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    Tomlin not so tough on 1st day...Day 1 camp happenings..

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07205/803940-66.stm

    Tuesday, July 24, 2007
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    After all the talk of how tough his training camp would be, new coach Mike Tomlin turned soft on his very first day at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

    Not only did he relieve more than half the team from going through a run test yesterday, he stopped it short for the 35 players who did run it.

    Tomlin revealed yesterday that those players who completed 44 of the 50 offseason workout sessions were absolved from running yesterday. The others were to run 110-yard jobs 16 times on the newly named Chuck Noll Field.

    Among those running were some of the biggest names on the team -- newly minted team salary leader Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, James Farrior and Alan Faneca. Some players did not have to run but chose to do so anyway.

    "Guys were doing so well we cut it at 14," Tomlin said. "It didn't look like anybody was going to have a tough time making it, a testament to their preparation. Hats off to them."

    When Tomlin came up with the idea to give 51 players off if they had a good attendance record in the spring is unknown, but he did not spring it on his players until it was too late for many to make up lost time.

    "We wanted to reward those guys for being in town and being part of a voluntary program this offseason," Tomlin said. "If they were here working out, we knew what kind of shape they were in."

    Unable to go

    Tomlin downplayed the fact that three players will open training camp today on the physically unable to perform list, including starting receiver Santonio Holmes.

    The others are veteran halfback Verron Haynes and NFL Europa linebacker Derek Rehage.

    All, he predicted, would be temporary.

    Holmes "had a minor surgical procedure that's not football related," Tomlin said. "He'll be watching for a day or two but it's a non-issue."

    They will hold out Haynes a day or two because of the surgery he had on his knee last season. Rehage recently had a pin removed from an injured thumb.

    Promotion for Mitchell

    Tomlin promoted defensive line coach John Mitchell to assistant head coach.

    Mitchell enters his 14th season as defensive line coach, a job he will continue in his new capacity. He succeeds former offensive line coach Russ Grimm, who carried the title of assistant head coach the past two seasons.

    This is Mitchell's 34th season in coaching -- 17 in the NFL, 15 in college and two in the old United States Football League. He is a former All-America defensive end at Alabama and the first black player for Bear Bryant's Crimson Tide. He began his coaching career under the legendary Bryant shortly after he graduated from college.

    "John Mitchell is a very respected coach in this league by his peers," Tomlin said. "It didn't take me long to realize we share some philosophical thoughts on football. I thought he was a very deserving man."

    Kirkland returns as intern

    The Steelers released one veteran linebacker in Joey Porter this year, and picked up another yesterday -- Levon Kirkland.

    Kirkland, who played for the Steelers from 1992-00 and made two Pro Bowls, has joined the team in camp for one week as a scouting intern. He holds down a full-time job as a minority student recruiter at Clemson, his alma mater.

    "I'm just kind of seeing if I like it," Kirkland said. "It's an opportunity for me to see if I want to get back in it."

    Timmons to practice

    The Steelers officially announced the signing of top draft pick Lawrence Timmons, a linebacker of few words from Florida State.

    Timmons' groin was injured in his first spring practice and he did not practice again. He said he's "100 percent" and plans to take the field this morning, when the Steelers hold their first of two practices today.

    "I'm healthy, but I'm going to take it day by day and not rush things, be smart about it," Timmons said.

    Throwback player

    On the day he signed the richest contract in club history, Polamalu showed little sense of fashion. While running with his teammates during their test, he wore a pair of short, ugly, striped brown and orange socks that looked like they came from the 1960s and the home team in Cleveland Stadium.

    "They're Jim Brown's old socks," Polamalu said. "There goes my whole check."

    Camp critic

    Polamalu has expressed his disdain for NFL training camps and how they are traditionally conducted in the past, and this one likely will be no different.

    "It's like going through boot camp every year," Polamalu said. "The army only does it once. We have to do it every year."

    Quick hits

    All 86 players on the roster reported on time. ... The Steelers' second practice today is the first one open to the public, scheduled to start at 2:55 p.m. at Saint Vincent College.
    That's cool to see Kirkland back with the Steelers, he's always been one of my favorites.

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    I've been reading that those 16-110's were more of a jog then a sprint (still had to complete it in a certain amount of time) and it was also a test to see where everybody is physically. No sense going balls to the walls on the first day and get players pulling up lame. So now Tomlin has a better idea where everybody is at as far as being in shape, he can start turning the heat up.


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    Why would anyone want to wear Jim Browns socks.....lol
    Well if it gets you motivated.
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    Maybe I'm "Old School" and reading too much into it but regardless of the condition of the players the very first day isn't the day to cut the team some slack.
    A new head coach should set a hard tone for the First Day....not sending the guys to the Gatorade cooler after a few sprints.



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    I don't see cutting down on the "gassers" as being soft on Tomlin's part. I see that as a man who rewards unexpected good conditioning.

    As far as Polamalu bitching about camp .... considering the money he just signed on for, he better be doing his gassers with a clown suit on if they ask him to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron City South View Post
    As far as Polamalu bitching about camp .... considering the money he just signed on for, he better be doing his gassers with a clown suit on if they ask him to do it.

    LOL...Amen, brother!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron City South View Post
    I don't see cutting down on the "gassers" as being soft on Tomlin's part. I see that as a man who rewards unexpected good conditioning.
    I hope you're right but if I hear the words "Movie Night" or "Ice-Cream Night" coming out of Latrobe over the next week or two I think blood will start shooting from my eyes.



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    That would be awesome to see Kirkland return to the Steelers As for Tomlin being soft... I don't think he was being soft he was just really rewarding those who showed up to the mini camps. They were there working out, getting in shape and he had no idea where the other guys were and what they were doing so this gave him a chance to see where they are IMO

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