Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers season came to an end last week, the NFL might have seen one of the boldest play calls made by a coach in postseason history. And for die-hard Steeler fans, they’ve witnessed what coach Mike Tomlin planned on doing in last Sunday’s Divisional round playoff game against the Denver Broncos, all season long.
While this all remains a moot point, coach Tomlin revealed that the Steelers would have gone for two had the team scored a touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter with Pittsburgh trailing 13-20.
Via ESPN/Pittsburgh Steelers Blog:
Mike Tomlin loves to go for two, and apparently he was ready to call for a walk-off 2-point conversion in Denver had the Steelers scored a touchdown in the final minutes. The Steelers got the ball with three minutes left, down 20-13, and ended up turning the ball over on downs.
I was monitoring some Steelers news Friday when I caught wind of an on-air conversation between 93.7 The Fan’s Joe Starkey and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi about this. According to Starkey, Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” has sound of Tomlin saying he would go for it.
Normally I’d second guess any coach who claims they would go for the win in this sort of pressure-packed situation that would be the difference of your team advancing or going home, but with Tomlin, you almost feel differently because of his aggressive history.
In addition, the Steelers were experiencing injury issues and extra points are not a given anymore. Did Tomlin really want to chance putting his team through an extra overtime period when he could end with from three yards out with one of the NFL’s most clutch quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger ?
Even though Tomlin revealing this type of bold decision means absolutely nothing, it goes to show you why his players love playing for him. Coach Tomlin believes in his guys and takes the type of chances that get coaches fired, but also puts them in the history books.
In this case, we’ll never know…