For the past couple of seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers have looked unprepared at times, losing games to teams they simply had no business losing to.
That’s something that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin hopes to put a stop to very soon and he hopes it starts with training camp as he just doesn’t want his team to be “ready”, he wants them to be “prepared.”
“Oftentimes we talk about being ready for camp,” Tomlin said through a release from the team. (via Pro Football Talk) “I think ready is an emotional thing. I’m ready for camp as I sit here today because I love camp. I love the process of team-building.
“Prepared is another thing. Daily actions between now and then are to ensure that we’re ready to take the actions that we desire to take. I’m more concerned about our guys being prepared than ready. We talk openly about the differences between the two.”
His logic makes some sense judging by past results.
In addition, this Steelers team has a lot of work to do and has a lot of new parts that need to be worked in.
That alone makes it important that the team not only comes to camp in shape, but prepared to go to work, something a lot of veterans simply have not been in the past.
Tomlin is often a good speaker, both in the locker room and to the media.
We will find out shortly if his message was received.