Tomlin Speaks About Development of Devin Bush, Diontae Johnson

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — The Steelers fell to the New England Patriots Sunday 33-3. However, Head Coach Mike Tomlin — in his weekly press conference — was optimistic about his team’s future.

Rookies Devin Bush (ILB, Michigan) and Diontae Johnson (WR, Toledo) both saw the field at Gillette Stadium. Tomlin said, “It was a quality start to contribute to our efforts.”

Bush racked up 11 tackles (7 solo) and Johnson had 3 catches in their NFL debut.

 

Steelers Fall to Patriots in Season Opener

Foxboro, Mass (GSM) – In the wake of wide receiver Antonio Brown’s signing with their arch rival, the Steelers had nothing to combat the high-powered offense of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots Sunday. In a 33-3 loss to the Pats, Head Coach Mike Tomlin’s remarks were direct and to the point saying he couldn’t “sugar coat” what transpired in the game.

 

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger addressed the media saying the loss was on him and he needed to play better.

 

Steelers Wide Receivers Coach Darryl Drake Dies

Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake during a press conference, April 26, 2019 in Pittsburgh. (Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (GSM) – The Steelers released an official statement from team president Art Rooney II and head coach Mike Tomlin about the passing of the team’s wide receivers coach Darryl Drake. He died at age 62. No cause of death has been announced at this time.

(Marlon Martin / Golden Sky Media)

Statement from Rooney on Darryl Drake

We are at a loss for words following Darryl Drake’s passing this morning. Darryl had such an impact on the players he coached and everyone he worked with throughout his entire career. He was a passionate coach and had a tremendous spirit toward life, his family, his faith and the game of football.

Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife, Sheila, his three daughters, his grandchildren and entire family during this difficult time.

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Statement from Tomlin on Darryl Drake

Darryl was a close friend and had a tremendous impact on my coaching career. He was an amazing husband, father and grandfather, and it is difficult to put into words the grief our entire team is going through right now.

Darryl loved the game of football and every player he ever coached. We will use our faith to guide us and help his family throughout the difficult time.

My heart and our prayers are with his wife, Sheila, and Darryl’s entire family.

 

Tomlin Addresses Media After Family Fest at Heinz Field

PITTSBURGH (GSM) — Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, heading into his 13th season, says it was important to, “give the young guys situational work” at Family Day in Heinz Field. Rookies such as Devin Bush (LB, Michigan) and Diontae Johnson (WR, Toledo) received significant reps during the evening’s practice. Johnson left practice with a hip injury. His condition is to be determined in the coming days.

 

Donte Moncrief Expected to be Role Model for Steelers

Newly acquired wide receiver Donte Moncrief looks for a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the 2019 Training Camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Saturday July 27, 2019 (Clyde Harris / Golden Sky Media)

LATROBE (GSM) – Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin insists that Donte Moncrief become a leader on his team during training camp. The veteran wide receiver was drafted in 2014 by the Indianapolis Colts.

Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes to Donte Moncrief (11) during Steelers Training Camp in Latrobe, PA. (Clyde Harris / Golden Sky Media)