It’s common for opposing head coaches in the NFL to ask questions about their upcoming opponents at their weekly press conferences.
This week, however, it appeared that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was using the presser as an opportunity to do some reverse psychology ahead of the New York Jets’ matchup.
Mike Tomlin trolls the Jets Safety Group
Tomlin does something different with his weekly press.
He begins with a long monologue in which he discusses the previous game, and then moves into a full breakdown of the roster, going position by position through the entire team he faces.
When he got to the jet security group, Tomlin had some interesting things to say:
“The safety tandem of Jordan Whitehead and Lamarcus Joyner, both really good tacklers. Both feel really good in terms of innate feel for the game. Being able to play into the run downhill and also be good against the game pass.
Those would all be very nice things to say if they were true. However, in the first three weeks of the season, Joyner and Whitehead proved to be very poor tacklers and stunk in coverage.
The Athletic’s Zack Rosenblatt shared a devastating statistic revealed on Twitter that they missed 10 tackles in the season between the two and allowed the quarterbacks to dice them in the passing game.
This prompted many people to call the coach on Twitter and say he was simply trolling the Jets, indirectly telling them that the Steelers will be checking on the safety procedures during their scheduled Sunday matchup.
Twitter user MTN-Tuzz93 called it the “old Belichick strategy”:
! said, “He’ll lash out at her so much it’s not even funny.” on twitter:
Mike Turtle Emert said, “Brother, real for real. He was generous. Great tacklers, which means we’re gonna roast the shit out of them in coverage.”
Bhavik Upadhyaya said that is a classic case of “reverse psychology” where you say one thing to the media and tell your team something different behind the scenes:
Mike Tomlin sounded at Jets QB Zach Wilson
Though not everything Tomlin said at his press conference was hidden messages. He actually had something very interesting to say about the return of Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
After missing the first three weeks of the 2022 season with a knee injury, the former BYU passer will make his Pittsburgh debut.
Tomlin bluntly said there are a lot of “unknowns” among the pros when it comes to facing a quarterback with that limited amount of tape. However, he also explained that the mystery surrounding Wilson goes both ways.
Tomlin simply said the Jets haven’t seen Wilson this season either, so they don’t even know what they’re going to get.
That’s a very astute observation from the Steelers head coach, and I’ll just say this: I’d much rather have the unknown with Wilson than the known with Joe Flacco.
I’ve appeared on a few Steelers podcasts this week and the message was the same, they preferred playing Wilson versus Flacco. They believe the untried youngster will collapse like a used lawn chair in the spotlight.
From a Jets perspective, I’ve seen enough of Flacco for the rest of my life, it’s time to see what the boy’s up to. There’s a mystery afoot that can deliver both good and bad results.
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