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Eric Ebron excited to see “silky smooth” Pat Freiermuth get started with the Steelers

Behind the Steel Curtain - 5 hours 32 min ago
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers second round pick has impressed Eric Ebron so far this offseason.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have never been a team known for their dominating tight ends. They’ve never had a Rob Gronkowski or Tony Gonzalez type player. Sure, Heath Miller was phenomenal, but he wasn’t the athlete of those other tight ends. With that said, the Steelers are hoping their latest addition to the tight end room is going to make the group a more versatile unit.

Already with Eric Ebron on the roster, the retirement of Vance McDonald left the team with just Zach Gentry, Dax Raymond and Kevin Rader as the only tight ends on the roster. Needless to say, something had to be done. That something came in the form of Pat Freiermuth of Penn State being selected in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Freiermuth has already been through Rookie Minicamp and Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but none of those had him really interact with Ebron. During minicamp, that took place and Ebron was impressed with what he saw.

“Pat’s gonna be good, man, Pat’s gonna be pretty good,” Ebron assessed during mandatory minicamp. “It’s hard to dictate what everyone looks like in shorts and helmets, because everyone looks good. But I’m excited to see him grow as a tight end. It’s a lot of information we’re throwing at him. It’s a lot of different things he needs to know at this position.”

Sure, football in shorts isn’t a great way to dictate someone’s true potential, but Ebron sees a ton of potential within Freiermuth.

“I’m just looking forward to see him grow, man. To me, he’s just a smooth playmaker. He’s silky smooth, he doesn’t look like he’s trying too hard and he’s capable of a lot. He asks a lot of questions, which is good. He’s really easy to talk to, which is cool. I look forward to seeing him grow in this league. It’s gonna be fun to watch him.”

Of course, every offensive player who was interviewed during minicamp was asked about Matt Canada and his new offense. Ebron was excited, and hopeful, the tight ends would be more of a focus in the new offense.

“It gets me very excited,” Ebron said. “I think I’ll be featured a lot more. The tight end position, period, I feel like will be featured a lot more. Having Pat and some of the other guys we have, our tight end room is pretty strong.

“From the three days that I’ve been here, well, two, we’ve dominated. And I say that with emphasis because I feel like our room is pretty good and I feel like we should carry a lot of stress upon our room to be great every week because we’re very capable of that, especially in Canada’s offense.”

The thought of watching Freiermuth or Ebron catching passes down the seam and rumbling down the field is certainly enthralling. Then again, we’ve heard this song and dance before, and the proof is in the pudding.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.

The Steelers Trifecta: Acy, Allen, and Alualu

Behind the Steel Curtain - 7 hours 2 min ago
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Day 1 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring DeMarkus Acy, Marcus Allen, and Tyson Alualu

Welcome to the Steelers Trifecta! Over the 30 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 training camp, we will be highlighting three players every day in order cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s three players:

DeMarkus Acy Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Position: Corner
Age: 23
Year: 2
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 195
Drafted: UDFA 2020 (San Francisco 49ers)
College: Missouri
Roster Outlook: Doubtful
Analysis:

Despite the Steelers need at cornerback, the roster is loaded to the gills with guys with better talent than Acy. DeMarkus Acy’s best shot at making this team is as a practice squad guy. His main competition consists of the long list of Steelers 2021 UDFA cornerbacks and Tre Norwood. Long story short, it will be an up hill battle for Acy.

Marcus Allen Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Position: Linebacker
Age: 24
Year: 4
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 215
Drafted: 2018, Round 5, Pick 148
College: Penn State
Roster Outlook: Bubble
Analysis:

Marcus Allen has carved out a little niche for himself on the Steelers roster. He’s cemented himself as a special teams player and a depth linebacker. But entering his fourth year in the league Allen will need to continue to grow, otherwise he might be shown the door in favor of younger players like Buddy Johnson.

Tyson Alualu Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Position: Defensive Tackle
Age: 34
Year: 13
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 304
Drafted: 2010 Round 1, Pick 10 (Jacksonville Jaguars)
College: California
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

Tyson Alualu replaced Javon Hargrave beautifully in 2020. The Steelers defense didn't miss a beat with the former first-round pick clogging up the middle. Despite nearly losing him at the start of the 2021 offseason, the Steelers managed to retain the services of Alualu and will look to him to play big snaps this year. Alualu is not going anywhere on this roster and will be a staple of the Steelers defensive line until he retires.

Be sure to check back everyday for anther ‘trifecta’ of Steelers, and as we go along click back on previous articles (eventually listed below) so you don’t miss a thing.

Keith Bulter ranked as one of the NFL’s best defensive play callers

Behind the Steel Curtain - 8 hours 2 min ago
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Pro Football Focused ranked the top six defensive play callers going into the 2021 season.

Just when I thought all the various position rankings were over from Pro Football Focus, yet another one comes onto the scene. This time, PFF has graced us with a list involving coaches as they released their top six defensive play callers going into the 2021 NFL season.

NFL's best defensive play callers https://t.co/HyKgSBn6Kl

— PFF PIT Steelers (@PFF_Steelers) June 20, 2021

On the list was Steelers’ defensive coordinator Keith Butler who came in at the third spot. Here is the explanation of the selection according to PFF:

3. KEITH BUTLER, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

The Steelers tied for second in the NFL in yards per play allowed while generating pressure and knocking down the quarterback both at a rate roughly four percentage points higher than any other defense in 2020. This was despite the fact that Bud Dupree and Devin Bush were injured for much of the season.

The Steelers were the NFL’s best team in terms of limiting positive expected points added plays, and they stayed among the league’s top units despite a turnover rate that decreased by roughly one-third from their absurd 2019 season to 2020.

When looking at the success metric of these teams, it’s difficult to tell if it’s exactly from the play calling. Regardless, it was still good to see the Steelers being represented.

