The Steelers got worked in Philadelphia but have returned home to face the Kansas City Chiefs.
After a horrible outing against the Eagles the team now has to regroup and focus on the Chiefs. While the wheels go in motion for the game plan we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, Oct. 1st.
Ain’t no backups here, bruh
Much has been made about the role DeAngelo Williams plays with the team whether Le’Veon Bell is suspended or not. He’s repeatedly said that he doesn’t consider himself a backup and is only focused on doing what he can to help the team win a Super Bowl.
Williams sat down with SI’s Ben Baskin on a number of topics including his role with the team and how the Steelers organization practices the “next man up” philosophy.
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"“It’s not just me. I don’t think there is any coach, or team in the NFL, that embodies that mantra more than the Pittsburgh Steelers. On this team you can’t go into a game and say, ‘I didn’t know that call,’ or ‘we never ran this,’ or ‘we never did that,’ because everybody that is on this team is responsible for knowing their job in case you are asked to do that job. There is an accountability aspect here. You don’t want to let your teammates down. So I can’t just go out there and put on a helmet, having not paid attention in practice all week, and then get thrown out there on the field and I don’t know what I’m doing. I’d be doing my team an injustice, my teammates an injustice and myself an injustice.” – DeAngelo Williams"
That’s a long injury list
After not participating all week long with a knee injury it was made official on Friday that inside linebacker Ryan Shazier will not play Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Since being drafted in 2014 his longest streak of consecutive games played is three.
Tribute to the King
Antonio Brown isn’t allowed to wear blue cleats on the field for games but his cleats for Sunday night’s game have a special tribute to the late Latrobe native Arnold Palmer.
Brown got fined in Week 1 for wearing blue cleats and during last week’s loss to Philadelphia was told to change out of his custom blue cleats that had his children’s images on them before he could return to the field. He told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that he plans to keep using inspirational images but stay within the rules.
"“Every week, I’m going to try to keep some motivation or put a picture of somebody that means the most to me or inspires me to keep me encouraged. I’m definitely going to follow the rules in regards to sticking to the team color.” – Antonio Brown"
Brown wasn’t fined for his blue cleats last week, according to Fowler. He was just told to take them off. Messages on the uniform aren’t allowed in the uniform so Brown could be leaving himself open to referee attention again with this, unfortunately.