PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – While many Pittsburgh Steelers fans still don’t believe head coach Mike Tomlin’s version of his sideline adventure against Baltimore, Troy Clardy has “obvious” reasons to think the coach was being sincere. Troy explains why, along with co-host Stacy Kauffman on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.
Tomlin has become famous for peppering his press conferences with the word “obviously” throughout most of his responses.
But Clardy noticed that when Tomlin spent the bulk of his Tuesday presser addressing the sideline miscue, Tomlin’s verbal tic suddenly went away.
“In that 21-minute Q&A (on his sideline blunder), he says ‘obviously’ four times,” Troy points out. “You know how many times he says ‘obviously’ while previewing the Dolphins in the 14 1/2 minute portion of that press conference? 15! Five times in the first 90 seconds. Thirteen times total during his opening statement reviewing the Ravens game, updating injuries, and previewing the Dolphins. Big discrepancy there.”
This tale of two Tomlins leads Clardy to believe that the coach was being more sincere while talking about his mistake than he was after slipping into Coachspeak mode.
“When you’re in Coachspeak mode, you try to say as little as possible as eloquently as possible,” he explains. “You speak in cliches when you’re in Coachspeak mode. You use the verbal crutches like ‘obviously’ and all the other things you normally hear from a coach when he’s in Coachspeak mode. That’s what indicates to me that Tomlin was being a bit more sincere during his talk about the sidelines than he was during his normal Coachspeak mode.”
Troy has audio proof to illustrate his point…hear that in the clip below!
And catch Troy Clardy and Stacy Kauffman weekends on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.