Pirates Fever is still drowning out the misery that is the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers and their dismal 0-4 start. In fact, the was little fanfare given to the news Tuesday that head coach Mike Tomlin is finally making a line-up change that many fans have been calling for and it is not just at left tackle.Mike Adams was drooped all the way down to the third team left tackle. At this point Kelvin Beachum or newly acquired offensive tackle Levi Brown will start at left tackle on Sunday against the New York Jets.
While he is not likely to see action at the position unless injuries occur, Adams does still remain in the potential plans for the franchise, if he can regain the confidence he lost. For Adams, this marks another setback in 2013 for the former second-round selection. As many seem to have overlooked, the tackle was stabbed in an attempted robbery and missed a portion of OTAs and the entire mini-camp. Yes, he returned for all of training camp, but one cannot discount the mental drain that incident took on his psyche.
While Adams appears to be in the long term plans for the Steelers, the same may not be the case for former first-round selection Ziggy Hood. On Tuesday, Tomlin announced that like Adams, Hood was being removed from the starting line-up and will be replaced by emerging defensive end, Cameron Heyward.
For Heyward, it has taken some time, but now in his third season after being drafted in the first round, he is developing into the player the Steelers envisioned. Unlike, Hood, he has made some impact plays, even though he has played a limited number of snaps. For a defense that has still not forced a turnover, any type of impact could pay dividends.
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