Jacksonville Jaguars vs Steelers: HC Mike Tomlin taking the right approach
Mike Tomlin isn’t underestimating these Jacksonville Jaguars.
Anything can happen on any given Sunday and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin isn’t taking the 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars lightly ahead of their Week 11 matchup. Tomlin said in a recent sitdown with the local media that his squad is ‘not a Big Ten team playing a MAC opponent’.
The Steelers head coach pointed out that his team will be playing professionals and that this Jacksonville team is a group trying to ‘kick their butt’. He also made sure to praise rookie running back James Robinson, linebacker Myles Jack and defensive coordinator Todd Wash. He later added that they have quality players at all levels and that they have had rough and tumble games against them.
Based on how Tomlin talked about his Week 11 opponent, you would think he was talking about a postseason contender, but he was indeed talking about these ‘Jags’. Although you could file his comments under coachspeak, he’s right not to take them lightly.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been competitive in spite of recent losses.
The Steelers are 9-0 and are the only undefeated in the NLF. Even though they might’ve gotten a break here and there, they have definitely played at a high level all season long and have not underestimated any of their opponents. That’s unlikely to change against the Jaguars.
After all, the ‘Jags’ have one of the most exciting young running back in Robinson. Their wide receiver corps is also full of difference-makers such as DJ Chark Jr. and Keelan Cole. On the other hand, the defense does have some rising players.
C.J. Henderson and Sidney Jones have held their ground at quarterback and rookie defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton is quickly becoming a key cog in the team’s defensive line. While the Jaguars’ defense could use more talent, the unit has been playing better recently and forced two turnovers against the Green Bay Packers in Week 10.
Tomlin has been a head coach long enough not to take a win for granted. He knows his team has to earn a victory every Sunday and things won’t be different at EverBank Field in Week 11.