Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th104.2 (19th)273.8 (3rd)
Defense5th105.8 (9th)201.1 (7th)

Notes, Quotes

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Strategy And Personnel · Line a priority, especially at tackle · Notes, Quotes

--After hiring former player Carnell Lake as secondary coach, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if Lake is a quick study.

"Very quick," Tomlin said. "He's an intelligent guy and of course he's got a wealth of knowledge and experience in terms of nuances and what makes our thing go. He's got in-helmet perspective of two positions in the secondary, and the guy's a competitor, man. He's got a desire to be great and I think guys that have that as a player usually transition that to the same mentality as a coach."

--Burt Lauten, the team's No. 2 PR man, will serve as interim communications coordinator after Dave Lockett left the team after 13 seasons. Lauten is expected to get the job permanently.

--The Steelers plan no layoffs, no furloughs and no cuts in pay. Team president Art Rooney said the Steelers have instituted a "salary freeze" in the organization.

"We're going to take it a week at a time," Rooney said. "We're not planning any large-scale layoffs or furloughs. Hopefully, we won't get to that situation."

--Dan Rooney, Ambassador to Ireland, voiced his opposition to the proposed 18-game schedule last fall. In its last proposal, management took it off the table.

"On our side, that was a fairly major concession," Art Rooney said. "There were people on our side not happy about putting that offer off the table."

--Sharing a complex that works more like a duplex with Pitt can be advantageous for the Steelers at times like these. Each NFL team is permitted to have 30 draft prospects in for a visit but a rule allows teams to have players visit if they are in the same city and not count against that number.

Recently, seven Pitt Panthers walked next door and met with Steelers coaches and scouts: Wide receiver Jon Baldwin, defensive ends Jabaal Sheard and Greg Romeus, fullback Henry Hynoski, running back Dion Lewis, offensive tackle Jason Pinkston and safety Dom DiCicco.

"I think defensively it generally starts with the men up front. I think you look at how players are drafted, it bears that out. Big people go first. If you're applying pressure to the quarterback, you don't have to cover. If you're stopping the run, you don't have to cover." - Coach Mike Tomlin on why cornerbacks rarely are selected with the first five picks in the draft.

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