a variety of places"
Referring to the win over
the World Champion NY Giants
"I like to think we are a group
on the rise, one that's gelling and coming together, and solidifying
Regarding the progression
of the 2012 Offense after improving to 4-3
"I consider him a friend... he
calls me Mikey" (laughing)
Fielding a reporter's
question: "Do you know Coach Coughlin very well?"
"He's a 1st round pedigreed
guy, he's a multiple 1,000 yard guy, he's our lead dog if you will"
Referring to Rashard
Mendenhall's return to the lineup against the Eagles
"We need to tighten-up our menu
and lean on the things we are doing well"
Referring to a lackluster 2.6 yards per carry running game average
after playing the Broncos and Jets
"We have our marching orders"
Referring to their
upcoming first round play-off game in Denver
"We cannot let Josh Cribbs do
what he has done to us time and time again in the past, we've been
dead indians in his cowboy movie enough."
Looking ahead to the
Steelers-Browns game Thursday night
"Now it's time for us to get
back in the world of competition."
Following the bye week
and preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs
"I haven't ran across a bye
that I didn't like!"
When asked if the Bye
week was coming at a good time
"I'm not looking for comfort."
Following a close loss to
"We're living in the here and
At his weekly press conference following
the Steelers' win over the Patriots
"They've got some other guys
with legitimate resumes."
Regarding the upcoming Colts game
without QB Peyton Manning
"It's not going to take one
performance to get that stench off of us."
Regarding the Steelers' 24-0 shut-out
win over Seattle following the Baltimore 35-7 loss
"I think the people that know and compete in this league
understand that there is a fine line between drinking wine and
squashing grapes. Obviously, last weekend we were grape-squashers."
Following the Steelers’ 35-7 loss
to Baltimore in their season opener
"We didn't perform well. We got
beat. We got beat convincingly by a good football team. We will chew
on that, however tough the meat is."
Responding to whether the
team was ‘flat’ in their opener against the Ravens
"Obviously there was some ambient flow and good competitional
contact, and that is the nature of football and really how we want
Regarding line drills and some
early injuries at training camp
"We're going into the lion's den in
Referring to the Steelers
opening game of the season
"Our intentions have not and will not
change. We have a desire to compete for a world championship each
and every year. We're going to be unwavering in that pursuit."
Comments at a press
conference several weeks after Super Bowl XLV
"Usually when you lose it is because of penalties and turnovers."
Responding to a question about
why the Steelers lost Super Bowl XLV
"I'm a people watcher, I'm not used to people watching me."
Referring to his newfound fame
during an interview with Michael Strahan
"Fortunately for us we have what you can't buy, which is Legacy,
which is an unbelievable standard and expectation, and all of those
Coach Tomlin's response at a press
conference just days
before Super Bowl XLV when asked about his chances to join other
coaches with multiple Super Bowl rings
"He's kind of sucked me into it the last couple of weeks, I'll be
glad when it's over so I can shave mine.''
to the playoff beard he grew following the lead of fully-bearded
defensive end Brett Keisel
"They have a rough and tumble crew up front."
Referring to the offensive line
of the Baltimore Ravens
"I live by a cliché if you will;
I'd rather say 'Whoa' than 'Sic em'
and I've had to say Whoa a little bit and that's OK."
Responding to a reporter's question
if there was a balance the Steelers had to strike in practice
leading up to the playoff game with the Ravens.
"Ask Troy, he'll be available after he washes his hair."
Response to a reporter's question
after the Bengal's game, on whether Polamalu tried to do too much
following his 2nd interception of the game.
"Give us a blade of grass, we'll defend it, or attack. We got a
blade there. Good to have a little fortune sometimes.
Post-game comments following win
over Buffalo Bills 11-28-10
"They're battle tested"
Referring to the tough schedule
the Browns have faced early this year
"You've got to say Charlie's in the pole position"
When asked which QB would start
against Tampa Bay
"We're going to be thoughtfully
Referring to his planned rotation
of running backs this season
"Everybody with a helmet on is in the mix."
Answering a question at the close of
the 2010 Steelers training camp about which players would be playing
"We'll always have open arms for the Commissioner when he chooses to
come to training camp."
Regarding the Latrobe training
camp visit by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on August 5, 2010
2009 and Before...
