Steelers coach Tomlin refuses to allow offensive success at the end of 2013 to affect 2014

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

What have you done for Tomlin lately?

Don't tell Steelers coach Mike Tomlin his offense scored 28 points a game over the second half of the 2013 season.

What has the offense done for Tomlin in 2014?

Nuthin'.

Tomlin is refusing to let the fact the Steelers lost one base starter, Emmanuel Sanders - a player they didn't try to re-sign in free agency - and will return the rest. They'll also get back All Pro center Maurkice Pouncey, and replaced 11 personnel slot receiver Jerricho Cotchery with Lance Moore.

He's not even going to allow hype exceed expectations despite having yards-from-scrimmage machine Le'Veon Bell back, presumably, for a full 16 game slate, and obviously, Ben Roethlisberger.

"I think that if that’s your mentality, you set yourself up for failure," Tomlin told Scott Brown among others at the league meetings in Orlando. "I think that each year stands on its own. We have some quality guys that grew together in the latter parts of 2013, but I am not going to assume that means in anything in regards to 2014. I just think that’s the appropriate mentality to take."

Plenty has been said about the potential of this team, both now and in the recent past. It's safe to say that group, as well as its coordinator and head coach, have not met those expectations. It's easy to see why Tomlin is setting the mentality that nothing has been achieved yet - because nothing has been achieved. The fact he even has to discuss maintaining a "what have you done for me lately" attitude is a step in the right direction.

Just don't tell Tomlin that.

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