NFL Training Camp Tour: Tomlin: Hitting in Steelers’ camp makes evaluation ‘crystal clear’
Mike Tomlin with Jim Miller
Plain and simple, Mike Tomlin wants hitters — and players who can withstand hits — on his Pittsburgh Steelers roster.
It stands to reason, then, that the best way to figure out who those players are is to do as much hitting in training camp as the rules of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement will allow.
And the Steelers are as aggressive in that area as any team in the league.
“It’s two things for us,” Tomlin said of his emphasis on contact to Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan at the Steelers’ camp in Latrobe, Pa. “We believe that that’s an element of our game that can be an asset, and if it’s going to be that, we can’t talk about it. We’ve got to do it. And, secondly, I think it aids in the evaluation process. We’ve got 90 guys out here, many of them are new. It eliminates some of the speculation in evaluation when you’re playing at the level of intensity that we are and you’re tackling.
“You get a back and a safety in the hole. You’re not wondering whether the back can make him miss or wondering whether the safety can make the tackle. You’re seeing what’s happening. And it’s making the evaluation process more crystal clear for us.”
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