Mike Adams Showed A Little Bit Of Nasty Late Against The Bears

During his weekly talk with the media on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he would like to see his offensive line play with more attitude moving forward after starting the 2013 season 0-3.

“Be tough. Be nasty,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday prior to practice. “If you have to get a penalty because you’re going to be nasty, a holding penalty or you’re going to choke someone out on a run play … I don’t always think that’s a bad thing if you get a penalty every once in a while because you’re playing tough and nasty compared to not getting any penalties and just playing passive.

“I know the O-line coach [Jack Bicknell Jr.] probably didn’t want to hear me say that, but I just want them to have the confidence to go out and play the way that I know they can.”

While Roethlisberger made sure not to point out anyone by name, his passive comment had to be aimed mostly right at left tackle Mike Adams, as that has been a knock him dating back to his time at Ohio State. At just over 6’7″, Adams is usually the biggest kid on the block in games, yet he doesn’t consistently play like he knows he can take away everyone’s lunch money. Adams did, however, show us a little bit of a nasty streak late in the Sunday night loss to the Chicago Bears.

Bears defensive end Julius Peppers pretty much had his way with Adams throughout the Sunday night game and the two really started to get testy with each other in the fourth quarter.

With a little over 11 minutes left in the game, Peppers gets his hands underneath Adams and eventually into his facemask. Adams doesn’t take too kindly to this and skirmish ends with an official getting popped right in the kisser. Adams of course consoles the injured.

Mike Adams Julius Peppers

After Peppers pretty much puts the game on ice with his fumble return for a touchdown, he decides he wants to really show Adams who the boss is with just over two minutes left to go in the game.

On second down, Peppers bull rushes Adams and plants him on his back. Not only does Peppers put Adams on skates on the way, he appears to bypass and easy chance at a sack. Talk about embarrassing.

Mike Adams Julius Peppers

So did Adams respond?

Indeed he did and on the very next play.

After initially giving up a little ground to Peppers, Adams anchors and finishes the play by pancaking the Bears defensive lineman and laying on top of him. While this wasn’t quite as nasty as what Willie Colon did to Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict last season, it’s perhaps the closet we’ve seen to it.

Mike Adams Julius Peppers

Adams is a big boy that needs to start imposing his will more on defensive players moving forward as it never seems as though he’s the aggressor. While he works on becoming a better technician, he needs to street fight more.

This Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Adams will go up against defensive end Jared Allen, who will test him even more than Peppers did. If Adams does not handle him well, Roethlisberger could be in for a rough day.


    I’m sure a lot other fans will push back on this comment, but I really think Adams is the best LT on the team right now…that said, if they want to make a change to Beachum it needs to be for the remainder of the year…now that we have a C that can play a full season, it’s possible this OL can develop into something decent by staying intact as a fivesome.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Excellent article Dave. I vaguely remembered Adams finishing a couple blocks with extra effort but when you put it in sequence like that it paints a different picture.

    As Steeler fans we are often more impatient than other teams fans. We sometimes want our rookies to become “pro bowlers” their first year. But often it takes a couple years to really show progress.

    I’m not giving up on Adams yet.

  • Xclewsive

    MIke is a young LT and one of the youngest players on the team. There are going to be growing pains with him playing LT. Just have to get through the initial learning curve as he gets better acclimated to playing LT in the NFL.


    Spot on…there will be some growing pains along the way, but Tomlin/Haley seem to be in a panic mode due the record which I understand but can’t develop a 2nd rd pick LT (yes we’re now seeing he really was 2nd rd talent) in 10 starts, if he’s had that many.

  • WilliamSekinger

    No way any one should be giving up on Adams. There aren’t many (you can count them on one hand) that have come into the league as a rookie at LT and been successful right out of the gate. This is technically Adams’ rookie year at LT, let him develop for a few years before judging him. He’s already a really good run blocker, the pass protection will come with time.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Great so the Steelers let a big baby beg his way onto the team…How was Peppers not ejected for that “illegal contact ” to the ref. What Goodell no fine? The “pancake” looks more like Peppers tripping than Adams taking him there but I did like the way he “finished”.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    The title to this article says it all…better late than never.

  • Shawn S.

    LOL. I love this. Like 2 grizzly bears fighting over a salmon. Great post, Dave.

  • steeltown

    Ha.. I Love it… Hope it continues..
    Foster recently said the same thing in an interview he mentioned being the elder along the OLine and taking over as a leader now that Pouncey is gone. He said they need to revert back to having a nasty attitude, he said even he himself needs to start showing that more. I agree

  • steeltown

    I said the other day to someone that he’s still very young, he’s only played in 13games and only started 9games in pro career

  • steeltown

    13games played in, 9 games as a starter… he’s a greenhorn

  • steeltown

    Was just reading an article the other day on Fisher and Joeckel (1st and 2nd overall picks) and how BOTH are struggling so far as rookies

  • Bilgewater D

    Wow, Ben’s calling out everyone now, event the o-line coach. Why do I get the feeling he doesn’t like Bicknell?

  • Pete

    Nice article. I think Adams will be a good LT as he grows. He’ll get better as he learns to use proper technique. We as fans just need to be patient. Because they are so young, the line will struggle for a while but they’ll get better because there’s enough talent.

  • Crazy Bone

    I actually think Adams needs to move to Guard. He just gets abused on the outside. I used to believe that 6’7 was too tall for Guard but I saw Harbaugh and the Niners move Alex Boone inside and he stands 6’8.

  • srdan

    I just got chills watching that! LET’S GOOOO!

    If anyone tells me again that our Oline lacks talent I will point them to this sequence. Lacking talent would be putting me out there and trying to pancake Peppers. (Picture an angry 1 year old trying to tackle you, yup I’m the one year old). If he played like that every play, he is a mammoth, it would be scary. Nobody would want to play him. I hope he saw that sequence a few times on teh long flight.

    You know what this reminded me of? When they would call a defensive holding penalty on Hampton. 90% of the time on the following down he would split the guard and center and get a sack. Where was that all the time?

    Good stuff Dave.

  • Busforever

    Maybe because you see the half empty glass?

  • NW86

    Oh I would agree that Adams is the best LT on the team. The problem is…that Adams is the best LT on the team.

  • Johnny Loose

    I like adams, really do. I think a lot of people are being too hard on this O-line. Guys are young and they are getting better every game. I’m still a believer in this line being a strength of the team, and sooner rather than later. Can’t wait to watch Le’Veon run vs. Minnesota. 1-3 baby

  • Bell Cow

    Great post Dave. That’s what is frustrating about both Adams and Gilbert. They have all the physical tools, but they need to light a fire under their ass and get more violent.

  • Callentown

    Gosh, how great would it be if we could take Adams and Gilbert, meld them together and get a good LT out of it??

    As it is, I agree with Dave, we have two Right Tackles and no LT on this team. I’ll say right now that in 7 months, we should use our 1st rd pick on a new Left Tackle.

  • enz1ey

    It’s too bad he still plays mostly slow and soft. Pouncey was the only guy on the line who played with any level of attitude. Adams just looks unconcerned and stoic the entire game.