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Mike Tomlin: I don’t fear being young on defense

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Pittsburgh Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Pittsburgh Steelers

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The book on the Steelers heading into the 2015 season is that they should very tough to stop on offense and that they could have a hard time stopping other teams on defense.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t disagree with the first half of that take. During an interview with WAVY in Hampton Roads, Virginia while Tomlin was in his hometown for a football camp, Tomlin said the Steelers “feel good” about an offense that he thinks should be the high-performing unit that it was in 2014.

Tomlin didn’t have any predictions about how a defense filled with young players will fare under new defensive coordinator Keith Butler in the coming season, but did say that he wasn’t scared about the prospect of going into the season with new faces

“Young and defense are two things that I like,” Tomlin said. “That’s not a change that you fear. We’ve got some guys that are working really hard and are really talented. Unproven, yes, but that’s why we play the game. I’ve been excited about watching them work and I look forward to watching them grow and grow together.”

With so many young players in key roles, the Steelers are going to have to expect some breakdowns over the course of the season. If those lapses get less frequent as the season progresses, it will be a good sign for the rebuilding process on that side of the ball in Pittsburgh.