Tomlin Believes Offense Can Top 2014 Season


After finishing second in total offense and seventh in scoring last season, head coach Mike Tomlin believes that the Pittsburgh Steelers are capable of being even better in 2015.

“My expectation is they’re capable of being the very best because we’ve got the goods,” Tomlin said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. “We’ve got guys that are capable, we’ve got guys that know what they’re doing, we’ve got guys that played together for an extended period of time now so that’s a reasonable expectation.”

The Steelers averaged 411.1 yards and 27.3 points per game last season to earn their first AFC North title since 2010, and returning with arguably the best offensive trio in Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown the feat should be very much obtainable.

Now along with Bell, the Steelers also have newly acquired  running back DeAngelo Williams, one outside free agent that the Steelers have signed. Which Tomlin said the Carolina Panthers’ all-time leading rusher, still has plenty of burst even though his 32nd birthday is approaching.

“Obviously the acquisition of DeAngelo Williams helps us in that regard,” Tomlin said of the expected loss of Bell for the start of the 2015 season, “but it goes beyond that. We needed fortified depth at the running back position and he definitely fits the bill.”

“I’ve just got a great deal of respect for the process and building it,” Tomlin said Tuesday at the media breakfast for AFC coaches, “so I look forward to each day and each and every opportunity to enhance what we are.”

If that’s really the case then all the Steelers need is a scoring, score stopping defense on the field and they will be unstoppable. I suppose we will just all have to wait and see if defensive coordinator Keith Butler can accomplish that in his first season with the team. Either way it should be an exciting team to usual.

Brian Christopher Jenkins