Bucs “Inspired” Steelers To Super Bowl Win

September 10th, 2009

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin used the Bucs as a barometer for his Steelers to play strong defense in the Super Bowl this past February.

Joe regularly bangs the drum for the NFL Network. Simply put, if you do not have the NFL Network, you are not a man.

There are no excuses. You are the subject of a Sam Kinison bit. You are the inspiration for an outburst by Don Vito Corleone.

Rarely a day goes by that Joe does not watch the NFL Network at some point (added advantage: Stacey Dales debuted with her new NFL Network gig Wednesday).

Last night the newest edition of America’s Game premiered, highlighting the 2008 Steelers. This series is an hour-long documentary for each Super Bowl-winning team and may be the best thing ever produced by NFL Films which is saying a lot.

Naturally, Joe buried himself in his leather couch and watched. While Joe is well-aware that Mike Tomlin was the Bucs secondary coach when the Bucs won the Super Bowl, Joe wasn’t aware Tomlin challenged the Steelers to be like the Bucs.

This was all documented in the America’s Game segment of the 2008 Steelers.

Just before the Super Bowl, the Steelers practiced at USF. The Steelers were getting a lot of interceptions in practice but weren’t returning the interceptions for touchdowns.

That night, Tomlin explained, he put together a highlight reel of the Steelers not returning interceptions and mixed in the Bucs returning three interceptions against the Raiders in the Bucs Super Bowl win.

 The next day, Tomlin showed the highlight reel to the Steelers defense and told them, “When I coached with the Bucs we returned three interceptions in the Super Bowl. That was a great defense. If you want to be great, you have to return at least one, possibly two and it may take three to win this game.”

“It inspired us,” Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said of Tomlin’s Bucs Super Bowl highlights.

Then the show detailed why NFL Films is such a great production company. It first showed a clip of Tomlin joking with John Lynch during the Bucs Super Bowl that the Bucs defense was getting too greedy.

It next showed a clip, taken just after James Harrison’s 99-yard interception return for a score that ended the first half and proved to be the pivotal play of the game. Steelers linebacker James Woodley was woofing to whoever would listen how great the Steelers defense was as Woodley trotted off the field.

Tomlin walked up to him, held up three fingers and said, “The last time I was in this game the team I was with returned three. That was a great defense.”

6 Responses to “Bucs “Inspired” Steelers To Super Bowl Win”

  1. Pete Says:

    That’s good stuff! Those “America’s Game” show(s) are all excellent. The missing rings segments are really top notch. The 69 Jets Super Bowl 3 segment was really good. (and I’m not a Jets fan but in that case it was huge for Football fan’s)

    The NFLN is why I don’t and won’t have Brighthouse.

    This was a cool article!

  2. Joe Says:

    You are more than welcome Pete!

    The America’s Game series is nothing less than riveting. As much as Joe loathes Dallass, even the Cowboys segments are top-notch.

    Joe’s favorites:

    1) The Bucs (of course).

    2) 1977 Raiders (with John Madden, Snake Stabler and Phil Villapiano). Thay may have been the best one.

    3) 1978 Steelers (where Father’s Dungy’s lie was exposed by his former teammate Mel Blount).

    The 2005 Steelers segment was pretty good too. Joe never realized that Joey Porter was so funny.

  3. jfgobucs Says:

    they signed a Punter to Practice Squad…Buccaneers.com

  4. oar Says:

    I have to agree those America’s Game shows are awesome! I have seen more than I can count on my to hands. The 72′ Dolphins and the 75 Steelers were two of the best, well except for the 02 Bucs(well with me being prejudice and everthing).

  5. oar Says:

    Wait doesn’t Raheem the Dream want the Buc’s to be like the Steelers? But Tomlin wanted the Steelers to be like the Bucs, lol!

  6. George C. Costanza Says:

    Awesome, Joe.