Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today that he has not made decisions about any potential changes to his coaching staff and added there is no timetable for making those decisions.
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley finished his second season with the team while defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau completed his 10th year of his second stint with the Steelers.
“I won’t address any personnel or staff issues,” Tomlin said. “I will at some point. I acknowledge change is a part of football in staff and players.”
Tomlin had a news conference today to wrap up the 2013 season, one that ended with an 8-8 record for a second consecutive season. The Steelers rolled past the Browns yesterday, 20-7, to end the season.
Tomlin said there is no formal plan in place for linebackers coach Keith Butler to become the next defensive coordinator. He also said he plans to take his time when making all offseason decisions, not just those involving coaches.
“Necessary business has to take place, staff things, player things,” Tomlin said. “I’m at the very beginning of that. Obviously, I’m not going to speak inappropriately or too soon. Change is a part of football, free agency and so forth is a part of football.
“It’s a long and drawn-out process for me. There’s a tendency to rush through it. I don’t. I take my time. I’ll set aside blocks of time to do so. I’ll do that over the next days, maybe weeks. I’ll evaluate staff, map out a plan of moving forward. I don’t want to rush it, make hasty decisions. We’ll be very deliberate about how we proceed.”
The Steelers started the season with four consecutive losses and had a 2-6 record at the midway point of the season, but they almost made the playoffs. If Kansas City had defeated San Diego last night, the Steelers would be playing Cincinnati this weekend in a wild card game. The Chargers won the game in overtime and they’ll be playing the Bengals instead.
“There’s a lot of reason to be optimistic about what transpired,” Tomlin said. “It speaks to the men we work with. We had enough adversity. Starting 0-4 and being 2-6 at the turn, it’s encouraging that we have people who can be singularly focused and improved in the midst of negativity. But at the same time as I look back on the body of work we have to acknowledge what we are and that’s an 8-8 football team.”
Tomlin reported some minor injuries from the Browns game. Receiver Jerricho Cotchery has a rib injury and nose tackle Steve McLendon aggravated a sprained ankle. He also said cornerback Curtis Brown will have knee surgery on Friday to repair a torn ACL in his knee. He was injured in the first game against the Browns last month.
Ray Fittipaldo: firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter @rayfitt1. First Published December 30, 2013 12:55 PM