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Despite Being In Introductory Phase, Mike Tomlin Excited To Start ‘At The Beginning’ With New Steelers

Though he was quick to point out that he knows not to get too excited by anything he sees on the field over the three-day period on the South Side, Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin had an obvious pep in his step Saturday during Day 2 of the rookie minicamp for the black and gold.

Getting a chance to get to know his new young players in rookies Kenny Pickett, George Pickens, DeMarvin Leal, Calvin Austin III, Connor Heyward, Mark Robinson, Chris Oladokun and more, Tomlin is excited about the process overall while getting back to some semblance of football.

Speaking with reporters Saturday following the second day of practices at the Steelers’ South Side facility, Tomlin stated that there is some excitement and anxiety with returning to the field even after 15 years of doing this, because he knows this is the start of a long journey with the group of men he has before him, not only for the 2022 season in general, but hopefully for years to come.

“Man, it’s the beginning,” Tomlin said to reporters, according to video via Steelers.com. “It’s the beginning for them, it’s the beginning for us. It’s the first exposure for them, it’s a dry run for us from a coaches perspective. We have a finite amount of material and given a finite amount of time to present it, just a vocational component of lesson planning and so forth. We’re all here to get better, and it’s in the very early stages of team development, so there is some excitement and some anxiety and an edge in the beginning process.”

It might not mean much overall outside of the facility as it’s just football in shorts that features a number of players that realistically won’t factor into the 2022 season at all for the black and gold, but Tomlin is spot-on with it being the beginning stages of team-building for the season ahead.

Of course, Tomlin did highlight that it’s a learning process not only for him and the coaching staff, but for the players as well, but there’s value in the minicamp overall, even if it’s just three days as the players have the playbook installed, familiarize themselves with the coaching staff and their teammates, and really learn what is required to be a pro.

That’s where some of that excitement and anxiety can come from, especially for Tomlin, as a new season is essentially underway, meaning the real football that counts is just around the corner.

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