In his end of the season press conference on Wednesday, Mike Tomlin spent the majority of the time dealing with the Antonio Brown situation. What was unfortunately glossed over was Coach Tomlin’s comments about changes to the Steelers, in particularly the coaching staff, for the 2019 season.
“So, yes, change is going to be a part moving forward. What those changes will be, we’re in the process of gathering information and plotting out a course. We’re not gonna be resistant to change in any facet. We’re not going to be resistant to accountability in any facet. We’re not going to be resistant to taking ownership over what has transpired, because that’s not conducive to us moving forward. We will do that at the appropriate time but part of moving forward is waddling in it right now, to be quite honest with you.”
After finishing up his statements, Coach Tomlin was hit with a barrage of questions about Antonio Brown. Luckily, there was a question asked in order to make sure Tomlin was including his coaching staff when he referred to not being resistant to change.
“And again, like I outlined, change is a part of this. Particularly when you’re having press conferences like today. I don’t run away from that. My staff doesn’t run away from that. The evaluation process, the reviewing process, the things that we’re going through as we waddle in it today, I’m acknowledging that change I s part of where we’re headed, and that I’m open to it because I’m not open to repeatedly doing this.”
With the Steelers missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season, it appears the Steelers are not content with moving forward with business as usual. Exactly what changes will come about remains to be seen. But the disappointment of the 2018 season is something the Steelers hope is not repeated anytime soon. If difficult decisions need to be made to bring about change, it seems the organization is prepared to do what they deem necessary in order to have a more successful 2019 season.