Steelers Minicamp: Tomlin shows intensity on final day

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Some NFL coaches will shorten or cancel the final day of minicamp, but in Pittsburgh, Mike Tomlin is setting the tone with his final practice session.

Success doesn't come easy, and Pittsburgh Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin realizes this fact. In today's NFL many teams will either call off their final scheduled spring practice session, or have a very light practice as the players embark home until training camp in late July.

Coming off back to back 8-8 seasons and living in the doldrums that is NFL mediocrity have the Steelers' coaching staff pushing this team more during spring workouts than they have in the past, and with their roster turnover there is a reason for the focus to be accelerated.

For the final day of minicamp, many were wondering if the Steelers' would cancel or alter their schedule, but coach Tomlin decided to stick with the planned schedule. When the weather forecast looked as if the Steelers might be pushed indoors, coach Tomlin kept the players out in the rain until thunder and lightning forced the players indoors.

Some might say practicing in the rain isn't that big of a deal, but the fact that Tomlin held some form of team activity every possible chance he could, even if it involved video games, shows that he is taking advantage of every opportunity to make his team better.

Call it old school, but practicing in all conditions teaches your players to always adapt and adjust in any conditions. It also teaches resiliency and a no nonsense attitude. All of these will only help the Steelers succeed in 2014, and Tomlin is setting that tone already in minicamp.

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