Posted on: January 19, 2009 1:05 am
Edited on: January 19, 2009 1:08 am

Tomlin Outcoaches Harbaugh

A quick postmortem on the AFC Title Game before I nod off.

One factor being seriously ignored in the postgame hullaballoo is that Mike Tomlin totally outcoached John Harbaugh from whistle-to-gun.

Tomlin is a real, genuine leader.  He does exactly what needs to be done to each player.  Some need yelled at, some need a pat on the back, some need something else and he knows exactly how to treat all 53.  He's not a one-trick pony like so many coaches who are all rah-rah (Sparano, e.g.) or overly stoic (Reid, e.g.).  On the other hand, the only things I saw Harbaugh doing tonight were throwing his red hankie and unsuccessfully needling the officials after just about every play.  Harbaugh also had a whiny look on his face all night (not unlike former Ravens helmsman Brian Billick, ironically).  Mike Tomlin never has a whiny face, ever.

There are other areas where the Steelers are stronger than Baltimore, but by-and-large this game was won by the better-coached team.

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