An open letter to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin

November 29, 2012 | Drew Forrester

An open letter to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin

Hey coach, I hope this finds you well and preparing to enjoy a wonderful Holiday season with your family and friends in Pittsburgh.

(Actually, while I think you’re a helluva football coach, I have to admit I giggled my ass off last Sunday watching you squirm your way through that press conference in Cleveland after your football team lost to the lowly Browns.  So, for obvious reasons, I’d probably rather you not be well.  If that makes me a bad guy, so be it.  I do, though, hope you have a great Holiday season.  I’m a Ravens fan, not a Grinch.)

Based on the whispers coming out of Pittsburgh about Ben Roethlisberger, it appears as if you’re going to have him back for this Sunday’s big game in Baltimore.  What a warrior that guy is, huh coach?  A month ago on a Monday night, he suffered some whacky rib and shoulder injury that could have killed him if he would have reached for the remote control the wrong way and now, suddenly, he’s going to risk life and limb to play against the Ravens?  Holy canoli. I’m impressed.

(Are you guys nuts Coach?  Why would you risk the best player on your team for one game?  You know you’re getting your ass kicked down here on Sunday no matter who stands behind center.  I realize you have to paint the best picture you can for your team, but in your heart of hearts, you’ve seen this play out over the last couple of years and you know for sure it’s going to play out down here again this Sunday.  Your team can’t beat the Ravens.  You’re going to get your feelings hurt, Roethlisberger or not.)

We have a lot of respect for the Steelers here in Baltimore, Coach.  We know as long as you guys have a pulse, you’re always capable of pulling off one, two, three or even four wins in a row and then somehow weaving your way through the pile of post-season teams to return to the Super Bowl.  Truth be known, we’d rather NOT see your team in the playoffs if we could pick and choose our playoff opponent.  Somehow, you always seem to nip us in the end when the chips are down in January.

(As S.E. Hinton once wrote (she’s a she, by the way, in case you didn’t know), “That was then, this is now”.  Yeah, we respect the Steelers here, but the Ravens are now the kings of the AFC North and your team is chasing our team.  With Roethlisberger at quarterback – and getting assistance from the refs like you usually do – the Steelers always have a puncher’s chance of beating anyone.  Without Roethlisberger, you’d be hard pressed to win the SEC.  And if it comes to pass that you’re fortunate enough to make the playoffs, you’ll be one and done without a home game, so we won’t see you in this post-season anyway.)

Go ahead and throw caution to the wind, Coach.  Tape Big Ben up and bring him down here on Sunday.  Your team has a much better chance of winning that way.  And, as you know, the standings are such that you really are in “must-win” territory these days.  You don’t have a choice, I suppose.  You have to go with Roethlisberger.

(Don’t be a dummy, Mike.  Leave Roethlisberger on the bench and let Charlie Batch be the QB of record in a 30-10 loss.  No one will blame you.  You can talk about “not risking a career” and “we have faith in Charlie” and “injuries are part of the game” and everyone in Pittsburgh will understand.  If you go with Ben, you’re getting your asses kicked here.  If you go with Batch, you’re getting your asses kicked here.  Do you see the similarity?)

Finally, I wasn’t around last Sunday.  How’d you guys do against the Browns?

(I know what happened in Cleveland.  hehe)

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11 Comments For This Post

  1. Calvin @ JHH Says:

    You are a mean guy, Drew

    Funny…but mean

    I love it

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    If he plays he will be vulnerable. I hope Dee Pees will let his players take advantage of that. You can still tackle the QB in the rib area with the shoulder pads right? or is that illegal this week just for Benny boy?

  3. Dan Says:

    Drew,
    Are you sure your not a philly native and Boo Santa Clause like all the others up there?

  4. justafan Says:

    Drew,
    There is no such thing as a sure thing in sports. True, the Ravens should win handily, but, you never know!

  5. RJ Says:

    If Pittsburg pays any attention to the thoughts of a Baltimore sportscaster, what you posted here would serve as excellent locker room fodder for the Steelers…(DF: Yeah, I’m sure this is going to put them over the top in Pittsburgh. I wrote three weeks ago that Byron Leftwich couldn’t beat the Ravens. I posted that. I wonder why they couldn’t make me eat those words? hehe)

  6. troy Says:

    I love it! #Ravens

  7. The Armchair QB Says:

    Back in the 1970′s when Burt Jones was the Baltimore Colts’ QB, he sustained a similar injury and was “rushed” back into action prematurely. If I’m not mistaken, it shortened his career! So, you’re point is well taken. However, from a purely selfish standpoint, anything that shortens “Big Ben’s” career is OK with me! By the way, this is an area where the NFL and teams could be held liable relative to injuries……..

  8. steve Says:

    How you forget! before Ben got hurt the Steelers were on a roll and would have swept them. Your D still sucks!! Better hope we don’t meet in the playoffs! (DF: Before Lincoln went to that play, he was healthy and feeling great. Some of you people crack me up with how you can’t stay centered on what’s REALLY going on and not what you WISH was going on. Fact of the matter: Steelers haven’t been able to beat the Ravens in two seasons. Class dismissed.)

  9. Phil Says:

    Very funny, so true too…which makes it even funnnier.

  10. steve Says:

    Obviously you went to a movie lately to pull out that line. Didn’t get it from that Glen Burnie education. Ravens going nowhere. (DF: LOL. “Didn’t get it from that Glen Burnie education”…says the guy trolling on our website who, I’m sure, went to Harvard.)

  11. PghSteve Says:

    “(Don’t be a dummy, Mike. Leave Roethlisberger on the bench and let Charlie Batch be the QB of record in a 30-10 loss. No one will blame you. You can talk about “not risking a career” and “we have faith in Charlie” and “injuries are part of the game” and everyone in Pittsburgh will understand. If you go with Ben, you’re getting your asses kicked here. If you go with Batch, you’re getting your asses kicked here. Do you see the similarity?)”

    ” Fact of the matter: Steelers haven’t been able to beat the Ravens in two seasons. Class dismissed.”

    Pretty funny… at least until about an hour and a half ago.

    (DF: Yep, that makes up for the Steelers losing to Kent State last Sunday. hehe)

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