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PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 23: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers during the game on December 23, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Mike Tomlin is a robot.
Okay, not an actual robot. But according to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach, who held his last press conference before Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV on Friday morning, made it clear that he wouldn’t be caught up in the emotion of preparing his team to play on the largest stage in American sports.
"I'm a robot,” Tomlin told reporters, per Pro Football Weekly. “I'm just going to ride the wave."
Tomlin continued that, with his pre-game media responsibilities satisfied as of Friday morning, he would view the rest of the week leading up to Sunday as business as usual.
Of course, it’s not, really; Pittsburgh is looking for their seventh Super Bowl victory, Tomlin his second in three years. But among his duties as head coach, Tomlin says, is overseeing the emotions of his players while remaining unaffected, himself; to that end, Tomlin has a gleaming track record.
"In the midst of all of that you asked about the feelings and emotions. It probably depends on who you ask,” Tomlin said. “I would imagine that Hines [Ward's] perspective on all of this is probably a little different than Antonio Brown's. I'll keep an eye on all of the guys and try to provide them what it is they need so they can stay on an emotional even keel and be prepared to play."