Mike Tomlin says he’s building a personal connection with Dwayne Haskins

USA Today

Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been through a lot in his short NFL career, and coach Mike Tomlin wants to learn all about it.

Tomlin was asked on Wednesday about a post-practice talk with Haskins, and he said that while he’s letting quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan and offensive coordinator Matt Canada coach Haskins on Xs and Os, Tomlin wants to know about Haskins’ overall development.

“I’ve been more concerned about Dwayne the person,” Tomlin said, via Missi Matthews of the Steelers’ website. “What he’s been through . . . how it’s affected the growth and development of his game.”

Haskins signed a one-year contract with the Steelers for the minimum salary and nothing guaranteed. To agree to that deal, he had to think the Steelers were a team that would spend some time developing him — to a greater extent than Washington did after drafting him in the first round. Tomlin sounds interested in helping that process.

37 responses to “Mike Tomlin says he’s building a personal connection with Dwayne Haskins

  1. The more I’m seeing/reading about Haskins since he got to Pittsburgh, the more I think he really has a decent shot to become Ben’s heir apparent at some point in the future…

  2. As a Browns fan …. This pleases me…. Haskin’s biggest downfall has been “Happy Feet” …. He can’t handle any pressure in the pocket

  3. Tomlin doesn’t have a reputation of keeping players disciplined. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  4. Good Luck Mr Tomlin. Maybe Haskins is ready to settle down and act like a grownup.

    Signed, The WFT.

  5. Too many young quarterbacks are thrown in over their head, don’t have time to develop and instead learn bad habits. Some of them on bad teams get sacked so much they can never get over the flinching. For every young quarterback who is a star in their first year, there are dozens who just need a little time. I felt bad for this kid in Washington. I hope this is a better experience for him.

  6. Young QBs struggle, but the learning curve is much less steep when you’re in a good organization like the Steelers or Chiefs. I’m not saying Dwayne Haskins is going to develop into a good NFL QB, but at least he’ll have that opportunity under Mike Tomlin’s leadership.

  7. It seems Haskins has all the talent required to be a top flight NFL QB except the drive to be that. Taking selfies while a game is still going on. Being the last player to practice and quick to leave. Not immersing himself in the playbook and film were all rumors attributed to his time with the WFT. Sometimes being humbled leads to change?

  8. That was a really sharp below-the-radar signing by the Steelers (which, as a Bengals fan, is hard for me to admit). People wrote Haskins off awfully quickly; I always thought he just needed another year at OSU before getting plunged into the NFL. If he works out as a long-term replacement for Roethlisberger, they’ll look pretty smart.

  9. What exactly has Haskins “been through”? Acting like an entitled immature jerk who doesn’t possess the wherewithal to be in the league does not qualify as an obstacle that was placed in his way. All it means is that, so far, he has acted like an entitled immature jerk. Maybe Tomlin will help him grow up – maybe not.

  10. This could not be a better landing spot for Haskins. He’s got all the talent in the world but his selfishness and immaturity get in the way. Tomlin is the “selfish immaturity whisperer”. Just look what he was able to get out of AB and Le’Veon. Combine that with the fact that this is likely Big Ben’s final season. There’s a clear path to Haskins starting under center in Pittsburgh in 2022. Sadly though my money is still on him screwing it up.

  11. This is why Tomlin is a HOF coach. There are a few players that he has managed that have flamed put quickly with other coaches.

    Antonio Brown could not last a training camp with the Raiders.

    Bell flamed out with the Jets and now he said he had problems with Andy Reid while he was on his brief stint with the Chiefs.

  12. Haskins had the misfortune of being drafted by Washington. The owner wanted him, but practically no one else in the organization did. That coupled with Haskins’ immaturity combined for a disastrous situation. Pittsburgh is taking the right approach. For very little investment, they are taking the time to see if Haskins can be developed. Haskins has the necessary athletic talent but has to mature and grow into a leader.

  13. well now that haskins has a “personal relationship” with his head coach,i guess he will stop tossing int’s and make smart decisions on and off the field.

  14. What has Haskins been through? A victim of bad career choices and poor work ethic?

  15. I didn’t think he’d work out as a first round, unquestioned starter because of the maturity issues at such a young age coming out, but you could see even in Washington that there is something there. If Pittsburgh can tap into it, they could have found a starting caliber QB. It’s all up to Haskins though. The upside is immense. The organization does have precedence dealing with this since Ben wasn’t exactly Mr. Maturity well into his career there.

  16. As a WFT fan, I really hope that he can turn his career around. He seems like a good dude. The Football Team needed to move on and he needed to learn from his mistakes. The culture in Pittsburgh is hopefully one that can get him right. If they can, then they have Big Ben’s replacement already in house.

  17. Tomlin needs to as I doubt Big Ben lasts the entire extended season. He looked shot at around game 14 last year.

  18. He was drafted too high by a team with a lame duck coach that never coached him. He had some maturity issues, like many young men. From day one he was talented from the eyebrows down. If he can get over that maturity hurdle there’s no reason he can’t be a good, or maybe a very good QB. Tomlinson has a great track record of straightening out kids. As a WFT fan, I say good luck to him and the Stillers.

  19. Washington probably wasn’t a great landing spot for him, but he’s the one most responsible for his flameout. Now Tomlin is bending over backwards to give him an opportunity. Haskins has to look himself in the mirror, own up to his shortcomings, and grow up in a hurry. If he doesn’t his future won’t be pretty and he’ll have no one to blame but himself.

