Tomlin Wins in Steelers Debut

Roethlisberger stays sharp in 20-7 drubbing of Saints at Canton
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2007 7:24 AM CDT
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin smiles after the Steelers beat the New Orleans Saints 20-7 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame football game, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Tomlin handily won his first game as a Steelers coach—the customary Hall of Fame Game at Canton to open the NFL preseason. Tomlin, only the third Pittsburgh coach since 1969, strikes a profound contrast to his predecessor, Bill Cowher, who was beloved in the Steel City for his paroxysmic on-field displays of emotion.

Tomlin kept his passions in check, noting that it was only the preseason: "Maybe I'll be more excited next month. I'm sure I will when we open in Cleveland." Fourth-year signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger, coming off a nightmare injury-ravaged 2006, was crisp, passing for 73 yards in the opening drive.