Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill made waves this week when he admitted that he doesn’t intend to mentor rookie Malik Willis. The comments were met with immediate backlash, but not everyone is ready to grill Tannehill just yet. In fact, he found some support in the unlikeliest of places: Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
Shortly after former Steelers Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor took aim at Tannehill, Tomlin stepped in and offered up the quarterback’s best defense to date.
“You know, it’s good when it occurs, but it’s certainly not necessary,” Tomlin said of mentoring, via Sports Illustrated. “That’s why we have offensive coordinators, quarterback coaches, assistant quarterback coaches, people who are employed and their sole focus is the development of players.”