LATROBE, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Steelers arrived for training camp Friday afternoon to kickoff their 2010 football season.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met with the media for his introductory camp press conference to share his current thoughts on the team. Here were several highlights:
As usual, let's start with the quarterbacks. Tomlin said, starting Saturday, Byron Leftwich is going to get a majority of the first-team snaps followed by Dennis Dixon. But he also said the team will be “non-rhythmic” and that he’s not going to settle on a set rotation for camp ahead of time. With Ben Roethlisberger serving a conditional six-game suspension, Tomlin acknowledged that it’s a unique situation. But the coach said his focus is on getting a quarterback ready for Week 1.
"We're not going to lock ourselves down to any prescribed rotation," Tomlin said. "We're going to continue as we have throughout the offseason."
Pittsburgh's conditioning drills went off without a hitch. With the exception of first-round pick Maurkice Pouncey, who has to take his test Saturday, everyone who was required to do drills passed. Tomlin did give a free pass to select veterans as a reward for their years of service to the Steelers. Receiver Hines Ward, quarterback Charlie Batch, nose tackle Casey Hampton, linebacker James Farrior, and defensive end Aaron Smith were among them.
New offensive tackle Flozell Adams has played most of his career at left tackle, but the Steelers signed him to play right tackle, according to Tomlin. Adams will come in and compete and likely win the job to replace the injured Willie Colon (Achilles).
"My mentality in regards to it is we have an issue at one position and that's right tackle," Tomlin explained. "I'm not going to make it an issue at two positions unless I absolutely have to. Max (Starks) has played above the line and really played pretty well for us at left tackle."