Good Monday to you Steelers fans.
More than a month after their season came to a crashing halt, the Pittsburgh Steelers have just about finished rebuilding their coaching staff. Added last week as an assistant offensive line coach and run game coordinator was Chris Morgan. He actually has more experience than Adrian Klemm, who is the OL Coach, but he’ll be there to assist. More recently was the addition of a secondary coach. Just days after taking a position at the University of Houston, Grady Brown agreed to coach the defensive backs in Pittsburgh. Brown has college experience at numerous schools and has a mathematics degree from Alabama A&M. These hires complete the staff in terms of significant coaching positions but there could be additional hires. Don’t be surprised if you see an analytics person or two along with some quality control people as well. Having this come together is good considering the work the Steelers must do in terms of the salary cap now.
Tweet of the Day… I would welcome this…
I have a feeling that there will be big Steeler news today!
— Pillsbury JoeBoy (@jpbucco) February 15, 2021
OK, OK, Let’s Talk J.J. Watt
Let me say this first. The salary cap can ALWAYS be manipulated to do just about anything so what I will not say is “There’s ZERO way Watt comes to Pittsburgh.” With that out of the way, let’s examine more closely. The Steelers already have a big number of their own guys to deal with in free agency. Some won’t be back and some will. That’s how getting under the cap by the new league year works. But let’s talk more about Watt. If he wants to come to a Super Bowl contender why come to Pittsburgh? Sure, anything is possible, but I don’t see this team being in the hunt the next couple of years. Secondly, what do you pay him? If he is willing to take the veteran minimum that’s terrific and could very well be doable. He’s made well over $100 million in his career so money doesn’t appear to be an issue. The NFLPA may be a bit more concerned with him doing that though because his value is so much higher. But then there’s the bigger piece to this, where does he play? Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward are solidified as your main defensive line threats. With the Steelers spending most of their defensive time in nickel, that usually means Tuitt and Heyward are inside while T.J. Watt and (we’ll assume for now Alex Highsmith) are your EDGE rushers. J.J. has traditionally been an end but saying he can’t come off the EDGE probably isn’t fair to him but you sure as hell aren’t dropping him into coverage. This is a basic element of the Steelers’ defense for outside linebackers. If J.J. Watt were on the field then you’ll know immediately he’s not dropping into coverage. He just doesn’t have that skill set. You could play him inside in the nickel or dime but you aren’t going to use him as your nose in base that’s for sure too. Ultimately, if I’m Watt, I go where I have a much more legitimate chance of winning a Super Bowl but that’s just me. I have no idea how strong the pull is to play with his brothers so I’ll just leave it at that.
My understanding is that the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger have spoken about the QB’s current contract. There could be some movement as early as Tuesday but as of right now that’s all I’ve got.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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