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Tim Benz: Steelers’ Mike Tomlin’s comments on Myles Garrett triggers rage from Browns fans

Tim Benz
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches warm-ups before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland.

During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made the following comments about Myles Garrett swinging his helmet at Mason Rudolph in last Thursday’s game.

He was asked if it was at all a “teachable moment” for his players.

“I don’t know that we did anything to make it happen in the first place,” Tomlin replied. “That’s why I said we didn’t have anything to learn from it.”

When Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com tweeted out those comments to her followers, her timeline exploded.

The responses in the thread were unreal. The number of Cleveland fans who have convinced themselves that Rudolph is to blame and Garrett is somehow a victim is awe inspiring.

“Got what he deserved”? Rudolph tussled with Garrett on the ground after being thrown to the turf late, and he “deserved” nearly getting his skull cracked open?

Please! If the roles were reversed and Rudolph had done that to Garrett, Browns fans would’ve been demanding that Rudolph get charged with a hate crime on the spot.

That’s rich.

The team got fined the same amount as the other team, and it was their quarterback who was attacked!? Plus, the center who tried to protect his quarterback is suspended for three weeks.

That’s not holding them accountable?

Well, I have eyes. That’s how. Garrett took Rudolph down well after the ball was gone. That’s “what led to all of this.”

And even if you choose to ignore that fact and blame Rudolph for “starting it” by scuffling with Garrett on the ground, that in no way offsets Garrett’s response. Stop with the blame shifting, Cleveland.

Wow! Now we are taking the “whataboutism” to actions removed from the cause of the problem.

So I’m clear, Amanda, Tomlin’s decision to call a pass play legitimizes Garrett’s response at swinging a helmet at the quarterback?

Got it.

Seriously, that’s your takeaway here? It’s Tomlin’s responsibility to know in advance that if he calls a pass play, that may incite Garrett to go insane, and Tomlin should be held responsible for that?

Stay in your lane, Amanda. You Clevelanders can’t irrationally blame everything that goes wrong on a football field on Tomlin.

That’s a Pittsburgh thing! We own that. Back off!

Eh, based on her Twitter handle, she’s an Ohio State fan, too. So, obviously, she is incapable of balanced, rational thought anyway. I shouldn’t be surprised.

Actually, every Pittsburgh news outlet did. We just have the ability to differentiate a minor offense — or maybe even self-defense — from assault.

How ‘bout you?

So now Tomlin must be held accountable for what the Cleveland players do? I’m confused.

Anyway, keep reading. The comments from blinded Browns fans will have you laughing all day. They’ve completely victimized Garrett and are making Rudolph and Tomlin into the villains in this situation.

I’m not even mad about it. I’m more impressed than anything. The cognitive detachment from reality is magnificent.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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