The Steelers got worked in Philadelphia but have returned home to face the Kansas City Chiefs.
After a horrible outing against the Eagles the team now has to regroup and focus on the Chiefs. While the wheels go in motion for the game plan we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Thursday, Sept. 29th.
Both are happening at the same time
DeAngelo Williams rushed for only 21 yards on eight attempts on Sunday in the 34-3 blowout loss to the Eagles mostly because the offense abandoned the run super early in the game. Thankfully, though, the lack of production from Williams has quieted all the “Who’s going to get the ball?” talk when Le’Veon Bell returns.
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The idea that the Steelers would have a tough decision on whether to take the ball out of the hot hands of Williams to give it to Bell was controversy was basically a filler topic for radio shows and not an actual issue.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reminds us that since this Spring the team has been toying with the idea of featuring both backs on the field at the same time. Expect for some creativity out of the offense this week.
Another area of the team that will be forced to get creative this Sunday night against Kansas City will be the secondary. Mike Prisuta explains that the injury to Robert Golden will allow for packages to include safety Jordan Dangerfield as well as cornerback Justin Gilbert.
The next man up mantra is a way of life in Pittsburgh so with Golden and possibly Sean Davis sidelined it’s likely that Dangerfield and Gilbert could get some heavy participation. Prisuta tells us that Dangerfield and Gilbert practiced with the first team on Wednesday.
The offensive line got manhandled last week in Philly so it’s not a great time for an injury but here we are. Joe Rutter of the Trib describes how guard Ramon Foster is one of the players described as “highly questionable” for Sunday night’s game against Kansas City.
It was expected that the secondary would go through some shuffling this season even without injury. Unfortunately, the offensive line might have the biggest hole to fill weekend. Center Maurkice Pouncey talks about what a big part of the offense Foster is.
"“It’s huge. He’s a big part of the offense and does a great job of blocking. He’s a leader out there.” – Maurkice Pouncey"
Foster will likely be replaced by undrafted rookie free agent B.J. Finney. He stepped in for Foster in Philly and Tomlin described his performance as “solid.” We might need more than solid on Sunday night.