Coaches don’t all the time have essentially the most fascinating issues once they get in entrance of the media, and there tends to be blame to go round in each instructions. Reporters don’t all the time have essentially the most thrilling issues to ask about, but in addition, coaches aren’t all the time able—or a temper—to indulge past the necessities.
That’s one of many causes that my ears are likely to perk up after I hear volunteered data—issues stated that weren’t requested about. Like when Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appeared to volunteer, in a way that I felt was past the usual place, his openness to honest competitors, possibly even rotation, at inside linebacker.
He was requested in regards to the cornerback place and the way they’ve three guys who can all play exterior in Cameron Sutton, Ahkello Witherspoon, and Levi Wallace, and the way he’ll go about figuring that out. “It’s to be determined”, he stated, via the team’s YouTube channel.
“I’m excited about that. But I’m excited about a lot of things”, he continued, earlier than volunteering that it’s not the one place he’s enthusiastic about. “I like our inside linebacker rotation that has a lot of capable men, and I think that’s why we’re here”.
Now, Tomlin as a lot as any coach goes to provide inventory solutions about how each place yearly is up for grabs, and all that kind of stuff that’s often nonsense for all sensible functions. But I feel most individuals had it of their head that Myles Jack and Devin Bush had been fairly set at inside linebacker.
Maybe they’re not, not fairly. Maybe there’s room for guys like Robert Spillane and Buddy Johnson in there. Spillane, in fact, already had a job final season as a sub-package participant, and typically greater than that, and has beginning expertise, in order that wouldn’t be a shock.
Johnson was a fourth-round decide in 2021 who missed his window for potential enjoying time when stated alternative coincided with a foot harm that finally landed him on the Reserve/Injured List by the top of the season. But they didn’t simply draft him to play on particular groups. They wish to see him earn a job on protection.
I don’t know the way lifelike it’s that we could possibly be speaking a couple of shakeup within the beginning lineup, however definitely, hypothesis about some rotational enjoying time isn’t out of the query, if the expertise is there that means it’s within the staff’s greatest pursuits.
“With each passing day, with each passing rep, we’re going to gain clarity about some of those type of questions”, Tomlin stated in response to a query with an identical theme about figuring out who’s on the sector and when.
After all, that’s what coaching camp is for. You determine who your greatest gamers are, or not less than you achieve this as greatest you possibly can earlier than you get into video games. And if both Bush or Jack struggles, they’re going to want to know that they’ve somebody who can step in.