Steelers Getting Better, Epic Fail, Lanning Released


The Pittsburgh Steelers heading back out onto the practice field for the third week of OTAs where the rookie class and returning players will be participating in drills and getting more acquainted. 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 Wednesday, June 10th.

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Ben wants more points

The Steelers offense did a lot of right last season with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell setting and/or breaking franchise records. One thing they can definitely improve upon, however, is the red zone offense. The Steelers had to settle for a whole lot of three points off of Shaun Suisham’s toe last season when they should have had touchdowns.

Roethlisberger spoke to Teresa Varley about what he thinks the areas of improvement are for the offense in 2015.

"“We can get better every day. We can improve on third downs, we can improve on red zones, and we can improve on first down. To us, we never want to settle. We always want to continue to improve and get better. Just because we had a bunch of individuals that did great last year and we as a unit played great, we still feel like we can get better.” – Ben Roethlisberger"

Why you gotta bring up old stuff?

I’ve made no bones about my irrational and immature resentment for Neil O’Donnell and the fact that I’m still convinced he was paid off by Jerry Jones to throw those interceptions in Super Bowl XXX but let’s just let that go for now. Joe Montana was in Pittsburgh recently for the Gridiron Gold event honoring the six Hall of Fame quarterbacks who hail from Western Pennsylvania.

So for some reason we gotta bring up the 2012 interview he did with Dan Patrick where Montana says he was open to playing in his hometown of Pittsburgh late in his career but the Steelers turned him down because…you guessed it…they already had Neil O’Donnell.

WPXI reminds us yet again that not only did the Steelers turn down a potential trade with the 49ers for Montana; they also thought it was great to remind us that the Steelers selected Greg Hawthorne and Zack Valentine in the 1979 NFL Draft before the San Francisco 49ers took Montana with the 82nd overall pick.

Just to throw salt on it, let’s take a moment to also remember that the Steelers passed on Dan Marino with the 21st pick in the 1983 NFL Draft when the Miami Dolphins ended up taking him with the 27th overall pick. Great, now we’re all in bad moods.

Browns released punter Spencer Lanning

The punter most remembered for getting kicked directly in the face by our Antonio Brown was released by the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday with little fanfare. That’s what you get when you go to Cleveland. Someone will kick you in the face and then they just release you like nothing.

Anywhoo, he didn’t stay on waivers very long and was already claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the same day. Bet he’s kind of glad to get out of the AFC North.

One more time just for funzies…

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