Add another box to the bingo card for Mike Tomlin-isms.
Appearing on The Pivot Podcast on Tuesday with hosts Channing Crowder, Ryan Clark and Fred Taylor, Tomlin discussed a number of things about his career, his coaching mentality, his duty to protect his players and the excitement that surrounds him. awaits in the 2022 season without veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger under center.
That last point led to one of his best Tomlinisms in recent memory, likening the Steelers standard to a popular food chain item.
Reading this, many are probably thinking “What in the world is going on?” I understand, but explaining it further should make more sense.
Mike Tomlin opens up on The Pivot…and the conversation is unprecedented!
— Pivot Podcast (@thepivot) June 21, 2022
Really, it was so good from Tomlin.
Heading into the 2022 season, Tomlin aims to maintain the Steelers standard even in a year filled with change, aiming to be the tried and true shape that is the #1 Big Mac on the McDonald’s food menu all over the world.
“First of all, I look forward to the anxiety associated with this uncertainty. Of having to get up and deliver,” Tomlin told Crowder, Clark and Taylor, according to the video via The Pivot Podcast official YouTube page. “To live what we believe in, The Standard is the Standard. And so, yeah, it’s like McDonald’s, right? You know where number one is, right? No matter where you go, what corner of the globe, a number one is a number one and that’s what I want Pittsburgh Steelers football to be.
“And so it doesn’t matter who puts their hands under the center, as far as I’m concerned. But…all that cool stuff that’s said, you know, scary, but exciting.
How about that? Steelers football is as consistent as the #1 meal at McDonald’s. What a world.
Seriously, there’s a real point there from Tomlin. When you order a #1, which happens to be a Big Mac at McDonald’s, you know what you’re getting, simply because it’s been tested time and time again and delivered on that promise time and time again.
Ironically, this Big Mac was introduced to the Greater Pittsburgh area in 1967 by McDonald’s before going nationwide in 1968. Now it’s global. Sounds a lot like the Steelers brand, right?
That’s what Tomlin is aiming for year after year with the Steelers — that is, a stable, consistently competitive franchise with championship aspirations, regardless of who’s on the roster or not.
Having a coach with that type of prospect at the top of the list is only going to cause a trickle down effect under him. Regardless of who is or isn’t there, the norm is certainly the norm in Pittsburgh. Hopefully it’s as good as the Big Mac always was.