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Tomlin dismisses NFL praise, wants faster whistles

Posted by hhmbianca on Oct 26, 2010 5:59:28 PM

Mike Tomlin didn't like it when the NFL was criticizing his players. Apparently, he doesn't like it any better now that the league is praising them.

Ray Anderson, the NFL vice president for football operations, applauded Steelers linebacker James Harrison for "heeding our emphasis" by avoiding a dangerous hit Sunday in Miami like the one on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi the week before. Harrison was fined $75,000 for the Massaquoi hit, although he wasn't penalized on the play.Air Jordan Shoes

"There certainly was one play, on a hit on a running back, that James Harrison may have taken a shot at the running back going down, and Harrison let up," Anderson said. "I applaud James for restraining himself."

Tomlin insisted last week that Harrison's hit was permissible under NFL rules, and Steelers President Art Rooney II agreed. Now, Tomlin appears unhappy that anyone in the league is suggesting the Steelers (5-1) softened their physical style of play during the 23-22 victory in Miami.

Tomlin said there was no such "letting up."Men shoes

"I didn't see anything of that nature," Tomlin said Tuesday. "If I appear short, it's because it's somewhat insulting to me to assume that we're doing anything under any normal circumstances other than trying to play within the rules. That how our guys play, that's how we coach. Number one, first and foremost, is it conducive to winning? That's what our intentions are when we step into stadiums to play, whether it's last weekend of three weeks ago or a month ago. Or a month from now."

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