PITTSBURGH — Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said there will be changes to his 5-5-1 squad after the one-sided loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
“We just blew things up,” he said. “If you play like we played and the score is as skewed as it is, that’s just the reality.
“…What you can’t do is continue with the things you’ve done and expect a different outcome. We’re open to some schematic changes. We’re open to some personnel changes, of course. They didn’t win.” drastic in nature, probably more subtle in nature, but hopefully significant. Significant in a positive way.”
Tomlin said the changes will come in both what the Steelers do and who they do it with, exemplified by last year’s Week 8 win against the Baltimore Ravens. In that game, the Steelers often used a pack of three outer linebackers, leaning on their depth on the position.
“It could be the repositioning of people or it could be leaning on depth as a force,” Tomlin said. “We don’t overcomplicate things, but we are open to change when change produces a desired result or has the opportunity to make it happen.
“If you have red paint, you paint your shed red. That’s kind of a motto or a cliché that we sometimes live by. That’s what I mean when I say we’re open to change. Is it people and insertion of Yes, if it potentially makes us better, but not for the sole purpose of change, it could simply mean the alignment or configuration of people in an effort to emphasize areas where we may have depth and perhaps minimize some areas where we do not. .”
Some changes are likely to be seen from the front – on both sides of the ball. Offensive tackle Zach Banner, who played the first half of the season on injured reserve, has slowly been earning more playing time in jumbo packs, and he could be lining up to regain the starting spot he lost after leaving last season. his ACL tore. On the defensive line, the Steelers signed Green Bay Packers’ former third round, Montravius Adams, from the New Orleans Saints practice squad, giving them much-needed depth in nose tackling.
One change that won’t happen anytime soon is the return of defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt, who did not participate in team drills dating back to training camp. Tuitt is still recovering from knee surgery, remains on IR and Tomlin had no update on a timetable for his return.
“He won’t be available to us this week, so the people who have my attention are the ones who will be,” Tomlin said. “We will continue to monitor his progress and if he gets close I will have an update for you.”
After players like Minkah Fitzpatrick said the team needed to change the way it practices by suggesting more reps and up-tempo walk-throughs, Tomlin said the Steelers could also use pads this week in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. But he declined to say whether certain players, such as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who frequently misses Wednesday and has been a limited participant in some Thursday sessions, should be given more practice.
“Some people need physical work, some people need mental work, some people need to get better,” Tomlin said. “We don’t paint with a broad brush. We make individual decisions based on the individual men that enable us to carry the strongest unit into a stadium at the weekend, and that philosophical approach will not change.”
Another change that hasn’t come down the pipeline was suggested by sophomore wide receiver Chase Claypool. Claypool said on Monday that playing music during training can have a positive effect.
“I think some music would help,” Claypool said. “We had music in the warm-ups and that stuff is fun. People dance, have fun, so I think maybe music would make practicing a little bit more fun and a little bit more up-tempo, that’s my only suggestion, but coach T has been doing this much longer than I have.”
Tomlin had a carefully worded answer.
“Claypool plays wide and I let him do that,” Tomlin said on Tuesday. “I’ll formulate the hands-on approach. And I think that division of labor is probably appropriate.”