Something which Pro Football Focus may not have taken into account, which is also something Steelers fans would like to know themselves, is if defensive coordinator Keith Butler is the person calling the defensive plays. It has been reported that at times head coach Mike Tomlin takes over the play calling duties. Exactly who is making the calls on defense is not exactly known and could vary from game to game.

Looking at how the list shaped up, five of the six teams on the list came from the AFC. The only NFC team represented on the list was Todd Bowles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fifth spot. The Steelers were not the top team in the AFC North as Baltimore’s Don “Wink” Martindale came in at the second position behind Brandon Staley of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Whether it be Coach Butler or Coach Tomlin who is making the calls on defense, there is little argument as to the Steelers having a successful defensive unit during the 2020 regular season. Hopefully the defensive play calling can help keep the Steelers defense at or above the same level as the previous year despite the loss of some 2020 starters.

Podcast: Dads of Steel, Fathers Day edition

Behind the Steel Curtain - 8 hours 32 min ago

With the Steelers now in their offseason, it’s time to bring back an old favorite as we look back at Steeler tales from yesterday and today surrounding the black and gold.

To conclude Father’s Day Week, Steelers fandom between a father and son is again brought to the forefront. Join BTSC podcast producer Bryan Anthony Davis and his dad with the other side of the Men of Steel. This leads to the topic of the latest episode of the most unique member of BTSC’s family of podcasts.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Steelers Memories
  • Special Guest: BAD and his Dad

If you haven’t heard, we have a YouTube channel, and the main reason for this is to increase the sound quality on our shows. But if you’re a visual learner you can watch the show below. Be sure to subscribe to our channel

If you missed the live show, be sure to check out all episodes on the following platforms:

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If you’re old-school and just want the audio, you can listen to it in the player below.

Part 1

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How a Tennessee quarterback became the future of the Steelers offensive line

Behind the Steel Curtain - 9 hours 32 min ago
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

As trades in the NFL occur, it turns from one player into another, into another, into another…

In case you didn’t know, I love tracing back how the Steelers were able to land a certain player based on the previous moves which put them, or the draft pick used to select them, into their hands. Whether it be connecting Santonio Holmes to Diontae Johnson, or Keyaron Fox to James Conner, it’s a fun little exercise in diving into the rabbit hole to see exactly how someone landed with our beloved Steelers.

This time, we begin in 2012 and the eighth overall selection of the NFL draft. After seeing Andrew Luck go number one overall to the Indianapolis Colts ending the Peyton Manning era, they were a couple of top five picks who ended up being NFL busts. First, Trent Richardson did not pan out at running back for the Cleveland Browns at the number three pick, and at number five wide receiver Justin Blackmon had all sorts of trouble with the Jacksonville Jaguars. A member the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019, Mark Barron was the seventh overall pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2012 draft.

While we could reminisce about the entire 2012 draft, the player which starts this process was quarterback Ryan Tannehill who was selected by the Miami Dolphins at the eighth position. After three seasons and a record of 23-25, Tannehill signed a $96 million extension in 2015 which would have kept him with the Dolphins through the 2020 season.

Unfortunately, Tannehill only spent four more years in Miami, three of which he saw the field where his combined record was 19-21. Tannehill missed the Dolphins final three games of the 2016 season, along with their playoff matchup in Pittsburgh, due to a partially torn ACL. After choosing therapy and rehab over surgery, Tannehill ultimately had to have surgery during training camp of the 2017 season. After missing another five games in the middle of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury, the Dolphins chose to move on from Tannehill.

Traded at the beginning of the 2019 league year, Tannehill was moved from the Miami Dolphins to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round draft pick as well as the Dolphins swapping their 2019 sixth-round pick for the Titans 2019 seventh-round pick.

The pick the Titans sent to the Dolphins ended up being the 135th overall pick in 2020. But the Dolphins did not use this draft pick. Instead, it became a part of trade which brought Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers.

Following Week 2 of the 2019 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers acquired safety Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for their 2020 first-round draft pick. Also included in the deal was the Steelers gaining a fourth-round pick from the Dolphins in exchange for the Steelers fifth-round draft pick in 2020, as well as the Steelers sending their sixth-round pick in 2021 to the Dolphins in exchange for their seventh-round draft pick.

Interesting enough, the Miami Dolphins did not send their own fourth-round draft pick to the Steelers in 2020, but it was the draft pick they acquired from trading Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee. With this draft pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Kevin Dotson with the 135th overall selection.

Dotson surprised many in his rookie year with the Steelers despite not even being invited to the NFL combine. Going into the 2021 season, Dotson is projected to be the Steelers starter at left guard.

So there is the connection. The Miami Dolphins eighth overall draft pick in 2012 helped lead to the Steelers drafting Kevin Dotson in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft. It was the fourth-round draft pick the Dolphins acquired for Ryan Tannehill, which ended up being a part of the package sent to the Steelers along with Minkah Fitzpatrick.

30 Scenarios in 30 Days: Why Najee will break Franco’s rookie rushing records

Behind the Steel Curtain - 11 hours 2 min ago
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In the new “30 Scenarios in 30 Days” series, we break down situations which could take place for the Steelers in 2021.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the 2021 regular season, but before the real games begin, the team has to head to training camp to fine tune their skills. As we here at BTSC prepare you for the start of camp, we give you a series called “30 Scenarios in 30 Days” which gives you a Steelers scenario every day leading up to the start of camp.

It is simple how it works. We provide you the scenario, reasons why it will or won’t happen, and then our prediction for what we think will take place.

Let’s get to the scenario...

