“It was another good day of work for us,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “The venue changed, and we really appreciate these fans and this atmosphere that was provided for us here tonight. It was fun to have a little change of pace.”
The first competition period during the Steelers’ traditional Friday Night Lights practice included the second installment of backs-on-backers. As it turned out, this drill was impacted by what had happened during a tight ends-on-linebackers session on Thursday afternoon.
In the Thursday drill, the tight ends had their way with the linebackers, and that assessment came directly from Tomlin. For example,
Not so much on Friday night during backs-on-backers.
The session began with Tomlin matching
The evening’s schedule included a Zambelli fireworks presentation as the grand finale, but a Bell-Williams collision lit the powder keg a couple of hours early.
“It’s the ebb and flow associated with team development,” said Tomlin. “The tight ends kicked the linebackers butts the other day, and the linebackers came back today with a vengeance. It’s what team development is about. I would image the backs and tight ends come out here tomorrow with a get-back attitude. It is an emotional game, and they do lose that element of it sometimes. But those things are growth opportunities, and opportunities for us to teach. All of that is part of team development, even when it’s a little bit negative.
“It is emotional, and at times you’re going to feel like you’ve been wronged, but at the same time you have to keep your wits about you, because we step into stadiums with one goal in mind, and that’s to win. Obviously, 15-yard penalties don’t help us in that cause.”
TOMLIN’S INJURY UPDATE
“On the injury front, there was really nothing in this practice. Maybe a groin strain there for Shaq Richardson. We continue to get guys back and increase their level of participation, guys like