Mike Tomlin spent four years on Jon Gruden's staff in Tampa Bay in the early 2000s, helping mold a defense that won a Super Bowl and gleaning what he could from his fiery boss. Nearing two decades later, the lessons Tomlin — now in his 15th season as the head coach in Pittsburgh — learned from Gruden endure. “Gruden has no fear," Tomlin said.
Maxx Crosby remembers his father coaching him during pee wee football with one major rule: “Don’t be all bark, but no bite.” It has stuck with the Las Vegas Raiders defensive end to this day. “I want to go out there and show everybody, 'listen, this is what I’m all about,'" Crosby said Wednesday.
Josh Allen knows he can play much better, and didn’t need to be reminded Wednesday of everything that went wrong for him and the Buffalo Bills' offense during a season-opening dud. Whether it was experiencing jitters from playing in front of a packed home stadium for the first time since 2019, or spending much of the afternoon struggling to elude the Steelers' pass rush, the fourth-year starter is putting last weekend behind. The Bills should be eager to play again following a 23-16 loss to the Steelers in which their offense looked nothing like the dynamic 2020 attack, which finished second in the NFL in points scored and broke numerous franchise passing and scoring records.