CINCINNATI — There were plenty of issues for the Steelers on Sunday. More importantly, a lot of continued issues showed up in the trenches. The Bengals got consistent pressure on Ben Roethlisberger, and the Steelers’ defensive line was pushed off the ball like it was nothing.
All in all, it was a performance that brought plenty of criticism from Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, who said the Bengals ‘kicked our butts’ in the trenches all game on both sides of the ball. In fact, that is the main thing that Tomlin points to as a result of this loss.
Coming out of such a performance, Tomlin is not ruling out changes for personnel. That is, perhaps, the biggest indictment of the performance and his thoughts on it as a whole.
“You know, we’re open to doing whatever to change what is trending,” Tomlin said of possible changes upfront. “So, you may certainly see changes.”
Some of the possible changes could certainly include the insertion of Zach Banner into the fold on the offensive line. Banner has been active for three straight weeks but has only seen snaps as a tackle eligible. Rather, it is possible that he could see significant time moving forward if changes are considered.
Defensively, the Steelers should be anticipating the return of Carlos Davis into the fold. He has not played since Week 1 against Buffalo, and his return could give the Steelers a much-needed boost. Stephon Tuitt is still out, but is progressing, even though his practice window has yet to be opened.