Steelers OTAs, Bell Owning Up, Roger Getting it Right?


The 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone and your Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 draft class is being inked up to contracts. There are just a few more phases of the offseason training program before the team breaks in June before training camp. While the new Steelers get acclimated with the Steel City we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, May 16th.

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Steeler OTAs

The remaining dates for the Steelers offseason workout programs have been announced. The Steelers will resume offseason workouts May 26th through the 28th and then will be back again from June 2-4 and June 8-11. The mandatory mini-camp will be from June 16-18 and then we have the long wait till the Steelers report to Saint Vincent College which will probably be around July 24th.

Bell speaks on suspension

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had a hell of a breakout year his sophomore season in the NFL. It didn’t start the best of ways with an arrest just hours before he was supposed to board a plane for a preseason game in Philadelphia. Bell was arrested with then-teammate LeGarrette Blount for marijuana possession and DUI.

The NFL handed him a three-game suspension for the arrest, which he is appealing, but Bell spoke for the first time since his suspension was handed out and he’s owning up to his boneheaded mistake.

In an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson Bell promised that he had quit marijuana and would avoid anything else that could get him into further trouble to jeopardize his NFL career which is clearly on the rise.

"“Football is what I love. I love the game of football and nothing will come to jeopardize that.” – Le’Veon Bell"

Did Roger get it right?

The #Deflategate topic is quite possibly one of the most compelling stories that has ever hit professional sports. It’s a tale of the absurdity with one prestigious franchise caught in a ridiculous cheating scandal involving the highest profile player in the league.

The Steelers’ Bob Labriola delves into the question of whether or not NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “got it right” with his punishment of a four-game suspension for Tom Brady, a $1 million fine for the franchise and the stripping of a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth round pick the year after.

Now the punishment for Brady is being appealed and the Patriots organization is firing back at Rog and the Ted Wells Report when just a week ago they said they’d be ready to accept whatever punishment is levied.

Clearly in this case the cover up is way worse than the crime. Brady and the Pats got the smack down because they thought they were above the “shield” now Rogeez has to preside over Brady’s appeal (against Brady’s request) or else he’d have the potential to look like a jackass if someone else overturned it.

Even if Goodell skims the suspension down from four games to two he still looks like an idiot. Labriola compares Goodell’s suspensions and appeals process like buying a car, there’s an offer made and then a counter offer and the final number is somewhere in the middle. Is that really doing it right?

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