How close are Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris?
This close: They planned their coaching futures together as members of Tampa Bay's coaching staff from 2002-05, when Tomlin was defensive backs coach and Morris was his assistant. They plan vacations together with their families. They go to bat for each other.
Asked about Tomlin's decision to play quarterback Byron Leftwich in the final preseason game during which Leftwich suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of the first two regular-season contests, Morris told reporters, "I'm not going to answer that. You want me to second-guess my guy? I'm not going to second-guess my guy."
Tomlin and Morris finally have the opportunity to do what they always talked about during their four years together in Tampa Bay. Tomlin's 2-0 Steelers visit Morris' 2-0 Buccaneers at 1 p.m. today at Raymond James Stadium.