Joey Porter's arrest 'disappointing,' Mike Tomlin says
January 10, 2017 5:44 PM
“In this league we’re all held to a standard of decorum — coaches and front office people even more so,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at the team's practice facility.
Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter.
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said there is no limit to how long outside linebackers coach Joey Porter will remain on leave following his arrest outside a South Side bar but did not rule out the possibility Porter could return for Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game in Kansas City.
Tomlin called Porter’s arrest “disappointing” and “unfortunate” but made a point to say it will not be a distraction to the Steelers as they prepare for the Chiefs.
“To be involved in the NFL is an honor and a privilege. It’s not a right,” Tomlin said Tuesday during his weekly televised news conference. “We should respect it as such. Obviously, that was breached in this circumstance, and there are consequences to be suffered because of it.
“In this league, we are all held to a standard of decorum, for players, but coaches, front-office people, executives, even more so, and rightfully so. We are treating this with the attention that it deserves.”
Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler was the team’s longtime linebackers coach before he was promoted two years ago. Jerry Olsavsky coaches the inside linebackers but could handle the outside duties as well.
Of course, it’s highly likely James Harrison doesn’t need a whole lot of coaching at this point in his career.
“We are not overly concerned with it being a distraction for us, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin said. “It’s our job to deal with and overcome distractions and things that pop up from time to time. Sometimes those things are highly publicized, like this incident, and sometimes they aren’t publicized at all.
“This is common knowledge and a public issue. So I see how it could be viewed as such, but, inside this building, it won’t be. It will just be one of the myriad of things that we have to deal with as professionals. It doesn’t change what is expected from us. It won’t change our approach to prepare for what is expected from us.”
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