The two players taken at the top of the Steelers 2008 draft are catching a significant amount of heat from head coach Mike Tomlin.
On Sunday, former first-round running back Rashard Mendenhall didn’t take an offensive snap. Mendenhall, Tomlin explained, “wasn’t on the details” in the days leading up to the game.
Limas Sweed, a second-rounder last year, did take an offensive snap. And allowed a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to squirt out of his grasp when he hit the ground in the end zone.
According to Scott Brown in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tomlin was asked today if Sweed could lose his spot to Shaun McDonald, who’s been inactive the first three games. “Absolutely,” was Tomlin’s reply.
Not a lot of gray area there.
As for Mendenhall, Tomlin cuffed down the notion that he’s in the “doghouse.”
“A doghouse is something you have when you let things stew,” said Tomlin. “I tend to take action and I’m done with it.”
The third player the Steelers took in that 2008 draft, linebacker Bruce Davis, has already been released. In other words, it’s not looking like a bumper crop of players. To put it mildly.