As you’re all too aware, things move fast in the NFL. Why would I be any different? With our Steelers now in the offseason, I’m already looking ahead with five bold predictions of what the Steelers may do between now and next season.
Lawrence Timmons Takes a Cut or Is Cut. The very first pick of the Mike Tomlin era is scheduled to be the second highest paid Steeler in terms of cap number behind only Ben Roethlisberger. While Timmons has been a model Steeler, his play has diminished and is no longer worth the money he is scheduled to make. The direction of the defense is up for question as well. Are they still thinking of transitioning to a 4-3? If so, that could spell trouble for Timmons as well. SCB writer Ben put together this excellent piece on Timmons’ contract and just what the Steelers would face by moving him.
Several Coaching Changes are Coming. Each year there is turnover in every coaching staff – it’s part of the beast – but I think the Steelers will see some significant movement this offseason. For starters, I think special teams coach Danny Smith is released as will be defensive backs coach Carnell Lake. Don’t be surprised if offensive line coach Mike Munchak takes a job elsewhere too. Call that one a hunch.
Heath Miller Retires. If you haven’t seen Heath Miller in front of a TV camera then you probably think he’s just a shy, quiet guy. In truth, Miller could be on our TV sets much more often because he’s interested in doing television once he’s done playing. Miller has done all there is to do in the NFL. He’s got two Super Bowl rings and will leave as the best tight end in Steelers’ history. He’s still an effective player but he strikes me as a guy who values his health and with a young family it might be time for him to move on to his life’s work.
The Steelers Will Attempt to Move Maurkice Pouncey. I was in the minority when I said I wasn’t happy that the Steelers gave Pouncey that big contract and that was for two reasons. One, while I think he’s extremely athletic, I don’t buy the hype that he’s one of the best. He gives up way too much inside penetration on pass protection for my liking. Two, he’s completely unreliable. This tweet sums it up perfectly.
Has there ever been a Pittsburgh "star" player more replaceable than him? https://t.co/kYPXYIn40a
— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) January 18, 2016
Pouncey is due a roster bonus of about $3.5 million and there are very few teams that are likely to take trade for him with his health issues and large contract but I feel confident they will try to do something. I hope to have more on this soon.
Antwon Blake Returns. Yes, the scourge of the Steelers’ Nation will return and the reasons are simple as to why. First of all, Mike Tomlin likes him. Second of all, he plays the run well which in my opinion is becoming an antiquated way of thinking and third he’ll be relatively cheap.