What’s The Mike Tomlin Factor?

November 28th, 2010

Much has been written of the close relationship between Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Raheem Morris. They’re so tight Raheem has spoken of their weekly chats and offseason frolicking.

Barry Barnes, of Fanhouse.com, goes so far to say that Tomlin has helped the Bucs prepare for Ravens this afternoon.

Players/Coaches to Watch: Steelers coach Tomlin and Bucs coach Raheem Morris are closer than teeth to gums. They worked together as assistants for the Bucs coaching staff from 2001 to 2005 and vacation together with their families during the summer. The Bucs have a Steelers-type team that plays with a black and gold style of a physical running game and a speedy defense, but they lack experience given their youthfulness. Believe it or not, Tomlin has helped his buddy to prepare for the Ravens and if the Bucs prevail, if would help the Steelers gain an advantage again their AFC North rival.

Tampa somewhat resembles the Ravens of two seasons ago as a team that wasn’t expected to accomplish great feats but made it to the conference championship game and Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman has the “why not us” attitude. Hopefully, Tomlin told Morris that his players should wear some extra padding against the Ravens, as well. 

Joe’s not sure how Barnes knows Tomlin was in Raheem’s head about the Ravens, but it’s surely a safe bet Tomlin was.

That written, the Ravens beat the Steelers 17-14 in Pittsburgh this season (gulp), so Joe’s doubts Tomlin exactly has the answer to the Ravens’ punishing defense and versatile offense.

12 Responses to “What’s The Mike Tomlin Factor?”

  1. BigMacAttack Says:

    Whatever it takes, 220, 221…

  2. Jason Says:

    We are so screwed today… Decided to dust off my old 40 jersey for luck 🙂

  3. JDouble Says:

    It’s a nice thought, but I doubt it true. It hardly seems “fair” for coaches to help each other mid season. Besides that, how the he!! would Barnes know?

  4. JDouble Says:

    As I stated in another article response….I’m tired of being reasonable and rooted in reality every week. This week I’m ignoring my instincts. I say we are going to go into Baltimore and shock the world today. Our defense is going to play surprisenly well and we will win the turn over battle. Bucs win 17-13.

    Go Bucs!!!

  5. simeon Says:

    How about Roy Williams screwing us on Thanksgiving. What a turd. That loss for NO would have been huge.

  6. JDouble Says:

    Once a turd, always a turd. Thanks Roy.

  7. Architek79 Says:

    I said the same, shock and awe today at 0415…

  8. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    The Ravens beat the Steelers w/o Big Ben …..

  9. Lucas Jackson Says:

    Wow, a Mr. Mom reference on a football website. Nice!

  10. RastaMon Says:

    very interesting….

  11. Tuggz Says:

    Is this right from an ethical point of view?

  12. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    I bet Mike Tomlin shipped all kinds of game film to Raheem, and wants a Tampa win.
    Tampa knows how important this game is, not only to them, but to Raheem’s relationship to Mike Tomlin. I think we win today, I really do. But either way, I am proud of our guys.
    No one expected so may wins, this early in our season. Go Tampa!