Mike Tomlin On Landry Jones: ‘We’re Going To Operate In His Comfort Zone’


The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the New England Patriots Sunday at Heinz Field and while several members of the team’s fan base are wishing the team would just forfeit and use the week as an extra bye in order to get healthy, as of right now, the game will go on as scheduled.

With starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger now ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots after having surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee that he damaged during Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, as expected, announced on Tuesday that backup quarterback Landry Jones will make his third career start at Heinz Field against the Patriots.

“I’ll say this about Landry: He’s been here a number of years now. He has a very good understanding of our offense,” Tomlin said. “That knowledge and understanding is one thing, ability to execute is another. We’re going to give him all the reps this week and let him go through the preparation process and it’s less about what he knows and more about what he’s capable of executing at a high level and his opinion will be a component of that.

“He’s a good communicator, it’s part of the functions of being a backup quarterback – the talking and schematics and the seeing of what’s on the field and communicating the such. He’s grown in a lot of ways in that area in the last several years and hopefully that’s an asset to him as we prepare and ultimately play this week.”

Tomlin was asked Tuesday if it’s important to get Jones’ confidence up during this week’s practices.


“He’s a professional athlete that’s kind of been in this situation for us in the past,” Tomlin said “I don’t suspect that he’s going to be lacking in confidence. Landry’s a pretty confident guy by nature.”

Tomlin went to say that the coaching staff will formulate their game plan around the progression Jones shows during practice this week.

“It’s important that he operates and operates in rhythm and makes good and quick decisions,” Tomlin said. “We’re going to operate in his comfort zone. He’s familiar with our offense and offensive structure. He’s been here a number of years. We’re going to prepare and then go play.”

In his two previous starts, one of which lasted just two offensive possessions due to him suffering an ankle injury, Jones completed 19 of his 33 pass attempts for 232 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. He was also sacked twice.

Since those two starts, Jones has appeared in just three games for the Steelers and completed 3 of 10 pass attempts for 45 yards with 3 interceptions in addition to being sacked once.

For those of you wanting Zach Mettenberger to start this week over Jones, that’s obviously not going to happen. He will, however, get some work in this week at some point, according to what Tomlin said on Tuesday.

“He’s done a good job of getting up to speed in the short period of time that he’s been here,” Tomlin said of Mettenberger, who was claimed off waivers from the San Diego Chargers just prior to the start of the regular season. “Much like I talked about with Landry, what he knows and what he’s prepared to execute may be two different things. Well give him an opportunity to display some of that this week and be thoughtful about the things that we ask him to do if he should get an opportunity.”

  • Victor Charlie

    Landry is the Mad Bomber .. he can throw 4 TD’s or 4 INT’s
    he is not without talent
    just a question of which team catches the ball lol
    he’s our horse this week so let’s back him up !

  • John A Stewart

    He’s your horse!

  • Rusted Out

    At least Mike is gonna keep the light on for Mettenberger. I wonder how short of a leash Landry will be on. Hopefully a choke chain.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Dink and donk up the field.. A heavy dose of Bell,K.Williams and D. Williams. On defense jam the wr. There goes ur victory

  • rystorm06

    Landry’s comfort zone probably = losing, he ain’t ever done jack in his career so far. And to think he’ll do well against the Patriots of all teams? Keep dreaming, this one is a guaranteed loss. Our defense couldn’t even stop ryan f*cking tannehill

  • Michael Conrad

    The bench is his comfort zone . He won’t make the second quarter without throwing an interception unless they run ever play

  • Shane Mitchell

    Operate in his comfort zone, thats not good because as many INTs as he throws he sure seems comfortable doing it.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    You have big rb that will wear out of defense and 2 scat back. Use them because L.Jones plays scared.

  • The Tony

    The only time Landry Jones practiced with the first team all week, he beat Arizona. So there’s that

  • The Tony

    How does Jones play scared? He beat Arizona and then throw a game winning touchdown pass against KC to Bryant as well last year

  • Roneau Betts

    What exactly is Jones’ comfort zone? what is he supposed to be good at?

  • Jimbo

    haha my reply taken. His comfort level is on the bench. Doesnt matter what he does. Brady will be unstoppable. I just hope landry can keep the pats offense off the field as long as possible so it wont be more than a 52 point thrashing

  • Jimbo

    Knowing the offense is his comfort zone..Execution, not so much

  • Rotten Sircus

    Some of you guys aren’t fans. As soon as they heard Landry was starting yall giving the patriots a win ..GTFOH We’re at the Big Ketchup Bottle with AB.L.Bell and The Terrible Towels ! Prediction Steelers 30 Patriots 17

  • Applebite

    Landry’s comfort zone is at home, on the couch, eating Cheetos. I don’t expect Tomlin to throw his players under the bus for their short comings, but I’m pretty sure he’s aware of their short comings and has some sort of back up plan in the meanwhile. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have given Vick an opportunity to play last year, over the much celebrated “QB with the most preseason snaps in league history”.

