As their season hopes hang by a thread, last ditch hope to focus team is made.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has banned the playing of nay games inside the team’s locker room as they face a season defining clash against the New York Jets.
The Steelers have started miserably this season, losing their first four games, and another this Sunday will all but consign their playoff dreams to the scrap heap.
As a result Tomlin had banned games such as pool and pingpong for all players, not just those news to the league and the team.
Normally only players with four years or less experience in the team were banned from playing, now the whole team has been added, not that it is worrying the players.
“It makes everything focus on football right now,” left guard Ramon Foster said, “which is A-OK with me.”
“Nobody is really tripping about it,” the 12th-year veteran said. “We understand the spirit in which it’s done in, and we’re just playing football,” Ryan Clark agreed.
Tougher restrictions were put on the team after they lost their first two games of the season, when they went down to the Titans and the Bengals.
But when it was felt the rule just for newer players created a divide in the playing group, the no-games policy was brought in for all.
“It divided the team in a way since one set of people couldn’t do a certain thing,” Clark said, one the Steelers’ captains. “(Tomlin) 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, and we didn’t want anything to divide us.”
The Steelers face a Tennessee side this weekend that will be looking to bounce back after their 26-17 loss to the perfect 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs.