No pingpong! Steelers coach bans locker room games



PITTSBURGH - Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has banned all members of his winless team from playing leisure games such as pool and pingpong in the locker room.

A few weeks earlier, the team's veteran players instituted a rule that banned just the younger players from such activities. Following a few more losses, however, the coach decided to extend the sacrifice to the entire squad.

Channel 11's Bill Phillips talked with a few vets to get their thoughts regarding the ban.

"I think from his point, it was dividing the team in a way," safety Ryan Clark said. "Since one sect of people couldn't do a certain thing, he just wanted everybody to be together because we are all in the losses together. We're all in the business of fixing this problem together. So he didn't want anything to divide us."

"I mean that is where we are at -- no time for games," wide receiver Antonio Brown said. "Everyone that comes to work needs to be on the screws."

Tomlin indicated he believes that his team has not lost its focus. He is apparently trying to ensure that games in the locker room won't keep the Steelers from beating the New York Jets on Sunday.