Steelers hope to flip script in New England

Steel City wake-up: morning links

Coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged Tuesday at his weekly news conference that slow starts have been an issue for the Steelers. Earlier in the day quarterback Ben Roethlisberger indicated on his weekly radio show that the Steelers may have to consider changing the script of plays they take into games depending on circumstances.

Tomlin dismissed the notion having a script of plays at the outset of games is a problem. His more immediate concerns were shaking up a team that is 2-5 with a trip to New England next up on the schedule. Zoltan Mesko is out as the Steelers’ punter as the team released the fourth-year veteran and signed Mat McBriar to take his place.

Tomlin also made another change to the starting lineup with Jason Worilds moving ahead of rookie Jarvis Jones at right outside linebacker. The Steelers have just 10 sacks in seven games and putting pressure on Tom Brady Sunday at Gillette Stadium is paramount if the Steelers are to beat the Patriots quarterback for the first time in New England.

The Patriots ate 6-2 despite dealing with injury issues, particularly on defense. They addressed the loss of Pro Bowl nose tackle Vice Wilfork before the trade deadline on Tuesday by acquiring Isaac Sopoaga from the Eagles.