This season so far has a lot more questions than it has answers which leave us plenty of things to talk about. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin addressed the media as usual on Tuesday afternoon to update injury statuses, review the previous game, preview the upcoming matchup, and answer questions. This week, Tomlin blew his “Obviously” record right out of the water with 27 in the 21 minute press conference. Quite impressive. Tomlin began by delivering some good news on the injury front in regards to DeCastro, Foster, and Whimper. None of the injuries appear severe at this time and they could all be possibly available on Sunday in New England. Tomlin addressed the team falling behind early, appearing unprepared and allowing that ridiculous touchdown run by Pryor on the first play of the game.
“We, as a coaching staff, take responsibility for the manner in which the game is started. We have to do everything in our power to give them a chance to have success. Obviously, we didn’t do that. Positively or negatively, the starts of games don’t determine the outcomes of games. We have to play football for 60 minutes and winning football.” – Mike Tomlin
Bob Smizik filled in for a special column for the PPG about the knee-jerk reactions some fans are having about the state of the Steelers right now. The “Fire Tomlin” cries are louder than ever and Smizik reminds us why that’s not only not typical for the Steelers, it’s also not a good idea. Smizik included a portion of a column he wrote in 2004 when the fanbase had similar feelings towards Bill Cowher. It’s funny to me how this fanbase is such a “Fire the coach” fanbase and yet has had the most stable coaching of any team in the league. Obviously the franchise isn’t run off of knee-jerk reactions. Smizik brings up the “Tomlin won with Cowher’s players” argument too, which I feel is more of a statement than an argument. To say that Tomlin didn’t do anything but wear a headset during his successful seasons with the Steelers but is now at fault for every decision made is really rather contradictory. It also discounts everything that goes into winning a Super Bowl and suggests that it only matters what players are on the field. Tomlin has earned the right to keep his job. Arguing otherwise is just a knee-jerk reaction.
Roster moves made
The Steelers didn’t make any trades before the NFL Trade Deadline was up on Tuesday afternoon but they did make some roster changes. Jarvis Jones has been downgraded to the second team in favor of Jason Worilds. The other move made on Tuesday was the release of punter Zoltan Mesko and the signing of Mat McBriar. McBriar is a 10-year veteran who most recently played for the Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully he doesn’t make junior varsity punts.