Five days later, I have to give credit to…of all people…Mike Tomlin

December 07, 2012 | Drew Forrester

Five days later, I have to give credit to…of all people…Mike Tomlin

Since the Steelers rarely beat the Ravens anymore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Baltimoreans – ahem, me included – can’t get past that smelly home loss to the Black and Gold last Sunday.

It’s still hard to stomach.

The Ravens lost to Charlie Brown Batch.

Or did they?

Did someone else actually do more damage than Batch?

Well, after kicking Pittsburgh’s coach in the family jewels on Monday with THIS BLOG about his bush-league treatment of John Harbaugh in the post-game handshake, you’re going to be surprised by what you read next.

Mike Tomlin beat the Ravens on Sunday.

And do you know how he beat them?  By letting it leak out last Wednesday that Ben Roethlisberger was OUT and Charlie Batch was IN for Sunday’s game in Baltimore.

Think about it — why on earth wouldn’t Tomlin have tried to keep that a secret last week, like every other coach in the league would have done?  Wouldn’t nearly every other coach in the NFL think to himself: “I’ll keep this quarterback thing up in the air and make the Ravens think all week that Roethlisberger might be able to play.”?  Answer: Yes.  Every coach would.

But Tomlin went the other way and allowed word to get out right away that Big Ben was OUT and the old man was in.

Why? Because he knew once word got out that Batch was playing, anyone and everyone – including the 53 players on the Baltimore roster – assumed there was no way in hell Pittsburgh was winning.

And, as my late, great Mom used to say:  ”When you assume, you only wind up making an ass out of “u” and me.”

Insert your own punch line here.

We all assumed – and some of you probably even invested in that assumption…if you know what I mean – there was no way the Ravens would lose at home to Charlie Batch.

Stroke of genius by Mike Tomlin.

Stroke. of. genius.

Can’t believe I’ve been forced to write that this morning, but it’s my final thought relative to the 23-20 Steelers win in Baltimore last Sunday.

I’m putting the game behind me now and getting focused on the Redskins.

Mike Tomlin, you got us last week.

Don’t get used to it, though.  We’ll be watching you more closely next time.

Both before AND after the game.

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    He does have a ring although with mostly Cowhers players. Right now he’s struggling. He did pull a “Pitchers got a big Butt” on us Sunday.

  2. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    Don’t think it’s going to be a walk in the park playing against the Redskins in Largo. RJ3 is going to give our defense more problems than you think, especially with us having no pass rush to speak of. I hope for a win, but losing would not surprise me at all.

  3. The Armchair QB Says:

    Outcoaching the Ravens doesn’t take a tremendous amount of ability! The Ravens are pretty adept at beating themselves, so they don’t need much help!

  4. PghSteve Says:

    I must admit that I did not have a lot of hope for the Steelers on Sunday. I did get a sense that the Ravens fans were over confident, but I always assume (there’s that word again) that players don’t fall in to that trap. You might be right, though. It did appear as if the Ravens were not prepared to actually defend against Mr. Batch. I wonder if the Steelers’ 8 turnover game the week before also might have led to a bit less of the usual intensity the Ravens play with.

    It is amusing that people say Tomlin won with Cowher’s players. Would those be the same players who were lucky to finish 8-8 in Cowher’s last year?

    Good luck against the ‘Skins on Sunday. Maybe the Ravens will be as lucky as the Steelers were when they played the Redskins; RGIII’s receivers must have dropped 8-10 passes that day.

  5. Mark Says:

    Loss coming up on Sunday! This mess is all on Harbugh!

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