The Steelers offseason which includes everything from free agency to draft prep and anything in between is in full swing.
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 Thursday, Mar. 24th.
At the NFL Owners Meetings down in Florida the coaches get to mingle and talk up their current and former players. It’s pretty unlikely that a coach would go out of their way to dog a former player in the media but it’s still nice to hear good things about a new draft pick.
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"“Ryan’s got a lot of experience. Very bright. Great young man. He has been in a lot of wards in this league. He has been on a lot of good football teams. He started 16 games for us last year and did a heck of a job.” – Gary Kubiak"
It’s pretty unlikely that Kubiak would have said anything negative about Harris, or any other of the free agents that have left Denver this offseason so far. It would be more newsworthy to hear if like a player constantly farted on the line but always blamed it on the guy next to him. I’m sure that kind of news will make its way out there sooner or later.
Still a bit salty
Bruce Arians has been gone from Pittsburgh for four years but apparently still feels some type of way about how his departure was handled by the organization. One of the biggest blunders the Rooney family has made in recent years they announced Arians’ “retirement” but within a few days Arians had been hired as an offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.
Arians would go on to win NFL Coach of the Year as the interim head coach for the Colts and now is the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has his comments about how things are going in Pittsburgh without him.
"“They are opening it up and not getting fired for it.” – Bruce Arians"
The “they” he’s talking about is obviously Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger. I’d say it’s a little weird for Arians to still be bitter about leaving Pittsburgh four years later but I still get enraged whenever the name Neil O’Donnell is brought up so who am I to judge?
More new rules
The NFL Owners weren’t done approving new rules apparently. On Wednesday they approved NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s suggested rule that two specific unsportsmanlike conduct fouls will now result in an ejection. The owners still have to determine what types of fouls will necessitate the ejection.
Things like throwing punches, using abusive language or gestures towards opponents or officials and baiting or taunting acts. Still awful subjective to referee discretion for my taste.
The other rule that was proposed was the touchback was set to the 25-yard line. The idea is to deter teams from kick return attempts. So more touchbacks. Awesome.