Posted October 11, 2013

Mike Tomlin bans games from Steelers’ locker room

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Mike Tomlin has banned all games from the 0-4 Steelers' locker room. (Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Mike Tomlin has banned all games from the 0-4 Steelers’ locker room. (Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Responding to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ worst start in 45 years, head coach Mike Tomlin has banned all games from the Steelers’ locker room, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Alan Johnson and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Gerry Dulac. That includes billiards, ping-pong and shuffleboard.

“From his point, it was dividing the team in a way,” safety Ryan Clark said Thursday. “One sect of people couldn’t do a certain thing and he just wanted everybody to be together — because we’re all in the losses together. We’re all in the business of fixing this problem together. He didn’t want anything to divide us.”

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Several veteran Steelers told the Post-Gazette that Tomlin doesn’t plan on putting games back in the locker room until the Steelers’ 0-4 season gets “back on track.”

The games were initially instituted in the locker room as a reward for the Steelers’ Super Bowl appearances in 2008 and 2010.

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The Tribune-Review‘s Johnson reported that the 10 players who remain from the 2008 Super Bowl team originally instituted the ban on players who had less than four years of experience, to prevent them from “getting comfortable.” Tomlin expanded the ban to include all players recently.


21 comments
TomTully
TomTully

Let me preface this with the fact that I've been a strong Steeler  supporter and loyal fan, win or lose, for over 25 years and  I'm well aware that my thoughts don't represent the average,liberal, Steeler fan's attitude. That being said,  having spent a good portion of my life residing in that beautiful part of this country, I'm taking the liberty to express my thoughts. Mr. Rooney has all the rights in the world to promote whatever ideology he adheres to, but using  the Steeler tradition and team to promote the Affordable (hah) Care Act is despicable.  As far as I'm concerned, the  Steeler's playing the Ravens today is akin to the ACORN spin off organizations playing the Muslim Brotherhood. They're all strong supporters of Obama and his pro Islamic/progressive goals.  My contributing anything;  fan support or interest of any kind, to this organization which is shilling for the worst president in our history.  My concern for the salvation of our country usurps any feelings I had for a sports team. 

ronald madden
ronald madden

nothing to stressful, maybe bingo is the ticket?

Rubicon63
Rubicon63

When you are a work you need to not play games. Sounds like the coaches have no controll of the players. Who's running the show? Tomlin your easy ride is over, start coaching. Stop being the players friend and start being a coach. The last two coaches before who made the steelers what they WERE, would not have let the team/player down like this. And Mr. Rooney you need to look at the coaches of your football team. Why hire a head coach from K.C. that could not coach and create a disfunction team there and bring him to your team.(which looks like he has done in a little over a year with the Steelers.) Last year was bad but, this year it falls on the coaching staff and the head office. Needed to been fix last year. At this point this will go down as one of the worst seasons for the Steelers. Maybe only being beaten when the team first started.

MichaelD'Itri
MichaelD'Itri

What's next?  No chewing gum on line?  Boy is he strict!

leon1376
leon1376

I had no idea Dan Rooney was such a big Obama supporter and jumped on the ObamaCare bandwagon with both feet. That surprised me. Maybe it shouldn't, I guess. I've been a Steeler fan for over 50 years and have been feeling rather down with the rotten performance this season. I don't feel nearly as bad now. The Steelers have gone as politically-correct as the rest of the league. My girlfriend say Rooney will be the first owner to hire the first Openly Gay Player. I think she's right. 

iclasticons
iclasticons

Classic outlash behavior from someone who knows he has his team and can't get it back. surely the Tomlin Era has run its course.

Centennial
Centennial

Yes Mr Tomlin, alienate your players - that will solve everything.

EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

He needs to ban games from Heinz Field.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

To fix their problem they need to stop playing games and start playing the Giants.

WayneWaterman
WayneWaterman

They have a shuffleboard in their locker room? If that isn't a sign that the 0-5 start is due to aging players I don't know what is.

Plainview
Plainview

while I agree that this is not the whole problem, having the veteran players being allowed to play games and other players not creates division in the locker room.  In addition, can't the veterans get too comfortable?  Sounds to me like the vets are coddled.  Time to clean house in the locker room, and maybe take out the coach.

Marilyn2
Marilyn2

Yeah, that's the problem - games in the locker room!

Kubs3
Kubs3

Tomlin should be fired if playing games in the locker room determines the productivity of the team. Seems like the blame game for his coaching bubble that has burst.

B-f-G
B-f-G

My employer would fire me for playing games in the workplace.  My sympathy meter is stuck on zero.

Jeff16
Jeff16

Uh, maybe it's not the games. Just sayin'.

Bulk
Bulk

@WayneWaterman hey buddy let's not get ahead of themselves, they will be 0-5 on Sunday. Let's enjoy the 0-4 while it lasts.