‘Influential’ Mike Tomlin Could Transform the Steelers With Russell Wilson’s Talent, Says Former Eagles WR

Published 03/22/2024, 11:56 AM EDT

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The quarterback movement in the trade window has settled down a bit. And the final result is that superstar QB Russell Wilson will be playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. One former wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles believes that Wilson will shine under the head coach Mike Tomlin!

Tomlin has been at the helm of the Steelers for the past 17 years. One of the longest-reigning head coaches in the NFL at present. And former WR DeSean Jackson believes the duo of Wilson-Tomlin can work wonders because of this one factor.

Mike Tomlin “understands the community


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While many believed that Wilson would thrive under HC Sean Peyton at the Denver Broncos. The team could not make it to the playoffs, with Wilson getting benched in the final two games of the regular season. However, Jackson opined on ‘The 25 10 Show’, that Wilson won’t be limited with Tomlin due to one factor!

“I love it! Because Mike Tomlin, he’s a very influential coach, a black coach he understands black talent, he understands the community,” said Jackson. He is building on the point that Wilson and Tomlin both share the same race and come from the black community.

Apart from this duo, another thing related to the black community that had the 3X Pro Bowler excited is the backup QB. “And guess what Justin Fields comes right behind it a few days later”, said Jackson about the new arrival, since Fields also shares the same background. However, there is a possibility that both QBs will have to fight it out!

Russell Wilson takes on the young gun

Wilson has made the starting QB rank his own ever since his rookie season. But many analysts expect there will be some sort of competition between the veteran and the youngster for the job at the Steelers.


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The 9X Pro Bowler Wilson is predicted to be the starter. However, as in most cases, the final decision will be during the off-season training sessions and the practice games. Only time will tell which QB will come out on top!


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Do you think Russell Wilson will win the starting QB role? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Utkarsh Tiwari


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Utkarsh Tiwari is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. As a coalesce of a law graduate and football enthusiast, he takes pride in reporting Sunday live games along with post-match analysis and legal accuracy. This enthusiasm has made Utkarsh our ‘go-to guy’ for throwback pieces and listicles when it comes to any game, especially of the Kansas City Chiefs.
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