Steelers coach Tomlin visits Bradenton, tells Pirates players to 'be where you are'
March 28, 2016 11:23 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin speaks to the media during his final weekly press conference of the season at the Steelers South Side training facility on January 20, 2016.
By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BRADENTON, Fla. — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is familiar with this portion of a season — the final week, the regular season in sight. When he spoke to the Pirates at McKechnie Field this morning, he told them not to sleepwalk through it.
“I just shared with the group one of my what I believe is an appropriate cliche for this time of year: Be where you are,” Tomlin said. “When you get toward the end of a training session, it's human nature to pack your bags mentally and physically and sit them in the hallway. I always make a conscious effort not to do so. I try to squeeze every drop out of Latrobe that I can squeeze out of Latrobe, and I encourage these guys to do the same down here in Bradenton."
Tomlin has visited the Pirates during spring training for a few years, and he and manager Clint Hurdle are friends. He has developed a good relationship with the players who have been here a while, especially reliever Jared Hughes, and while he joked in the past that Hughes could play tight end, this year was slightly different.
“He has the look of one, but that conversation might be a little too real considering that Heath [Miller] just retired,” Tomlin joked. “We haven’t been joking about it as much as we normally do.”
Tomlin said he takes his kids to Pirates games, which they view through a different prism than Steelers games.
“If they see [Andrew McCutchen] or [Josh Harrison], those are sports stars,” he said. “It's a little bit of a difference. Antonio [Brown] is just a guy that works with dad."
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