Mike Tomlin hopes his latest move will get the winless Pittsburgh Steelers on the winning track.
The Steelers coach has banned all players from playing games in the locker room.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tomlin has taken away the pool cues, ping-pong paddles and shuffleboard discs and won’t return them until the Steelers get “back on track.”
“Nobody is really tripping about it,” said safety Ryan Clark, via ESPN. “We understand the spirit in which it’s done in, and we’re just playing football.”
After the team started the season 0-2, 10 players who remain from the 2008 Super Bowl team prohibited younger players from playing any games in the locker room during working hours.
Tomlin agreed with the move by the veterans at the time, but has since decided to take away the games from everyone.
“It divided the team in a way since one set of people couldn’t do a certain thing,” said Clark, one the Steelers’ captains. “[Tomlin] just wanted everybody to be together because we’re all in the losses together. We’re all in the business of fixing this problem together, and we didn’t want anything to divide us.”