Many questions, few answers from Mike Tomlin

Steelers head coach ‘assessing’ everything

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – A few days removed from the end of the collapse of their season, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked a couple of dozen questions.

Very few answers had any specifics about how the Steelers fix their future or what changes are to come.

“I always acknowledge that change is a part of our business,” Tomlin said.  “Particularly this time of year, particularly when you experience the type of ending that we had.  I will acknowledge that is a truth.”

“I will not get into any details. We just have so many meetings and things to discover and to talk about in the coming days and maybe weeks.”

Tomlin was asked about his future at quarterback, and addressed it in this story on the Fan website.

What about a running game that finished 32nd in the NFL.  A reminder there are 32 teams in the league.

“When you are dead last in anything,” Tomlin said.  “It’s all of the above (personnel and scheme).  We better assess it as such.  We will not accept our current position in that area.  We cannot.  We gotta attack that and we will.”

An answer, but no specifics.  Will he will keep all of his coaches?  What about the fate of his coordinators?

“I’m not ready to individually assess anything at this juncture,” Tomlin said Wednesday.  “There is a level of disappointment in all of our performances collectively, starting with my own.”

The 13-year Steelers head coach then elaborated a bit.

“We haven’t had any of those discussions,” Tomlin said.  “Change is a part of our business.  I will acknowledge the possibility for that.  We are just beginning the process of having those type of meaty discussions that usually produce changes or non-changes.  I anticipate those discussions happening and happening rather soon as we plot a course to move forward.”

What about with the 19 free agents that need to be signed on a team roughly 20 million over the salary cap for next year?

“You start first and foremost with assessing your in-house things,” Tomlin said.  “The state of our team.  The depth of our team.  The issues relative to personnel with our team.”

“Then we look at our looming, potential free agents.  I think that’s the place that we shop first-and-foremost.  Then we look at the global map from that perspective.  There’s so many meetings ahead of us in regards to those things.”

Tomlin said those discussions are challenging every year and maybe more so with the drop in revenue due to the coronavirus.

There is no doubt moves will happen.  Tomlin alluded to that several times.  For all of us wanting answers or explanations from the head coach; that is what didn’t happen Wednesday.

It likely won’t happen going forward.