Steelers notebook: WR Moore says teammates' pot bust won't change focus in locker room
The Steelers didn't let the arrests of teammates Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount for marijuana possession before the team flight for a preseason game impact how they played against the Eagles, and they won't let it affect them in the locker room either.
“Whatever happens to those guys happens to those guys,” veteran receiver Lance Moore said. “Nothing you can say or do here can change that. Our approach doesn't change. We come in here, come to work and focus on winning the next game.”
Moore said Bell and Blount didn't address the team about the arrest before the game against the Eagles. The Steelers had yet to meet as a team when Moore talked to the media Saturday.
“Do I think they need to? That's not my call,” Moore said. “It's a situation that we would've liked to not have happened. It was something that maybe could've been avoided. Stuff like that happens. We are not going to disown them or treat them any differently. They made a decision. Once we walk in these doors, it is all work. We aren't spending too much time talking about anything other than what it takes to win games.”
Bell and Blount could face disciplinary action by the Steelers and/or the league. However, nothing is expected to be done until the arrests play out in court.
Tough adjustment so far
The NFL is banking on players to adjust to the now tightly enforced illegal contact and defensive holding calls, but through three preseason games, that is not happening with the Steelers.
Despite committing only two illegal contact or defensive holding penalties through the first two preseason games, the Steelers were called for three illegal contacts and three defensive holdings against the Eagles.
“They said that we are going to have to adjust our game just like hitting up high,” safety Mike Mitchell said.
“It is just so hard to do because when somebody pushes, you usually you pull them. There's a balance, but if you call it every time you pull but not every time you push, it's going to be hard.”
Through the first 22 preseason games, 494 penalties had been called with 27 percent being defensive holding, illegal contact or defensive pass interference.
Left or right for Heyward?
With Brett Keisel out of the picture, the Steelers moved Cam Heyward into Keisel's right defensive end position during training camp.
But with Keisel back in the mix, Heyward could be flipping back to the position at which he started 13 games last year.
“I am not sure, I might,” Heyward said. “If they want me to, I will. I am just going to do what's best for the team.”
Keisel has yet to practice since he returned to the Steelers. The team is scheduled to practice Monday.
The Eagles put up 482 total yards and converted 36 first downs, but it wasn't because the Steelers failed to game plan for the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense.
“We watched film and everything,” cornerback Cortez Allen said. “We had a few mistakes and need to correct them. I am sure a lot of the stuff is because we did it to ourselves.”
He's all wet
Rapper Snoop Dogg took to Instagram to implore Steelers coach Mike Tomlin to fire offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
“Get us a real offensive coordinator,” he said in his profanity-laced tirade. “We ain't won a playoff game since we had (him).”
Haley might respond with a video as well — of the ALS ice bucket challenge that's sweeping the nation on social media.
Haley said he would like to challenge Snoop Dogg with the ice bucket challenge, if Haley gets the OK from the boss.
There wer no updates with injuries suffered during Thursday's game to Jason Worilds (knee), Sean Spence (knee) and Heyward (ankle). Heyward said he is working toward playing in Thursday's final preseason game against Carolina. Moore said he had a leg injury that kept him out of the game against the Eagles.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.
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