Tomlin scraps OTA on Monday, take players to Dave & Buster’s instead

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The Steelers players who opted to show up on Monday for an optional OTA session got an unexpected surprise. Instead of taking a trip to the field, they took a field trip.

Coach Mike Tomlin took the Steelers to Dave & Buster’s for a team building exercise that consisted of playing the various arcade games assembled there.

“We acknowledge that camaraderie and togetherness is very much a part of team development,” Tomlin said, via Steelers.com. “Our closeness is going to get us out of tough situations. We know that. We show respect for that by taking a team activity day and doing something that fosters that togetherness and brotherhood.”

Plenty of teams use the excursion day in lieu of the final day of OTAs. By doing it smack dab in the middle of the process, Tomlin gave the players an even more pleasant surprise.

“It’s probably my favorite day of the offseason,” safety Mike Mitchell said. “We are just out here being kids, having fun. You get to have fun with the guys that you don’t always get to do at work. This is for sure fun. It’s good team bonding for us.”

Tomlin hopes that a day spent away from football will encourage teammates to build relationships beyond football.

“The guys will take it from here,” Tomlin said. “They do a great job during the course of the season. Guys open their homes to teammates. The older guys teach the young guys to take care of their body. Things that good teams do. We like to show a respect for that through this process by utilizing one of our days to do something fun like this.”

Some will say that with only 10 OTA sessions in all, giving up one of them cuts too deeply into a limited offseason budget. But Tomlin knows that plenty of work days are looming, and that it will be all work and no play once the Steelers show up for training camp. Spending a day of all play and no work in June could help the 53 guys who make the roster find a way to fight through the inevitable adversity that comes from life in the NFL.

34 responses to “Tomlin scraps OTA on Monday, take players to Dave & Buster’s instead

  1. So, before the new CBA, there was no way that there were enough practices to field a decent team, now “we have plenty of work days looming” BRUH, and we wonder why the quality of product has decreased.

  2. This headline looks like fake news. What makes it hilarious is that it’s actually true.
    Do you think when these guys are losing a game in December, they’re going to get together on the sidelines and say, “Hey guys, remember that time we played Mario Bros. at Dave & Buster’s? Let’s pull together like we did then.”

  3. The older guys teach the young guys to take care of their body.
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    By putting dope smoke in their lungs.

  4. Lmao – Tomlin is losing it. A Rex move for sure. Maybe they are playing Whack A Mole make believing it’s Patriots they are trying G to bang! Too funny. Good luck Steeler fans get ready to use those Terrible Towels as Crying Towels this year!

  5. Nothing to see here, it’s standard team building stuff. Most years Belichick cancels a practice and takes the team to an inspirational movie, or bowling, or whatever.

  6. I think it’s a good idea. Belichick does the same thing with random social events, movie nights, etc. To paraphrase him, teams don’t just fall out of the sky, you need to build them up from more than just a bunch of guys running around in the same uniform.

  7. carloswlassiter says:
    Jun 6, 2017 9:39 AM
    Can you imagine Belichick doing this?
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    You mean the Belichick who took the team to an IMAX theater to watch a film about Ernest Shackleton’s expedition? The same coach that once took them bowling and another year piled them into buses to go see the movie The Fighter and then surprised them further by having the subject of the film Mickey Ward there to talk with them when the lights came up? That Belichick? Or do you just mean you can’t imagine him taking them to Dave & Busters? Do you, Carlos, hate Dave & Busters? Or do you just suspect Belichick does?

  8. maust1013 | Jun 6, 2017, 10:21 AM EDT
    carloswlassiter says:
    Jun 6, 2017 9:39 AM
    Can you imagine Belichick doing this?
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    You mean the Belichick who took the team to an IMAX theater to watch a film about Ernest Shackleton’s expedition? The same coach that once took them bowling and another year piled them into buses to go see the movie The Fighter and then surprised them further by having the subject of the film Mickey Ward there to talk with them when the lights came up? That Belichick? Or do you just mean you can’t imagine him taking them to Dave & Busters? Do you, Carlos, hate Dave & Busters? Or do you just suspect Belichick does?

    I love one fanboy putting down another Patriot troll. Carlos how does that make you feel….dumber than usual.

    Think ladies before you post as your team will or has done it before…..ok back in the shallow end of the gene pool and don’t forget your rubber duckies….enjoy.

  9. Drooly, time to retire the shallow end of the gene pool ‘quip’. It wasn’t even funny the 1rst 100 times you posted it.

  10. Drooly, time to retire the shallow end of the gene pool ‘quip’. It wasn’t even funny the 1rst 100 times you posted it.

    But Lying Teddy it fits you fanboys so well and I know you are slow,in the retention of humor….just trying to help you remember . I ll give it a rest just for you Lying Teddy.

    Funny how the Steelers are in the heads of certain Patriot troll’s. Tomlinson can’t have a little fun with the boys without a lot of fanboys soiling themselves….he must have stock in Pampers.

  11. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jun 6, 2017 10:38 AM

    maust1013 | Jun 6, 2017, 10:21 AM EDT
    carloswlassiter says:
    Jun 6, 2017 9:39 AM
    Can you imagine Belichick doing this?
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    You mean the Belichick who took the team to an IMAX theater to watch a film about Ernest Shackleton’s expedition?
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    Yes, that is the Belichick I was referring to – I thought that would be fairly obvious.

    Apparently Belichick sees more team-building value in watching a historic film about overcoming horrendous obstacles than he does cancelling practice to go to Dave & Busters to play Donkey Kong with a bunch of grown men.

    The great Chuck Knoll would be rolling over in his grave if he saw what his Steelers had become.

  12. abninf says:
    Jun 6, 2017 9:19 AM
    The older guys teach the young guys to take care of their body.
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    By putting dope smoke in their lungs.

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    Yeah they should be true red blooded ‘Mericans and put Oxycotin and whiskey in their bellies.

  13. The great Chuck Knoll would be rolling over in his grave if he saw what his Steelers had become.

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    Carlos you are back pedaling awfully slow after get burned by Maust but let’s not put lipstick on a pig and thinks something other than a pig. Belicheat likes to be a stiff starched tight assed faux intellectual around a room full of room temp IQ jocks…Tomlin is younger and more real with his players.

    And Carlos, how can you possibly know what a dead man would do. I know you are on a first name basis with Belicheat because how you loosely quote him all the time…..but words from beyond…Carlos you are truly special.

  14. jjackwagon says:
    Jun 6, 2017 10:27 AM

    Still wish Jacoby Jones would have blasted him instead of running around him.
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    I think every football fan agrees with this, even Steeler toadies.

  15. GronkLikePizza says:
    Jun 6, 2017 12:00 PM

    6-10 or 7-9 and no playoffs this year.
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    Good luck finding someone to take the other side of that bet.

  16. Steelers could spend the entire offseason at Dave and Busters and still win the division in a landslide.

  17. Is there a video game where the object is to lay giant eggs?

  18. The Steelers history has taught me to never doubt their off season decisions. I do wonder if LeVeon is now sad that he missed out on Chicken wings and Skee-ball?

  19. Their compete level is higher at Dave & Buster’s than it is at Gillette Stadium.

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    Cheating is frowned upon at Dave & Busters…

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