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Mike Tomlin brushes off Minkah Fitzpatrick’s comments: ‘Smile in the face of adversity’

Fitzpatrick called out the lack of effort following Thursday’s loss to the Patriots

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Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick didn’t hold back on his viewpoint of the current state of the team, as well as the attitude in the locker room.

After Pittsburgh’s second consecutive loss on Thursday night, Fitzpatrick said the Steelers don’t have enough guys that “want to toil for it” and that expect things to be handed to them simply because they where the Black & Gold.

When asked about his star safety’s comments, Mike Tomlin said that the team needs to “smile in the face of adversity” and that Fitzpatrick’s comments show that they need to do a better job at doing so.

When a follow up question was asked if the Steelers had enough players to “smile in the face of adversity” he responded with a stern “certainly” before the question was even completely asked.

It’s safe to assume these comments, not just from Fitzpatrick, but from Cam Heyward, as well, are the result of weeks of frustration with several players’ attitudes toward the game, and how they prepare for game day. Receivers Diontae Johnson and George Pickens have both faced scrutiny for their effort this season, and Pickens was visibly upset during the game on Thursday night.