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“We’re coming!” – Tomlin says to Tampa…
Posted By Chris Palisin On Sep 24 2010 @ 3:00 pm In Pittsburgh Steelers | 11 Comments
That’s the text message that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin sent his friend, Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris this week… In a surprising battle of 2-0 teams, the Steelers travel to Tampa Bay this Sunday.
Tomlin was the Bucs defensive backs coach from ‘01-‘05 before becoming Minnesota’s defensive coordinator, and in 2007, becoming the Steelers head coach and youngest in the NFL. That title now belongs to Morris, who worked as an assistant with Tomlin in Tampa.
“We always used to talk about competing against each other. We might have a phone call or two (this week), but it’s safe to say we won’t be exchanging information”, says Tomlin.
That’s just friendly banter among coaching friends in my book, but the way the Steel Curtain has been playing is anything but FRIENDLY to opposing offenses.
“We’ve got a chip on our shoulder this year because of how things went down last year,” nose tackle Chris Hoke said. ”So we have something to prove. Sometimes when people wrote that we’re not going to be very good or maybe they’ll go 2-2 or 1-3 when Ben’s out, that’s a lot of the stuff that (makes us mad).” Yep, I’m mad also Hoke, and I stand to collect because of that on a friendly bet on Sunday, cash money Leon.
Steeler keys for a WIN
First game this season, the ‘Stillars’ are the favorite to win says Vegas… I respect Tampa Bay, and their play so far this year – surprising solid, BUT they haven’t played the caliber of team that Pittsburgh is becoming… It’s strictly a business trip, no need to socialize or for an extended stay – Steelers get the dub w/ a predicted text from Morris to Tomlin after of “Congratulations on W!”.
Steelers 20 Bucs 12
Look for game recap blog on Sunday evening.
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