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Old 03-22-2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default Tomlin: Lockout could aid Steelers

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NEW ORLEANS -- Lockout? What lockout? Mike Tomlin's routine as coach of the Steelers hasn't changed much since the Super Bowl, and he's spent little time worrying whether it will.

As a matter of fact, even he believes a long, protracted lockout might give the Steelers a competitive edge, provided the NFL winds up playing football in 2011.

How? He has a veteran team and a veteran coaching staff that played through the Super Bowl on Feb. 6 and would not be doing much anyway right now.

"The better we do at making the irregular regular, I think is going to increase our chances of winning," Tomlin explained. "So you know that's going to be our mentality in Pittsburgh."

While a division rival like Cleveland must contend with a new head coach and staff, and another in Cincinnati where the veteran quarterback has vowed never to play again for the Bengals, the Steelers remain consistent in both personnel and in coaching.

That could provide a big edge if the NFL owners' lockout continues into the summer, along with it the inability of coaches to even speak with their players, never mind institute new systems.

Tomlin said his players also know what it's like to prepare in the offseason, even if they cannot do so at the Steelers' training facility or under supervision from the staff.

"We have a veteran laden group with really good leadership,'' Tomlin said during a coaches breakfast this morning at the NFL meetings here. "A little extra is required when you're trying to find a winning edge, a winning formula and that is something our guys embrace."

First published on March 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11081...#ixzz1HNCfGZYY
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A lockout could help the Steelers with this years and next years draft. A lot of younger players can really help the defense. But then the Steelers cannot evaluate this years draftees and to see how tough, skilled etc. they are.
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Two young players that I would love to see get more time and improve are Jonathan Dwyer and Crezdon Butler. They both had nice college careers and hopefully they can continue to work and help bring more Lombardies to Pittsburgh.
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