Mike Tomlin Message To Special Teams Offenders Now Complete With Saturday Roster Move

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his press conference that the egregious penalty offenders on special teams were at risk of losing a gameday helmet moving forward, and on Saturday he carried through with that threat with the signing of safety Damon Cromartie-Smith off of the practice squad.

Cromartie-Smith will now be active Sunday against the Washington Redskins and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke will now most likely be inactive as punishment for his four special teams penalties that he has accumulated over the course of the last three games. The move also could allow safety Will Allen, who is recovering from a rolled ankle suffered last Sunday night, some time off of special teams this week as well. Allen is still expected to start at strong safety against the Redskins with Troy Polamalu still sidelined with his calf injury.

The move to sign Cromartie-Smith and release offensive lineman John Malecki on Saturday also sets up a few other roster moves that we should see take place on Tuesday. Rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu figures to be moved back to the 53 man roster from the suspended list on Tuesday and at that time Cromartie-Smith will likely be waived to make room for him.

The release of Malecki on Saturday now allows him enough time to clear waivers so that he can be resigned back to open practice squad on Tuesday.

  • Brendon Glad

    Thank God!!! Take a machete to that unit that most NCAA coaches would be ashamed of. The pk and the punter are the only ones pulling their weight.

  • Brendon Glad

    Anyone have any Steelers special teams stats from the last 20 yrs handy? I’d love to see them. Since 1992 I can think of only about 10 splash plays in the 20 yrs…a fake in 1992 against hou…6-7 return tds…a punt block by Gary Jones against kc…a blocked fg against Cleveland…there have been a couple deflected punts…And the sb onside kick in 1995-6, but by gosh that’s about it…2009 about washes all of those out…we were the last team to hire a special teams coach and we are bound and determined to keep the tradition alive apparently. just the fact that I remember 90% of them says a lot.

  • Brendon Glad

    And there would be no talk of “patriot dynasty without the special teams debacle of 2001…that was my first Steeler game in Pitt…so griping about Steeler special teams w/o giving a “shout-out” to 2001 wouldnt be fair…but as much as I gripe on here, I still feel very positive on this year’s Steelers. They will get healthier, I think, the afc is still cloudy (cuz why should anyone crown Hou at this pt) and #7 is still the qb. I always have hope when #7 is at least walking effectively

  • SteelSpine

    Yep, altho I think on returns ABrown & Rainey pulled their weight on returns. This year is not earning any special-teams coach of the year award (nor any other coaching award this year).. With the open-field abilities of ABrown & Rainey, imagine if the team knew how to block & knew how to not penalize the team. We already lost one special teams coach & it’s safe to say this will cost the backup ST coach his job at end of year. There are bound to be some good ST coaches in NCAA, enough that we can sign one this offseason.

  • Chris92021

    Can we put this on Amos Jones? I do wonder why Al Everest was fired so late in preseason.

  • Brendon Glad

    I stand corrected…bad oversight….those 2 are tremendous..AB and CR.should NEVER get lumped in with the scrubs like that

  • Brendon Glad

    Absolutely! You are as a coach what your unit says you are…and they are so bad that they can ruin my enjoyment of every game the Steelers play…cuz NOONE wins a super bowl when one of their units is unquestionably the worst in the league…(see 2001)& one could argue that the only reason the Steelers won super bowls in 2008 and 2005 was because those were 2 years where the special teams managed to get a “push” in many games. They drive me nuts!