The long-awaited Frontline feature documentary League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis aired last night, putting Pittsburgh in the spotlight for both good and bad reasons.
The documentary was a joint project of PBS and Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, who wrote the accompanying book and have reported on the NFL concussion crisis in the past. The Fainaru brothers have reported in the past for ESPN, which, until August, was a co-producer of League of Denial. In August, ESPN abruptly ended its participation in the project, allegedly because of pressure from the NFL.
If the NFL was worried about League of Denial making it look bad as an organization, the worry was warranted. While plenty has been reported in recent years on concussions, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and football, the Frontline doc laid out a comprehensive history of the matter, highlighting the work of Dr. Bennet Omaru, formerly of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office, and Dr. Ann McKee, of Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.
Pittsburgh plays a starring role — for better and worse — in the documentary.
After a week one loss to the Broncos, the Steelers evened out their record to 1-1 with a 27-10 win over the New York Jets. It's on to Oakland for a week 3 scrum against the Raiders but not before we break down Mike Tomlin's weekly press conference.
Although Tomlin talked about the need to "Thud Up" the injured Rashard Mendenhall in practice to get him ready for Sundays and said evaluating replacement refs was "not in my wheelhouse," Your Tomlinism of the week is:
"We need to tighten up our menu and lean on the things we are doing well. "
After a heartbreaking 31-19 loss to the Denver Broncos in Sunday's season opener, the Pittsburgh Steelers look toward the New York Jets this week. And with every new Steelers game, comes a new Mike Tomlin Press Conference.
This week the coach talked about the loss to the Broncos and the week ahead against Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and the Jets. This week the coach's speech is broken down into a quote of the week and a groovy Mike Tomlin-shaped Tag cloud.
Quote of the Week: "Obviously, we are not looking for positives, that’s not our bag."
Mike Tomlin is a man of few words — especially when it comes to answering direct questions about his football team. He chooses his words carefully, so rather than trying to figure out what his words mean, it might be best to take a look at what words he uses and with what frequency. Here's a tag cloud from Tomlin's weekly press conference leading up to Sunday night's clash with the Denver Broncos.