Steelers coach Mike Tomlin: Bengals game a 'catalyst' for schematic or personnel moves

Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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PITTSBURGH — It’s not so much that Mike Tomlin said he doesn’t expect drastic changes in terms of personnel while the Steelers try to wash away the distasteful performance of what happened in Cincinnati.

What’s more pertinent is whether he has any personnel waiting in the wings that would provide any type of upgrade.

His options are limited, if not altogether non-existent.

Nonetheless, Tomlin acknowledged some changes are in order when the Steelers will try to end their three-game winless streak on Sunday against the division-leading Baltimore Ravens.

“What you can't do is continue to do the things that you've been doing and expect a different result,” Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly press conference.

Not after the dreadful and embarrassing 41-10 loss against the Bengals that matched the worst loss in Tomlin’s 15 years as head coach. Not after the Steelers surrendered 82 points in the past two games — the most in a two-game span in the Tomlin regime — and the offense generated just 20 points in seven of the past eight quarters.


The loss to the Bengals came on the heels of a 41-37 loss in Los Angeles in which the defense allowed 533 yards to the Chargers. And that game came on the heels of a 16-16 tie with the Detroit Lions, who remains the NFL’s lone winless team.

But it was the Bengals game that Tomlin said will be a “catalyst” for some type of change, whether schematic or with personnel. He said that performance was so bad “you don’t get that stench off you in a number of days” and “I don’t know that you get over it, I think you move on from it.”

One way they will try to move on from it: Tomlin said he might have the players practice in pads one day this week.

“We’ve got to comb through it,” Tomlin said. “We’ve got to ask the critical questions — why? We've done that. We'll continue to do that as we shape our next plan and make critical decisions regarding our next plan — the schematics that we choose to employ, the personnel that we choose to highlight or emphasize or de-emphasize.”


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