Mike Tomlin Says Mike Adams Demotion Is An Opportunity To Define Him And His Career

The Pittsburgh Steelers demoted second-year tackle Mike Adams following his play in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings and Tuesday during his press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if he still sees something in the Ohio State product moving forward.

“Absolutely I do,” Tomlin said. “The most important thing is not maybe what’s happened to him to this point, it’s how he responds to it and moves forward. I think it’s going to be an opportunity to define him and his career.”

Tomlin went on to say other players have overcome situations such as Adams’ in the past and even used cornerback Ike Taylor as an example. Taylor was benched in November of 2006 by then-head coach Bill Cowher but managed to fight his way back into the starting lineup.

“Forget about the examples,” Tomlin said. “It’s time for Mike to really roll his sleeves up and go about working to find more consistency in movement and technique so that he can be the player that we know, and he knows, that he’s capable of being.”

Adam had a hell of time against Vikings defensive end Jared Allen a week ago this past Sunday and Tomlin was asked if he had second thoughts about not giving the young tackle more help during the game.

“Yeah, under the circumstances, sure, looking at the tape” Tomlin said. “But really didn’t anticipate him playing in the manner in which he did. I think it was a surprise to him, and us.”

With Adams now effectively serving as the swing tackle, the Steelers will be forced to start either Kelvin Beachum or Levi Brown at left tackle Sunday against the New York Jets. That decision will be tied to the health of left guard Ramon Foster, who is trying to overcome a pectoral injury.

As of right now, Adams will sit unless an injury occurs and he has a long road back to the starting lineup at this point. By the time the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around, the Steelers will need to define whether or not their former second-round draft pick is their future left tackle. Being as he is unlikely to play much from here on out, all they will have to go on is how he performs in practice and how he responds to his demotion.

  • Jeff

    It was about time Tomlin started calling a spade a spade. I like what he had to say about the demotion.

  • Shea Fahr

    What does it say about Gilbert that they refused to even give him a shot at LT?? Adams was adequate on the right side in his 5 or so games last year. They could have tried switching sides to see if it would provide different results.

  • Dr. Doom

    Gilbert stated a couple weeks ago the coaches feel he is making progress, and do not want to disturb that.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Tomlin has said a lot this year. Too damn much talking. Too little doing. We don’t need more words. We need a freakin’ Leader.

  • Dr. Doom

    He can’t block, or catch.

  • Shea Fahr

    or tackle..

  • Bradys_Dad

    or throw it away instead of taking a 15 yard loss

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Thought they did experiment with all the ol to see who have position flexibity since all the injuries last year and the new line coach coming on i believe i read that if not mistaken

  • Xclewsive

    Lets hope these changes produce wins!

  • John Hinton

    Changes are needed with this team as there is still time turn things around. As we all know, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

  • Jeff

    I think he’s done a lot, actually. He’s got Jarvis Jones starting, multiple moves at left tackle, multiple moves at running back, ANOTHER few moves at left tackle (lol). There’s only so much he can do. The turnovers are on the players. Tomlin has never been shy about benching someone over ball security issues.

  • Jeff

    I’m with you on being frustrated though. This has been the season from hell and we’re only a quarter way through.

  • Matt Manzo

    Does “sit” mean he won’t dress or will be a back up?

  • Bradys_Dad

    Agreed Jeff and thank you for being astute enough to recognize the frustration streaming out of my rear. Others don’t always understand vim from vigor. Anyhow, in my agreement I also find Tomlin’s “sound bite” rhetoric useless and often degrading. We are all aware of the uphill battle he’s facing along with the rest of the staff and team but I’d rather he not try to placate us with words. They’re about as meaningless as Boehner’s and Obama’s at the moment.
    I do see some upsides and maybe this off season will reap some positive changes to restore the Steeler marque back to its’ rightful place amongst the NFL elite.

  • RyanW

    Hell be the backup

  • Jay Kmonk

    I watched Adams all thru his high school and college career at OSU and was stunned when Pitt drafted him in the 2nd Round. The team has DESPERATELY needed a stud OT for years, but they drafted a guy who NEVER had the necessary skills to dominate in college, much less in the pros. You cannot coach quick feet and his are just s-l-o-w, and always have been. Holy cow, he showed up at the Combine high on weed and failed the drug test that week … for the Most Important Job Interview of his Entire Life!! What was Pitt thinking to draft this guy?? I still don’t understand any of it.
    Tomlin was generous to Adams during the presser when asked, “why didn’t you bring other guys over to help him?”. Coach bit his tongue, when he probably wanted to say, “Are you kidding me? We’ve had guys carrying his lunch ever since he got here … it’s Far Past Time for him to step up and DO HIS JOB”.
    The formula is still the same … surround your Franchise QB with a WALL of Elite Blockers and let the Titles Roll In. They need to stop reaching for WRs and RBs in the top two rounds and Build an Elite WALL.

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  • Andrew Grigsby

    Your dead on Jay. The reason this team sucks is because they have reached for guys year after year in the top 4 rounds. The Steelers always build thru the draft but when you draft poorly you become this bad. It’s that simple go back and look at the past drafts and all the players they have let go or not drafted. Its sad they have wasted two draft picks on OT that won’t be starters next season.

  • HopalongCassidy

    As usual, Tomlin did not see that coming (Adams poor play). Evidently, Tomlin only see things in hindsight. The team needs a coach with some foresight if they are to be successful. A little spunk during the game might also help instead of standing there like a deer in the headlights when your team is getting its butt kicked.

  • alex

    LT is a trial by fire like no other and Adams has had pro bowl caliber DE to defend against in three straight games…(Michael Johnson, Peppers, and Allen)

    so, like coach says, use it as a learning tool…

    and learn to deal with the fast ball low and outside!

  • Bradys_Dad

    As long as that “learning tool” doesn’t get Ben killed.

  • Jay Kmonk

    I think it’s so silly when I hear fans basing their opinion on how a coach or a player happens to be standing the instant that a TV camera happens to show them. “Oh, he is standing up straight … I want to see my coach jumping up & down and screaming at the team … if my coach is standing erect, then that must mean he is “standing there like a deer in the headlights”. What a stupid comment. If you ever played the game at any level, you would realize that the vast majority of the time spent on the sidelines is standing or sitting … you rarely are jumping around yelling at somebody. I hear silly fans commenting, “I don’t like it when the TV shows my linebacker sitting on the bench “like he couldn’t care less what is happening”. So many clueless fans.

  • Rednecksrule

    We thought about giving him help but didn’t anticipate the manner in which he played…. looked at the tape…
    So you don’t see the disaster unfolding before you in the game and adjust your blocking schemes?
    Do the Steelers have anyone at all on their coaching staff who understand offensive line play?
    Yes let’s look at the tape…that is after the game you know, Tomlin. by then you lost…

  • Arthur Branch

    Gilbert was the anointed starting left tackle in training camp. He lost out to Adams there. If Adams beat him out I don’t think we want him over there now.

  • Rob

    4 times lost and 3 of the four were against top pass rushers. No one thought he needed help to deal with the best pass rushers? It is the fault of a second year left tackle? C’mon Man.