"He's allowed to think about whatever game or whatever elephant in the room or whatever matchups, things like that". "If you're concerned (about the Steelers) it's because of the particulars".
"You'll burn more fuel trying to pretend like that doesn't exist than just to acknowledge the elephant in the room", Tomlin said. His status ahead of this game will be talked about quite a bit, but if he's good to go, it's a nice boost for the defense, obviously.
"But probably, if we're both doing what we're supposed to, the second one is really going to be a big game", Tomlin explained to Dungy. It's going to determine the location of the second one.
"(Dungy) asked for non-coach speak, so I was having a conversation with an old friend", Tomlin said. We couldn't deny that if we wanted too. "I know those guys are going to want to get after us and try to ruin our Christmas".
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger says Bengals want to "ruin Steelers Christmas"
The Patriots (9-2) and Steelers (9-2) are now leading the race to secure home field advantage in the playoffs.
The difference is that you just don't often hear National Football League coaches say such things in the middle of a season. The way Roethlisberger sees it, that doesn't change the fact that they're the next opponent. "I mean they want to ruin our playoff chances".
Yarlyne Figueroa told 22News that despite the injuries the team has had this season, the Patriots always find a way to win.
In Tomlin's 11 years as Steelers head coach, his teams have gone 2-6 vs. the Patriots.
In case we've overlooked something in our game charting, the Steelers offense didn't use any no-huddle in their last three games against the Bengals that were played in Cincinnati and that includes the one Wild Card meeting a few seasons ago.