The Pittsburgh Steelers are back in the postseason, and since it is the first time since 2017, many players will be making their playoff debut Sunday night.
It may seem hard to believe, when you think about the success the Pittsburgh Steelers organization has had throughout the Ben Roethlisberger era, but the Steelers haven’t played in a playoff game since 2017, and haven’t won a playoff game since 2016.
Quite the drought for the Steelers, and with that comes a long list of players, particularly starters, who have never played in a playoff game at the professional level. Just take a look at the 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers starters who have never played in a playoff game.
(Note: this excludes a player like Robert Spillane considering he has not been taken off of Injured Reserve at the moment of this being published.)
Chase Claypool (R)
Kevin Dotson (R)
Alex Highsmith (R)
The above list isn’t anything new across the National Football League, and something Mike Tomlin certainly downplayed when asked about the inexperience of his team, especially at a position like wide receiver.
“We can go down every man on our roster and every man on their roster and talk about playoff experience or not.” Tomlin said. “The reality is, there is not a lot of playoff experience by a lot of people. There is scarcity in these games. These are big moments. We just need to prepare and focus on that preparation to position ourselves to play well and to seize these moments.
“I’m not spending a lot of time worried about who has experience and who does not. I just want to position these guys to play well and push through some of those questions that all of us globally have to answer. From that standpoint, it is fair and shouldn’t dominate a lot of our thought and time.”
If there is one player on the Steelers’ roster who doesn’t lack experience, it would be none other than Ben Roethlisberger. Tomlin was asked if Roethlisberger’s vast playoff experience gives him a sense of calm heading into the postseason. In typical Tomlin fashion, he downplayed any significance.
“I hadn’t thought a lot about it.” Tomlin said. “I just acknowledged that it was helpful to our cause. I haven’t spent a lot of time enjoying the potential aspects of that. I’m more focused on the challenges of preparation.”
The Steelers might not have a vast amount of experience, but one thing is a guarantee, they have more experience than the Cleveland Browns. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Browns in the Wild Card round of the AFC Playoffs.