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Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Talks about the Origin of His ‘Tomlinisms’

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Perhaps you’ve noticed, but Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has some sayings that tend to come up over and over again. Things like “the standard is the standard” when discussing an absent player or the “nameless gray faces” of a Steelers opponent.

Tomlin joined former Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden’s All Things Covered podcast on Tuesday, and his “Tomlinisms” came up in the discussion.

Tomlin said that his notorious sayings are an intentional way to try to get a message across in a memorable fashion.

“I’m always trying to find ways to deliver a message in a way that’s maybe catchy or catches your attention and things that I can remember so that I can repeat over time,” Tomlin said. “Part of being a good communicator is acknowledging that people are kind of poor listeners. You’ve got to do some things to stimulate them and you’d better be ready to repeat it.”

As for his personal favorite “The Standard is the Standard” motto, Tomlin told McFadden and co-host Patrick Peterson that it is all about ensuring accountability and eliminating excuses.

“That’s probably my favorite, because we are not in the excuse making business,” he said. “We don’t want to make excuses, there’s a standard of expectation in Pittsburgh and that standard is winning. And if you wear the black and gold, man, and you run out of that tunnel, you assume those responsibilities.”

Tomlin also applied the slogan to the on-going pandemic and the NFL’s recent struggles dealing with it, explaining that the Steelers cannot make excuses about game being canceled due to COVID-19, because 32 other clubs are experiencing similar challenges.

Hired in 2007, Tomlin has never had a losing season as head coach of the Steelers. He has led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl appearances, winning his first and becoming the youngest head coach to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

On Tuesday, Tomlin broke out a new saying as the Steelers begin AFC North play with a visit from their rivals the Cleveland Browns.

“We love being in the kitchen,” Tomlin said. “The AFC North is in the kitchen. It’s hot in the North.”

As McFadden said, start printing the t-shirts.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/22/20

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Stephon Tuitt practices his footwork and Minkah Fitzpatrick works on his ball awareness as the Steelers defense prepares for their upcoming matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 10/21/20

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Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson returns to practice and joins star rookie Chase Claypool by running routes and catching passes on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The Steelers hope to show off their dynamic offense at full strength during the team’s game this Sunday against Tennessee.

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Le’Veon Bell Says He’s Never Played with an MVP-Caliber QB

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Kansas City running back Le’Veon Bell spoke with the media Wednesday for the first time since signing with the Chiefs and expressed excitement about the chance to play with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but he may have taken a shot at his former teammate Ben Roethlisberger in the process.

“Patty Mahomes, I’ve never played with a player MVP-wise, so it’s gonna be fun,” Bell said. “I think it’s a lot of weapons, it’s gonna be fun for me.”

While Bell could just be propping up his new teammate, it does appear that the three-time Pro Bowler has already forgotten just how good he had it as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Roethlisberger has never won an MVP award, but the future Hall of Famer did post MVP-caliber numbers over the five seasons they spent together in Pittsburgh.

From 2013 to 2017, Roethlisberger passed for 21,221 yards and 138 touchdowns, as the Steelers went a combined 48-24 when he was under center. Bell was a clear beneficiary of Roethlisberger’s production. Not only did he rush for 5,336 yards and 35 scores as a Steelers, but he also caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven touchdowns.

Bell signed with Kansas City last week after being released by the New York Jets following a disappointing 17 games with the franchise. The two-time All-Pro rushed for just 863 yards and three touchdowns as a Jet. He had no rushes over 19 yards while playing under head coach Adam Gase, and did not post a single 100-yard rushing performance in New York.

Pittsburgh selected Bell in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but the two sides were unable to agree to a long-term extension following a productive five years. Bell sat out the entirety of the 2018 season before signing a free agent contract with New York. He is fourth in Steelers history with 5,335 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns

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