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As NFL fourth-down attempts soar, Mike Tomlin must decide what's best for Steelers

Two days after the Chargers and Browns spent three hours kicking conventional wisdom in the shins, Mike Tomlin addressed a football trend that shows no signs of abating.

NFL coaches are growing increasingly bold on fourth downs, and not just late in games when time and score traditionally have prodded them to take more risks. Analytics, athleticism and offensive efficiency are the main ingredients in a casserole that have whet the appetite of a league once slow to embrace change.

Not that Tomlin and the Steelers are eager to partake — at least right now.