A few days after former Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw called head coach Mike Tomlin a “cheerleader,” Tomlin weighed in with a salty response.
“Criticism and critiques are very much part of our business. It’s an element of our business that as a competitor I embrace,” Tomlin said. “The term ‘great,’ that’s something I have a great deal of respect for. I certainly don’t think that my resume to this point reads as ‘great.’ But very few coaches’ resumes read as that at this point.
“Guys like Bill (Belichick) in New England probably can say that, Pop (Gregg Popovich) down in San Antonio. I think the rest of us are just working stiffs, to be quite honest with you.
“Now that being said, terms like ‘cheerleader guy’, to me, maybe fall outside of the bounds of critique or criticism. They probably fall more toward the area of disrespect and unprofessional. But what do I know? I grew up a Dallas fan. Particularly a ‘Hollywood’ Henderson fan.”
For those of you who might not remember, former Cowboys linebacker Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson once remarked that Bradshaw was so dumb he “couldn’t spell ‘cat’ if you spotted him the ‘c’ and the ‘a’.”
Tomlin has a great body of work and he’s getting better as a coach every year. I’m not sure where the sour grapes from Bradshaw comes from, but it makes him look worse.