There are certain times during a Mike Tomlin press conference when you can almost feel the room wanting to ask the Pittsburgh Steelers coach a difficult question. However, an overriding sense of trepidation from certain reporters means it can often take them a while to get the words out. Tuesday was one of those occasions, with a palpable sense coming from the assembled media that many of them wanted to ask Tomlin about rumors the Steelers were willing to entertain a trade for Le’Veon Bell, but few of them actually had the nerve to ask him about it themselves.
Following a lengthy silence, broken by a cry of “anyone else” from the teams Director of Communications Burt Lauten, the question everyone knew was coming was finally uttered - was the team now willing to listen to trade offers for Le’Veon Bell?
The response was delivered in a way that probably made the reporter wish he had never asked.
“I’m not talking Le’Veon, I’m just not, there’s nothing new to add”
Thankfully, one of the other members of the media followed up with a quick question about Joe Haden shadowing DeSean Jackson on Monday night, and Tomlin was suitably distracted.
If anyone in attendance, or anyone listening, actually thought they would get a straight answer from Tomlin to a question about rumors in the media surrounding one of his players, I would suggest they had never heard a Tomlin press conference before. Expecting a genuine response to inquiries about possible trade negotiations going on behind closed doors is even more insane, but clearly the reporter in question thought it was worth a go anyway.
If there is a deal in the works, Tomlin is the last person in the world who is going to tell you about it, and it seems fans will have to wait for an update from the ever reliable Adam Schefter for more news. Yes, that last part was sarcasm.