PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Steelers captain Cam Heyward was right to the point when asked about facing a back-up quarterback in Robert Griffin the third instead of NFL MVP Lamar Jackson Tuesday night against the Ravens.
“He got the last win versus us.”
Jackson isn’t the only Baltimore regular who is expected to miss in the rematch at Heinz Field after an assistant strength & conditioning coach became a super-spreader by not following NFL guidelines.
Receiver Willie Snead IV, tight end Mark Andrews, running back JK Dobbins, fullback Patrick Richard, center Patrick Mekari, tackle DJ Fluker are all likely out, and that’s just the players on offense.
On defense, outside linebacker Matthew Judon, defensive end Calais Campbell, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, linebacker Pernell McPhee are among those likely out.
So how does Mike Tomlin and the coaching staff prepare for a Ravens team likely filled with unknown or little used players?
“We’re preparing for the schematics, meaning the structure of which they operate, the plays that they run, the personality that they have,” Tomlin said. “I’m sure as they infuse players in, those things will be unchanging. We’re
comfortable with our level of preparedness and our ability to prepare based on those things.”
“You have to be ready for schemes,” Heyward said. “We have to understand the personality of their team, what they like to run.”
“They have a mobile quarterback who has beaten us this last time. Their defense is opportunistic, and they can be on long fields and have a kicker that can buy them out of any situation.”
“I know we are dealing with a lot of uncertainly with guys going in and out, but we will deal with that when the time comes. We are ready for what they throw at us.”
Tomlin is likely proud of what Heyward said next.
“I think you have to roll with it,” Heyward said of the situation. “If we get stuck in the mud or you get thinking about how it has to be this way, you’re preparing yourself for failure. We understand a lot of things are going on. We understand we can’t be perfect in this situation. The pandemic is not going to allow anyone to be perfect. We just have to be willing to adjust, make things happen on the fly and be ready to play when we get the opportunity to.”