Thursday, June 13, 2013
Steelers cancel final day of minicamp
By Jamison Hensley
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the goal is to be world champions. But he isn't emulating one -- well, at least not the current champions.
While the defending Super Bowl champions Baltimore Ravens conducted practice for all three days of mandatory minicamp, Tomlin canceled the final day for the Steelers. Pittsburgh joined the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as teams who decided to start vacation a little earlier than other teams.
You can certainly make the case that the Steelers should be the ones working and the Ravens should be rewarded. Pittsburgh finished a disappointing 8-8 last season and failed to make the playoffs for the second time in four years. And this doesn't really fall in line with the team's theme of "less talk, more work."
I just get the sense that Tomlin doesn't really get much out of the non-contact offseason training activities. It was last month when Tomlin called it "football in shorts."
Asked Wednesday whether he can make any evaluations off of the spring workouts, Tomlin said, "We could trick ourselves into believing something that would be untrue. Football is a game that’s played in pads, so I’m not going to rush to judge or search for things to grasp onto at this time of year."