Tomlin on QBs, Golson, FBs


Q. What are your plans for the quarterbacks today against the Green Bay Packers? Will Ben Roethlisberger get more snaps today?**

A. That's by design (to get Ben Roethlisberger) more snaps, but we'll also play it by ear. In the last game, I anticipated playing Ben 10-12 snaps. But the offense ends up operating pretty cleanly and they go down the field in six snaps on the first series, and so I pulled them and we moved on. We have a hardcore plan, and we acknowledge we're going to be light on our feet and adjust based on what transpires in the stadium. We anticipate playing Bruce Gradkowski. He'll play after Ben, and I'm looking forward to watching him get his first in-game action of 2015.

Q. Has Landry Jones made progress throughout this preseason?

A. I think he's progressively improved, and we expect that to continue. We have liked some of the things that we've seen thus far, and we expect him to work out some of the kinks. We're not even at the midway point from a preseason game standpoint, and so we have some big ball left, not only for him but for all of us collectively.

Q. During your Friday news conference in Latrobe, you said this about Senquez Golson's shoulder surgery, "We had known that surgery was probably something that was going to be necessary from the time he got here, but being a young guy and being in this (training camp) environment we thought a lot could be gleaned from it and that it could be a great experience for him whether or not he was participating. That's why we waited to get the surgery. He's been in this setting and been in the meetings and been wired in by being an active participant. Hopefully these weeks have been beneficial to him, but as we exit (camp) we thought it was appropriate to go ahead and get (the shoulder) fixed, so we did." Can you expand on your thinking there?

A. You only get one opportunity at a rookie camp. Whether or not you're healthy enough to participate is irrelevant, but to be in this environment and to understand how it is we go about our business and to see how guys interact and to be a part of the process of team development, I think all of that is critical for a young guy. That's something we didn't want to sacrifice in this instance.

Q. Roosevelt Nix played defensive tackle for four years in college, and he's trying to make the Steelers' roster as a fullback. How does he come into the NFL and end up at fullback? Is that discussed before you sign him, or does that evolve after you got him here?

A. It was presented as a potential option for him when we signed him, because we thought he had the physical talents that fit the position. I think that's reflective of the fullback position these days. If you went around to 32 training camps and looked at the fullback position specifically, I imagine there's one guy in every other city who's playing that position with no fullback background. There are not a lot of fullbacks in today's college football. Will Johnson was a tight end at West Virginia, for example. There are a lot of former linebackers, globally speaking, who play fullback in today's NFL. Bruce Miller with the 49ers was a defensive end at Central Florida. I really just think it's a reflection of the position in today's NFL, and more importantly a reflection of the position in college football.


Q. Your 2015 training camp has ended. Did you accomplish the things you needed to accomplish?**

A. I feel really good about the things we were able to do up there. We created a competitive environment. We challenged guys. We put guys in some situations in an attempt to get to know them. But as always, I evaluate training camp on seasons, so get back to me in six or seven months and I'll tell you whether it was a good camp or not.

Q. Overall, what was positive?

A. We didn't lose many snaps. The weather was very agreeable. We got a lot of work done. The environment was geared toward that. Anytime you're not interrupted in that way and you're able to do some of the things you're scheduled to do, you feel really good about it.

Q. Was there a negative?

A. No. I've learned to embrace all the things this process presents. Some days are better than others, sometimes it's two steps forward and one step backward. But I try to maintain a big-picture view of it, and as long as we're largely a group that has an upward trajectory, I feel good about the process. I can say that about us to this point.


Take a photo tour of 2015 Steelers Training Camp at Saint Vincent College from move-in day to the final practice.

Q. Training camp is over, and as the team moves back to Pittsburgh there still are three weeks left in the preseason. What do you need to get from that hunk of time?**

A. I'm very much building (in Pittsburgh) in the same manner as I'm building in Latrobe in terms of their formal work. Now, I am looking at how these guys handle the informal moments. Are they capable of displaying the basic things you expect professionals to display? Are they better in the morning when they come in than they were when they left the night before – in other words, did they make good use of their personal time to get better? Can they be where they need to be in a prompt-like manner? Some of the things you take for granted, but some of these guys are very young guys and that's an element of the evaluation process. Not only what they're capable of or willing to do, but can we depend on them in formal and informal ways?

Q. Is there any instruction given to them about these things, or do you just let them go and see how they handle themselves on their own?

A. It's a little bit of both. In some instances I'm very direct in terms of what I expect from them from their down-time and their time away from the building, but largely I want to see how they handle it as well.

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