Mike Tomlin Foresaw His Own Doom

03.14.12 6 years ago 23 Comments

For some misbegotten reason, the Denver Post is giving Jim Nantz an outlet to speak his mind later this week (“Hello, friends. You know what has supremacy? White people.”). While we’ll be sure to ignore it when it runs on Thursday, one of the paper’s blogs did the helpful service of highlighting an amusing anecdote so we can ignore the rest.

Nantz recounts that in production meetings leading up to the Steelers-Broncos Wild Card game, Nantz asked John Fox and Mike Tomlin what they would do if the game went to overtime, what with the relatively new playoff overtime rules being in effect and all.

On Saturday night we were meeting with the Steelers, who were staying near Boulder. I asked Coach Tomlin the same thing: What are you going to do? He said, ‘We’re taking the football. We’re not going to give them the football first.’

“I said, ‘Mike, wouldn’t you think twice about that? I mean after all, the Broncos’ last game they lost 7-3 to Kansas City. So if you kick the football to them, you know you are going to get a touchhback in the thin air, you’re gonna set up the Broncos at their own 20 and the odds are you’re going to get a punt and now all you have to do is going down and win the game with a field goal.’

“He said, ‘No way I am doing that. I’m not putting my whole season at risk giving the other team the football because if one guy busts an assignment or something else and one play they go 80 yards and a touchdown and my season is over. I’m not going to let that happen. I’m taking the football.’

Ha ha, it’s funny because the Broncos ended up winning the toss and scoring on a play of exactly 80 yards. And Mike Tomlin was powerless to stop it. So goes the premise of “Final Destination 6: Unleashing Hell” starring Ike Taylor, whose death by Demaryius Thomas stiff-arm is totally spoiled by the trailer.

In other (former) Steeler news, TMZ has some nice eight-months-after-the-fact details about Hines Ward’s DUI arrest last summer. Beyond Hines being mostly worried the press would find out, there was some physical comedy.

There is one funny moment, when Hines was sitting in the back of the squad car and the officer slammed on the brakes … sending Ward’s forehead into the plastic divider.


[h/t Goal-Line Stand]

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