Mike Adams Not Sulking, But Not Comfortable Over His Position

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams is in the city working with his fellow linemen, training to get past a rough season in which he lost his starting job after just a month. He spoke with the team’s website yesterday about his second year in the league.

Adams wasn’t the only player that got benched. Ziggy Hood was benched. Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones were benched for each other. Cortez Allen was demoted. Even the punter ended up losing his job. They all dealt with it in their own way.

No one wants to get benched. But if you concentrate on the bad stuff you are going to lose it and go in the tank. For me it was all about rebounding. I know better than to sit and sulk.

I think football in general helps you fight through adversity. That’s what you are taught ever since you were a little kid and you started playing the game. You never quit.

Adams did as he was told and moved over to tight end, coming in as an extra lineman whenever he was called upon. It was part of how Mike Tomlin wanted to see him respond, and it remains an ongoing process.

From what we talked about I responded the way he wanted, worked hard and got better, got a lot better, built on a lot of things I needed to fix. I need to just keep building. In the offseason and OTAs I just need to go out and perform the way I know I can, and ultimately if that happens, things will be how they are supposed to be. I am itching to get out there and show what I can do. It will be interesting to see how it plays out and I am excited about it.

Like last season, he, David DeCastro, and the rest of the offensive linemen are hitting the weight room early and often at the team facility, pushing each other independent of the coaching staff to get better—for each other.

He and DeCastro in particular are close. The two came in together in the same class, the top two picks of the 2012 NFL Draft for the Steelers. But DeCastro has already solidified his position on the team, and in the league, while Adams remains a player without a position.

While he’s not sulking about his situation, beginning the offseason as the third option at tackle behind Kelvin Beachum and Marcus Gilbert, he’s not resting, either, telling the Steelers’ website that “there’s no sense of comfort at all”, impatiently waiting for the offseason to begin so that he can show the team what he can do.

Adams knows that this is a crucial season not only for himself, but for the offensive line, and for the front office to figure out where they stand. With Gilbert in the final year of his contract, they need to know if he is going to be the guy at right tackle.

Adams has a say in that. If it ends up being Beachum and Adams as the book ends along the offensive line, that will be integral for discussions with Gilbert next season. In fact, it would probably be the end of the road. For somebody with 34 starts in three seasons, there will be a market above backup money.

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  • Randy Neff

    Gilbert better win the RT job. Backup RT’s with no position flexibility don’t last long in the league.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I think with Munchack’s help, a full off season of work on strength and especially speed and footwork, Adams could turn into a great asset for the run game. I can see him starting at RT and bulldozing people there. If he can become a decent pass protector it would be a tremendous step forward for the team’s future success.

    Good luck to Adams and all the hard working young guys. I feel confident that Munchack will sort it all out.

  • Callentown

    I recall Dave Te Thomas talking about Adams before the draft. He was far from positive saying it would be a wasted pick.

    So far, he’s right.

  • 804Stiller

    Yeah, I think he was comparing him to the WR Lee from USC in terms of “bite.” He called them both soft.

  • Carlos

    The “no heart“ phrase he dropped is very strong, hope he‘s wrong. Munchack time.

  • Labrat0116

    That’s a very good thing that he’s not comfortable and he should not be. I’ve said from the begining the Adams is too passive/laid back (personality) and doesn’t play with emotion. Someone said lack of heart ?

    Adams has all the physical ability in the world, but if he doesn’t learn to play PISSED OFF and get a killer attitude, I’m afraid he won’t make it much farther.

    Hopefully, Munchack and his teammates will piss in Adams Wheaties before each game to make him play pissed off and start killing people (opposing team of course) !!

    Mike also needs to up his mental (intellectual) aspect of his game big time!

  • Labrat0116

    Hear’s another though. Perhaps coaches need to tell Mike to picture that thug that stabbed him as being across the line of scrimage from him ! That would certainly piss me off!

  • Steelers@2010

    I hate to sound critical of someone, but Adams and Gilbert have been draft day busts! Both of these guys were drafted in the 2nd round, IMO neither have produced to be worthy of day 2 picks. I think Colbert sometimes get too much credit, its time the F/O send a message to him and Tomlin, the 2014 draft is very important.

  • Labrat0116

    I agree.

    I believe people do not give enough credence to potential draftee’s intellect, emotional well being, maturity and “heart” (ie Warrior mentality). There’s way to much emphasis on a player’s measurables and physical attributes.

    This is precisely what made Hines Ward a Steeler’s legend! Now he is an example of a true Warrior! If Mike Adams had Ward’s heart he’d be an instant Pro Bowler!

  • Aric Brown

    Neither have lived up to expectations, but this is exactly the kind of talk you want to hear out of a guy like Mike Adams.. it genuinely sounds like the kids wants to get better and for a kid that had a lot of character concerns a couple years ago it sounds like he’s maturing

  • Steelers@2010

    I will give credit were credit is due; I just hope it translates on the field in 2014. I still think Gilbert is a waiste; Adams? I guess we shall see in 2014. I’m planning on making one trip to the burgh to see these guys play. I plan on catching them in Jacksonville, FL as well. Go Steelers!!!

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    Munchack is a coach not a miracle worker, Adam’s biggest problem is and always been even with my buckeyes, he has never showed that desire to be better than what people see. Size and potential don’t mean squat in the NFL. He is too much like a teddy bear,he needs to have a little grizzle in him. Even at The OSU, he was not too friendly with the weight room.And from what has transpired the past few years, we might say the same thing about Gilbert. These guys won’t appreciate what they had until it is gone. Right now there are probably 4 ot in this draft better than any ot we now have.

  • vinnie12

    Adam’s falure was at left tackle. He seemed to do well at the right tackle spot at the end of the 2013 season. Starting 2014 with getting stabbed and missing valuable reps hurt his stock a lot. Can’t really call this guy a bust untill this season is over.

  • Madi

    “Adams wasn’t the only player that got benched. Ziggy Hood was benched. Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones were benched for each other. Cortez Allen was demoted.”

    Worth noting that ALL FOUR of those players – Hood, Worilds, Jones, and Allen – rebounded strong and played much better football when they returned to the field. With those results and Adams’ attitude, I like his odds 🙂

  • tim

    He SHOULD feel uncomfortable….he sucked last year…! Anyone remember the Vikings game…he started JUST like YOU wanted………

    and gave up 4 sacks……..I hope Coach Mike CAN fix this guy…who DOESNT WANT a huge REALLY good LT on their team? But I called it before they drafted him that he has MAJOR problems eith speed edge rushers…..HOPE one of those top LT’s fall to 15 and make it a difficult decision for KC…like Jake Matthews, that would be GREAT!

  • tim

    I’ll give you ( him) THAT much…