Scenario: Najee Harris breaks Franco Harris’ Steelers rookie rushing records

Franco Harris 1972 Statistics:

Games: 14
Attempts: 188
Yards: 1,055
TDs: 10
Yards/Attempt: 5.6
Yards/Game: 75.4

Why it will happen: There are a lot of reasons why Najee Harris will be given every opportunity to break the above rushing records. Harris is entering the NFL to a team which loves to have a bell cow back. Mike Tomlin does not like a running back by committee approach. Never has, and likely never will. Harris will be given plenty of carries, and with his experience he will be provided tons of carries. Let’s also not forget in 1972, Franco Harris’ rookie season, he played in just 14 games. With 17 games in 2021, Najee Harris will have every opportunity, by way of three more games, to break these records if he can stay healthy.

Why it won’t happen: There is no doubt Harris is a tremendous talent, and will likely be in the NFL for at least the next decade. But the Steelers have been Exhibit A of ‘you need to have an offensive line who can open holes’ regardless of the running back. There is so much uncertainty surrounding the Steelers’ offensive line. Gone are Alejandro Villanueva and Matt Feiler via free agency, Maurkice Pouncey retired and Chukwuma Okorafor will be moving from right tackle to left tackle. With such uncertainty it makes you wonder if even a talent like Harris can thrive. Then there are the injury concerns. No, Najee Harris doesn’t have a history of injuries, but you see injuries to running backs every season. That would kill his overall productivity.

Prediction: While Harris will have three extra games to break this record, and as great as I think Najee Harris will be for the Steelers, I don’t see him breaking Franco’s rookie rushing records. Could he break Franco’s 1,235 total yards? Possibly, but I see Najee Harris finishing just shy of the 1,000 yard mark. However, his versatility as a pass catcher will get him well over 1,000 total yards. Could he pass Franco’s total yardage mark? That’s a scenario for another time...

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.

Are miserable Steelers’ fans really fans of the Steelers?

Behind the Steel Curtain - 12 hours 17 min ago
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If nothing the Steelers do is right or gives you any joy, do you even like them?

Chances are you know at least one. Even if it’s not someone you know personally, there’s that person who has to comment on every article or social media post who acts like nothing more than a Browns fan in disguise.

Nothing is right.

The sky is always falling.

There is no hope.

I’m sure every fan base has them, but being a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers I see those people who are never happy. Even when the Steelers win, there’s always something wrong. This player didn’t play well. They should have scored more points. They shouldn’t have given up that field goal. It’s always something.

And it’s not just during the season. The Steelers salary cap situation is as bad as it’s ever been and there’s nothing they can do to recover. The Steelers aren’t signing any players. The Steelers signed a player but they’re not the right player. The Steelers didn’t draft the best player they should have. The Steelers traded up in the draft when they should have traded back.

It goes on and on and on…

Seriously. It never stops. The misery and loathing in regards to the Pittsburgh Steelers is a 24/7 hobby for some people. I refer to them as “miserable Steelers fans.”

I find myself asking this question: Are these people who are never happy and can’t take anything positive or find any joy in the Pittsburgh Steelers, do they really love the Steelers? Are they really fans of this franchise?

Before going on, I have to say the type of fan I am not speaking about. Just because there’s something about the Steelers you don’t like doesn’t mean you fit into this category. There is a difference between looking at things realistically (the “realistic Steelers fan”) and always trying to find the negative in everything.

For example, let’s say the Steelers won a game 38–0. The realistic Steelers fan enjoys the triumphs but still wants to look at the team shortcomings and how they can improve for the next game. The miserable fan can’t even enjoy the victory. Instead they comb over the five incomplete passes in the game and breakdown how they should have been completions. Or they look at the four other players that should have gone for touchdowns, or the play that should have been a sack and ended up being a 3 yard completion on 3rd & 17. Or that the Steelers had to settle for one field goal among their other touchdowns.

Another test between the realistic fan and the miserable fan would be the moment following a Steelers Super Bowl victory. Are they celebrating, silently taking in the whole experience, or vocally saying how many free agents the Steelers have the coming offseason and how there is no chance the Steelers can repeat?

I hope now you see the difference.

So getting back to the question: Are miserable Steelers fans actually fans of the Steelers?

Yes, they are.

As annoying as they can be to us “possibly too optimistic Steelers fans,” the miserable Steelers fans are simply expressing their emotion in a different way than others. This is how some people live their life. Some people aren’t happy unless they are miserable. Nothing is ever good, nothing is ever positive, and the misery they feel is what makes life what it is. Some people want to feel very strong emotions towards the Steelers, and the strongest emotion they can feel is misery and disgust.

And that’s okay.

There are many types of Steelers fans. There are the crazy fans who dress up when they go to games. I admit I fall into this category. There are fans that hardly have any item in their wardrobe that doesn’t have a Steelers logo or is either black or gold. So far I’m two for two. There are also fans I think the Steelers can do no wrong. They’re also fans they can point out flaws but still love the team. There are also fans that can only look at the worst in everything and dwell on it like nothing else. But they all bring something to the fan base.

A good example of how these types of emotions can work together is the Pixar movie Inside Out. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about the mind of a young girl and how it is controlled by the five major emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness all personified as different characters. In the end, all the emotions realize that they need each other in order to make the person complete.

This is Steelers’ Nation. Sometimes we need the person who could never find anything good going on with the Steelers to keep those who can never find any bad in check. Perhaps we should appreciate them for who they are and not question their love for the black and gold.

Alright, we don’t have to question their love, but I don’t know if will ever fully appreciate it. If you want to bring the negativity, that’s fine. But you also have to understand that a lot of times many Steelers fans just get tired of it coming out constantly, and I do mean constantly, and prefer to just move on and high-five somebody else. And if you don’t appreciate it when other types of Steelers fans views you as a “closet fan of the Mistake by The Lake,” please realize that it’s just really hard to tell the difference most of the time.

It makes perfect sense Ben Roethlisberger will do things he wants in Matt Canada’s offense

Behind the Steel Curtain - 13 hours 32 min ago
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Did you really think Matt Canada would come in and force Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to adopt an entirely new offensive philosophy? I mean, get real.