"The sun wasn't up, but it
technically wasn't the middle of the night"
Describing Big Ben's
phone call regarding the Georgia incident
"That is the only guaranteed ticket to this
dance that we're not participating in. If you want a team to be
championship caliber, it starts with division dominance."
Referring to the Steelers 2-4 division record in 2009
my perspective, you learn more in failure than you do in
Regarding which players fought back
after an 0-5 losing streak
"My mentality is singular in that I want to be world champs each and every
year, so that's what we work toward. I have a tough time acknowledging
levels of success short of that. That's just how I'm wired."
In response to a Steelers' first: A pair
of 1,000-yard receivers (Holmes & Ward) a 4,000-yard QB
(Roethlisberger) and a 1,000-yard RB (Mendenhall)
"Wins and losses are black and white and
it’s pure, it’s purity."
"A lot of times familiarity doesn't breed
Speaking of the upcoming
game vs the Ravens
"Good to win one for our fans. Got the
greatest fans in the world. Good performance for them, get them
something to be excited about here at Heinz Field. Today I'm just as
excited about that as getting that 5-week monkey off our back."
Following a last second
37-36 win over the Packers while breaking a 5 game losing streak
"I'll wear that like a badge of honor. That
comes with the job. I don't live in my fear. I just play to win. I
don't worry about being judged."
Referring to his
controversial on-side kick decision vs the Packers
"We're going to have to become one with
ourselves, if you will, individually and collectively."
In response to the
Steelers' 4th loss in a row to the Raiders
"We will not go gently, we will unleash hell
here in December, because we have to. We won't go in the
shell, we will go into attack mode, because that is what is
Following loss to Ravens
that jeopardized playoff chances
"The arrow is pointing up with him."
Regarding the play of QB
"Lots of people ride the waves of disruption
that he provides."
Referring to the play of
"Classic AFC North warfare."
Regarding the upcoming
"Big men on blades of grass... the most
violent team is going to win."
Comments before the first
2009 regular season game vs the Titans
"We're going to guard against feelings of
entitlement. We're simply going to be blue collar humble and start a
process of building our football team."
Coach Tomlin looking
ahead to the 2009 season
"When you step into the stadium, it's not
too big for some, and maybe it's too big for others. People usually
distinguish themselves positively or negatively when you start
playing football games."
Comments leading up to
the 2009 pre-season opener against the visiting Cardinals
"We've gotta have Steeler kind of tempo in
Comment about the level
of play to expect in their upcoming 2009 pre-season opener
"I'm not concerned about avoiding anything
that happened three years ago or worried about letdowns or things of
that nature. When you use the term 'letdown' you proceed with the
assumption that this is a continuation of something that happened in
Referring to the team's
poor start in 2006 following their Super Bowl win
"The '08 Steelers are the '08 Steelers,
we're here team-building for '09, we're not assuming anything,
that's a dangerous thing. We're going to guard against feelings of
entitlement. We're simply going to be blue-collar and humble and
we're going to start a process of building our football team.”
As the 2009 training camp begins
in Latrobe, following a 6th Lombardi
"I don't view it as something like I won the
lottery. I'm proud of the sacrifices and the accomplishments of the
men involved, but it was something I thought we were capable of. So
the end result doesn't register the response that winning the
lottery or something of that nature, where you have to pinch
In reference to winning his first
"I'm a private person by nature, this is what I
do, it's not who I am."
"Hungry is a word that I've been analyzing here of late. It's not
hunger that drives me, it's not hunger that needs to drive our
football team. Hunger and thirst are things that can be quenched. We
have to be a driven group, we have to seek greatness."
Preparing for the 2009
"It's not something that I'm going to
attempt to avoid. I think if I attempt to avoid it, I may
acknowledge the possibility of it happening exists."
possibility of another post-Super Bowl slump like 2006
"In order to be a candidate for a
championship caliber team you have to work hard, but within that we
have to find a delicate balance of working smart."
Changes in preparation
after a long season Super Bowl season
"I'm always moving to new challenges. I'm a
moving on kind of guy."
"Steeler Nation, you leave us all
speechless, man. We just appreciate the love. How about the
Steelers? How about the greatest fans in the world? How about number
six? Thank you, we love you guys."
During the Super Bowl
celebration in Pittsburgh
never even touched it (the Lombardi trophy during the postgame
celebration). I see five of them every day when I go to work. I know
what they look like. I'm just glad that I can do my part in terms of
contributing to that trophy case."
