Mike Tomlin scouts Steelers vs. Vikings
PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin will coach the Steelers against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, in the United States for the first time in eight years.
Then, Minnesota was coached by Brad Childress, who Tomlin credited on Tuesday for helping him kickstart his own head coaching career. The Vikings that Pittsburgh will host in Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff at Heinz Field are led by Mike Zimmer.
In a feature-length rundown of the Vikings the Steelers will have to worry about this weekend Tomlin started with Zimmer, who coordinated the Cincinnati Bengals defense from 2008-13.
“Whether he’s a play caller or not I know he’s been a play caller in the past, maybe not now but when I look at their tape I think about Cincinnati Bengals when he was there. Three-four outfit, that group upfront provides the wave or disruption that the rest of group rides. They have outstanding defensive end play much like he had in Cincinnati, that’s a formable group. We’ll have our hands full there. Not only in the passing game but the running game. They have quality people in the back end, coverage corners and safeties.”
“Harrison Smith is a dangerous guy, much like Reggie Nelson was a dangerous guy when he played for Coach Zimmer in Cincinnati and they employed Harrison the same ways, and similar ways as they employed Reggie Nelson in Cincinnati.”