The Steelers players head into the offseason for recovery and the coaches head out to prepare for free agency and the draft.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the offseason starts to heat up we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Tuesday, Jan. 26th.
Looking for growth
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The Steelers have spent their last three first-round draft picks on linebackers but outside linebacker
certainly had the most successful rookie campaign of all of them. Even with that success
us that Dupree and coach Tomlin are looking for growth from his start.
"“When you come in as a rookie, it’s starting all over again. You have to earn your way. Now I can finally put an entire offseason together, just mental stuff for my position. Last year it was preparing for the combine and stuff like that. It will be a good offseason for me. I am going to work on improving my craft. I want to keep my body as fresh as possible and become better in the classroom. We need to then get back to work and focus on becoming champions next year.” – Bud Dupree"
It was hard for Steelers fans to watch receiver Antonio Brown lie on the ground motionless after a hit from Vontaze Burfict in the 18-16 Wild Card win over the Bengals. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reminds us that the hit sidelined Brown for the Steelers 23-16 divisional round loss to the Broncos.
The moment and the hit were both tough for Eddie Brown, Antonio’s father, to watch.
"“The hard part is when you see your kid lying on the floor like that, not having any control over his body. The concern goes to whether he’ll get up, the fact he had no control over his body, possibly unconscious. You just hope and pray. No hard feelings toward anyone. I don’t have any kind of energy for those types of things. I’m not that kind of person. That’s not who I am.” – Eddie Brown"
Gilbert looking for longevity
Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert played what he calls his “healthiest season as of yet” in 2015, according to the Trib’s Chris Adamski. Gilbert trimmed down last offseason and played his second injury-free season of his career which included playing 99.5 percent of the Steelers’ offensive snaps.
Pro Football Focus rates Gilbert the third right tackle in the NFL after he allowed just one sack all season. Gilbert credits healthy eating and yoga in the offseason to his improvement in his health. He’s looking for a long-term NFL career and knows that staying healthy is the key.