“It’s an opportunity for me to be reflective and thankful for a lot of things, our players,” said Tomlin. “They aren’t a perfect group. None of us are perfect. But we have a good group of men. They are good men first, who happen to be able to play football. I thought they just displayed that in so many ways over the course of the journey. The journey that is the season will stress you in a lot of ways both individually and collectively. I just thought at about every turn, I was proud of the manner in which our guys dealt with whatever adversity we faced or created. We acknowledge some of the adversity that you face you create (for yourself) over the course of the football journey. I really enjoyed the men, their professionalism, the selflessness, their willingness and their ability to put what we were doing ahead of and in front of maybe what they wanted to do. You don’t take that for granted.”
It was also evident that Tomlin doesn’t take the Steelers’ fan support for granted. There typically are several instances over the course of a season in which he addresses some specific example of Steelers Nation making its presence felt, but today in Pittsburgh Tomlin was moved – without being prompted by a question – to cite an example of something that happened in San Diego last October.
“There are moments where you sit back and think about elements of the journey,” said Tomlin. “Some of them are seemingly significant. Some of them, maybe they are only significant to you. But there were a lot of elements of this journey where you think about the support we have from our unique fan base and the level of appreciation we have for them. It was on display in so many instances. Who could forget that San Diego trip? That seems like years ago as I sit here today. But it will be probably one of those things that I remember most about this past season, the type of support that we had from Steelers Nation in San Diego was amazing. And boy, did we need it. We went the length of the field at the end with
Tomlin also addressed a variety of other issues:
“I’m sure he does, but I’m sure that the sand in the hour glass is less of an issue.”
“He does not.”
On if he’s confident
“I’m not. We’ll see.”
On how he feels about the 2015 season:
“I’m disappointed and that’s just an honest answer. I think we all are. We appreciate the support that we get from others, the acknowledgment of the fight and all of that. But, we go into the journey with that understanding, that it’s going to be difficult, that’s it’s going to be a fight, that a fight is going to be required. We appreciate the support but at the same time we set out to be world champion. That was our goal. We meant it. It’s not us this year, so there’s disappointment associated with that.”
TOMLIN’S INJURY UPDATE
“Guys with existing health issues, I have a brief synopsis on some of those guys.
“Le’Veon Bell is doing well. I saw him yesterday.