The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their final day of the 2013 mini camp on Thursday with meetings as the practice portion was canceled by head coach Mike Tomlin. Tomlin did, however, meet with the media before leaving for his football camp and gave his thoughts on what took place over the course of the last several weeks.
Here is the opening statement that he gave:
Just wanted to put the finishing touches on what has been a very positive offseason for us. We\’ll finish our work today just in the classroom, in meeting like settings. I just got finished with a team meeting, and I told the guys it\’s been a great offseason … but. And I think that but is significant because legitimately you like to find ways to measure offseasons and feel good about it, but the reality of it is, these types of processes are measured based on results. So our offseason and our training camp, our preseason, ultimately will be measured on how we perform. I think it\’s important that the guys understand that, but as I sit here today, I feel good about the foundation we\’ve laid for 2013. I like the efforts of the guys, the messages that have been received. We\’re just in a good place, but that doesn\’t ensure us anything. We understand what we do moving forward is what\’s really significant. We\’ve expressed that. We\’ll continue to prepare ourselves for the challenges that await us, but as we sit here today, it\’s been a productive one, and we\’re excited about moving forward.
Tomlin refused to speculate about the status of injured players heading into training camp as usual. He did say, however, that he told the team this morning that there is a difference between being ready for training camp and being prepared for training camp.
As far as the possibility of adding more players to the roster between now and the start of training camp, Tomlin said that they always watch the waiver wire for players that they feel can help them succeed.
You can listen to the full audio of his press conference below: