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 Sunday, Mar. 6th.
Beyoncé once said, “So don’t you ever for a second get to thinking you’re irreplaceable”. That certainly doesn’t apply to Heath Miller, a tight end who was truly one of a kind for the Steelers for the past eleven seasons.
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that teams have a tough time, especially looking at the combine, finding tight ends who can fit the various roles tight ends play in the NFL today. They have to be a pass-catching tight end that is capable of being physical and handle whatever is thrown at him.
The college football game doesn’t necessarily use their tight ends in the same manner in which the NFL does so therein lies the difficulty in scouting for that particular position. The Steelers hope they have a budding star in second-year tight end Jesse James but they know realistically he’s no and won’t be another Heath Miller.
Free agency choices
The 2016 NFL league year officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday and ESPN’s Cole Harvey suggests that the Steelers have a big choice to make when it comes to two of their offensive linemen free agents. Harvey suggests the team will have to choose between guard Ramon Foster and tackle Kelvin Beachum.
Because of the salary cap restraints the Steelers likely won’t be able to afford to re-sign both players so a choice would have to be made. Beachum is coming off of ACL surgery but is highly ranked among free agent offensive tackles while Foster is that key age of 30.
Which one provides the best protection to Ben Roethlisberger? That’s the key to deciding on making that choice.
Peezy didn’t do nothing
Bengals POS Vontaze Burfict is continuing his redemption tour with his interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Among other lovely tidbits that point to what a jagoff this dude really is he passed the blame of the loss in the Wild Card game to the Steelers to an “unnamed teammate” (presumably Jeremy Hill for his costly fumble).
Burfict also basically resolved Steelers linebacker coach Joey Porter from any rumors that he instigated the penalty on Adam Jones by provoking him on the field following Burfict’s illegal hit on Antonio Brown.
"“He made a mistake, but Joey shouldn’t have been on the field talking. Adam got my back, 100, 110 percent, I respect him because I don’t him, ‘man, he wasn’t saying nothing bad like that,’ one of the refs was looking at Adam and right when Adam like kind of pushed Joey Porter, he was like, ‘oh, this is it, he just threw it.’ So I’m like, man, I kind of feel like we were cheated a little bit.” – Vontaze Burfict"
It’s funny how Burfict can come to the conclusion that Porter did nothing wrong and Hill’s fumble was costly to the game but still thinks his team was cheated. Idiot.