Mike Tomlin Not Planning To Add Another Punter This Week

While Pittsburgh Steelers punter Brad Wing hasn’t been very consistent so far during the preseason, head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Tuesday that the team is sticking with him for now and that they have no plans to add another punter this week to compete against him.

“I’m excited about what Brad is doing,” said Tomlin during his Tuesday press conference. “He probably took a little step back in performance last week, but we added a few other things to his menu that we hadn’t asked him to do. Lets see how he responds this week.

“I know one thing, I know that one of the things that’s impressed me about him is during the course of this thing, when he’s had negative days or negative drills, he always does a good job of responding to it. And that shows growth and that shows the mental makeup that I desire, that we desire. So we’ll continue to work with him.”

Wing has handled all of the punting chores thus far during training cap and the preseason as veteran Adam Podlesh was placed on the “did not report” list due to him needing to stay away due to complications from his wife’s pregnancy.

In the first three preseason games, Wing has punted 17 times for a 40.3 average and a 35.8 net average. He has a long of 54 yards and four of his punts have been inside the opponents’ 20 yard-line.

Wing really needs a good showing Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers as the Steelers punting situation has been a mess now for several seasons.

“He’s continually growing,” said Tomlin of Wing.

  • Jacque Strappe

    So, he puts your defense in terrible positions, but at least he responds to it well.

  • Maureen A Gomes

    All of these compliments coming out of Tomlin are making me think the real Tomlin has been abducted by aliens. I mean, he positively gushed about DHB and Brad Wing. I don’t know what to make of this.

  • SayWha

    We cut Butler who just got cut again with a 48+ average. And we think Wing is the thing?

  • steeltown

    I assume they’re thinking long term upside with Wing, thinking if he improves week after week he could be an asset.

    But, my thinking is if he struggles against Cleveland week 1 when it counts, then he’s gone.

  • Jacque Strappe

    I’d prefer to know what we have. There are guys who are consistent that won’t be on rosters by the end of the day, or by next week anyway. Like I said before, he scares me. So many games require flipping the field and he hasn’t done that consistently, IMO.

  • who else is there right now? available? crickets

  • You remember Butler? 15-20 yard shank punts. They are probably waiting for final cuts but lets not consider that.

  • Still_JPDQ

    I wouldn’t think you’d replace a rookie punter after Week 1 with nobody else on the roster to compete with him, so until they bring somebody else on board, I’d say his job is safe beyond Cleveland.

    Now if he screws it up big time this week, you’d have to figure they’ll bring in a vet to compete before opening weekend.

  • Calling it a “mess” is probably a gross understatement. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see anything from Podlesh, but then again he wasn’t very good last year anyway. Maybe Tomlin is right, maybe Wing is the real deal with a good attitude and pulls it all together, but I have my doubts. I think we all do.

  • steelster

    On a different subject the patriots just pulled off a trade that i wish the steelers would try something similiar. Trading an older expensive player.

  • Jacque Strappe

    You talking this week? Crickets?

  • pat

    Who you suggest we trade, Foster?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    You can see the upside with this kid. He has a heck of a leg. The question is can he get consistant. I think only time will let us know and it seems the organization is behind that.

  • steelster

    No, troy polamalu

  • Ben Saluri

    Wing will be fine. Punting is all about tempo, I am sure he will get there.

  • Ken

    agreed. Just when we think we have Tomlin figured out he praises an inconsistent punter….

  • Doug

    Good one.

  • steelster

    I’m serious it’s. A smart move

  • Steve

    Butler may be punting 48+ avg but the run backs killed his net of 34ypp.

  • SayWha

    For sure. Special teams issue more than just the punter.

  • Jason

    I agree. Ok I know a lot of football is a mental game but enough is enough. He’s a punter. He can either kick or he can’t. Good college punter but for some reason no longer can kick consistently.

  • SG

    Add another? Don’t they have to have one to begin with before they can add another? From what I’ve seen, they don’t have a punter at all.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Butler never had great hangtime, which probably didn’t help.

  • joed32

    Next week there will be a lot of punters released though.