Mike Tomlin on Steelers QB Landry Jones: "He is a sharp guy to put in the room." What???

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Media Frenzy

Adding to the negativity of the Jones pick is the speculation that will surely follow that he is Roethlisberger’s successor or replacement. Charlie Batch has already come out and said it and the media will continue to feed on it until one of them is no longer a Steeler. After next season the Steelers will need to extend Roethlisberger’s contract for salary cap relief as his cap hit is nearly 20 million. Roethlisberger probably feels he has 6 to 7 years left. Would he want to hear the noise about his replacement starting now?  Roethlisberger is a competitor. Does Ben seem the type to help groom his replacement? Is it all possible this pick angered Roethlisberger? Is it possible the speculation from this point forward might make him dig in as James Harrison did when it comes time to renegotiate after next season as now Roethlisberger is looking for security? Just like Harrison, Ben has an ego too. How many people in any career want to have their replacement on their heels when they have more than a few years left?  This pick will have a ripple effect that goes in many directions. Worse it could blow up for so many different reasons.

Worlds Collide

What was so nightmarish for me about this pick came to a head during a draft interview

Landry Jones Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Landry Jones Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin on the NFL Network. When asked about the Jones pick the quote machine answered: “He is a sharp guy to put it the room”.  Just as that quote was leaving Tomlin’s mouth the ticker on the bottom of the television read: “Ravens Selection #129 John Simon Ohio State University.” As always no coach in the NFL delivers a quote better than Tomlin but did anyone realize the context of that quote? Tomlin actually said they drafted  Landry Jones to add to the (quarterback) room.

After the Ravens selected Simon Mayock said: “My favorite player in the draft.” Mayock called Simon a “thug” but sa

id it was a “good term” which means he is a player you need to find a place for on your football team. Charles Davis half jokingly said that Simon probably doesn’t even know he was drafted by the Ravens because he is in the weight room.  Todd McShay said Simon should have been drafted 30 picks before this and this is why the Ravens year in and year out have great drafts. Mel Kiper loved the Simon pick. Chris Mortenson said that Mike Vrable former Steelers and Patriots linebacker and current Ohio State linebackers coach was adamant about Simon telling every NFL team that Simon is a player they need on their team.

What Tomlin said was no mistake because this week Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner repeated the Tomlin quote on the drafting of  Landry Jones almost verbatim, “Landry Jones is a sharp guy for the quarterback room”.  What? Someone please ask Tomlin or Fichtner why they would use the 4th pick on a player for the room and not the field.  Colbert acknowledged he may never play so what was the purpose of taking a quarterback at that time in the draft?  Simon to the Ravens. The Ravens! When the two worlds collided my head exploded.

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  • sal palazzola

    I think Jones is better than anytthing else they had on the roster as a backup for Ben. I guess just because Trent Dilfer thinks the guy cant play the Steelers shouldnt have drafted him. sounds to me like someone’s ego got bruised.

    • marazico

      Even more – why is everyone thinking about the qb-backup, when the main concern is how the locker-room changed the last two years. The steelers lost some good experienced players and they have to let other guys take their places. The ravens showed that not an all-star-team will win the sb (all the wiseguys from espn, etc.. said that the ravens were an team with an inconsistent qb and two older all-stars), but a team with the right spirit and confidence. Short: you have to have the swagger to win a sb. The steelers had a lot of sucess the last couple of years and that was never a good thing. They won the superbowl when noone gave the wildcard-6thplaced any chance. Being the favorite was not a steelers attitude.

      So maybe we should count them out – so they can prove everyone wrong. And just for the record: Simon won’t catch any pass for the new 120-million-qb the ravens got. Let’s see how that works out for them.

  • skyfire322

    Here’s my take on the situation… We got a beast of a linebacker with our first pick in JJ, and the LB’s we have now are more than capable of wreaking havoc. They’re young too! Would it have been nice to get more depth in that position? Possibly. However, I think this was a smart move, because as of right now the backup QB situation is in dire straits right now.

    Batch (God bless that man) is almost 40 and will probably retire, and Lefty who is as injury prone as Ben. I’d rather see a rookie QB who can be groomed into something and can be a viable backup to Ben, than

    The one thing I have noticed is that whenever ANY team selects a QB in the draft, everyone immediately thinks that the team is trying to get rid of their current one. In some cases, that is the truth. In the Steelers case however, it’s not.

  • Scot Hickerson

    Jim Conroy, Your Just wrong about Landry Jones. The Reason Tylor bray’s dad was upset was the Steelers really were gonna draft Bray. The had Landry High on their board and didnt expect the draft stock drop of the whole QB Class and Landry to be there in the fourth. Landry is a first round prospect. The people who said Landry didnt raise the performance of his team doesnt know squat.. In the big twelve how can you do much better than a 10-3 with a Bowl game… Its a deep conference that has had 7 first round QB’s drafted in the last six years so it is impossible nearly to go undefeated. Especially with a 50th ranked defense and a 61st ranked Running game. Landry is ranked 3rd all time NCAA in passing including attempts.. He threw 2183 passes, giving him more of a chance to be pressured than anyone. Landry was also the all time big 12 passing leader who had the lowest Ratio of attempts to Sacks and Interceptions and Ranked #1 in 3rd Down Conversions. So I think people cant claim he sucks at being pressured given his stats. He gets rid o the ball fast and makes quick reads, decisions and quick releases.. You can blow off his 16646 yards passing at a high completion percentage and 123 Touchdowns. Jones is smart and can learn the system but fits the shorter passing up tempo new offence. If jones steps up the steelers have options in the next couple of years. One Question no one asks is what if Ben Wants to retire early.. What he plays in constant pain. He has done enough.

    • Craig

      So if Landry was such a ‘big time QB’ and was responsible for his team being good 10-3, why would they pull him in Red Zone situations?

      • Scot Hickerson

        Inside the thirty yard line, the regular run game got bogged down a lot and caused a lot of 3 and longs and field goals. They left landry in inside the twenty but If they got inside the 10 the they put in the Belldozer. The Belldozer had a high percentage of success with 22 rushing TD’s in the last two years. It was Landry that got them inside the 10. Landry averaged had 27 games of over 300 yards 12 over 400 yards and 3 over 500. Landry’s career per game average over 4 years was 314 yards. Landry’s 59 TD”s over the last two years all came from further out. I am a huge fan of Landry and I would have used the belldozer too.. Its not a knock on him.. It is a team sport

  • Robert Knestrick

    I agree it was a wasted pick ! I posted part of this somewhere else but it fits well here and you can add John Simon to the list. Steelers should have taken one of the following players instead of Landry Jones and in no certain order. Barret Jones, Khaseem Greene, Phillip Thomas, Khaled Holmes, Chris Harper, Marcus Lattimore, Denard Robinson, Jesse Williams, Stephan Taylor, or A. J. Klein. The Steelers have never developed a backup quarterback as long as I have been alive, 52 years. What makes you think they will start now. All we needed last year was one decent backup quarterback. I love Charlie Batch he probably was the best backup QB the Steelers have ever had but he was passed his time playing effectively last year. I think Brad Gradkowski will be a good backup QB like Batch was. Jones will spend most of his time being listed as inactive for games as emergency 3 QB. Completely wasted pick for a team with soo many holes to fill.

    • Scot Hickerson

      You are underestimating Landry because he was still there in the fourth.. Qb has the highest positional value there is and Scout Inc had Landry at 51 this year. Kiper had him at 15 last year.. So Landry will Beat out Gradkowski and he will be the back up and he will win when Ben goes down that is worth more than those other guys. Landry was the best player available.