Mike Tomlin bans games from Steelers' locker room
Responding to the Pittsburgh Steelers' worst start in 45 years, head coach Mike Tomlin has banned all games from the Steelers' locker room, according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Alan Johnson and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac. That includes billiards, ping-pong and shuffleboard.
"From his point, it was dividing the team in a way,” safety Ryan Clark said Thursday. “One sect of people couldn't do a certain thing and he just wanted everybody to be together — because we're all in the losses together. We're all in the business of fixing this problem together. He didn't want anything to divide us.”
Several veteran Steelers told the Post-Gazette that Tomlin doesn't plan on putting games back in the locker room until the Steelers' 0-4 season gets "back on track."
The games were initially instituted in the locker room as a reward for the Steelers' Super Bowl appearances in 2008 and 2010.
SI WIRE: Report: Adrian Peterson handling "tragic" personal situation The Tribune-Review's Johnson reported that the 10 players who remain from the 2008 Super Bowl team originally instituted the ban on players who had less than four years of experience, to prevent them from "getting comfortable." Tomlin expanded the ban to include all players recently.