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 Wednesday, Feb. 3rd.
Continuing the tradition
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The Steelers have an amazing tradition and legacy of linebackers. Some of the greatest linebackers to ever grace a football field did so in the Black & Gold.
and his fellow first-round pick linebackers strive towards continuing that legacy of linebacker greatness for the Steelers.
"“We would love to have that type of legacy. Who wouldn’t want their name to be on the list of guys like Jack Lambert and Jack Ham? That sounds amazing. We all want that. We play this game to be great. We are going to work so we can continue the tradition.” – Ryan Shazier"
Shazier has a lot of work to do for his own legacy as he’s only played in 21 games through his first two seasons with the Steelers. He finished strong this past season and had the team-high in tackles in the post season included two forced fumbles. Shazier also assumed his role in calling the defense on the field by the end of the season.
He’s not cool?
Tis the season for NFL anecdotes as Super Bowl week heats up and the national shows fill the time with lists and rankings that have little or nothing to do with actually playing the game. Jeremy Fowler explains how ESPN’s Dan Le Batard broke down the NFL’s “cool” quarterbacks and excluded Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from their exclusive list.
The list of “cool” quarterbacks included Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. The “dorky” quarterbacks were Eli Manning and Andy Dalton. Roethlisberger falls somewhere in the middle, apparently. He won’t be gracing the cover of GQ anytime soon but something tells me Roethlisberger is ok with that. I think Steeler Nation is fine with it too.
Who needs a cool quarterback when the coach is the coolest in the league?
Steelers left tackle Kelvin Beachum made his way to becoming an integral piece of the offensive line partly because of his versatility. The Trib’s Mark Kaboly reminds us that Beachum has been asked to play just about every position on the offensive line during his four years so far with the Steelers.
Now that Beachum is about to enter free agency he’s ready to take a stand as to where he’s going to line up. When asked what his response would be if he would to be asked to move to guard or any other position by the Steelers or any other team that might contact him in free agency, Beachum has a response ready to go.
"“I am not going to say anything. I am just going to look at them like they are crazy. I have played left tackle my entire career, and I was thrust into all kinds of positions when I got here and I was a team player from that perspective, but I made my mark as a left tackle.” – Kelvin Beachum"
I like Beachum but his agent should probably let him know that as a free agent his versatility is an asset, not a hindrance.