It would appear as if Hell has indeed frozen over because I happen to agree with Pittsburgh Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin. The topic? Putting the focus on Sunday’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns and not on the history the team has with Browns’ Defensive End, Myles Garrett.
The issue Pittsburgh has with Garrett goes back to 2019 week ten. Near the end of the Thursday night game in Cleveland, Garrett had an altercation with Pittsburgh quarterback, Mason Rudolph.
To his credit, Tomlin is putting his energy into preparing his team to contend with the superstar defensive end in the present. He says there is no discussion of the team’s rocky history with Garrett going into the game Sunday. The coach stated that he is not interested in bringing any “reality TV storylines” into a game with big implications in the AFC North division.
While the Steelers are off to their first 4-0 start since 1979, it is worth noting that all four games have been against arguably weaker teams. Thus far Pittsburgh has matched up against the 0-4 New York Giants, the 1-3 Denver Broncos, the 0-4 Houston Texans, and the 1-2-1 Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Tomlin is well aware that the Cleveland Browns team rolling into Heinz Field Sunday are 4-1 against much more formidable opponents.
Tomlin is cautious and wants to be sure his team does not sleep on Cleveland’s defense. The coach is priming his team to be extremely aware of not only Garrett but of the Brown’s entire defensive line; as well as their secondary, who have six interceptions in five games thus far.
The Browns vs Steelers matchup on October 18th has a big game feel reminiscent of the days when the rivalry and enmity between the two teams were palpable from miles away.
The game gets underway at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 18th at 1:00 pm.
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