The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2-5 and the only thing that people can agree on is something needs to change. However, nobody knows for sure on what that something is.
The latest move by head coach Mike Tomlin is to bench 17th-overall draft pick Jarvis Jones and start Jason Worilds in his place at linebacker. The move marks the fifth time Tomlin has switched the starting lineup.
“He’s just not doing enough detail work right now and Jason Worilds is,” Tomlin said of Jones. “That’s the reality of it. There is more detail in Worilds’ work right now than Jarvis’.”
Can you blame Tomlin? Jones was brought in here to make an immediate impact and he has done everything but make an impact. In the six games he has played, four of which he started, Jones has a total of 19 tackles and zero sacks. That is just not good enough, especially for a first round pick.
Worilds isn’t an upgrade, as he has 19 tackles as well and only one sack. This isn’t a move about replacing a player with someone who is producing more or playing better because Worilds isn’t. This about sending a message to Jones that he needs to pick it up and start making plays.
For a team that is known for getting pressure on the quarterback the Steelers as a team only have 10 total sacks, good for 30th in the 32-team league.
The Steelers are not playing good enough football to win games. It goes way beyond one player and this could all be about sending a message to Jones.