Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin shrugs off James Harrison criticism

LATROBE, Pa. — Mike Tomlin brushed off criticism from former player James Harrison that the Pittsburgh Steelers coach is not disciplined enough.

At his news conference to start Steelers training camp, Tomlin, who enters his 12th year, said he hasn’t thought much about Harrison’s critique.

“He has an opinion. He’s entitled to it,” said Tomlin from St. Vincent College. “He doesn’t play for us right now, man. I’m focused on 2018, man. That soap opera stuff, I’ll let you guys play that game.”

Harrison, the Steelers’ all-time sack leader who retired this offseason after a brief stint with the New England Patriots, said on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” last week that Bill Belichick was the better coach.

“Mike Tomlin is good as a head coach,” Harrison said. “He’s a players’ coach. I think he needs to be a little bit more disciplined. The big thing with Belichick is he’s very regimented, he’s disciplined, everyone is going to be on the same page, there’s not going to be anything as far as someone doing their own thing. I think over there [in New England] their whole coaching staff is like that.”

Harrison, who forced his way out of Pittsburgh in late 2017 by leaving games early and sleeping through meetings, said Tomlin should be “more consistent across the board with everything, from your stars to your special-teams players.”

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