Last Friday, the decision was made by the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff to flip the tackles as Mike Adams was flipped over to the left side where he replaced Marcus Gilbert, who moved over to the right. Since that move was made the two haven\’t flipped back and head coach Mike Tomlin was asked Thursday during his morning press conference if the switch is now permanent.
“I\’m not ready to say it\’s permanent, I am ready to say it\’s permanent for Saturday night,” said Tomlin. “I do believe that it has been interesting and has produced positive results. We\’ll see what it looks like inside the stadium and kind of go from there.”
The coaching staff has said since the switch was made that we shouldn\’t read too much into the flipping of sides, but it has been hard not to. While Tomlin is not yet ready to name Adams as his starting left tackle, it\’s obvious now that it\’s Adams\’ job to lose.
Gilbert has reportedly not had a good training camp thus far and it did not improve on Wednesday as it was reported that backup defensive end Al Woods handled the Florida product twice during one-on-one drills.
Gilbert has obviously been sent a message now by Tomlin and it\’s up to him to respond Saturday night against the New York Giants.