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Robinson: What We Learned During the Mike Tomlin News Conference


By Alan Robinson

“You don’t have to worry about anybody in the black and gold doing it anymore.”

That was Steelers coach Mike Tomlin talking Tuesday about … no, it wasn’t scoring a touchdown, something his team did only once Sunday against the Jets.

Rather, he was referring to the end zone flips, dives and somersaults – like those performed by Emmanuel Sanders and Le’Veon Bell in the last two games. Tomlin doesn’t like them because they’re “silly” and create the risk of injury for a team that has already had an abundance of injuries this season.

Ben Roethlisberger also was concerned about Sanders’ flip, and he cautioned the wide receiver about it immediately after he scored, the quarterback said during his weekly 93.7 radio show.

What else was learned at Tomlin’s weekly news conference – which, incidentally, is usually Tomlin’s one scheduled media availability all week? NFL rules dictate that head coaches meet with the media four times a week, in addition to game day, and almost every other coach in the league holds a news conference the day after the game.

The Steelers circumvent that four-times-a-week rule by saying that Tomlin is available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, days that he talks only rarely, if at all.

Tomlin said Ravens game week remains a big one, even though the two AFC North rivals lack a winning record between them.

“This is a great rivalry … and I will take the time to tell the younger players about it,” Tomlin said during his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance.

What else is new?

The Steelers have yet another tight end: Richard Gordon, a third-year player who was a sixth-round pick by Oakland in 2011 and has played in 27 games with the Raiders. They chose to add him rather than another offensive tackle, a sign they were pleased with Kelvin Beachum’s first start at left tackle.

The Steelers added Gordon even though tight end Matt Spaeth (foot), who was injured during training camp, is eligible to come off the designated-to-return injured reserve list in another two weeks.

Still, Tomlin said Gordon was added because the Steelers are looking down the road, not just at the short term.

Some Ravens-Steelers notes:

— The winning team has scored more than 23 points only twice in the last 12 games. Seven of the last nine games were decided by three points, including wins by each team on the other’s home field last season.

— The Ravens have won three of the last four, including both games at Heinz Field.

— The Steelers are trying to win successive games against the Ravens for the first time since they swept the 2008 season series, when they won the Super Bowl.



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