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Hot-Seat Meter: 9/10
As Ben Roethlisberger's blindside blocker, second-year tackle Mike Adams really hasn't gotten the job done. Last week in London, Adams gave up two-and-a-half sacks to Jared Allen, one that included a game-ending forced fumble inside the Vikings' 10-yard line.
The Steelers responded this week by not only benching Adams in favor of second-year Southern Methodist product Kelvin Beachum, but also by trading for veteran tackle Levi Brown.
Things do not look good for Adams' status right now.
To be fair, the Steelers' coaching staff really set Adams up to fail. The man is a naturally built right tackle and played all of his games from the right side in 2012. Adams progressed well as a run blocker at right tackle last season and I fully expected him to return to that spot in 2013.
But the Steelers' staff saw something they liked on the left side and stuck him there.
Adams is only in his second year and it is ludicrous to think he's finished in Pittsburgh. In fact, adding Brown may give Adams the option to move back to the right side if Marcus Gilbert continues to struggle.
Regardless, one thing is clear: This offensive line was bad with Adams in it and it can be just as bad without him.