Losing isn't fun, a sentiment shared by any team going through tough times. However, Tomlin seems determined to take all the fun out of the Steelers current campaign.
No more flying leaps and flips into the end zone for Steelers. Tomlin: "That would be very correct. It's a potential for injury. It's silly"— Mike Prisuta (@DVEMike) October 15, 2013
If you are scoring at home, Tomlin isn't a fan of the silliness—at least not this season.
If you recall, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported back on October 10 that Tomlin decided to ban games like pingpong and shuffleboard in the locker room.
NFL.com's Chris Wesseling reports veterans initially started that ban for all players with less than four years of service. Eventually, Tomlin tired of the separation amid players and banned everyone from playing games.
Ryan Clark stated at the time, "From his point, it was dividing the team in a way." The safety continued, "One sect of people couldn't do a certain thing, and he just wanted everybody to be together—because we're all in the losses together."
Now, it has to be stated that nobody has any fun when the team loses. Athletes are just like us nonathletes. They have stressful days at the office and like to blow off steam.
However, it's clear Tomlin wants to set an example that instead of letting loose and relieving stress, the team needs to come together and win.
As for the ban on touchdown flipping, we aren't about to chide coach for making a call that is certainly his to make. If he thinks it will save the team from some dumb injury down the road, more power to him.
There certainly needs to be a ban on kickers celebrating to keep them from hurting themselves.
Normally, this is the point at which we would lambaste the league for again proving to be no fun, but this is a coach trying his best to set the tone for some semblance of a revitalized season. We tip our hats and tell you Steelers to keep the touchdowns coming but refrain from somersaulting into the end zone.
Just know that the Steelers may be 1-4 heading into their Week 7 clash with the Baltimore Ravens, but they are all business from here on out.
Unless business becomes fun, and then Tomlin might ban that too.
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