Tomlin: Only Dobbs and Rudolph to Play in Green Bay

Steelers coach rules other players out for Thursday’s game

Josh Rowntree
August 14, 2018 - 1:51 pm
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin during a training camp press conference in 2018

Jeff Hathhorn - 93.7 The Fan

Only two Steelers quarterbacks will play in Thursday night’s preseason game in Green Bay, according the Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin. Second-year player Josh Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph will get all of the snaps, as Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones will sit. 

“We’re focused on the young quarterbacks,” Tomlin said. “They’re going to play and play exclusively.

“There will be a little bit more of a volume in terms of the game planning. And that’s very thoughtful. We want these guys to be able to perform at an acceptable level in terms of detail and execution. But, at the same time, we’re going to challenge them intellectually.”

Tomlin has not yet decided how he will divide up the time for the two quarterbacks. 

“We’ve got four NFL capable quarterbacks,” he said. “Some teams keep two, some teams keep three, very rarely do teams keep four. Those are the variables. We’ll see where the road leads. 

“I’m trying to create an environment where these guys can show what they’re capable of and get better. So far, so good. I like the approach of the group. I’m not overthinking it and I don’t want those guys to overthink it.”

Roethlisberger will not play in his second straight preseason game. In last year’s preseason, the veteran signal caller played only two series of Pittsburgh’s third game.

“He’s been awesome, been really sharp,” Tomlin said of Roethlisberger’s camp to this point. “But, not only in terms of what he does, just how he’s communicating, helping and aiding in the development of some people that are going to work alongside him. It’s been a very positive experience.”

Who will and will not play

In addition to Roethlisberger and Jones, Antonio Brown and Cam Heyward will be veterans that do not play. More could be added to that list by game time. 

Tight end Vance McDonald and guard Ramon Foster have been ruled out due to injuries, but Tomlin is keeping the door open for other injured players, like linebacker and Wisconsin native T.J. Watt, who has been nursing a hamstring injury. 

Linebacker Bud Dupree is out of concussion protocol for the first time in eleven days and will play in the game.

Good challenge against Rodgers

Per reports, Packers All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play Thursday night. 

“We’re not concerned about what they do or their plans in terms of team development,” Tomlin said. “We’re focused on ours. I hope he does play. You like that challenge of quality players, but it’s not going to effect what it is we do or how we approach our prep and play.”

Last season, the Steelers did not have to face Rodgers in their 31-28 victory over Green Bay, as Brett Hundley started in place of the injured veteran.

Camp comes to a close

The Steelers moved their final practice in Latrobe away from Saint Vincent due to field conditions. Instead, the team will practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium.

The Steelers will break camp Wednesday and travel to Green Bay. After they return home, practices will be closed to the public and will be held at the UMPC Rooney Sports Complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side. 

“Man, the wheels keep turning, we just change settings,” Tomlin said. “We’re excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish here. But, we also know that the real world is waiting on us and that process. So, we’re excited about getting back to Pittsburgh and continuing on.”

AB sounds off

93.7 The Fan Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported via Twitter that Brown, who has been dealing with an injury during camp, was limping off of the field at Monday’s practice. 

Brown took part of individual drills, but did not participate in team activities. He then criticized Bouchette’s report on Twitter Monday night and Tuesday morning, using profanity and calling Bouchette a "clown."

“I don’t know anything about that, so I’m not in position to speculate or to comment,” Tomlin said, adding that he would look into it and handle the matter privately. 

The outburst comes a day after the Jacksonville Jaguars suspended cornerback Jalen Ramsey for going after a reporter via Twitter. 

Brown also used social media to address criticisms about his late arrival to an event at Children's Hospital Sunday. 

Hear all of Mike Tomlin’s press conference below.