Mike Tomlin Singled Out Offensive Line In Team Film Session, Kendrick Green Says – Steelers Depot

Mike Tomlin Singled Out Offensive Line In Team Film Session, Kendrick Green Says - Steelers Depot

It was a pretty awful performance Saturday night on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line. In total, the Steelers ran for only 14 yards on 10 carries and had quarterbacks Mitch Trubisky, Kenny Pickett and Mason Rudolph under duress during the night.

Although the Steelers came back to win thanks to Rudolph’s touchdown pass in the two-minute drill, the offensive line remains a major concern under first-year offensive line coach Pat Meyer. Guys like free agent signee James Daniels, left tackle Dan Moore Jr., and left guard Kendrick Green are three guys who continue to struggle at an alarming rate and had enough performances to forget Saturday night on the road.

Green, who played well in the fourth quarter while rotating with guard Kevin Dotson at the position, spoke to the media from the locker room on the South Side at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Monday before practice and revealed that head coach Mike Tomlin has set the offensive lineup on the big screen during the team film session Monday, publicly criticizing the poor play of the unit, including Green specifically, according to video shot from inside the locker room by 93.7 The Fan’s Josh Rowntree.

“Coach T [Tomlin] had us on the board, and me specifically, a lot during the team meeting,” Green told reporters Monday, according to a video from Rowntree. “That doesn’t feel good at all.”

No, it probably doesn’t feel good to be negatively singled out in a team environment, especially coming off a truly terrible performance from start to finish. Going into the preseason matchup with the Jaguars, Green had a chance to really create some distance from Dotson in the battle for the starting job at left tackle due to his availability overall, but much like he played in his rookie season, Green struggled from the start of the game and never quite got his feet under him.

The transition to new OL coach Pat Meyer remains a work in progress. There are a lot of moving parts inside the trenches, some new techniques and some additional calls and ways to deal with lightning, stunts, twists and more. But so far, the work in progress has looked very, very rough.

Hopefully being singled out in front of the team in a negative way gives Green the fuel needed to light a fire and get things moving forward in a hurry. There’s only one way to go from here for Green and the rest of the offensive line, and that’s up.

The way Tomlin has handled the criticism of the offensive line – and Green specifically – is not at all surprising. He will be exceptionally transparent and tell you like it is, whether that’s what you want to hear or not. He will be up front and honest – brutally honest at times – which has helped him maintain credibility and control of the locker room every year in the Steel City.

Green experienced this the hard way.

“He doesn’t insult you,” Green added, according to Rowntree for 93.7 The Fan. “He’s like, this is what you are. This is what you are filming. And it’s fair. The natural reaction, the comfort position, is that you want to get into the fetal position. Like, ‘ah, don’t look at me.’ But you have to own it. You put it on film. It’s more than the people in our room look at it. 31 other teams are also watching. They will try to perfect themselves at the same thing.”

Credit to Green for not running from the harsh criticism internally and revealing it to the media. He knows he played very poorly on Saturday and needs to improve quickly, not only for his time with the Steelers, but for his NFL future in general. So far, what he’s filmed doesn’t quite show an NFL lineman. Good news is he has some time to put things together and improve. The ship hasn’t quite left port yet on the 2021 third-round pick.

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