  • Applebite

    And to be sure, I hope Jones proves me wrong. I seriously do. Make me eat a double helping of Crow. And let him know I’m a Horns fan calling him out on his lack of intrinsic value for this team.

  • Cwallace

    His Comfort Zone Is on the bench

  • Cwallace

    Everybody keeps saying Landry beat the Cardinals last year…and IL continue to contend…Martavis beat the Cardinals last year like a walk- off homer. He scarily threw the ball 5 yards….mb did the rest

  • RickM

    Guys who have little faith in Landry against the New England Patriots are just as much fans as you lol. You see Dak Prescott amazing the NFL as a 4th-round rookie, and then you see Landry, another 4th rounder, who has made little progress despite years of pre-season play and practices, and a couple of starts. I would love LJ to prove you right. But the skepticism is well-founded. Only Landry can silence it.

  • John A Stewart

    Poor fellow

  • John A Stewart

    This cover two or Tampa two is killing us last year we had 48 sacks and 5th against run. Also we ran a variety of exotic blitzing this year so for very very little. I love the one when the D line is standing up before the snap and then blitz man I miss that.

  • RickM

    The sad part is that the Patriots went 2-0 with their 2nd stringer, beating Arizona easily in Phoenix. And they even won a game with their 3rd stringer. And we start Landry and we feel there’s no chance. We have to get a back-up where we feel we have a decent chance.

  • Dubb Betts

    he threw 2 picks against KC we lost and he came in for Vick against arizona Bryant saved that game. I understand the optimism but Jones sucks

  • Steeler-Drew

    Key words there “little progress” in 4 years despite a ton of preseason playing time. He doesn’t have a comfort zone, especially if you get in his face. I want to be wrong as well and have zero expectations for him or a win but I do expect the players to fight this week whoever we put out there. Instead of taking another ass whooping and laying down like they were taking a dirt nap. Lol.

  • Disqussant

    lol

  • Disqussant

    So I’m trying to imagine a scenario where they win this game. A special teams score + a positive net turnover differential + 30 touches for Bell + 10ish AB targets + 2 sacks?

  • Dshoff

    Ok everybody, I’m setting the Landry Jones prediction of interceptions at 2 1/2. Is your prediction over or under?

  • RickM

    Agree we’ll fight harder. But we need a healthy team to beat N.E. and we obviously don’t have it. Most times Brady is beaten, guys are in his face. Can’t see that happening obviously. N.E. by 21+ is in my crystal ball and I’m not sure I’ve ever thought that could happen to us.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    He doesn’t have confidence in his throws. He can’t even drive the ball out of bound. Majority of his balls are interception bound to happen. His arm sucks. Like I mentioned he needs to dink and donk up the field and heavy dose of Bell , K.Williams and D Williams. Thats Jones only chance

  • Reggie Cunningham

    Lets talk Zach. If you look at Tennessee did this guy have true receiver beside Nate Washington? Did he have a nice rb? That could have a lot to do with his pass ratings

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    If The team has pride they all are gonna play their tails off and that is certainly needed, so that is one thing we can build up from, I remember The Steelers running at Will, even when The other team knew it, and we have great RB this time.
    If The Steelers can make a good plan and don’t fall behind early, there is a chance!

  • Matt Manzo

    Is his comfort zone throwing on 3rd and 1?

  • steelersfan

    When bellicheat hears we are going to “operate in his comfort zone” he’s licking his lips and stacking the box .

  • steelersfan

    Prediction for Landry stat line : 18-40 for 230 yards 0 tds 2 ints. Reason for throwing 40 times? Because we will be playing from behind for most of the game abandoning the run…..that’s an optimistic stat line.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Over

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    This is a career defining game for Landry I Reeeallly want to believe that he’s gonna beat the pats but then I realized that this is the pats a well coached pats and makes me question have they ever lost to a backup qb

  • mrallnite111 .

    I recall Jones getting hurt in the Chiefs game, but he did looked scared in the Seahawks game, in which he threw 2 ints.

  • John A Stewart

    Get this Tomlin interviewed Dak you can’t make this up.

  • The Tony

    Karlos Williams isn’t on the roster. Toussiant is our third RB. I’m all for a healthy dose of Bell and Dwill. I would even line AB in the slot and do quick hitters to him all game.

  • Zarbor

    The only other team that has had bad losses to bad teams that’s not named the Steelers.

  • ThatGuy

    If there was ever a game for defensive TDs this is certainly it.

  • ThatGuy

    Over in the first half.

  • ThatGuy

    4 sacks along with all of that and we’ll only lose by 13.

  • ThatGuy

    hopefully a shock collar

  • ThatGuy

    I would feel slightly better if Shazier and Heyward were going to play.

  • wilsonmjw

    “Comfort zone” = Starbucks Coffee kiosk in concourse.

  • Rusted Out

    A “Running Man” radio activated prison explosive collar.

  • Rusted Out

    John A Stewart gets it!