A day after the Steelers worst defensive outing maybe in the history of the franchise, Steeler nation now sits back and awaits these so-called ‘changes’ that will be coming next.
“You re-evaluate everything, you have to after a performance like that and we will,” Mike Tomlin said Sunday after the D allowed 55 points.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean we will change, or we will change for the sake of changing. But we will look at every aspect of what we are doing and who we are doing it with because we can’t have performances like that. Those people that were lacking effort won’t be playing. It’s just that simple.”
The Steelers are up against their first 2-6 start since the Super Bowl hangover of 2006, and now with 8 games left will try to dig deep out of the hole they have made for themselves.
They already dumped their less than average punter in Zoltan Mesko, and now after another game of sloppy tackling, poor focus, and what looked like a lack of effort, you have to think more changes will be made.
Oddly enough, one player that didn’t look like he had his head in the game much was safety Ryan Clark, who just looked out of place a lot of the game, and didn’t seem to have one of his better outings.
Same for rookie Shamarko Thomas, who was no match all night for Pats TE Rob Gronkowski, who owned the Steelers most of the game.
The problem is there’s only so many other players that Tomlin hasn’t seen yet.
If he starts making wholesale changes up and down the lineups, there’s actually a shot that things could get worse before they get better.
Which is hard to believe considering how bad things were Sunday in Foxboro.