People use the term “clickbait” a great deal in expressing their displeasure over particular articles. For example, when I wrote that Kendrick Green, the Steelers newest third-round draft choice, could actually go on to become the greatest center in franchise history, at least one person accused me of clickbait...I guess because of an ability they thought I had for being able to know such things way ahead of time?

That’s not clickbait. You know what clickbait actually is? A headline that reads: “You’ll never guess what Big Ben refuses to do this summer at Steelers training camp” followed by an article about how Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger won’t be trimming his beard until the start of the regular season.

Clickbait might be a thing when it comes to certain articles, but you know what’s an even bigger problem on the Internet? People not reading articles. That’s right, people don’t read.

I guess that’s why it was really easy for the media to dupe Steelers fans into being extremely angry last week by taking one quote from a press conference with new offensive coordinator Matt Canada—“We are going to do what Ben wants to do and how Ben wants to do it”—and run that sucker into the ground. If you would have just searched out Canada’s whole quote—again, I realize lots of folks don’t like to read, but I found the entire thing on YouTube—you would have gained a broader perspective of what he really meant.

And what Canada meant was that he wants Roethlisberger to run the plays and do the things that he’s most comfortable with...within the framework of his offensive system.

I knew that before I even found Canada’s interview on YouTube. Why? Because it makes total sense, that’s why. But the media knew a lot of fans wouldn’t go digging; they’d just see that quote and head for the nearest bridge. Why? Because many Steelers fans were presupposing that Canada would come in and try to force-feed Roethlisberger a radical new offensive scheme.

That was never, ever going to happen. Canada wasn’t brought in to totally overhaul the Steelers offense and make Roethlisberger become a completely different player at the age of 39. That just wouldn’t make sense, and it would have been a horrible business decision.

Heck, Todd Haley didn’t even do that after he was hired to be the Steelers’ new offensive coordinator in 2012. Nope, he simply followed Art Rooney II’s edict and helped Roethlisberger “tweak” the way he played. Roethlisberger became a much better and more efficient passer under Haley, but he didn’t radically change the way he played quarterback. Why? Because the way he had been doing it up to that point was incredibly effective.

You can say the same for the 2021 version of Roethlisberger. The Steelers offense struggled down the stretch in 2020, but it started out looking mostly unstoppable. In my opinion, Canada was hired to smooth out the rough edges that made the offense so anemic by the end of the 2020 campaign. In other words, he was brought in to “tweak” the scheme and game-plan and find what works best for all involved.

Of course, there’s also the “He’s too big for his britches” perception of Roethlisberger that gets under the skin of a lot of folks. When they see a quote such as, “Do what he wants to do,” it just rubs them the wrong way.

“He should just shut up and call the plays that he’s told to call.” Oh, really? You want someone like Roethlisberger, who has accomplished so much during his legendary career, to just do what he’s told? You don’t want him offering any input? You don’t want him offering any suggestions based on the countless defenses he’s had to read and break down over the past 17 seasons?

That doesn’t seem logical, nor does it make sense to assume that Canada’s new system will be much different from what Roethlisberger has known up to this point. To reiterate, Roethlisberger has been pretty darn good at his job since coming into the league in 2004.

If you’re Canada, you want to incorporate a lot of what Roethlisberger knows, likes and does well into your new offensive system.

That’s what any good coach would do, and it’s still up in the air as to whether or not Canada is a good coach.

Will the terminology be different? That’s a question we can already answer with a definitive “Yes!” But that was part of the reason why Canada was hired in the first place. He was brought in to make the offense less predictable and more creative.

Canada wasn’t hired to seize total control of the unit and make Roethlisberger one of his foot soldiers.

One of Mike Tomlin's smartest decisions, when he was hired to be the Steelers’ new head coach back in 2007, was keeping Dick LeBeau on as his defensive coordinator. It would have been easy for Tomlin, a former defensive coordinator in his own right, to come in and say, “This is my ship, and I’m the captain.” However, he knew a good thing when he saw it. Perhaps, Tomlin knew that a collaborative approach would have been better.

Maybe that’s how Canada feels about working with his first professional franchise quarterback.

Even if Canada doesn’t feel that way, he probably knows that’s the smart move.

Ben Roethlisberger doing what he wants will always be what’s best for the Steelers and their offense.

Hmmm, maybe I should have made that my headline. It’s very clickbaity.

Podcast: What will it take for Ben Roethlisberger to silence the doubters?

Behind the Steel Curtain - 15 hours 2 min ago

C0-editorJeff Hartman presents his AM studio show to the BTSC family of podcasts with the Monday episode of “Let’s Ride“.

Ben Roethlisberger threw 38 touchdown passes, but still he’s washed up in a lot of people’s eyes. But there’s so much to suggest otherwise. What will it take for the legendary Steelers QB to silence his doubters? This is the main topic that will be discussed on the latest episode of the flagship morning show in the BTSC family of podcasts. Join BTSC co-editor Jeff Hartman for this and more on “Let’s Ride”.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • What will it take for Ben Roethlisberger to silence the doubters?
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman of BTSC walks you through everything you need to know regarding the black-and-gold.

Be sure to check out this and all episodes on the following platforms:

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You can listen to the show in the player below.

Have a BAD week: A look back at the Steelers week that was from a black-and-gold mind

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 2:00pm
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BTSC’s random thought renegade is back with his bizarre look at the Steelers week that was.

BTSC continues their recap of the past week’s events for our readers. But where they went wrong was asking the one narcissistic writer that would put a bizarre spin on it to do it. So let’s all take a look at a BAD week in the Burgh together.

