LT could be only major change for Steelers

October, 4, 2013
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The Steelers shook things up a bit by trading for offensive tackle Levi Brown earlier this week. Are more changes coming? Coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t have a lot of options given the limitations of a 53-man roster.

If the Steelers can fix their problem at left tackle the offense should be fine moving forward, especially if rookie running Le’Veon Bell stays healthy and makes steady progress.

Bell has stabilized the running game and given the Steelers a back that should help them attain their stated goal of having a balanced attack. The biggest benefit if Bell continues to emerge is that it will allow the Steelers to use play-action more in the passing game.

The outlook isn’t nearly as optimistic on the other side of the ball where the Steelers were exposed in a 34-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. A couple of NFL analysts weighed in on the defense, and they don’t think its struggles against the Vikings were an anomaly.

The Steelers’ players are off until Monday because of the bye. When they return to practice they will begin preparations for their Oct. 13 game against the New York Jets. The Steelers will encounter a familiar face (if he is healthy) when they visit East Rutherford, N.J.

Santonio Holmes whose iconic catch at the end of Super Bowl XLIII will forever be a part of Steelers’ lore is adjusting to playing with a rookie quarterback in New York. And Holmes made it clear that it hasn’t been easy, particularly since he draws extra attention from opposing defenses.

 

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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