Steelers notebook: Tomlin talks about Tweets, draft, Bell and more

| Monday, March 21, 2016, 6:48 p.m.

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Simply put, Mike Tomlin felt that DeAngelo Williams needs to be “quiet sometimes.”

So, what better way to do that than fire off a Tweet?

Tomlin did something he rarely does two weeks ago when Williams was making news with controversial comments on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning getting a pass for a poor season — he took to social media.

Tomlin tweeted at Williams: “Dwill (@DeAngeloRB) quit while you are behind! #Really.”

On Monday at the NFL annual meeting at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Tomlin explained his first tweet in nearly four months.

“We know and love DeAngelo. Everybody doesn't know him. Those that don't know him probably misconstrued some of the things that he said,” Tomlin said. “I just told him to move on with life. He is a lovable guy. He probably doesn't have enough going on in his life right now. He needs to get back to work.”

Draft philosophy intact

Tomlin acknowledged the draft is stacked at their positions of need like the secondary and defensive line, but said that won't change how the Steelers approach draft day.

“You know how it is, we're going to follow our general philosophy, in terms of how we go about the process,” Tomlin said.

“We're not going to place an inappropriate weighted need on any particular position. We're going to do what we do.”

Play it safe with Pouncey

Center Maurkice Pouncey might not be ready to participate in spring practices because of broken fibula that cost him the 2015 season, Tomlin said, but it's not because Pouncey isn't healing.

It's because Tomlin won't allow it.

“What he's capable of doing and what I allow him to do may be two different things,” Tomlin said. “I haven't had those discussions or thoughts at this juncture.”

No timeline for Bell

Le'Veon Bell began running on his surgically repaired knee, but Tomlin refused to put any timetable to when the Pro Bowl running back will be back and ready to play.

“No, I don't think that's appropriate,” Tomlin said. “I think we need to do what's right and we're going to do that. When he's ready, he's ready.”

AB gets Tomlin's vote

Tomlin doesn't anticipate Antonio Brown's affiliation with Dancing With the Stars will conflict with any offseason workouts with the team.

Tomlin, however, is figuring Brown will be tied up in the dancing contest for some time.

“He's going to win, isn't he? We all know how that story ends,” Tomlin said. “He's a sick competitor, he's a hard worker and he's got a winning smile. I'd vote for him.”

Ejection reflection

Tomlin, who is on the league's competition committee, is all for the new ejection rule that will be up for vote Wednesday requiring an ejection of a player who commits two specific personal fouls during a game.

“I'm a proponent of better sportsmanship,” he said. “ I think we all have a responsibility to be on the cutting edge, in that regard. The visibility of our game and its impact on us as a society, I think we have to understand the value in what we do and how we do it. I'm for anything that highlights fair play and sportsmanship.”

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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