Monday 6/14
  • Mike Sullivan, the new QB Coach of the Steelers, said this week that he’s a big fan of the Penguins and their namesake head coach and would like to meet him. I’ve got an idea, why not set a date for the Tuesday after the Super Bowl on a Pittsburgh street during a parade?
Tuesday 6/15
  • The Scho Bro Show kicked off Father’s Day Week by having a Steeler Dad on the show, Sam Highsmith. What a great interview. Dave and Rich did not comply with my wishes to see if he wanted to adopt a 49-year old podcast producer to take to games.
Wednesday 6/16
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster announced that he had hired a new agent. There’s no word yet, but there’s a possibility that the now pink-haired wide receiver has the same representation as Strawberry Shortcake.
Thursday 6/17
  • There was a lot of speculation of why David DeCastro wasn’t active during mandatory minicamp, despite being there. I don’t think it’s a big deal. It’s kind of when a friend asks me to help them move and I volunteer to take pictures.
Friday 6/18
  • The Steelers hosted yet another free agent, Trai Turner, without tendering a contract. It reminds me of the days when my blind dates never asked me for another date.

This was the significant week that was for the Steelers, mixed-in with my black-and-gold loving life. I’m sure next week will be full of Steelers happenings as well, so we’ll have to do this again. Have a great week, but better yet have a BAD one.

The interview with Sam Highsmith can be heard below.

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Part 2:

Would you rather the Steelers sign Trai Turner or Malik Hooker?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 12:41pm
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One player fills a need but could there be a bigger issue we don’t know about?

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy bees lately, bringing in plenty of veteran players for free agency visits. However, none of these visits have resulted in contracts yet. This begs the question whether the Steelers are trying to sign players right now or simply having a plan ready in the event of an injury. Perhaps Kevin Colbert and company just want to know who they would sign if someone isn't ready to go at training camp or gets hurt early on in the season. But what about the last two guys the Steelers brought into their facility?

Five-time Pro-Bowl guard Trai Turner wrapped up a visit today with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 18, 2021

Malik Hooker and Trai Turner are two players that have been battling injuries as of late. But when healthy, both players are as good as anyone at their positions. The Steelers very clearly don’t have much depth safety at all so giving Hooker a shot to be a rotational player makes a lot of sense. Guard, on the other hand, is seemingly a position of strength for the Steelers yet they brought in the former five-time Pro Bowler for a visit. Instantly we all worried about the health or passion of David DeCastro who battled injuries last year and also admitted his heart wasn't fully in on football without fans in the stands.

With about $7.4 million in remaining salary space, the Steelers would only likely sign one more player before the start of the 2021 season (if they sign anyone at all). By bringing in Malik Hooker the Steelers would have three starting capable safeties and would be able to play all three on any given snap. In Trai Turner the Steelers would either have a replacement for David DeCastro or continue to bolster the depth of their offensive line.

If there is in fact something going on with DeCastro, bringing in another guard is clearly the biggest need. But if it’s simply a depth signing I think Hooker would have a much larger impact than any backup caliber offensive lineman as the starters generally play 100% of the snaps.

But what would you do? Would you rather the Steelers sign Trai Turner or Malik Hooker? Hit up the poll and share your thoughts down in the comments below.

Happy Father’s Day to all of Steelers Nation!!

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 11:30am
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On this Father’s Day we celebrate the dads in our lives, and remember those who may have left us.

Today is a day we honor fathers. Some might be new fathers, some might not be fathers, but either way today is a day to celebrate anyone who has stepped up as a father figure in our lives.

We here at BTSC wish everyone a very Happy Father’s Day!!

This year we decided to do something different on the podcast side of things. We had several podcasters provide their own tales of their fathers, and how their love for the Pittsburgh Steelers was instilled by these people. For some, the message turned from their fathers, to them now being fathers and raising their children in the black and gold.

You can check out all the podcasts below, but feel free to let this comment section be your sounding board/tool to write about the father who are/were in your lives.

Again, a very Happy Father’s Day to everyone out there! Hopefully your day is a special one!

Podcast: Predictable or unpredictable? That’s the question

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 11:00am

Check out our latest weekly venture with an international flavor. Put another shrimp on the barbie and check out Steelers Touchdown Under with two blokes from Australia, Matty Peverell and Mark Davison.

The offseason rolls on, mini-camp complete and fans’ anticipation continues to rise.

On last week’s show, Matty dropped a “what the heck?” bombshell to end the show, this week Marky D has issued a ‘please explain notice’ - so buckle up Steeler fans and BTSC listeners this is “gonna be a fun one” as they say down under!

Here we go Steelers! Join the Matty Peverell and Mark Davison - from the future - as they bring a global perspective to the Steelers 2021 offseason and what needs to be done to set the team up for a successful 2021 chase for that seventh Lombardi.

This is what will be discussed on the latest episode of Touchdown Under, the Australian sensation from the BTSC family of podcasts, which has now moved over to its live YouTube home.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • ‘Slingin’ the Slang’
  • A review of Matty’s “What The Heck 5?” and their prospects this season and beyond:
  1. Cassius Marsh
  2. Derek Watt
  3. Henry Mondeaux
  4. Marcus Allen
  5. Jaylen Samuels
  • Plus MUCH MUCH MORE!

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Of the two lost for the 2020 season, who will have the bigger impact for the Steelers?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 10:00am
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Both Devin Bush and Zach Banner will return to the lineup in 2021, but which will have a bigger impact this year?

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost several players to injury throughout the 2020 season. Players like Bud Dupree have gone to new teams for the upcoming season, but two players who tore ACLs in their knees will return and be expected to have big roles with the team in 2021.

Those players would be inside linebacker Devin Bush and offensive tackle Zach Banner.

Both Bush and Banner are expected to have massive roles with the Steelers this season. Bush is going to be resuming his role as the main cog on the interior of the defense, and Banner will finally get an opportunity to hold the right tackle position he won prior to the 2020 season.

The crux of this article is based on a difficult question for fans to answer, and that is who will have a bigger impact for the team in 2021?

