'Next Man Up' Becoming Mantra of 2019 Steelers
With Stephon Tuitt now out for the season, yet another Steeler will have to step up and fill a huge role. The 2019 season has easily been the most trying season for 13-year head coach Mike Tomlin. His demeanor remains the same, regardless of the circumstance he's thrown into. "We don't live in our fears...or things of that nature." "The Standard is the Standard."
Ben Roethlisberger. Roosevelt Nix. Sean Davis. Vince Williams. Vance McDonald. Mason Rudolph. Mark Barron. Steven Nelson. Jaylen Samuels. James Washington. And now, Stephon Tuitt. All of these players have missed or will miss significant time. Two of which, maybe even three, suffered season-ending injuries. These are not role players or scrubs. The success of the team hinges on all of these players and what they bring week in and week out.
The AFC North is a mess. Cleveland failed the brutal start to their schedule and Baltimore looks limited. Cincinnati may be the best team to challenge Miami for the first overall pick in the 2020 draft. The 2008 Steelers defense was one of the all time greats not just because of their talent, but because all eleven guys knew their role and did their job well. The 2019 Steelers aren't nearly as talented as the 2008 championship team. And no one expects this team to bring a Lombardi back to Pittsburgh this season. Don't tell the guys in the locker room that. . All things considered, the Steelers are very fortunate to be only two games out of first place, 1-1 in division play, and 2-2 against the AFC. Even after a 1-4 start, the playoffs are not out of the question. A lot has to happen. "The Standard is the Standard."