When you think about championship football, no one question you for thinking of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Well, except for maybe this year.
In an attempt to curtail the free fall which has been the Steelers’ season thus far, head coach Mike Tomlin has announced a few changes to the starting offensive an defensive lines.
According to Pro Football Talk, starting left tackle Mike Adams, a former second round pick, will be benched for either the newly acquired Levi Brown or Kelvin Beechum. The offensive line has been a work in progress all season and Beechum has already rotated in for Adams and right tackle Marcus Gilbert this season.
According to Tomlin, via Pro Football Talk, Adams will continue to have a role this season:
Absolutely I do. The most important thing is not what happened to him. It’s how he responds and moves forward. I think it will define his career. It’s time for Mike to roll the sleeves up and go to work.
On the defensive line, veteran defensive end Ziggy Hood will be replaced by 2011 first-round pick Cameron Heyward.
“[Heyward] will play more and deservedly so,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think he’s been really solid. Both guys will continue to play. We just want Cam to play more than he’s been playing and to assure that we’re going to put him in the starting lineup.”
While these moves are probably more motivational than actual improvements, it’s hard to imagine it getting worse for the Steelers after an 0-4 start.
Well, except maybe 0-5.