Mike Tomlin's low key
approach to winning his first Lombardi trophy with the Steelers
"I'm very blessed to be hired by the Rooney
family. They took a chance on a 34-year-old coach with not a long
resume. They took a little criticism for it, and I took it personal.
I wanted to ante up and add to their legacy."
"We don't live in our fears, we live in our hopes."
Coach Tomlin following the
Steelers win over the Rams in 2007
"Steeler football is 60 minutes. It's never
going to be pretty. Throw style points out the window, but these
guys will fight to the end. We didn't blink."
Following the Steelers'
unprecedented 6th Super Bowl win
"Nothing stays the same in this game, a few will come and go, those
that remain, the roles will change, some will ascend, some will
descend, that's the nature of today's NFL. Our focus will be about
being The One at the end of the season."
following Super Bowl XLIII win
he did tonight is similar to what he did for us in the month of
January. In big moments, we know what we can get from him."
Talking about Super Bowl XLIII
MVP Santonio Holmes
"Hey, Chief, this is for
you. This guy right here, he's not my father,
but he's my father. I love you, man."
his stepfather Leslie Copeland
"I wouldn't want to have won this any other
way, with everybody contributing. I'm just glad I could do my part
to contribute to that trophy case."
Talking about the
Steelers' 6th Lombardi trophy
"The personal sacrifices she made for my
brother and me, and allowed us to do what it is we desire to do. In
the midst of it all, we had a tough upbringing. But never once did
we think that there was something we couldn't do. She's as big a
reason as any why I do what I do today."
Talking about his mother
"You won't hear me say words like 'repeat'
or 'defending' because it will be brand new. This group will always
be special to me. Sometime soon that group will be placed with
others in history, they'll be just that, history."
Looking toward the 2009 season
"It was my intent to come in here in 2007 and
draw some hard lines in the dirt as a basis of forming a
relationship with our football team. It's a heck of a lot easier to
pull back than it is to put down."
Talking about his first
season as head coach of the Steelers
"I'm probably more in my comfort zone here with the football team
than I was a year ago. Not that I wasn't comfortable but this is
more of who I am."
Super Bowl week in Tampa
"There are 30 other teams I'm sure that would
love to have the burden that we have this week. So from that
standpoint we're going to embrace it."
Regarding the media
attention and hype of Super Bowl week.
"There's going to be some joyful lifting for
us if you will in terms of some of the tasks we have to do."
"I'm not going to get enamored with where we are right now."
At Super Bowl XLIII
"This group understands the standard that comes
with being a Pittsburgh Steeler."
"There's some above-the-neck preparation that
we'll continue big. There's some below-the-neck preparation that
some guys need."
Getting his team
ready for Super Bowl XLIII.
time comes around, you just have to be the same guy. You gotta do
the same things that got you there."
"...we're in January, it's time for young
guys to grow up."
Responding to a question about a
dropped pass vs the Ravens.
"I tend to attack the challenges that are
right in front of me, the ones that I have today."
"It's never been our goal (just) to get to
the Super Bowl. I think that our guys will keep that in perspective.
We're going to Tampa to do the job."
"To be quite frank, it is
not normalcy waiting for us on the other end."
Referring to the week of hype leading up
to the Super Bowl.
"We're going to be a humble group. We're
going to be a grounded group. We're going to be a selfless group."
Part of Mike Tomlin's preparation
philosophy for Super Bowl XLIII
"What we are doing here today pales in
comparison to what's going on in our nation's capitol with President
After the announcement of a 1-hour delay
for his weekly news conference.
"Iron sharpens iron."
In regards to the high level of
competition faced by the Steelers in 2008.
"I am not a proponent of the Gatorade bath"
After avoiding a direct hit following
the AFC Championship game.
"We are definitely not going to cut him out.
We are going to save a seat on the bus for 86."
Referring to the rehabilitation required to get Hines Ward into the
Super Bowl XLIII game.
"But I am not a jewelry guy. It is more
about the experience for me than it is the ring."
When asked why he doesn't wear his first
Super Bowl ring.
"Change is part of this business, it's going
to happen. Sometimes it's going to be more unpleasant than others,
but it's the nature of what we do."
Following the release of
Joey Porter in 2007.
"Be where you're at."
Coach Tomlin as defensive