Good Monday to you Steelers fans.
Every so often I feel compelled to issue a reminder. The National Football League, no matter how much fun and happiness it may bring, is still a business. Decisions are made daily that not everyone will agree with but the Pittsburgh Steelers have never really cared what you or I thought. Can you imagine if Apple or Toyota ran their businesses based on what we thought? The NFL is no different. There were a lot of upset people last week when the team released David DeCastro. Hey, I don’t like it either but look at it this way. DeCastro was headed for a third ankle surgery. He was hobbled with injuries last season and he couldn’t even participate in this Spring’s OTAs or mini-camps. The Steelers faced a business decision and made it. They take no gladness or satisfaction in letting their perennial Pro Bowler leave but it was abundantly clear their options were limited. Like most pro sports franchises, front office personnel and the coaching staff have to rely heavily on the medical opinion of their medical staffs. The Steelers happen to have one of the more respected medical teams in pro football and if they’re saying it doesn’t look good for DeCastro then you have to believe them. Can they be wrong? Of course! Rod Woodson was thought to have a knee injury so bad that he would be done playing. You know how that turned out… DDC was a terrific player on the field and in the locker room. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision but that’s why those folks get paid big money to make such decisions. It’s a business after all.
Tweet of the Day… Our friends at DC4L are now in the swimsuit business!!
— DC4LCustomTees.com (@DC4LCustomTees) June 27, 2021
Not sure if you caught this late last week but starting in 2022 the NFL is allowing teams to wear an ‘alternate’ helmet with their color rush uniform and throwback uniforms. Teams must notify the NFL of their intent to use an alternate helmet by July 31st of this year. That means we’ll know well ahead of 2022 whether or not the Steelers will do this. Pittsburgh last used an alternate helmet in 2007 when they wore the very popular gold. What will be interesting is whether or not teams are allowed to introduce helmets that have never been used before. It sounds like they will. While I enjoy the different ideas that people come up with I don’t think the Steelers will do anything too radical.
The 2021 season is off to a rough start. The team is 1-4 and Ben Roethlisberger isn’t playing well. You’re Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert. Do you make a change to Mason Rudolph? No? How bad would it have to be before they would consider a change? One could argue that if the season is already lost then let Big Ben play out the string. Others would say “no,” time to see what Rudolph can do now as opposed to when he’s thrust into the action as he was in 2019. Let me be perfectly clear; I hope to God we don’t have to go here.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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