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SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “Tomlin Trouble” Edition

by Steeldad

Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin is a good football coach. You don’t win the amount of games he has without knowing what you’re doing but if Tomlin has one specific issue, outside of not winning a playoff game in 11 years, it’s his inability to squash individual player issues. Last week following the loss to Buffalo, he was asked about JuJu Smith-Schuster’s dancing on the Bills’ logo and said, “I don’t know anything about that.” If Tomlin were Pinocchio his nose would have broken the monitor he was speaking into. Then he was asked about it again yesterday and said, “I will speak with him about it.” Not a damn one of us cares about JuJu doing this when games are being won but when games are lost? These troubles get magnified. For me, the issue isn’t so much what JuJu is doing, it’s that Tomlin has been defied. We know darn well Tomlin told him to knock it off a long time ago and he didn’t. Sound familiar? Tomlin used to tell Antonio Brown the same thing and we see how that turned out. Look, winning always covers up warts. Losing reveals them. Tomlin has far more to be concerned about than what JuJu is doing before games but this was something he could have put a stop to a long time ago.

Tweet of the Day… See what losing does to us???

On the Injury Front

Tomlin feels that Vince Williams, James Conner and Kevin Dotson are in line to play on Sunday and that is great news. He would not comment on Derek Watt or Eric Ebron who both left Monday’s game with concussions. It’s much too soon in the protocol to know of their status.

Speaking of Conner

While I believe James Conner has a better all-around skill set than does Benny Snell, I can’t help but wonder if Snell shouldn’t get the start on Sunday. Granted he gained his 80+ yards against a poor Bengals’ D but he ran hard and picked up extra yards when needed. There’s nothing neither of these guys can do when the OL is driven backwards, you’d need Barry Sanders for that, but I think Snell gives us a better shot on Sunday.

OL Future

Regardless of how this season ultimately turns out, there are changes coming to this offensive line. I do not see Alejandro Villanueva back unless it’s at a massive discount and he agrees to be a backup. Matt Feiler will be gone and I think it’s safe to pencil Kevin Dotson in there. Chuks Okorafor is a toss-up. Kevin Colbert hates to admit mistakes with high-round picks but Okorafor just isn’t getting the job done in the run game. Add in a new OL Coach and I think those are the changes coming for sure in 2021.

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1 comment

Ben (not Anderson) December 23, 2020 - 6:54 pm

I hate to call you out, but how many years in a row did you predict Dan McCullers being gone, and it didn’t happen? Lol

All joking aside, I agree with almost all you said about the O-line, except Feiler being gone. I THINK he played RT last season, and he did a GOOD job there, so maybe he moves back over. Aside from that, well, we know how the Steelers like to keep players around, even if they are not producing. I WISH I knew why they do that, but I am at a loss!

I think the biggest and BEST change would be to get a new, younger OC, who actually knew how to draw up new plays, and make in-game adjustments. Let’s face it: Randy has no clue what he is doing! Now, it’s coming back to bite us right in the ass!

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