Mike Tomlin sidestepped a question Tuesday about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder being interested in hiring him as the team’s next coach.
Two national media outlets put the Pittsburgh Steelers coach atop Snyder’s wish list after he fired coach Jay Gruden on Monday after an 0-5 start.
Tomlin is signed by the Steelers through 2021 with an option through the ‘22 season.
“I’m not worried about that,” Tomlin said at his weekly news conference when asked about his name surfacing in connection with the Redskins opening. “You’re the first person to mention that to me in a public setting.”
What about a private setting, Tomlin was asked.
“About the same I’m giving you,” he said. “Guys, I’m the head coach of a 1-4 football team that’s going on the road to play a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback with my third quarterback. You think I’m worried about anything this week other than that?”
Tomlin is in his 13th season with the Steelers and has a 126-70-1 record in the regular season. The Steelers are off to their worst start since 2013 heading into their game Sunday night at the Los Angeles Chargers.
Responding to a question about the medical cart malfunctioning Sunday while Mason Rudolph was being attended to for his concussion, Tomlin said the inoperable cart played no role in the case Rudolph received.
Assisted by players and medical personnel, Rudolph was walked to the sideline and then down the far tunnel away from the Steelers locker room.
“He walked off the field because he chose to walk off the field and because our medical experts were comfortable in his ability to walk off the field and his safety in it,” Tomlin said. “Whether or not the cart was functioning is irrelevant to the fact that he walked off the field.”
The Steelers said in a statement that a second cart was available in case Rudolph needed transported for medical attention. Tomlin didn’t realize the stalled cart was an issue until after the game.
“I was more concerned with Mason,” Tomlin said. “As he got himself together and was able to walk off the field, he was dialoguing with me and others, and that is where our attention was.”
The NFL Players Association released a statement Monday via Twitter in which it insisted on “every health & safety protocol and procedure available. … We will continue to be vigilant on specific requirements to protect our men.”
Members of the NFLPA, including executive director DeMaurice Smith, were at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Monday meeting with team officials. An NFLPA spokesman said the meeting was “preplanned” and called the timing of the visit with the Steelers and Rudolph’s injury “coincidental.”
Quarterback Taryn Christion, signed last week to simulate Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on the scout team, was released and replaced on the practice squad by linebacker Robert Spillane.
Spillane was released from the practice squad two week ago when the Steelers added tight end Alize Mack, who was released a week ago when Christion was signed.