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Mike Tomlin not surprised by onside kick

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  November 1, 2011 03:26 PM

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he might have made the same call as Bill Belichick if faced with a similar situation at the end of Sunday's game.

Tomlin was asked about the kick during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon earlier today.

Tomlin was asked if he was surprised by the call.

“It didn’t surprise me, quite frankly, at all," Tomlin said. "Coach Belichick is a guy who has the courage of his convictions and he doesn’t necessarily care what other people think. And, based on the evidence that he was looking at, we hadn’t punted in the football game. I know that if I was in his position I would’ve done the same thing.

"I would have tried to get the ball just based on what had transpired in the stadium to that point. We had yet to punt offensively. He needed the ball. So he took an opportunity with something that he felt good about, of course, from an execution standpoint, which was the onside kick.”

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