Good Monday to you Steelers fans.
That rite of passage for fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers known as “we need to sign bigger named free agents” will soon be upon us. With free agency looming in the coming days, this tradition is one that never fails to occur. Despite the fact that research shows that teams who sign second tier free agents more than the higher-priced ones fair better, Steelers’ fans will still clamor for them to sign “everyone.” Let me let you in on a little secret. THE STEELERS DO NOT MAKE A BIG SPLASH IN FREE AGENCY. They build through the draft and add players in free agency that fit key roles on the team. Steven Nelson last year was their biggest signing at three years and $25 million. For the Steelers, that’s a splash. Keep in mind the salary cap situation is still an unknown. Regardless, the Steelers won’t suddenly change their paradigm. They will get themselves to where they have about $10 million or so for draft pick signing and a few emergency free agents if needed. That’s just the way our Steelers do business folks and since the dawn of free agency it has worked out for them far more than it hasn’t.
Tweet of the Day… Mike Hilton has been routinely posting tweets about the number of days until free agency. Seems like one would only do this if they were really wanting to be somewhere else. Wonder if he has been told something by the team?
— Mike Hilton (@MikeHilton_28) March 8, 2021
The buzz continues to grow in the NFL Draft community that the Steelers and GM Kevin Colbert really like Kyle Trask, the quarterback from Florida. Trask was my very first evaluation this year and yes, there was plenty to like. But his inability to get the ball out to the numbers was alarming as was his lack of fundamentals on deep throws. He tends to be “all arm” leaving his hips, shoulders and lower body to do none of the work. With so many needs I’ll be very disappointed if they spend an early round selection on a QB in this Draft.
Tomlin on Race
In all his time as the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin has largely steered clear of commenting on racial issues as they relate to coaching in the NFL. That came to an end last week when he was interviewed about the subject for HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. Tomlin is notoriously known for saying little to nothing during the offseason but said this was something he needed to address. The topic of Kansas City Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy came up, “Bieniemy is a real head-scratcher for me,” Tomlin said. “Every offensive coordinator Andy Reid has had in the last 20 years got a head job. One of those guys, Brad Childress, hired me in Minnesota in 2006. Now, Andy has the best offense he’s ever had and [Bieniemy] can’t get a job?” Bieniemy has had interviews but he’s not been considered a serious candidate and I tend to agree with Tomlin. Something is not right here. Not it may very well be that Bieniemy doesn’t do well in interview settings; I accept that’s a possibility but the fact that Tomlin chose to say something tells me there’s something more to this.
Quote courtesy post-gazette.com
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