Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin shut down a new “controversy” this week with a very Tomlin-like quote.

Steelers rookie wide receiver George Pickens was visibly frustrated during Pittsburgh’s 19-16 win against the Atlanta Falcons this past week. Pickens appeared to be unhappy with how many targets he was receiving.

On Tuesday, Tomlin was asked about Pickens’ outburst and the longtime Steelers head coach quickly ended any controversy.

“We’ve got competitors,” said Tomlin on Tuesday. “This is professional football. These guys know they have to deliver. For a guy who wants to do that, I’m not going to make that a negative, no matter how silly I think the commentary is, or people talking about him expressing frustrations and trying to make it a negative storyline. I laugh at that. That’s one of the reasons we’re continually progressing — because we’re capable of tuning that B.S. out.”

No one shuts down a controversy like Tomlin. And he’s right, too.

Pickens should want the ball. He should be upset when he’s not getting targeted. Getting the win, of course, is all that matters. But typically, if the best players on the team are making plays, the wins are going to come. And Pickens wants to be one of those guys making plays. That’s all that “outburst” from Pickens was — a competitor who wants to compete.

Every team should want a roster full of players like Pickens.

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