Making the case for Bush, his absence last year was definitely noticeable. Robert Spillane filled in nicely, but he isn’t near the athlete of Bush. The return of Bush won’t just have a Top 10 draft pick returning to the starting lineup, but will allow the likes of Spillane, Vince Williams, Ulysees Gilbert III and rookie Buddy Johnson to fill roles which aren’t going to require a ton of snaps played. On top of that, it still stands how Williams, when paired with an athletic linebacker, can still be a tremendous piece of the defensive puzzle.

Bush returning to the lineup has a tremendous impact not just on the inside linebacker position, but also the entire defense. He’s that good.

With Banner, as the Steelers go through an overhaul of the offensive line, Banner’s experience, although not as a starter is valuable. In an offseason when the Steelers saw Alejandro Villanueva and Matt Feiler leave via free agency, Maurkice Pouncey retire and Chukwuma Okorafor slide from right tackle to left tackle, experience comes at a premium.

Getting into specifics, many question Banner’s overall ability as a starting tackle, but if you are wondering about his skill set it resides as a run blocker. Question Banner’s pass blocking, and it would be warranted. The majority of his experience with the Steelers has been as a blocking tight end. Banner is just what the doctor ordered for Pittsburgh’s abysmal running game. Judgement will have to be held for Banner’s ability to protect Ben Roethlisberger.

Regardless, Banner will be a huge part of the offense in 2021.

With all that said, the time now comes for you, the reader, to predict who will have the bigger impact on the Steelers in 2021? Will it be Bush’s return to the linebacker position, or Banner anchoring the right side of the offensive line? Let us know what you think in the poll below, and be sure to explain your vote in the comment section below!

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the regular season.

Steelers Fact or Fiction: Don’t jump to conclusions and Mickey Mouse Club edition

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 8:30am
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BTSC takes five burning questions regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers and labels them as fact or fiction.

There’s always so much to talk about when it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But the inquiries surrounding the black-and-gold are definitely ever-evolving, especially this week with David DeCastro on the sidelines at mandatory minicamp, Matt Canada making interesting comments about the use of Ben Roethlisberger in his scheme and the Steelers hosting another free agent. It seems like the musical selection that best fits this week’s Fact or Fiction could be the Annette Funicello’s Don’t jump to conclusions.

Here’s a sample...

So be careful gals and guy

take a tip and you’d be wise

If you want to minimize confusion

Don’t jump--- jump to conclusions

We had a country square dance and a dozen village boys

asked my cousin Kate to take her there

But Kate she waited till to late to pick her date

because she thought she’d rate the local millionaire

She jumped--- Jumped to conclusions

Shattered her illusions

You can ponder the significance or wonder whether these lyrics are really related here. Or maybe I just wanted an excuse to listen to some classic Mickey Mouse Club. But anyhow, there is surely a lot to wonder about. BTSC tries to answer some of the poignant wonderings ahead of time. Take a listen to some bold statements on this and more as we label them as fact or fiction.

Are we on point? Only time will tell.

Again, fans can not get overly excited when a free agent visits the Steelers Fact

The free agent visit has become nothing but a tease for Steeler Nation. But it doesn’t need to be looked at that way. Karl Joseph visited in team at the end of March and left without a contract. Joseph ended up with his old team in a new locale, Las Vegas. In early June, free agent Malik Hooker was at the facilities to talk with the Men of Steel about playing in a defensive backfield that includes Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds. Again, wining and dining leads to no signing. With Trai Turner visiting now on Friday, fans are wondering again if the team is going to add to the roster. Don’t bet on it. Turner, cut by the Chargers in March, left without a deal too. It’s okay for the team to bring in a player, kick the tires and make the decision to decline if said player doesn’t fit their needs. So when a player that is still on the market in June visits, we should be glad that the front office is doing their due diligence.

David DeCastro is done with the Steelers Fiction

Holy Gramoly! We are reading way too much into David DeCastro, while present, not participating in mandatory minicamp. Even here at BTSC, we are speculating that there could be a problem with the All-Pro Guard. Let’s all take a step back relax and examine the facts. DeCastro, while still having been selected to the Pro Bowl again in 2020. had a down season, the first in his career. That less-than-stellar year could be attributed to injuries that No. 66 was hampered with all season. That could very well be part of the reason that DeCastro has not been on the practice field and doing drills. This is not based on a contract dispute, wanting to retire or being angry that his friends (Maurkice Pouncey and Alejandro Villanueva) are no longer with the team. Dave’s a quiet and reserved player and doesn’t gravitate towards the camera. Maybe he’s just taking it easy later in his career. Let’s not leap to conclusions.

Don’t rely on just a soundbite when it comes to statements from coaches and players Fact

I’ve said it all along about headlines, especially on social media, read the entire article or listen to the full interview. When Matt Canada said that “We are going to do what Ben wants to do and how Ben wants to do it.”, that’s what’s going to make the headlines. But listen to the rest, “Our job is putting every player in a position to make plays.”, furthered Canada. So on the surface, it seems like the team is going to defer to Ben’s wants and stroke his ego. But that’s not what’s going on here. Canada is simply saying that he will craft the scheme to fit Ben’s skill set. But understand that this quote doesn’t mean that Ben isn’t willing to learn a new offense, because he’s been doing it. Sometimes a headline skews the true reality of the situation.

The Steelers are not trading for Xavien Howard or Stephon Gilmore Fact

Nor are they making a deal for Aaron Rodgers. Every time a player is on the trade block, a large faction in Steeler Nation wants the team to pursue a trade. Since it actually happened with Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2019, it isn’t impossible and out of the question. But anytime that a player wants to leave a team due to a dispute with their employer, you immediately have to wonder if the source of the unpleasantness will be replicated with their next franchise. Howard is vastly underpaid and Gilmore really wants to win. Minkah, a second-year player on a tanking team, was different. Although the Steelers did not trade for him, the Joe Haden situation was different. Typically, players with contract beefs aren’t the right fit for the Steelers. I always contend that the Steelers will find money if they want a player bad enough, but I don’t see them sacrificing precious draft capital at this juncture happening.

