Good Tuesday to you Steelers fans.
I hope you all enjoyed Memorial Day and I hope you took a moment to reflect on the reason we have it as well… One of the major criticisms of Shaun Sarrett, the former offensive line coach in Pittsburgh, was that his offensive linemen typically stayed in two-point stances. This has become the standard in many ways especially for tackles or all linemen especially on passing downs. The idea is that by being more upright it allows the lineman to get into position quicker to hold off oncoming pass rushers. The down-side of this is that it arguably takes away the aggressiveness of the player. The weight of the player feels more like it is leaning backwards than forwards. If you know anything about offensive linemen, then you know they prefer to run block way more than they do pass blocking. The reason is quite simple. You get to take the aggression to the defender rather than allowing the defender to come to you. When pundits often talked about the Steelers’ poor O-Line play from the past two seasons this was one of the things that came up. It’s also no surprise to learn that new OL Coach Adrian Klemm is getting his crew back in the habit of putting their hands in the dirt. This is not a magic elixir that will suddenly make the Steelers return to the dominance of years past but it might be a start. This is going to be a very young group with David DeCastro, at 31, being the elder statesman if you will. I don’t think aggressiveness will be an issue for DeCastro or Kevin Dotson or Zach Banner but that’s not something that I would use to describe the play of Chuks Okorafor. He relies more on athleticism and finesse. Regardless, getting back to a traditional three-point stance is a start for this unit. Let’s hope it takes off from there.
Tweet of the Day… It’s fate right? Super Bowl Title number seven is on its way!
look at this cow with the number 7 on his head pic.twitter.com/n3J8kntMZQ
— daniel 𓃒 (@tiredtaurus) May 30, 2021
Steelers’ General Manager Kevin Colbert is in the news but not for anything related to the team. He resigned over the Memorial Day Weekend from the Robert Morris University Board of Trustees. He did this in response to the decision by the university to cut Men’s and Women’s hockey. This decision is being heavily ridiculed by many in Pittsburgh and the hockey world. If a person like Colbert feels strongly enough to resign from the Board then I’d have to say something really stinks with what’s going on here.
I still struggle to understand why people don’t recognize what the Steelers are doing with Dwayne Haskins. He was not brought in to be the future starter. He wasn’t brought in to be the future backup either. The Steelers signed him to the absolute minimum deal they could. There is ZERO risk involved in him being a Steeler right now. If, by some chance, he matures and develops into more than a guy with a big arm then it will have been a terrific move. If nothing happens, then it really doesn’t cost the Steelers a damn thing. I think we often make more out of things than we need to.
Part Two of Phase Three
Today begins the second of three parts of the Steelers’ Phase Three OTAs. Burning questions will be whether T.J. Watt shows up and if he doesn’t, is it contract related? Also, will the Steelers top wide receivers be there? Let’s hope so. The final part is the mandatory mini-camp. The no-shows there must have permission from the team to miss. Stay tuned.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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