Mike Tomlin Spent Thursday Night Living In His Fears

Pittsburgh Steelers head trainer Mike Tomlin has transform synonymous with the aphorisms he dispenses on a weekly foundation, so prolific have they transform that they have got lengthy been known as ‘Tomlinisms’. One of essentially the most notable, and in all probability notorious, is the perception of now not “living in your fears”.

As a result, each time Tomlin makes a training choice that obviously skews at the facet of conservative, that outdated aphorism of now not dwelling to your fears is introduced up. Last night time’s loss to the Cleveland Browns equipped a golden alternative to place it to the check, and he failed it, within the eyes of many—together with my very own.

Down 23-14 within the fourth quarter, dealing with the chance of a 4th and six from his personal 10-yard line, Tomlin elected to punt the ball away, understanding that he nonetheless had all 3 of his timeouts, in spite of being down by means of two possessions at that time.

Admittedly, that was once a difficult name, however with the way in which the protection was once enjoying, the offense couldn’t proceed to move 3 and out, and it wasn’t cheap to be expecting that there can be any likelihood of successful by means of punting in that state of affairs.

But he did. And whilst the protection controlled to get the forestall, burning via two in their timeouts (Tomlin determined to keep one and allowed the Browns to empty 40 seconds—which is useless and makes no distinction), he ended up settling for a box objective on 4th and 1 from Cleveland’s 17-yard line.

He mentioned after the sport when he was once requested if he thought to be going for the landing in that state of affairs that he didn’t. Back within the 3rd quarter, additionally they confronted a 4th-and-5 in Browns territory. On that, he mentioned, he did imagine going for it somewhat than punting. But “we lost yards on the play, so I moved on”, he added; they’d drawn a prolong of recreation penalty.

Going again to the verdict to kick the sector objective somewhat than opt for the landing, in fact, the Steelers at that time would nonetheless have wanted two rankings both manner, however it’s more uncomplicated to get a box objective than a landing, so it’s really helpful if conceivable to get the tougher one first. Pittsburgh was once in vary to get into the top zone, however Tomlin determined to not possibility it.

They tried an onside kick in a while, they usually had a valid shot at improving it, had George Pickens now not been flagged for being offside. The Browns misplaced their recreation on Sunday in large part because of failing to protected an onside kick as neatly. In this example, the ball ended up rolling out of bounds, despite the fact that it remained in play for some time for a possible restoration.

To be truthful to Tomlin, his offense offers him so much to be apprehensive about presently, and the way in which they have been enjoying at the moment, it was once laborious to be inspired that they may select up a primary down. They simplest transformed as soon as on 3rd down all night time, in order that they didn’t even strive a conversion on fourth down.

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