Steelers Begin ‘Football In Shorts’: Happy 2015, Steeler Nation


The Steelers are itching to get back at it. Steeler Nation is longing for hard hits and spectacular plays.

Monday marks one step closer to all of that. It’s a big step, though one that might be met with a ‘ho hum.’

The team started Phase One of their offseason workout program. So in essence the 2015 season has officially begun. Woot!!

What does Phase One entail? Not much, but here’s a review from the NFL’s policy:

"Phase One. Phase One shall consist of the first two weeks of the Club’s offseason workout program. Subject to the additional rules set forth in Section 5 of this Article, Phase One activities shall be limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. During Phase One, only full-time or part-time strength conditioning coaches, who have no other coaching responsibilities with the Club, shall be allowed on the field; no other coaches shall be allowed on the field or to otherwise participate in or observe activities. No footballs shall be permitted to be used (only ‘dead ball’ activities), except that quarterbacks may elect to throw to receivers provided they are not covered by any other player. Players cannot wear helmets during Phase One."

So we’re back to football in shorts. Granted, there’s no pads, no contact, and no footballs. Unless you’re a quarterback and wide receiver. Nothing like the now to work on timing between those two positions, right Emmanuel Sanders?

No coaches are allowed either, so no #FireHaley until at least the first OTA, ok?

Surprising that the NFL enters the season’s first set of activities with such a whimper. Considering that everything is such a spectacle with everything that is the NFL, one would think that Rodger Goodell would find a way to make even conditioning workouts a media frenzy.

Alas, that’s not the case, and so we will have to continue to endure more Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota, Skip Bayless hot-takes on the Eagles/Teabowmania, and NFL Network features on the careers of Mario Williams, Vince Young, and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Happy 2015 Season, Steeler Nation! Onto the draft!

Here We Go.

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