I’ve watched more replays of the Steelers’ loss in Minnesota than I really care to admit. Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment and like carnage because I can’t look away.
While the missed tackles and blown assignments are one thing, I just can’t stop watching Mike Adams attempt to block Jared Allen.
Allen is and has been an excellent pass rusher in this league for a long time. No offensive tackle, Adams included, should feel that bad about giving up a sack to the guy but then again, there’s something to be said for effort.
Mike Adams was victimized by Allen for 2.5 sacks on Sunday. That only explains part of the story though because if you watch their battle on other plays, you’ll see the very best Adams could do was get a stalemate. While a stalemate is many times useful for an offensive tackle, Adams had few of them.
Allen repeatedly beat him not just on pass plays but on any number of running plays as well. In one instance on a delayed hand-off to Le’Veon Bell, Adams was beaten so badly by Allen that it took a Herculean effort by Bell to just get back to the line of scrimmage.
The argument against putting Mike Adams on the sidelines is that there is no one worthy of replacing him. That in and of itself is an entirely different story, but if you have guys on the roster then you need to get them in there.
Sitting Mike Adams could accomplish several things. It will send a clear message that the job he was ‘given’ when Max Starks left is not entirely his. Many feel that Adams’ play reeks of entitlement and little or no competition.
Benching Adams could also create some fire in this man. He is emotionless and lacks enthusiasm and while he isn’t the only one, he is among the most noticeable. Adams could also use the time to see the game from a different viewpoint.
Maybe seeing Ben Roethlisberger scramble around for his life will give him an idea of what his lack of effort creates each week.
If you’re wondering who replaces Adams it really doesn’t matter at this point. The Steelers need a live body that will compete and right there you have a step up from Adams. I suggest bringing Marcus Gilbert over to the left tackle spot and inserting Kelvin Beachum on the right.
The Steelers signed Cody Wallace for depth purposes at guard so with Ramon Foster out for a few weeks it’s time for him to play.
Mike Adams needs an attitude adjustment that hopefully leads to an improvement in his play. The physical tools seem to be there but the mental side is just not clicking. If and when Adams returns to the line-up, the Steelers will finally know exactly what they have for today and the future.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers.