Steelers 2015 Wins, Cornerback Outlook, Family Affair


The NFL offseason is underway and as we prepare for evaluating combines, free agency, and the draft Steelers season never officially ends. We’ll be busy looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, Feb. 21st.

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Oddsmaker’s Steelers 2015 Wins

Before the draft, free agency and even training camp, the oddsmakers are already predicting the win totals for all 32 NFL teams. PFT’s Mike Wilkening lays out the win totals for all the teams based on CG Technology for the betting out in Vegas. Naturally, they’ve got the Seahawks and New England leading the way for 2015 with 11 wins each.

Your Steelers are listed in the middle-of-the-pack with 8.5 wins predicted. Last year, the same oddsmakers predicted 9 wins for the Steelers and as we all know, they ended up with 11. The Steelers have a schedule a gajillion times harder (on paper) in 2015 with away trips to New England and Seattle and home opponents including the Broncos and Colts. What would you put their win total at this early?

Cornerback Outlook

ESPN’s Scott Brown is taking look at the Steelers roster by position prior to the start of free agency. The position of most discussion this offseason or one of the positions of most discussion would have to be cornerback. The Steelers only have William Gay, Cortez Allen, and B.W. Webb under contract with Ike Taylor and Brice McCain set to be unrestricted free agents. Antwon Blake is slated to be a restricted free agent.

The good is William Gay, and if Gay is the best corner on the roster, you have a problem. I’ve never really been a William Gay hater, personally, and I do acknowledge he played his ass off in 2014, setting a Steelers record for returning all three of his interceptions for touchdowns but the fact remains that doesn’t make him a top-tier shut-down corner, which is what the Steelers need.

Brown put it pretty on point when he said that the Steelers have “overlooked this position for too long in the draft” and while if they don’t draft a corner in the first round it should only be because there is clearly a player at a different position available at the 22nd pick who can produce instant results elsewhere.

Brothers don’t shake hands; brother gotta watch each other at the Combine

Steelers linebacker Vince Williams was among those personally taking in the action this week at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, according to Teresa Varley. Not because he’s just interested in watching the pool of potential rookie prospects, but because his younger brother, Karlos Williams, a running back out of Florida State, was working out.

Karlos Williams turned in a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, the second fastest time among running backs, even at weighing in at 230 lbs. And big brother Vince couldn’t have been prouder.

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