A record-setting season for the Steelers in 2014 has head coach Mike Tomlin more confident than ever.
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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says that the team has the tools in place to be the NFL’s best offense in 2015.
In an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Tomlin said that the combination of elite players such as QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown and RB Le’Veon Bell – all of whom had record-setting seasons for the Steelers in 2014 – can make the team the league’s best offense
“My expectation is they’re capable of being the very best because we’ve got the goods,” Tomlin said. “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.”
Tomlin, who has been the Steelers’ head coach since he was hired in 2007, has led the team to the playoffs five times and to two Super Bowl appearances, including a win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. He has a career record of 128-82 and has never had a losing season in Pittsburgh.
In 2014 the Steelers set a franchise record with 436 points scored and finished 7th in the NFL in the same category, but the team also finished 2nd overall in yards gained – their highest rankings in both categories since their 1979 Super Bowl season.
QB Ben Roethlisberger finished the season tied for the league lead in passing yards with 4,952 – a franchise record. RB Le’Veon Bell finished 2nd in rushing yards behind NFL Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray with 1,361 yards. And WR Antonio Brown finished the season with a franchise-record 129 receptions (2nd in NFL history) for 1,698 yards, earning All-Pro honors in the process.