Steelers News: Villanueva, Roethlisberger, Bell


The Steelers offseason which includes everything from free agency to draft prep and anything in between is in full swing.

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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 Friday, Mar. 25th.

Gold Jacket standard

The Steelers’ offensive line used to be considered what the secondary is considered now; the weakest link and possible liability to the team. After some investments in top draft picks and a Hall of Fame line coach in Mike Munchak the offensive line is now one of the strengths of the Steelers’ offense.

Teresa Varley caught up with tackle Alejandro Villanueva about how it felt to step in last season for the injured Kelvin Beachum and what makes this line so special.

"“Maurkice Pouncey is the guy that sets the expectations for everybody on the offensive line. From an aggressive standpoint, to the way you play, to an assignment standpoint, to a demeanor standpoint. Once he sets the standard then you just try to fall into it and he’ll make sure you play up to that standard. That’s why the offensive line here with the Steelers is so special. Everybody sets the standard and obviously Coach Munch, his experience and his play is the No. 1 standard, the Gold Jacket standard and everybody just fights and keeps everybody accountable.” – Alejandro Villanueva"

Give thanks for Big Ben

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The Cleveland Browns signed

Robert Griffin

III to

a two-year deal with $6.75 million in guaranteed money

. The former second overall draft pick has now been sent to be the latest project for the Browns to most likely ruin in hilarious Browns-like fashion.

Colin Dunlap for CBS Pittsburgh suggests that with this signing it is the time for Steelers fans to give thanks that the organization selected Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft. Without that pick who knows where the Steelers would be at this point.

The Browns remain a constant reminder of how poorly and NFL franchise can be run. They constantly fail at drafting, coaching, managing, developing and just general footballing. Their offer to RGIII must have gone something like this; “Hey Robert. Can’t help but notice that no other NFL team wants to sign you at this juncture. Why not join the Browns? It can’t possibly suck here forever.”

We can thank both the Rooney’s and the Browns for Ben Roethlisberger, one of the true “elite” quarterbacks in the league. The Rooney’s selected him after the Browns had already passed him up, because they’re bad at drafting, remember? Should be fun to watch how horribly this project plays out in Cleveland.

Sounds funny to me

This part of the NFL offseason everyone and everything is all talk. That’s all we can do right now. Between NFL free agency, the upcoming draft and the Owners Meetings there’s a lot of talk simply meant to spark more talk.

That’s what the NFL Twitter account was doing when it sent this tweet suggesting that when considering the best running back tandem in the league one shouldn’t overlook the combination of Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin and Charles Sims.

Next: Any free agents left for the Steelers to sign?

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains that Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell thought that was funny and asserted that he and DeAngelo Williams are clearly the best duo in the league. They haven’t exactly played a whole lot together so he’s going to have to back up his statements this season for sure.