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Mike Tomlin reflects on several new coaches on the Steelers staff

The Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone some serious changes on their roster this offseason, and the complete re-shaping of the quarterback room certainly is a great example of how the roster shuffling has taken place since the new league year started in March. But there was also some turnover among the team’s coaching staff.

The Steelers mainly added on the offensive coaching staff, adding some positions and replacing some others who are expected to come in and help the current roster live up to their potential. One of those additions was quarterback coach Tom Arth. Arth has a ton of experience as both a player and coach, and he absolutely has already made an impression to players and head coach Mike Tomlin.

“I like the energy and detail that he brings,” said Tomlin after mandatory minicamp. “I’ve known Tom for quite a while, him having a regional connect, being at Akron and so forth. He does a really good job with the guys. He’s doing a nice job of managing the group and presenting some new things to them. But we’re just starting to scratch the surface on some of that stuff. We’re just at the very beginning stages.”

Arth isn’t the only new coach on the staff, and wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni might have gotten the most attention throughout Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp due to his up-tempo, high energy style. Like Arth, Tomlin is loving what he’s seeing so far from Azzanni.

“Same thing. Energy detail, a variety of drill work that can be somewhat unfamiliar yet challenging,” said Tomlin. “I like all of that. It’s about developing skills relative to their positions. He comes up with unique ways to do that.”

The biggest addition to the coaching staff, by far, was offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. When Tomlin was asked about his new OC, he spoke openly about how he knew plenty about Smith well before the hire was made official shortly after the new league year began in March.

“I’ve competed against him over the years…Atlanta, Tennessee,” said Tomlin. “We had a lot of mutual connects from his time in Washington. I know what he puts into the job, professionally speaking. And, he has quality tape.

“I’ve competed against him in stadium. Not a lot of unknowns regarding his capabilities.”

Can these new faces in the Steelers’ coaching staff equate in more wins for the team in 2024? That has yet to be seen, but the early impressions of the coaching staff are positive from not just Tomlin, but also the players who are receiving this coaching. Change isn’t always easy or comfortable, but often time it’s necessary. I think it I speak for a large portion of the fan base who think these changes were much needed.

Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the start of training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA in July.


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