  20. relationships cant throw touchdowns or interceptions…..the ability to lead is in your DNA..who would want to follow a poor leader…you either have “it” or you don’t…what name doesn’t fit: manning brady mahomes marino mcnair haskins lamar montana brees ….we will see when he is released how strong the “relationship” is….

  21. ragnarthegreat says:
    June 17, 2021 at 7:26 am
    Too many young quarterbacks are thrown in over their head, don’t have time to develop and instead learn bad habits. Some of them on bad teams get sacked so much they can never get over the flinching. For every young quarterback who is a star in their first year, there are dozens who just need a little time. I felt bad for this kid in Washington. I hope this is a better experience for him.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Dwayne Haskins first NFL game: 9/17 107 yards 3 INTS with 1 being a pick 6 against a horrible Giants defense that finished 25/32 in defense rankings. Yeah! In over his head!

  22. I think Mike Tomlin is the perfect coach for Haskins. Dwayne is a classic case of too much, too soon, coupled with the fact he has a controlling father and was drafted by a team close to home, didn’t help much either. In Pittsburgh, he can grow, mature and develop his skills as a QB. He would have time as Ben will be the starter for the moment. But I really think Pittsburgh could have something here. I wish the young fella luck. He can do this – If he wants to!

  23. If he is treated like a 3rd round pick, time to grow both mentally on the football field and maturity on and off it would be interesting to see the qb he can become. Even if he has success the Steelers have to see how he handles that success. If it goes to his head he may become lazy and satisfied. Either way the price is right for Pittsburgh and worth the effort for development like any other 3rd or 4th stringer.

  24. Matt Canada is going to mold this lump of clay into a Pro Bowler. The velocity and arm strength this young man has is special. Canada and Sullivan will fix his footwork and he will lead the Steelers to 4 or 5 Lombardi’s.

  25. Oh god.

    Nothing worse than martyr Tomlin. Took the Dungy torch and carries it proudly.

  26. Signing Haskins for the league minimum makes was sharp. Whether he rises to be a potential successor or roster backup the Steelers were improved with very little risk.

  27. Just amazes me how many chances some of these guys get. Haskins was horrible twice but he got a third chance and I dont know why. What does screw up and not able to read defenses not tell you about him.

  28. Kind of like the personal relationships he built with guys like Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell, and Juju Smith-Schuster…

  29. I’m a Washington fan. We saw Haskins build a personal relationship with:

    John Gruden,
    Matt LaFleur – current head coach of the Green Bay Packers who Aaron Rodgers loves
    Joe Thiesman – Super Bowl winning QB who allowed him to wear his number and gave him his personal cell phone number and told him to call at any time (Haskins stopped calling him!)
    Doug Williams – First black QB to win a Super Bowl, championed for him, fought for him and made excuses for him. Also gave him his personal number and told him to call at any time (Haskins stopped calling him!)
    Ron Rivera – had a long talk to him about the critical game to get into the playoff and follow COVID protocols – Haskins went to a party and a strip club that night!
    Scott Turner, Ken Zampeezee, Alex Smith, etc!

    I have NO clue how Tomlin is going to save a guy who seems HELL bent to be on a Ryan Leaf, JaMarcus Russell, RGME bust! He’s a knucklehead!

  30. jtm12180 says:

    June 17, 2021 at 6:11 am

    The more I’m seeing/reading about Haskins since he got to Pittsburgh, the more I think he really has a decent shot to become Ben’s heir apparent at some point in the future…
    ————-
    It’s really easy to appear to look good when he hasn’t had to study and know the whole playbook. Besides that theres been absolutely nothing to show hes more mature and level headed other than he hasn’t done something dumb publicly, that’s not a ringing endorsement. Hes got talent you can get by with when everyone is in shorts in the offseason and not scheming to stop you but it’s a different matter when its regular season and you have to add work ethic to that talent, Haskins hasn’t done that.

  31. touchback6 says:

    June 17, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Oh god.

    Nothing worse than martyr Tomlin. Took the Dungy torch and carries it proudly.

    ——————–
    Incorrect but I’ll help you fix it…Nothing worse than that troll Touchback6 he keeps spewing nonsense proudly.

  32. For all the Haskins critics – how would you perform in a new job out of college where your manager didn’t want you or try to develop you AND criticized you publicly, and your customers loathed you because you of the perception that you were an unqualified employee hired by a bumbling owner? To say that a change of scenery should work wonders for this kid’s passion to come in and put in work is an understatement.

  33. WFT fan here, wishing Haskins the best of luck.

    Pittsburgh is a great landing spot. Legendary coach who won’t allow him to front about being ‘misunderstood’. Can learn from Ben, who’s had his fair share of problems, too. Steelers won’t ask too much of him, too soon.

    Dwayne showed up chubby and out of shape in year 1, Fail. That offseason, he chiseled his frame and WORKED. We were excited! Make no mistake, he can make all the throws.

    The problem is that he’s a knucklehead who is more interested in preening and going to strip clubs under Covid protocol (during a playoffs run where he was the STARTER!) or breaking protocol to have lunch with a buddy, or… you catch my drift. He’s a child.

    Dwayne has all the tools, except the one sitting atop his shoulders. Hope he grows up!

  34. So many comments and views on Tomlin being the guy to turn his career around and develop Haskins makes me wo der….why hasnt he developed ANY of the other QBs the Steelers have drafted? What makes Haskins case different than developing Rudolph, Dobbs, Hodges, or Jones?

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