Next man up: The Steelers depth at inside linebacker was wiped out heading into Sunday night’s game against the Bills, with Cheap Vince Williams Jersey on the Reserve/COVID-19 List, Cheap Robert Spillane Jersey placed on the Reserve/Injured List, and Devin Bush already on IR.
And they did just that.
Williamson led the team in tackles with 11, including nine solo stops.
“I can’t say enough about his work and his work to get up to speed and embracing the responsibility of being a central communicator for us,” said Tomlin. “He was better. It is reasonable to expect him to continually get better with each opportunity, but I can’t say enough about his efforts in those areas.”
Allen, who has very little experience at linebacker on the NFL level, was second in tackles with eight, including five solo stops and a tackle for a loss.
“Can’t say enough about a guy like Marcus Allen, who’s new to the position, who’s new to the number of snaps he had and getting the type of effort that we got from him,” said Tomlin.
Responding well: During his press conference a week ago, Tomlin showed his displeasure with dropped passes, clearly stating if guys don’t make the catch, the ball won’t come their way.
“They can catch the ball, or they can get replaced by someone who will catch it,” said Tomlin. “It’s just as simple as that. Like I’ve often said, I expect guys to make routine plays, routinely. When there is a pattern of that not happening, we have to look at who we are throwing the ball to.”
On Sunday night, after Cheap Diontae Johnson Jersey dropped the ball multiple times, Tomlin did what he said he would and sent him to the bench in the first half. Tomlin gave the young receiver another chance, and he responded. Cheap Ben Roethlisberger Jersey hit Johnson in the third quarter for completions of five and six yards, and Johnson caught one for 17 yards in the fourth quarter.
“I thought he responded appropriately,” said Tomlin. “He didn’t pout. He waited for his next opportunity and when his next opportunity came, he was productive. So, we’ll move forward.”
A lot on the line: When the Steelers take on the Bengals on Monday Night Football, there will be a lot on the line with the potential of winning the AFC North with a victory. But coming off two straight losses, Tomlin knows they have their work cut out for them.
“There’s a lot on the table for us,” said Tomlin. “We are excited about primetime football. We essentially laid an egg last week on primetime football, so we are excited about getting another opportunity at that.
“We are back in the AFC North in divisional play. If you want to dominate the NFL and be one of the teams in contention to dominate the NFL, it starts first and foremost with divisional play. We have an opportunity to play a divisional game and secure an AFC North title.
“Those are tangible things that have our attention and excitement as we work this week. For us, it’s about assessing who we have available to us and sharpening our sword for the battle that lies ahead. We expect to get the very best of Cincinnati. That’s a rivalry-type game, if you will. It’s an opportunity for them to have a feel good in the midst of a trying circumstance of a season for them. It’s Monday Night Football. We understand and expect all of that.”
The Steelers have clinched a spot in the 2020 AFC Playoffs, and with a win in Cincinnati or a loss by the Cheap Cleveland Browns Jerseys against the New York Giants, the team would host at least one playoff game at Heinz Field. The team is now preparing for the potential of hosting fans at Heinz Field for postseason games after the current Pennsylvania state orders for crowd size expire on January 4, 2021.
As part of those preparations, the team sent an email to season ticket holders on Tuesday with details about selecting seats for postseason games. In the email, the team said it does anticipate there being a limited number of tickets available for home playoff games, and thus, may not be able to accommodate all season ticket holders who wish to attend playoff games.
The email also outlined other important details in a “What You Need To Know” section, which included the following: timeframe to order tickets, details on ticket pods and locations which take into account social distancing guidelines and payment information.
“We are preparing for the possibility of hosting fans at Heinz Field for the postseason after the current State orders expire in Jan. 4, 2021,” said Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten in a statement on Tuesday. “Our goal is to use our previous stadium model and manifest from earlier this year to host approximately 7,500 people at the stadium in January.
“We appreciate those fans who have attended games this year for their support and cooperation in adhering to the policies and protocols that made Heinz Field a safe place to attend a game. We have communicated with our season ticket holders and suite holders about the potential return of fans to Heinz Field in January, and we look forward to hopefully having fans back in the stands for any potential playoff games.”