The Steelers are officially on summer vacation as the offseason workout program wrapped up and they won’t come back together until reporting to training camp later this month.
Steelers season never really ends for Steeler nation so while the Steelers players get their minds and bodies right to embark on the 2016 regular season 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, July 10th.
A piece of history
The Steelers organization played a role in the city of Pittsburgh’s bicentennial celebration with the unveiling of the sculptures from the original Manchester Bridge. Teresa Varley tells the story of how the bridge once spanned from the North Shore to The Point but was demolished in 1970.
The bronze statues of pioneer scout Christopher Gist and Native American Seneca leader Chief Guyasuta each flanked the city of Pittsburgh’s coat of arms. They were restored and reinstalled on the North Short right along Art Rooney Avenue and North Shore Dive.
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Fitting that the Steelers are playing a role in the celebration of the city as the team is such a big part of Pittsburgh.
Stronger than before
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell promises he’ll be back this season better, faster, and stronger than before. He spoke with ESPN’s James Walker on Saturday about his knee conditioning and the fact that he believes he’ll be ready for full action when the Steelers report to training camp.
Bell even addressed his rap track that he dropped last week and referenced wanting $15 million a year. He backed off of what sounded like demands and explained that he didn’t think there would be any issue in signing a deal that would have him remain in Pittsburgh.
"“I’m not a real greedy guy. I don’t play football just for money or things like that. I just want to be valued. Wherever it is – whether its $15 million or lower or higher, whatever it is – I think we will get to an agreement eventually. Obviously, I want to be a Steeler for my whole life. My family grew up Pittsburgh Steelers fans, and its crazy I even got drafted there. So I want to be with them and hopefully we’ll reach an agreement. But that will take place once that time come.” – Le’Veon Bell"
Sure, let’s make it more confusing
The NFL is really good at doing stuff. They’re best at taking stuff that is great, like football, and trying to make it worse for everyone involved. This is where the NFL’s catch rule comes into play. Ray Fittipaldo of the PPG explains that what once was a confusing mess is now an even more confusing mess.
The rule was “clarified” this year with emphasis made on what makes the catch complete. The clarification involves the following phrase about what determines a catch is made when the player and or ball is in motion.
"“A player has the ball long enough to become a runner when, after his second foot is on the ground, he is capable of avoiding or warding off impending contact of an opponent, tucking the ball away, turning up field, or taking additional steps.”"
Sounds simple enough. Now we just need all of the NFL officials to have the same interpretation on what a player is “capable” of and there shouldn’t be any questionable calls made, right?