Good Tuesday to you Steelers’ Fans.
One of the biggest blowhards on sports television is Colin Cowherd and he’s tried hard to ride the “Steelers are in a free-fall” bandwagon. With both Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell officially off to new destinations that left Cowherd with just Ben Roethlisberger to attack. But things didn’t quite go as planned when he had on former Steeler James Harrison. As hard as Cowherd tried to steer the discussion in an “anti-Ben” direction Harrison was having none of it and instead praised Big Ben as a “good guy and good leader.” Harrison has been a royal pain in the rear end since he left the Steelers in 2017 but I appreciate him sticking up for Roethlisberger. He could have easily bowed to the pressure of the media and supported their narrative but he didn’t and I give him respect for that. As for Cowherd, I have no idea how anyone can listen to that guy. Honestly, I have no clue.
Tweet of the Day… Now this is what I love to see.
I was so blessed to enter the league and play with a Hall of Fame QB as a 20-year old. Ben has taught me so much, he’s a true Leader and I can’t wait to rock with my guy this season. pic.twitter.com/Atei8eDiZC
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) March 26, 2019
Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin finally spoke to the media after almost 90 days of relative silence. A couple of comments of note… On the issue of Ben Roethlisberger he said, ” I don’t think he was void of leadership skills or talents,” said Tomlin. “I think he’s more than capable as a quarterback. I think he’s more than capable as a leader. But do I expect growth and development? Certainly. I expect growth and development from all of us based on the experiences that we’re a part of. And I expect growth and development from myself from a leadership standpoint based on the experiences that we have, so that’s not unreasonable.”
Tomlin when asked about Artie Burns’ inability to take his practice performance into the game field. “Not a little bit disappointed. Disappointed. Certainly. Having the ability to carry those talents into a stadium kind of defines us, or inability the do so, so certainly.”
That’s a pretty harsh assessment but an accurate one. Burns will be on very thin ice this season and will need to prove he can be a special teamer and key reserve to even stay on the team.
The Steelers are actively shopping Morgan Burnett at the Owners’ Meetings this week but I do not expect anyone to bite. At best and I do mean “at best,” he could fetch a sixth or seventh round pick and if that happens count me as shocked.
Steelers’ Safety Sean Davis has hired Drew Rosenhaus as his new agent. Cnic and I have both wondered how much longer Davis actually remains a Steeler and with this decision (and in light of recent events with this agent) I think his time in Pittsburgh is limited.
Quotes courtesy steelers.com
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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