8 players mentioned by Mike Tomlin in Tuesday’s press conference

The 2021 NFL regular season is underway and teams are starting to get into a routine with what happens in a typical game week. After coming out of a Sunday game, the Steelers are back to a regular week of preparation as head coach Mike Tomlin held his typical Tuesday press conference. With many players discussed, it’s time for another player mentioned by Coach Tomlin during his media time. Keep in mind that these are current players for whom a specific question was asked during the question-and-answer period.

Mason Rudolph

With Ben Roethlisberger on the reserve / COVID-19 list, alternate quarterback Mason Rudolph made his first start of the 2021 season. Coach Tomlin was asked what he thought of Rudolph’s performance more than what he said after the game, that he gave the Steelers a chance to win.

“He did a good job articulating the attack, communicating with the guys. The pace at which we want to work, he has been able to maintain it. We work fast some, we use the cadence as a weapon. He’s at the center of it. We had a few penalties and got five free yards and were able to attack them in the field thanks to his pace. His ability to communicate, not only within the game but between sets, to express his likes and dislikes, and to articulate what he saw was acceptable. His readings and the football cast were largely what we wanted. He sometimes stretched the ball on the pitch and gave us the opportunity to have them defend the pitch not only horizontally but vertically. If I could criticize him in any way I thought he could have been better from a precision standpoint in some cases to set up a run after. Putting the ball in ideal circumstances so that a guy in an apartment can win this flattering showdown, if you will, and things of that nature. But for the most part, it’s not the first rodeo for him, it’s not the first rodeo for him with us, and so I think none of us were surprised by the things that he was able to do for us. In fact, we expected it. I know he expected it. I think it was his tenth start for us now, so it’s not something to be embarrassing or worrying about. We just expect this guy to play winning football for us. “

Kendrick Green

In the Steelers’ three overtime practices, two were killed by turnovers while another was nearly a disaster due to Kendrick Green slamming the ball over Mason Rudolph’s head. Coach Tomlin was asked if this is something he needs to work on with Mason Rudolph this week.

“There is nothing to say on the same wavelength. Green just has to get off the snaps. It does not require a meeting. It does not require schematic adjustments. Some things are just basic, and when you train and play football at this level, sometimes you can do simple complex, or you can get too smart. No, we’re just gonna get this guy to kick the ball in a professional, competent manner and we’re gonna get on with our lives. We’re not going to put the quarterback in the middle and change our personality or our approach that way. It doesn’t require anything from Mason. Mason has a lot of work ahead of him getting ready to play the quarterback, and I think it’s reasonable to expect the center to execute shotgun shots on a consistent basis. Now he didn’t do that in the last game, so he needs to refocus his focus and do a good job there this week in preparation, but that won’t create any additional meeting or planning on our part. Just like we expect our guys to tackle better this week and we expect our guys to maintain possession this week. It won’t require additional meetings or additional focus points. It’s rooted in our culture. It is fundamental. And so, we’re going to come in with that understanding.

Minkah Fitzpatrick & Joe Haden

Two Steelers high school players who may not be available in Week 11 are security Minkah Fitzpatrick, who is on the reserve / COVID-19 roster, and cornerback Joe Haden, who left the game. last Sunday with a foot injury. Coach Tomlin was asked what he thinks about the depth behind these players.

“I will be in a better position to respond to this Sunday evening. But I still feel good in our group. If you have a chance to get us ready, whether or not we have Minkah or Joe Haden or others, you give us six days to get ready, I like our chances.

Coach Tomlin asked a follow-up question about who would be the next man for Minkah Fitzpatrick.

“As I mentioned, we haven’t met as defensive staff yet. I meet the defensive staff on Tuesday afternoons. I imagine it’s going to be a group discussion. As the replacement of Mike Hilton has been the business of several people. When you have big players, the multi-talented ones, that’s usually the case rather than putting the blame on one individual.

In a later question, Coach Tomlin was asked if he wasn’t counting on Fitzpatrick because there wasn’t enough time to clear the protocol.

“Correct, to my knowledge. But again, I don’t have the details. I just assume it is.

Tre Norwood and Miles Killebrew

If Minkah Fitzpatrick is still unable to erase the Covid protocol, the Steelers will likely take a ‘committee replacement’ approach. Coach Tomlin was asked about Tre Norwood and Miles Killabrew and if they fit into the equation.

“All are viable options, and we will consider them. “

Ben roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger missed his first game of the 2021 NFL season in Week 10. Coach Tomlin was asked if it was possible that Roethlisberger was cleared from Covid protocols too late to play in the game.

“I’m sure there are a lot of hypotheses that could change the discussion I’ve described. But fundamentally, logistically, the framework I’ve described is the mode we’re in, and we’ll cross those bridges when we get there. We have so many important decisions and days between now and then that we waste a lot of time thinking about assumptions. We are going to build a plan around Mason; this is what we are doing today. We have a working day tomorrow with our guys, which kind of starts the week off. This is what we intend to do tomorrow. We’re going to start weighing these things as the sand runs through the hourglass and we get closer to kickoff.

Coach Tomlin later asked about the interchangeability of Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph in the offense.

“As I just mentioned, I also said that we had prepared the game for Ben last week and that Mason executed it. There aren’t a lot of significant differences. It’s not like Mason Rudolph was using 4.4 and all of a sudden we’re going to start doing race pass options and things of that nature. It’s not as big a discussion as you might imagine. probably more likes and dislikes or stuff related to the feel compared to the prospect of the post in the headset.

Coach Tomlin has been asked if Ben Roethlisberger will be able to participate in virtual meetings this week.

“100 percent. He was a full participant yesterday.

Joe schobert

Steelers linebacker Joe Schobert was at the center of some controversial comments after Sunday’s game when he twice mentioned that the Steelers need to take training seriously. Coach Tomlin was asked if it was Schobert who was a leader or if there was something more Tomlin would like to see in practice.

“I have no problem with the way we train and I’m sure Joe doesn’t. I’m sure he was just answering questions after a football game.

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