Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has decided to ban games in the locker room, in an effort to make the team concern themselves primarily with football.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have started they season as bad as they possibly could. They sit 0-4, last place in the AFC East, and can either turn their season around or keep falling. They are coming off a bye, so now they get to play football every week until the season is over. The next few games are make or break for their season, and they need to get some wins to try to salvage what’s left of the season.
There are players who both agree with the decision and disagree, but for the most part, the majority is in agreement. In an article on ESPN, Steelers guard Ramon Foster understands what Tomlin did,
It makes everything focus on football right now, which is A-OK with me.
Safety Ryan Clark also has the same mindset as Tomlin right now, and said,
[Tomlin] just wanted everybody to be together because we’re all in the losses together. We’re all in the business of fixing this problem together, and we didn’t want anything to divide us.
If the Steelers weren’t in such a hole this much into the season, I doubt that Tomlin would have banned all activities in the locker room. But since they are falling, and need to work their way back to a good season, this is a step in the right direction.