Steelers Mike Adams Fine With Playing On Left Or Right Side In 2013

It was an up and down season for Pittsburgh Steelers rookie tackle Mike Adams, who had his year come crashing to a halt after injuring his ankle in the Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns, but the Ohio State product is already looking forward to the 2013.

Adams saw all of his playing time at right tackle in 2012 thanks to Marcus Gilbert being injured early on in the season, but he remains uncertain which side he will play on in 2013.

“Everyone has a preference of where they want to play, Adams said, via “I played left tackle all through college. Whatever side it is I am fine with. I just want to play some ball.”

Most of the Pittsburgh media seem to think that Gilbert will switch sides and be the left tackle in 2013 with Adams playing on the right side, but I have long said that I think it will wind up being the other way around. Adams, as he pointed out, is a natural left tackle, who just needs to refine his game, most noticeable the pass protection portion of it. Gilbert seems much better suited for the right side, but ultimately new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. will have the final say in all of that.

Regardless of what side that Adams ends up on, he now seems to understand that the level of competition at the NFL level is much different and much more even than it was in college.

“A lot of the adjustments last year had to do with the mental game and getting comfortable with that,” said Adams. “Plus itโ€™s getting used to everybody being great players. In the NFL everyone is the best of the best. Overall those were the toughest things. But I thought it went all right.”

The Steelers initially took Adams off their draft board last year after he tested positive for marijuana last February at the NFL combine, but they reinstated him after his pre draft visit to Pittsburgh and him adhering to stipulations that the Steelers front office gave him during that meeting. So far everything has worked out well as far as his actions go off the field, but the worry that he will backslide will not go away for a little while longer.

Adams said in his most recent interview that the offensive line unit has developed more camaraderie now and he noted that center Maurkice Pouncey taking the entire unit to the Pro Bowl on his own dime helped bring them all even closer together.

“We had a great time out there in Hawaii thanks to Maurkice, said Adams. “That was a great time to all be together. Not many guys do something like that for that many guys. I think that speaks volumes about how close we are and how much we care about each other for him to want us out there with him to enjoy it with him.”

Adams hopes that he can return to Hawaii someday as a Pro Bowler himself, but we all hope that he only gets the nod instead and has to miss the trip due to the Steelers needing to prepare to play in the Super Bowl.

  • zyzak

    Yep he’s a LT always has been

  • TJimmy

    Right or left side….It’s not like he really has a choice. Both him and Gilbert want the left side but the Steelers will do what is best for the team

  • steeltown

    I dont care.. just hope Gilbert and Adams are completely healthy and are conditioning their legs and ankles properly

  • zyzak

    Gilbert is not very good

  • SteelSpine

    I was about to write that point that Adams doesn’t get a choice. Pro bowlers or proven pass blockers get a choice or a say in where they play. Adams does not.

    Until Adams (as the case with anyone) proves in preseason that he can passblock, it would be nuts to trust QB’s blind side to it. My guess is Adams will get work at both left & right tackle in preseason.

    On a side note, our having only 2 offensive tackles (Adams & Gilbert) & considering those & others on our line missed games with injuries last year, looks like we’re on thin ice at tackle. I almost forgot about that because we have multiple other positions of more-desparate need than off tackle.

  • Guest

    sort of off topic but anyone know exactly what happens if a team doesn’t get under the cap

  • westernsteel

    not sure which tackle would protect ben’s blindside better?

  • mlc43

    I agree bro…but not much you can do to prepare for your 300lb teammate falling on your ankle from behind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Yes, Gilbert took out DD and Pouncey and Legursky took out Adams from all the way over at LG. Gilbert makes me a little more nervous than Adams at this point. Especially in the run game.

  • alex

    Healthy yes, yes, yes….and kudos to Pouncey for making a statement as a leader and bringing the OL to Hawaii…wowie! (is that a write off as a business expense?)

  • SteelerDave

    To me, Gilbert is a natural LT who wishes to play LT. Adams is a natural RT who played LT in college but has the mass to play either. I think it comes down to Gilbert being able to become only an above average at best RT and thus Adams ends up at RT. However, Gilbert lacks the ideal size and skill set to be as good of a LT as I feel Adams would become. Boils down to this, do we want a dominant RT and average LT or do we want a dominant LT and average RT?

    I lean towards it being Adams at LT and Gilbert at RT given DD’s ability to pull from the RG spot to his left which plays into Adam’s strength as a run blocker. Adams could be a future pro bowler at LT. Gilbert will be an average run blocking RT and above average pass blocking RT. Question is if our O-line coach sees it this way and if Haley can play to our players strengths or not.