Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is not a subliminal-message guy. He's direct.
Basically, Tomlin told Williams to shut it down. Williams has been going back and forth with Twitter followers over Manning, tweeting that the future Hall of Famer 'couldn't play dead in a western' last season. Manning won his second Super Bowl with the defense-led Denver Broncos. His arm looked gone. Williams is right in noticing that.
— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) March 8, 2016
Williams explained himself on ESPN's Mike & Mike. As Williams recalls, he began the Manning discussion Monday when responding to a tweet from CBS Sports' Pete Prisco about Manning. Williams said he told Prisco it's time for Manning to retire, not knowing Manning was retiring that specific day. Not that the date of Manning's announcement mattered much to Williams.
"I wasn't going to hold my tongue because he was retiring," Williams told Mike & Mike. "My thing is, what I try to get people to understand is just because a person is accomplished and has accolades don't mean you can't speak your mind about them because they have those accolades."
Williams doubled down on the show, saying Manning was "garbage" in 2015.
Considering Tomlin hadn't tweeted in about four months, though, Williams' persistence on the matter must have really caught his attention. The fact Tomlin responded openly also reminds this isn't a serious matter. It's doubtful Tomlin is truly unhappy with the situation. He's just telling Williams to take a few plays off. Williams has been bantering with followers for the last 24 hours over it. It's not that serious.
Around midnight ET, Williams responded to his coach over Twitter.
Gotcha coach 👍🏿👍🏿 https://t.co/WH1uhNvoZK
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) March 9, 2016
At least Williams is a colorful follow. I'll take that over clichés about determination and training selfies.