Don't bring up the 2008 playoff loss to Jacksonville to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Jacksonville reporters learned that the hard way when Tomlin abruptly ended Wednesday's conference call by hanging up, according to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.
On the eighth question of the conference call, Tomlin was asked about his memories from that playoff game. This is the Steelers' first meeting with the Jaguars in Pittsburgh since losing to them, 31-29, in January 2008. "I remember David Garrard of course on the draw on fourth down," Tomlin said. "That’s one of those plays that you’ll never forget. It was a big play.”
Someone asked if he sent a tape of that play to the league office because there was questionable holding that wasn't called. “Guys, come on man," Tomlin said. "I’m not going to cry over four-year-old spilled milk. Anybody got any legitimate questions?"
A reporter said it was a big game from Jacksonville's standpoint. "Anybody got questions relative to this week?" Tomlin said. According to the Florida Times-Union's account of the conference call, Tomlin then took a short pause, and as the next question was starting to get asked, he said thanks and hung up.
My suggestion is no one should bring up that Super Bowl loss to the Packers anytime soon, either.
(Thanks to AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky for passing along this information)