Mike Tomlin has “big-time concerns” about rookie readiness

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No NFL teams have been able to work with their rookies in person this offseason and there’s been a lot of discussion about the impact that will have on how prepared those players are when it comes time to play ball.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin shared some of his thoughts on that question in a recent Instagram interview with Jalen McCain. Tomlin said that he has “big-time concerns” about the “development and readiness” of rookies, which is why he said the team will be “turning over every stone” to help get the NFL newcomers ready.

“Their ability to contribute, their ability to gain significant roles and to maintain those significant roles are gonna be challenging in these circumstances, more challenging than normal,” Tomlin said. “And I think throughout the course of this journey, we’re all going to realize how significant or maybe insignificant that is. I’m working my tail off with the Pittsburgh Steeler rookies to make it as insignificant as possible.”

Tomlin noted that it is “something that all rookies gonna have to deal with,” so any advantage a team can come up with will be based on their ability to reach players now and in the future as well as how players themselves approach the situation. Ultimately, the coach believes “the season itself will tell” the story of which teams and players were able to make the most of their time this offseason.

9 responses to “Mike Tomlin has “big-time concerns” about rookie readiness

  1. Rookies across the league will be hard pressed to have any real contributions for this coming season. It is what it is.

  2. Well, if you are a team that is depending on multiple rookies to improve your team then you are going to have major problems this season.

    Some positions are a little easier than others for players to step in and have impact without much of a offseason. RB is a position where a player can play and have impact right away. But WR for example, is a position where few rookies have immediate impact and that will be more evident this season.

    It’s going to be challenging for teams to get wins this year that have had no depth for years and now drafted like 15 players this year and are counting on them to have immediate impact. Good luck.😌

  3. every team is in the same boat, so the point is somewhat moot…he is right though, just as in every other year there will be rookies who struggle to make an impact, and others who are able to come in and do well, so yeah, moot it is

  4. bajer says:
    May 22, 2020 at 12:39 pm
    every team is in the same boat, so the point is somewhat moot…he is right though, just as in every other year there will be rookies who struggle to make an impact, and others who are able to come in and do well, so yeah, moot it is
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    Every team is in the same boat but with different captains . New coaches obviously will have the more difficult path considering even under normal circumstances the first year can be overwhelming at times . The coaches who allow the veteran leadership to help the process moving forward will have an advantage . The control freak coaches who are used to being involved in every detail of decision making will have a harder time adjusting their methods to get the rookies along with the rest of team up to speed with the reduced preparation time .

  5. Are the Bengals planning on starting their number one draft pick rookie qb? That could be really tough given the position and reduced prep time.

  6. Instagram interview. That’s code for: “I’m not taking any questions about James Harrison.”

  7. If a rookie succeeds this year that is not only a tip of the cap to his talent but a clear sign of maturity and self motivation.

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    Usually teams don’t start looking like Pro teams until week 3 or 4, this season it’ll be more like week 8-10, there’s going to be some ugly football being payed this season! There’s no way I’d pay my hard earned money for the trash that they’ll be putting on the field this year.

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