Good Tuesday morning Steeler fans!
The Steelers sent cornerback Justin Gilbert packing yesterday and I think that may be the beginning of some more moves. I’ll touch on those below… As for Gilbert, I initially thought the Steelers would be on the hook for around $2 million but Jason at overthecap.com mentioned that this might not be the case. Gilbert had a suspension back in 2014 and that may have voided any money owed to him. If that’s the case, the sixth round pick given up to get him doesn’t look so bad. Otherwise it would not be a great move by Kevin Colbert.
With the Super Bowl over I think the Steelers will start making some moves. I think they’ll start with Joey Porter being let go. I thought this before the arrest back in January as well. Porter is great locker room guy and motivator but he just doesn’t do enough in terms of coaching to warrant his return.
Here is the first mock draft from Cnic. Check it out and weigh in in the comments section.
If Danny Smith isn’t let go… OK I’ll stop beating that horse.
Tweet of the Day… Steelers’ mouthpiece Gerry Dulac was at it again yesterday.
Hope all the Steelers scheme/Keith Butler detractors paid attention to what Tom Brady did to Atl's man coverage.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) February 6, 2017
Apparently Dulac didn’t see the first 45-50 minutes of the game. The Atlanta defense did a damn fine job against Tom Brady. Why did they fail? Because the offense hung them out to dry and they were EXHAUSTED. The Falcons’ D was on the field for 93 plays. I don’t care what D you’re playing, you’re going to be gassed in the fourth quarter and overtime. We should not be surprised by this comment however because it’s what Dulac does…. It’s laughable.
What’s also laughable is how insecure many of the guys covering the Steelers are with bloggers. I digress…
One of the more curious moves I’m looking forward to this offseason is Ross Cockrell. He’s a restricted free agent meaning the Steelers can match or refuse any offer he may receive on the open market. Personally, I don’t think he gets ‘said’ offer. The problem is that while Cockrell fits the Steelers’ zone scheme pretty well, I have questions about his tackling and serious questions about his ability to play man coverage when necessary. Stay tuned.
Have a great Tuesday Steeler Nation!