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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gave his thoughts on Ryan Tannehill’s mentorship comments to rookie Malik Willis.
In the past week, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill was talking about the NFL. Speaking to the media, Tannehill expressed his belief that he does not believe it is his job to guide the team’s rookie quarterback and third-round draft pick Malik Willis. It created quite a bit of debate as to whether Tannehill’s position was right or wrong.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appeared on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Wednesday, May 4, and was asked about Tannehill’s attitude to guiding Willis. You can listen to Tomlin’s comments on the 4:57 mark in the video below.
Mike Tomlin gives thoughts on Ryan Tannehill’s mentor comments
The Steelers had something similar when they drafted Mason Rudolph in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft with Ben Roethlisberger on the list. But Roethlisberger advised Rudolph.
The Steelers apparently used the 20th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft on who they think could be the successor to Roethlisberger in Kenny Pickett, who played college football for the Pittsburgh Panthers. The decision was made to select him with Rudolph on the list, and the team that signed former Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to a two-year contract.
Following the Pickett selection, Tomlin said the rookie has a chance of becoming the team’s Week 1 starter. Pickett was considered the most pro-clear out of the quarterback prospects in this year’s draft class.
Statements about Tannehill’s comments about guiding Willis have abounded ever since. Now you know where Tomlin stands on the subject.