While many Steelers fans are still calling for head coach Mike Tomlin's job, hearing what he said regarding running back James Conner should definitely infuriate many people who wave their Terrible Towels on Sundays.
When talking with Cleveland-area reporters, Tomlin said he was "marginally pleased" with what Conner has provided for the Steelers offense during the ongoing absence of Le'Veon Bell.
#Browns just sent out transcript of #Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's chat w/ Cleveland-area reporters. When asked about James Conner, Tomlin apparently said, "I have been marginally pleased with his progress and I expect him to only get better."— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) October 24, 2018
Marginally pleased. Tough crowd.
Marginally?! Please. Would you rather have Stevan Ridley handling the bulk of the reps at running back?
It doesn't make much sense for Tomlin to go this low when talking about Conner's play so far, so the assumption here ought to be that Tomlin was being tounge-in-cheek. He's made some jaw-dropping plays, and his presence as a runner and a receiver have helped Pittsburgh barely miss a beat without their All-Pro back.
Multiple reports #Steelers are not expecting LeVeon Bell to report during Week 7 bye.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) October 15, 2018
Wonder if they'd turn him down even if he did. James Conner has been one of the best backs in the league in Bell's absence.
Conner deserves to keep his job. He's earned it.
Since Bell still hasn't arrived to Pittsburgh's facilities, Conner will continue to have his expanded role for their offense this season.
Although we might not know what to expect from the Steelers for the rest of the year, we do know that Tomlin isn't handing out compliments easily.