T.J. Watt will again not be named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 Fiction

Mark it down...this is the year that the youngest Watt brother gets his due. Many people felt that Trent Jordan was robbed last year and even I was greatly disappointed. But Aaron Donald is already a Hall of Famer and a player from out of this world. However, if Watt duplicates his dominance of last season, I actually see voters checking the box next to No. 90

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Adrian Klemm describes how the new Steelers offensive mentality isn’t an option

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 7:00am
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The Pittsburgh Steelers want to be more physical, and this isn’t an option for the offensive line.

Are you an old school football fan?

Do you like smash mouth football?

How often do you find yourself longing for three yards and a cloud of dust?

Well, if I just described you in the previous statements, you should absolutely love the Pittsburgh Steelers new offensive line coach, Adrian Klemm.

Klemm, a former player in the NFL, prides himself in physicality and aggressiveness. If you think a lineman for Klemm is going to be playing patty cake with the defender opposite him, you might want to think again.

During the Steelers’ three day mandatory minicamp, media were able to speak with Klemm and ask him a variety of questions about the upcoming season. Klemm didn’t hold back, or disappoint.

“You can’t stray away from it,” Klemm said referring to the physicality required in 2021 along the line. “You set the tone for what it’s going to be and you create an environment in a room, carry that out to the field. You’re demanding of it every, single day.

“It’s not that we’re trying to find ourselves; this is who we’re gonna be. If you’re gonna live in this world that’s how we’re gonna live. If you can’t do it, you’ll be at home or you’ll be on the sideline with a hat on. It’s not a democracy in our room; this is what it is.”

Well, then. Not much wiggle room when it comes to interpretation from the new line coach. But don’t think Klemm is one of those “all talk” type of coaches. He realizes the road the Steelers’ offensive line still has to travel, and it won’t be easy.

“It’s not about talking about it every day,” Klemm said. “It’s about (new offensive coordinator) Matt (Canada) designing plays that put us in situations that we can be physical. It’s about making it so there’s not that need for a ton of communication and plays where guys have to do a lot of reading and thinking. It’s running and taking advantage of their natural athleticism and allowing them to be physical. Not overcomplicating things, simplifying things where we can so they can be as physical as possible.

“The majority of our guys already have it in them. Once you create that culture, you just feed off of it and you grow. We’re nowhere near where we need to be but there’s been some gains made in that direction and it’s encouraging and I’m excited about it.”

Steelers fans don’t need to be reminded about the dismal running attack in Pittsburgh last season. Finishing dead last in yards per carry, and yards per game. This is something which didn’t just get Mike Tomlin’s attention. No, it went all the way to the top, to Art Rooney II.

“But I think up front, the mindset of what we are trying to do, again the charge from Mr. Rooney to be more physical, to run the football as an offensive lineman, you are going to like that.” Offensive coordinator Matt Canada said. “We are going to come off the ball and we are going to do that.

“That doesn’t mean we are going to run the ball a million times or anything like that. But giving them an opportunity to be more aggressive.”

Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp certainly isn’t enough to give fans a warm, fuzzy feeling about the team’s running game in 2021; however, the Steelers seem dedicated to changing the offensive philosophy under Canada and Klemm and a revamped offensive line.

The results for their work won’t be known immediately, but it will become evident starting in training camp at the end of July. So be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.

Introducing BTSC’s countdown to 2021 Steelers training camp

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 6:00am
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Looking to ease your Steelers fix during the downtime of summer? Behind The Steel Curtain has you covered.

It’s finally here. The dreaded dog days of summer. The Pittsburgh Steelers have concluded 2021 minicamp and have now scattered to various places and will not reconvene until training camp at the end of July.

So what are Steelers’ fan supposed to do to pass the time? Behind The Steel Curtain is here to help.

Tomorrow, Monday, June 21, BTSC will begin two 30-day series leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2021 training camp. Even though both the starting date and location of training camp this year has yet to be announced, we will still be bringing you all the content leading up to it. The NFL has given the Steelers permission to start training camp on July 21 due to playing in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 5. If this is the date the Steelers reconvene to prepare for the 2021 season, Monday will mark 30 days from when this will occur.

So what will you see from Behind The Steel Curtain? Two separate daily articles coming at you from deputy editor Michael Beck, editor Dave Schofield, and senior editor Jeff Hartman. Here’s how they will break down:

Steelers Trifecta

Similar to what Michael Beck brought last year as he covered the 90 players on the Steelers offseason roster in 90 days, this year it’s coming the 30 days before training camp starts. Every day there will be three players featured in order to help you get to know every member of the Steelers 90-man roster. Articles will be covered by either Michael Beck or Dave Schofield over this time.

30 Predictions in 30 Days

Counting down the days to training camp, senior editor Jeff Hartman and editor Dave Schofield will bring 30 different predictions for the 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers. Some may be simple, some may be complex, and some may be a little bit out there, but we will do our best to get you prepared for what to expect from a 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers.

So there are two articles you can look forward to every day between now and training camp. We hope they will help you get through this downtime of the year. And, as always, GO STEELERS!

Podcast: Call it a comeback in throwbacks

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 06/20/2021 - 5:30am

Bryan Anthony Davis and Tony Defeo take a look back into Steelers lore in the BTSC family of podcasts. Check out the newest offering of the “Steelers Retro Show“.

Our journey in the BTSC Delorean to Steeler yesteryear begins in a time when Timecop was tops with moviegoers and I’ll Make Love To Youby Boyz II Men was the hottest song on the radio. Meanwhile, the 1-1 Steelers were taking on a quarterback they’ve never beaten to that point and trying to avoid falling in a hole early in the season.

Welcome to September 18, 1979.

