Good Monday to you Steelers fans.
The Steelers announced yesterday that they are hiring Aaron Curry to the position of Linebackers Coach. It is expected that he will largely focus on the outside linebackers with Jerry Olsavsky staying with the inside backers. Curry is a name you probably know. He was thought of as a “can’t miss” product coming out of Wake Forest and was drafted fourth overall by the Seattle Seahawks. Unfortunately things just never clicked and in many circles he’s been viewed as a classic “draft bust.” Once his playing career ended however he started coaching. From 2014 through 2018 he was the defensive line coach at Charlotte where two of his players were Alex Highsmith and Larry Ogunjobi. In 2019 he headed to Seattle where he’s been a defensive assistant. I honestly don’t have much of an opinion here because so little is known. Many former players, whose careers haven’t gone as planned, have gone on to be excellent coaches so maybe that’s what awaits us with Curry.
The ultimate question in my mind regarding Mitchell Trubisky comes down to who you think can replace him at a cheaper price. Sure, Gardner Minshew, Jacoby Brissett and Andy Dalton will be available for much less than what Trubisky is scheduled to make but… How confident are you (Omar Khan) that any of these guys will want to come here?
If you caught any of the XFL this weekend then you probably saw a handful of former Steelers. Hines Ward is the head coach of the San Antonio team while former players like Paxton Lynch, Sean Davis, Tyler Vaughns, Shakur Brown, Eli Rogers, Tegray Scales, Kalen Ballage, Kam Kelly, Tuzar Skipper, Travis Feeney and Martavis Bryant. What are the chances any of these young men return to the NFL? Oh I’m sure you’ll see a few but sadly, most of these guy are probably not going to make much of a mark. And as Chuck Noll used to say, “It’s time to get on with you life’s work.”
Tweet of the Day… Sound advice.
Prayer Circle ⭕️:
Please god… Today we pray that @Steelers fans on Twitter somehow understand after all these years what a salary cap is.
And they they cannot sign every overpaid, underperforming vet that their respective teams want to shed.
— rizzo (@rizzosarge) February 20, 2023
An Interesting Thought on Weidl
Credit to The Athletic’s Mike DeFabo who did the digging on Steelers’ Assistant GM Andy Weidl. His track record in Baltimore ad in Philly show that he is a big believer in building the lines, offensive and defensive. That makes a lot of sense when you consider both of those are considerable areas of need heading into the free agent and Draft process.
And You Thought the Pro Bowl Had Problems?
Last evening the NBA held their annual All-Star Game in which one player scored 55 points. One of the coaches (Michael Malone of Denver) afterward said, “It’s an honor to be here, and it’s an honor to be a part of great weekend with great players, but it’s the worst basketball game ever played.” He went to question the effort of many players. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
We’ve started our NFL Draft Coverage here at SCB and the first of our Position Profiles is out. We’ve made the decision that rather than make extensive profiles of each player, we are doing smaller ones and grouping them by position. This allows us to easier update information as Pro Days and the Combine provide more info.
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