Mike Tomlin Takes a Stand for Old School Football

By Andrew Fisher
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We all know that Mike Tomlin is an old school football coach. He’s a no nonsense, hard-nosed type of coach, who has his teams play the right way. There’s nothing ‘gimmicky’ about the Pittsburgh Steelers, they embody Tomlin’s old school attitude.

One thing you won’t see in Pittsburgh any time soon – the read-option. Tomlin recently gave his thoughts on the latest NFL trend.

“I think it’s the flavor of the day. We will see if it’s the flavor of the year. We’ll see if guys are committed to getting their guys hit.”

“We look forward to stopping it. We look forward to eliminating it.”

In other words, pppssshhhh.

I absolutely love these comments, especially the last part, ‘we look forward to eliminating it.’ That’s a statement from an old school football representative right there. These kids and their fancy option plays…

It’s fair to wonder if the read-option trend will last, but the teams that utilized it last year, all had success. There’s no denying that it’s an effective offense to run right now in the NFL. But what happens to most of these trends? They go away.

However, I’m not so sure about the read-option. The quarterback position is more athletic than it’s ever been before, but do the risks of the offense outweigh the rewards? There’s not a large enough sample size to make that determination yet, but in the meantime, I’m curious to see how defenses respond in 2013.

Is one offseason enough for the defenders of the league to catch on? Sometimes that’s all it takes. One thing is for sure, guys like Mike Tomlin are hell-bent on making the read-option just another ‘flavor,’ and that’s what makes football great. As long as there are old school guys like Tomlin around, the NFL will be alright.


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