Flash back to an awesome classic on the Steelers Retro Show and join BTSC’s Tony Defeo and Bryan Anthony Davis as they go back in time and relive another memorable game. This time it’s the Steelers hosting Jim Harbaugh and the Indianapolis Colts at Three Rivers Stadium.

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • What was happenin’ in 1994
  • The Steelers host the Colts
  • and MUCH MORE!

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Saturday Night Open Thread: Happy Fathers Day Edition

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 6:00pm
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Come and join this merry band of Steelers’ faithful for some lively debate about our Steelers, good food and the merits of the odd cold beverage.

I’ll ask you all to indulge this crazy canuck a bit tonight...

Tomorrow will be a bit of a bittersweet day for me. On the positive side, I have children (and the incredible Mrs. Canuck) to celebrate with, and we have a full day planned. I will be showered with affection as a good Dad deserves. However, this will also mark the 20th Father’s Day without my Dad.

I miss him, his friendship, his laugh, his uncanny ability to stir the pot, certainly his counsel, but most of all, I miss what could have been. I missed out on having a chance to really celebrate the birth of my children. He was still alive for the birth of our first, but he was pretty sick by then and a shell of his former self. I missed out on having him attend my son’s hockey games. He would have been over the moon happy with the grades that my kids got. He always busted on us...if you pulled an 87 on a test he would literally say “That’s nice, but what happened to the other 13 %”… But again, I simply miss him, him presence, his laugh, his thoughts, his words and his love.

My Dad had his faults, like the rest of us, but he was MY Dad. He was a huge influence in my life and taught me countless important life lessons. He loved all his kids and was ridiculously proud of each of us. I am his carbon copy in that respect.

Please don’t read this and be down. No good father would want his kid to feel down due to anything about him and I know mine certainly would feel that way. However, it truly is bittersweet that my life has many of the things that he preached about and we cannot enjoy it together. He had simple wants and needs - good food, a good book, good friends and good times. Honesty, integrity and respect were the words he lived by to allow him to get those ‘simple things’.

Family meant everything to him and thus it is everything to me. And I do mean everything. Canuck Sr. was a straight shooter who often went out of his way to emphasize or illustrate life lessons that reinforced “that family was the most important thing in life”. I will surely be thinking of him tomorrow throughout the course of the day. I will also be thinking of my 2 brothers tomorrow. Dad would be incredibly proud of them and the kids that they have done a fantastic job raising.

To all you Dads out there, I hope you have a great day tomorrow. To those of you that are lucky enough to have your Dad still around I certainly hope you can give him a hug tomorrow (fist bumps are so 2020 after all). Tell him what he really means to you. Tell your kids too.

Lastly, If you are a dad, take a minute to take it all in. I am sure you have started your own amazing legacy.

Hopefully my thoughts are shared by you...

On to the questions...

  1. Alex Highsmith’s father is on twitter and he regularly posts about his son. This is something that is relatively new. Is this a Dad being a proud Dad, is this Dad helping promote his son’s brand or is it something else entirely?
  2. The Steelers have a long entrenched tradition of success. What would you say is the most important part of that tradition come game day?
  3. Last night late in the Habs vs. Knights game Marc Andre Fleury had a horrible gaff (worse than the earlier gaff by Staal). What is your most memorable gaff that allowed the Steelers to win? If you can’t recall one, you can just settle for any NFL gaff but it can’t be obvious (looking at you Leon Lett).
  4. Best gift you gave or received for fathers day?
  5. What are your plans for tomorrow? Are able to see your pops (or your father in law - come on, we can suffer together)? What special things are planned or are you anticipating surprises? Lastly, and naturally, what is on the menu?

Do the Steelers have something up their sleeves?

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sat, 06/19/2021 - 2:00pm

Plenty of free agents visits suggest the Steelers have some sort of roster plan.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their names come across the NFL Network ticker an unusual amount of times for this time of year. Typically the only roster moves the Steelers make between May-July are signing their draft picks to entry level contracts. Instead we have found out the Steelers have hosted a trio of free agents. Those three players being Ryan Kerrigan (signed with the Philadelphia Eagles), Malik Hooker, and Trai Turner. On top of that, the Steelers brash have also expressed interest in finding depth at outside linebacker. All in all the Pittsburgh Steelers roster appears far from complete.

Five-time Pro-Bowl guard Trai Turner wrapped up a visit today with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 18, 2021

The equation remains, why are the Steelers bringing these guys in?

Aside from the simple due diligence answer, I think this team realizes some of the glaring holes they have behind their starters. After T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith are a pair of speed rushers that struggle to defend the run. After Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds isn’t anyone of note. And behind David DeCastro and Kevin Dotson are B.J. Finney and Rashaad Coward, who were awful in 2020. Perhaps the Steelers are getting on top of their roster flaws by filling these holes before an injury can occur. In doing so the team will have quality players that know the playbook can immediately step up in the event of an injury.

Former #Colts first-round safety Malik Hooker spent yesterday visiting the #Steelers, source said. He has also visited the #Dolphins and the #Cowboys this offseason.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 4, 2021

The Steelers could also be deploying an idea I wrote about back in January. Waiting until cap space dollars across the league dried up, and offering a number of veteran free agents contracts to at least be in the league for the 2021 season. The salary cap dropping eliminated a number of jobs for the NFL’s veteran middle class, and if these players want to continue earning an NFL pay day most of them would be wise to sign any contract, and make it until the cap rebounds.

Teams that showed the most interest in Ryan Kerrigan were the Eagles, Steelers and Bengals. But he opted to stay in NFC East. https://t.co/hIopweFdDA

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 17, 2021

There’s also the ‘super-team’ idea where one of the 32 NFL teams convinces a number of veteran free agents to sign with their team for minimum money in hopes of winning a Super Bowl. The Super Bowl pay bump is real, and free agents coming off a championship run typically garner premium assets on the open market.

Could the Steelers be trying to pull off any of these plans? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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