PITTSBURGH — This offseason, Darrius Heyward-Bey followed Mike Tomlin’s orders by grabbing a pen and notebook and getting to work.
Tomlin had asked his Steelers after the AFC title game loss to record their football goals for 2017 and their life goals beyond that, according to Heyward-Bey.
“And I took time to think about that … do I really take time to think about what I want out of life?” said Heyward-Bey, who didn’t want to reveal his goals. “I surprised myself with some things.”
The NFL season is still nearly three months away, and Tomlin isn’t done charging his team with big-picture thoughts.
The Steelers broke minicamp with the kind of lofty expectations that most one-day-at-a-time coaches might avoid.
In the last two days of camp, these were the pointed statements from players and coaches:
Defensive end Cam Heyward wants the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
Defensive coordinator Keith Butler said the “Super Bowl should go through Pittsburgh.”
Linebacker Ryan Shazier wonders if the NFL has a “Patriots problem,” one he intends to solve with a win or two next year.
Most teams publicly declare their Super Bowl intentions in generic form, but Tomlin isn’t really eager to talk about much else. Asked Thursday whether he likes his team, Tomlin said “hopefully I feel good about them in February.” Two minutes later, when discussing the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ Stanley Cup run, Tomlin pointed to following their lead in a few months.
Rather than recapping minicamp, Tomlin is spinning everything forward to…
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