Good Thursday to you Steelers’ Fans.
Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert seemed pretty sure of himself yesterday when defending Ben Roethlisberger against the growing number of ‘talking heads’ blaming him for the Antonio Brown situation. He called Big Ben the “unquestioned leader of the Steelers.” No one, myself included, has denied that Roethlisberger could use some work in the ‘leadership style’ department. But I have news for you; he isn’t going to change as he approaches his 37th birthday. And I’ll tell you another thing, there’s a lot more to this divorce with Antonio Brown than most of us will ever know. The Steelers have shielded a lot of the issues and if you heard the post-gazette’s Ed Bouchette on “The Dan Patrick Show” the other day then you got a glimpse into that. Those with the “It’s Ben’s fault” agenda would do well to learn that there is always more to the story and that is most certainly the case here.
With Le’Veon Bell now “free at last,” here were my thoughts on the decision and Bell’s time in Pittsburgh. I won’t say much more than what I said in the linked piece but just understand the Steelers recognized they had been through enough with Bell and they also realized their fan base had too. Oh… Rumor has it that Bell is up to 260 pounds. That Seadoo photo didn’t lie!
Tweet of the Day… I must be old because the first thing I noticed was James Conner’s skinny jeans. C’mon man! Slap some dress pants on! I hate wearing them too so I get it. Congrats to James for this award. Well deserved.
— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) February 21, 2019
Colbert gave one of his best performances as a GM yesterday nailing a variety of issues. That’s not easy for me to say because I’ve got a lot of bones to pick with Colbert over free agent signings and draft picks. However, Colbert was very good yesterday. The one area of concern (and I think he was playing coy a bit here) was Bud Dupree. They gave him his $9.2 million dollar fifth year option last year but have until March 13th to rescind it. I would not be surprised if they do that and try to re-sign him to a deal where he could possibly (between salary and signing bonus) still get back that roughly $9 million without it being as big of a hit on the cap.
On the issue of Chris Boswell, Colbert was spot on. He has to have competition in camp for the struggling kicker who came off a Pro Bowl season to struggle mightily.
Thanks again to our graphics man Aaron for the new QH images. Dude does terrific work for the site and I know we all appreciate it!
One final thought… Sports media, analysts and ‘players trying to become TV people’ need to get back to informing and teaching us. It has become abundantly clear with the Bell and Brown situations that many of these individuals have agendas that they put forth. And shame on the ESPNs and FS1s of the world for worrying more about clicks and views than actual content.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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