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Steelers' Mike Tomlin might have a man-crush on Eric Weddle

Aug 29, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick (2) runs the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Qualcomm Stadium. The pass was incomplete. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 29, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick (2) runs the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Oct 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Qualcomm Stadium. The pass was incomplete. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Tomlin can't hide his man-crush on a certain Chargers safety.

Then again, Steelers head coach does have an affinity for guys like Eric Weddle after coaching the position for years.

"Love Eric Weddle," Tomlin told U-T San Diego's Tom Krasovic. "Always have."

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It's been a bit of a down year for No. 32, though. Weddle hasn't been the surefire tackler he's been in the past. Whiffs against Lions' rookie Ameer Abdullah and Vikings star Adrian Peterson are uncharacteristic.

Tomlin doesn't see that when he turns the game film on. Instead, he sees Weddle lining up at nearly every spot on the field on Sundays.

"He's so versatile," he said. "He's a sub-package linebacker. He plays strong safety, he plays free safety, he plays half field, he plays the middle of field. He defends people man to man. They blitz him.

Added Tomlin: "He's a do-everything type of a player and a good one."

(h/t U-T San Diego)

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