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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers head-coach Mike Tomlin names starters going into camp and talks about his expectations of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2013

July 26 begins training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers and on July 23 head-coach Mike Tomlin answered a few of Bob Labriola’s questions regarding the state of the team, and who we will see going into camp as starters. Tomlin named Jason Worilds and Cortez Allen starters of their respective positions as they enter camp.

Jason Worilds was drafted in the 2nd round back in 2010 and during that time he gathered 81 tackles, 10 sacks, forced 1 fumble, and defended 2 passes. Worilds was also sidelined by injuries, which kept him from playing time in each season. This is a big year for Jason Worilds after the departure of James Harrison; he will have to compete with 1st round pick Jarvis Jones for the top spot on the depth chart.

Cortez Allen was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 draft and was taken as project player who didn’t have a large football pedigree but flashed enough raw talent to alight the interest of the Steelers. Under the tutelage of Carnell Lake the Steelers must have seen enough of Cortez Allen to allow Keenan Lewis to leave for New Orleans in free agency. Allen will play outside with Ike Taylor and we will most likely see William Gay line up in the nickel.

Among other questions answered, Mike Tomlin alluded to the role of Ben Roethlisberger as a leader on and off the field. Roethlisberger is entering his 10th season in the NFL as the team’s franchise quarterback, which means he is a rallying point for the Steelers and is in a position to act as such.

Tomlin elaborated on Ben Roethlisberger’s role, ”Different people need different things from him. He’s got to provide them what it is they need. Maybe it’s a pat on the back, maybe it’s a kick in the butt, maybe it’s individually, maybe it’s collectively. He and I spent a lot of time talking about those things, and he understands it. It’s a very complex balancing act, but one that I think is done naturally for those that play that position. The men who play that position, particularly as long as he has; understand what comes with it.”
There are plenty of expectations for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 but none of which are unattainable. They might not be very deep with depth right now, with so many unproven young athletes, but the team has done pretty well with getting rid of older, expensive talent while putting in place young, dynamic leaders rife with possibility.

John Thomas Menesini
NFL Staff Writer
Football Extra Points


  1. With Haley leading the offense no will be able to stop us.He is a genius no one can even come close to him. Look at his great record how can anyone even think that there would be a problem. I would think scoring 30 points a game is no problem.Sanders should make the pro-bowl and no one can get close to Ben with the awesome line we have since they have been doing it for years.

  2. Colbert, LeBeau, and Tomlin have all stated that Cortez Allen will slide over and play NB when they go to their nickel package and William Gay will take over at CB opposite Ike.

    "... but the team has done pretty well with getting rid of older, expensive talent while putting in place young, dynamic leaders rife with possibility." Except for Larry Foote, who will be the primary chink in the armor of this defense. With Sylvester and Spence, they have been trying to replace him for at least 2 years. Now we enter a third season with him as the starter. Foote starting is a larger problem than the lack of depth.


  3. I agree with JAMESH and have to add the loss of James H. will be the combined downfall and if Troy P. gets hurt again for half the season.