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Terrible Towel Tales: Bengals WR says Steelers lack camaraderie

Steelers news and commentary Thursday, December 21

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Bengals WR Criticizes Steelers, George Pickens | Noah Strackbein, All Steelers

“It just shows the lack of camaraderie that’s over there,” Boyd said. “I can’t really talk for anybody, but like when things ain’t going well, you still gotta perform at a high level and do what you can to help your team. I saw a clip with him on a pick, it kind of looked like he wasn’t trying to chase it down. See, I don’t go about that. That’s something that they got to deal with. When things ain’t going good, that’s when your true colors show. I like to be the same player week in, week out, whether it’s going good or bad for me.”

Trading Places? Mike Tomlin’s Future With the Steelers | Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated

From erickleinphd (@DrEricKlein): Do you think the Steelers would consider trading Mike Tomlin? And if so, would it take a first-round pick from another team to acquire him?

Erick, this is one way I could see Tomlin’s long, distinguished run in Pittsburgh coming to a close. Because if Tomlin and the Rooneys aren’t going to have the conversation on their own, this would be the way to force it on everyone.

Say Carolina’s David Tepper or Washington’s Josh Harris—both former minority owners in Pittsburgh—call Art Rooney and suggest a trade. Say they’re willing to part with a first-round pick and more. Say Rooney says he has to think about it, and then goes to Tomlin with the idea—after missing the playoffs (again, hypothetically) for a fourth time in six years.

Wouldn’t Rooney have to discuss that with Tomlin? Both owners would likely pay top dollar for him. Both teams are in relatively close proximity to where Tomlin grew up in Hampton, Va. And if you have that conversation, where does it go? There are a lot of questions about the quarterback the Steelers took two years ago. Recent white flags waved by George Pickens and Diontae Johnson in games seem to run counter to what Tomlin has built.

Steelers among top vote getters for Pro Bowl Games | Teresa Varley

It should come as no surprise that linebacker T.J. Watt is ranked first overall at outside linebacker as he is having another outstanding season.

The Steelers special teams are represented in the Top 10 as well, with Miles Killebrew sixth as a specialist. Punter Pressley Harvin III is ranked seventh, while long snapper Christian Kuntz is eighth.