The Steel City Blitz Podcast sponsored by BodyTech Gym in North Hills Pittsburgh was back on the air this evening. Obviously we spent the opening discussing the passing of Steelers’ Chairman Dan Rooney. From there, we discussed quarterbacks in the upcoming draft and who if any would fit with the Steelers.
Steelers Offseason News, Notes, and Analysis
So many things in this world are inevitable. Some bring great joy while others bring tremendous sorrow. Today, we in the Steeler Nation must deal with the latter. Pittsburgh Steelers’ Chairman Dan Rooney passed away today at the age of 84.
This season, which has not even reached the draft yet, has already taken on a completely different look and feel now. Mr. Rooney will no longer patrol the fields of St. Vincent’s College in his trademark suspenders during the warm training camp period and he will no longer look down from his box in Heinz Field watching the organization his father Art purchased in 1933.
Mr. Rooney was truly one of a kind and as widely respected as any man could be. Being the owner of the most successful organization of the Super Bowl era brought attention but he always deflected it. His Steelers were never about him or anyone else in the front office. They were about the city and the fans.
Everything he did in football was about football, not just his Steelers. While many owners today make themselves the story and offer as much of themselves to the media as possible, Mr. Rooney did not. It wasn’t about him and never would be.
While the Jerry Jones of the world are celebrated for building gaudy stadiums and finding new ways to grow their own personal wealth, Mr. Rooney looked for ways to build bridges. Because of his leadership there are more black coaches in the game than ever before and more opportunities for them as well.
At a time when he could have easily continued to lead the Steelers he chose instead to serve his country. Under the nation’s first African-American president, Mr. Rooney would serve as the country’s ambassador to Ireland.
But that probably didn’t surprise those who knew Mr. Rooney. He learned from his own father that there was always a time to lead, a time to get out of the way and a time to give back.
We cannot deny the inevitable but we can take great pleasure enjoying what we had. There’s a reason Mr. Rooney was so well respected around the NFL and as fans of his team, we were given his front row seat to watch them every step of the way as he did. It’s exactly the way he wanted things.
While you may not actually see Cam Newton or Matt Ryan or Andrew Luck or Odell Beckham, Jr in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers, you might get to see them on the sidelines at least in the 2017 preseason.
The National Football League announced the preseason schedules for all 32 teams today. Your Pittsburgh Steelers will of course play two at home and two on the road.
The two home contests this year will feature the defending NFC Champions Atlanta and AFC rival Indianapolis. On the road, the Steelers will travel to New York to battle the Giants and they’ll conclude the preseason with a trip to Carolina.
Week One: 8/10-8/14 @NYG
Week Two: 8/17-8/21 ATL
Week Three: 8/24-8/27 IND
Week Four: 8/31-9/1 @CAR
Actual dates will be determined later. One interesting note is that the Steelers will not continue their in-state rivalry with the Philadelphia Eagles.
We got the band together for a rare Sunday afternoon gig to talk Steelers’ Draft. Our focus on the SCB Podcast Sponsored by BodyTech Gym was cornerbacks.
Cnic, Ben and I discussed possible targets at pick number 30 as well as some guys who might be available in the second round. Guys mentioned were Sidney Jones, Cordrea Tankersley, Teez Tabor, Gareon Conley and many more.
This week on the SCB Podcast Sponsored by BodyTech Gym Ben and Cnic joined me again to discuss the Steelers. In this episode we spent the majority of our time discussing the EDGE rushers who may be available to the Steelers in the draft.
Tonight I was joined as always by Cnic and Ben as we broke down the latest Steelers’ News. We discussed all of the Steelers’ free agent signings, what they mean for the draft and much more including our new feature, The Final Blitz.
Other Steelers’ topics included Wayne Gallman, Tarell Basham and free agent signings Justin Hunter, Coty Sensabaugh, Knile Davis and Tyson Alualu.
Give it a listen!
As always, the show is sponsored by BodyTech Gym in North Hills Pittsburgh!
It would figure that on the same day I wrote that free agency was ‘slow going’ for the Pittsburgh Steelers that they would actually get some things done and that was the case today. The Steelers added running back Knile Davis and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh today and in so doing added needed depth at two key positions.
My immediate reaction is that both of these signings are safeguards. Davis’ deal is for one year while Sensabaugh received a two-year deal.
In the case of Davis, he’s carried the ball just 46 times in 2015 and 2016 combined. Compared to Fitzgerald Toussaint, Davis is an upgrade as both a runner and a kick returner so his signing gives the Steelers a little more at each position.
Davis has only caught 34 career passes and just seven in the last two years so as a receiving threat he isn’t much of one. The more significant reason for Davis’ presence is the desperate need for a stable kick return man. He has 73 career kick returns and a career average of 26.8 yards per return. By contrast, Fitzgerald has just 15 career kick returns for an average of just over 21 yards per return. While five yards doesn’t sound like much, think of it in terms of starting at the 25 rather than the 20.
Sensabaugh has been a reserve for most of his career. In his five-year career, he’s started just 29 games, 15 of which came in 2015 when played for Tennessee. At 5’11” and 190 lbs, Sensabaugh figures to provide depth for the Steelers at a boundary cornerback position.
He has just two interceptions and 24 passes defended during his career so my expectations aren’t over the moon by any stretch.
Any thought that these two signings are drastically going to change things for the Steelers would be short-sighted. With Sensabaugh signing a two-year deal I expect him to have a better shot at making the roster than Davis. I really believe the Steelers will look to upgrade Le’Veon Bell’s replacement with a selection in the upcoming draft.
The signing of Davis also seems to end the tenure of DeAngleo Williams who struggled with injuries in 2016.
If the Steelers signed these two players with the intent that they will be major contributors then I’m seriously concerned about the state of things for the Steelers. That’s why I think they can still do better.
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The Steel City Blitz Podcast was back on the air this evening. Cnic and Ben joined me to discuss all of the latest happenings from the Pittsburgh Steelers. We talked about Dont’a Hightower returning to the Patriots… The possibility of Darrelle Revis coming to the Steelers… The signing of Justin Hunter… Draft prospects like Kevin King and Raekown McMillan… Plus much more.
As always, we were sponsored by our friends at BodyTech Gym in North Hills!