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10-05-2011, 06:09 AM
Steelers take steps to address lackluster play
By Scott Brown (sbrown@tribweb.com), PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fans clamoring for change after the Steelers' 17-10 loss in Houston will have to settle for an adjustment to the team's practice routine.

Coach Mike Tomlin all but said Tuesday that the Steelers will practice twice in pads this week -- one more than usual -- as they work on fundamentals such as blocking and tackling.

The collective bargaining agreement ratified in August permits 14 practices in pads during the regular season. Teams are allowed two padded practices in the same week only once during the season.

"There's no time like the present, given how we've performed," Tomlin said at his weekly news conference.

Indeed, the Steelers' two victories have come against teams that have one win combined. They have 10 more turnovers than takeaways -- they are last in the NFL in that category -- and an offense loaded with talented skill players ranks near the bottom of the league in scoring.

Tomlin said his players "better have a sense of urgency" as they prepare for a 1 p.m. game Sunday against the visiting Tennessee Titans, and that "they are hacked off, and they should be."

But he didn't waver from his postgame comments in Houston, reiterating that the Steelers' problems can be fixed with a back-to-basics approach this week at practice.

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10-05-2011, 08:25 AM
So in other words we'll play our worst game yet this coming week.

10-05-2011, 08:38 AM
This is Tomlin's chance to establish his authority. Not sure that a practice in pads is what this team needs to get on track, but I guess you try anything short of panic at this point.

What concerns me most, is that Tomlin suggests that blocking & tackling are the issues - the basics. Why, on a veteran-laden team are we still struggling with the basics? Especially tackling!! This was the best defense in the league for the last few years with the same players, and many of them are now well-paid! This is a refelection of the coaching staff. Sorry. There is no other way to say it.

10-05-2011, 10:27 AM
he stills thinks it's blocking and tackling. nothing to do with personnel or play calling? if your line sucks and Ben has no time then do something different...quick routes or roll him out of the pocket.

10-05-2011, 11:11 AM
"Unleash Hell" time? Ugh....

10-05-2011, 12:36 PM
So is Tomlin in denial or oblivious? Yeah we need to work on blocking, but with different o lineman. These guys have been blocking all through high school, college, and at least a year in the pros with the exception of Gilbert, they aren't going to practice one extra time and be good or capable. Tackling? There have been missed tackles but that's not the problem, the problem is they are no where near in position to make the tackle. The changes fans are asking for is not an extra padded practice, at least they are doing something I guess.