5 players the Steelers were right to move on from in 2022
By Andrew Falce
Steelers LB Joe Schobert
This one was a harder pill to swallow. The Steelers made a seemingly savvy move when they traded a sixth-round pick to the Jaguars for Joe Schobert. While not an elite defender, Schobert is a capable linebacker who has had proven success in the league. The move seemed more like the Jaguars wanting to shed his contract as opposed to thinking the player was objectively horrible.
His tenure with the Steelers was less than impressive. While he started right away, he failed to be the consistent linebacker that he was known to be before he was with the team. He became a liability in run defense as offenses had their way with this defense on the ground. As well, he never seemed like he got fully comfortable in this team’s scheme.
While people obsess, and rightfully so, over Devin Bush’s lackluster 2021 season, Schobert also deserves some criticism for the way he played. Cutting a player you traded for is never the best-case scenario, but it was a necessary move for this defense. It opened up some more cap space while also allowing the team to pursue a better linebacker to start in 2022. The Schobert move was a necessary one after his struggles last season.