Mike Tomlin speaks to Pirates coaches, players

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke to Pittsburgh Pirates coaches and players in the clubhouse on Monday during his annual visit to Bradenton, Florida.

The Pirates tweeted a photo of Tomlin speaking to the team.

"I just shared with the group one of my appropriate cliches for this time of year: Be where you are,'' Tomlin said. "When you get toward the end of a training session, it's human nature to kind of pack your bags mentally and stick them in the hallway.

"I always make a conscious effort not to do so. I try to squeeze every drop out of [Steelers camp in] Latrobe that I can, and I encourage these guys to do the same down here in Bradenton.''

Tomlin and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert visit Pirates camp every spring to gather ideas they might be able to use with their team.

"We're in the beginning phases of formulating thoughts and ideas about what our group is going to look like,'' Tomlin said. "To see a group in the midst of its team development is exciting for us.''

The Associated Press contributed to this report.