the new man
and so it has begun. a new era in steeler football. again, i recognize that if there is even anyone reading this, you probably couldn't conjure up enough care to fill a chinstrap, but this is a big deal for me: a new coach.
at first, when i heard the reports on saturday, i was shocked and surprised and even a little disappointed. i was sort of hoping it would russ grimm, former washington redskins offensive lineman, and current assistant head coach for the steelers. i thought, in some ways, that he deserved the job.
however, after leaving work early yesterday to get home and watch the press conference on the NFL network, i have changed my mind. i just have so much faith in the rooney family to make wise decisions, and, perhaps more than that, the man clearly has some charisma. he has a presence that i am certain russ grimm does not have. he had a great deal of skepticism shadowing him as he approached that podium yesterday: i think most pittsburgh football fans wanted grimm. but once he opened his mouth and said things like "blue collar" and "hard working" and "running the ball" he won some new followers. but it was not just his words that hooked me, it was his whole demeanor: his seriousness and intensity and willingness to be honest about his priorities (God, family, work, in that order).
and so, mike tomlin, welcome to the burgh. i hope to be talking about you again next january, carrying a lamar hunt trophy with you into a super bowl.