Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made a wild comment about superstar edge rusher TJ Watt this week.

But it’s a comment that likely won’t come as a surprise to anyone.

Tomlin admitted that Pittsburgh has to go out of their way to make sure Watt doesn’t overdo it in his return to the field this week.

According to Tomlin, the Steelers can’t “trust” Watt to keep himself in check.

“No, you can’t trust him,” said Tomlin (via Steelers Depot). “But that’s what makes TJ, TJ. That is a good problem to have, as we say in the coaching business. And that’s what we mean when we say you’d rather say, “whoa,” than ‘sic-em.’ You want guys who are aggressive, who have a can-do attitude, who are competitors, and it’s our job as coaches to protect them.”

“And sometimes that means protecting them from themselves,” added Tomlin. “That’s a much better discussion than trying to sic somebody on someone. So that is very real as it pertains to TJ.”

May 24, 2022; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Hayward (rear) and linebackers TJ Watt (90) and Alex Highsmith (56) participate in organized team activities at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tomlin’s right — this is a good problem for the Steelers to have.

The reason Watt is so elite is because he’s going 100 MPH in all situations.

Can that lead to injury? Sure. And it has.

But you know what it’s not going to lead to?

Easy yards for the offense.

The Steelers will take that trade-off. Watt’s a superstar for reason. His work ethic is on another level. And his desire to be great — even if it hurts — is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

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