Steelers news: T.J. Watt in win-now mode, J.J. shares fandom, and more
T.J. Watt explains why now is the time for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and J.J. Watt shares what team he will be rooting for. Here’s the latest news.
With the Brian Flores news in the rearview mirror, we will start to monitor whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers look to replace their senior defensive assistant. This team already has the smallest coaching staff in the NFL, so finding a replacement seems likely at some point.
As we prepare for the biggest game in football this weekend, many current and former players are on hand at Super Bowl row. The latest Steelers news involves 2021 Defensive Player of the year, T.J. Watt, and his big brother who recently retired.
On Thursday afternoon, T.J. Watt sat down for a chat on The Pat McAfee Show. McAfee praised Watt for his production despite being double-teamed often and asked him about his goals. However, Watt was quick to make it about his team’s success, saying ‘I want to do whatever it takes to win.”
Watt also noted that Cameron Heyward is still the ‘big head’ of this team right now, but he clearly views himself as a leader. Watt believes that the ‘time is now’ for the Steelers.
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Speaking of Watt, his even more famous brother, J.J. Watt has been in the news recently as well. During the Pardon My Take Podcast of Barstool Sports, J.J. was asked about his fandom and where his allegiance lies now that he is retired and will be enjoying the game from the stands.
When asked if he was a Steelers fan now, Watt responded, “Absolutely, I’m a huge Steelers fan. Steelers, absolutely, I’m all-in on the Steelers.”
Watt ten years with the Houston Texans where he found tremendous success — including 3 Defensive Player of the Year award and 5 First-Team All-Pro honors. He played his final two seasons for the Arizona Cardinals. Despite being from Wisconsin, Watt quickly voiced that he would not be a Packers fan. It’s Steelers all the way for him.
Mock drafts are in full swing right now, and the media has slotted the Steelers with an array of interesting picks over the past few days. Keeping the focus on the first round, Pittsburgh beat reporter Ray Fittipaldo had Pittsburgh going with Iowa EDGE Lucas Van Ness. Meanwhile, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic has them going with Oklahoma offensive tackle, Anton Harrison.
Of course, there’s always the obvious choice. The most recent mock draft from Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports has the Steelers going with Penn State cornerback, Joey Porter Jr. The lengthy CB has been one of the most frequently mocked players to Pittsburgh early in the offseason.