Monday night’s on-field exchange between Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin and Washington’s Chase Young was one for the ages.
However, privy for fans to witness such accounts is not always the case.
Some of the most notable in-game banter is related through post-game interviews or second-hand stories.
For example, Joe Montana’s composure under pressure was seen in the surgical dissection of the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII.
But Joe’s command in the huddle during the 49ers game-winning drive can only be shared through his “John Candy” stories.
Fast forward to week 13 of the 2020 NFL season.
Mike Knows What He Wants and How Much He Is Willing to Pay
During Monday night’s pre-game warmups, Pittsburg coach Mike Tomlin and Washington’s standout rookie Chase Young engaged in some playful teasing.
Although Tomlin’s undefeated Steelers dropped their first game to 4-7 Washington, NFL Films captured a clip of Mike’s good-natured praise of Young.
Mike commended the rookie but explained why he would not want to have the chance to draft such a player.
With the help from state-of-the-art film technology, fans got to watch coach Tomlin say to Young:
“I don’t ever want to lose enough games to get a guy like you. You know what I mean? And I play against you all the time. Because you got to lose 14 or 15 games to get a guy like you.”
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) December 8, 2020
Washington Paid a Hefty Price for Chase
The Steelers coach was right.
Washington Football Team finished last year with a dreadful three wins, 13 loss record, and was 0-6 against division opponents.
With only one team finishing with a worse record, Washington’s disappointing season positioned them at second overall in this year’s draft.
As such, Washington’s heartaches from 2019 turned into the team drafting a player that many GM’s believe to be a franchise prospect in Chase Young.