While the Pittsburgh Steelers will have a new coach on the sideline for the first time since 1992, that new coach is already getting some respect from his new players. Mike Tomlin has been putting in both a new offense and defense for the Steelers, and according to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review the club is getting props from the new players in terms of who is showing up and who isn’t. In other words, pretty much all Steelers players that want to be there this year and beyond are there, working hard trying to earn the respect of their new coach.
Tomlin has put together 14 workouts, and to date only a handful of players have missed a workout here or there due to injury or personal reasons. For the most part though, the team has been together, and that will be key as the Steelers embark on a new journey for 2007. The biggest player, and the biggest distraction so far this offseason has been Pro Bowl offensive lineman Alan Fanaca, who did show up for a mandatory mini-camp, and will show up for traning camp, but otherwise has not been heard from. It seems what the reports that are out there, Fanaca is not going to hold a grudge against Tomlin, and despite the fact that he is going to wear black and gold only through this season, he is going to play, and play hard, for the new Steelers coach.
It will not be all wine and roses for the Steelers in 2007 as they try to get back to the Super Bowl like 2005. They have not won the AFC North in since 2004, and have to answer the questions about all the things that went wrong last season. Tomlin will make mistakes like any rookie head coach, but make no mistake about it, he will do it his way, and his players are already starting to get that message. And replying back with respect to the new top man in Steel Town