Mar. 29—Be a part of the conversation


The Steelers’ dash cycle is transferring so like a flash this offseason that I get dizzy each time I flip on my computer.

No subject the disclose, any individual is there to spit-shine the possibilities for the 2021 campaign, whether it is miles the fans, media or crew itself.

About a examples popped up goal no longer too lengthy ago. Prefer into consideration Friday’s document from the NFL Community’s Aditi Kinkhabwala on 93.7 The Fan relating to the open of cornerback Steven Nelson.

No longer handiest quit I steal Kinkhabwala’s document, however I’ve additionally heard the identical ingredient. So I entirely have faith in that is what some within the group are announcing. And, as I’ve written time and again, I’m keen on Sutton as a player.

But is the crew seeking to promote us on the knowing that he is staunch ample to be two guys without extend? On myth of have in mind, for the week in between nickelback Mike Hilton‘s departure and Nelson’s, Steelers fans saved announcing Sutton used to be going to be an “pork up” on Hilton within the slot. Now Sutton goes to be higher than Hilton and Nelson …combined?

I mean, I devour Sutton, however let’s no longer flip him into Mel Blount. Plus, let’s additionally abet in thoughts that the comp is never essentially Sutton vs. Nelson. It’s more devour Justin Layne or James Pierre vs. Nelson. Or, if Sutton stays outside in nickel packages, then it could even very effectively be Layne or Pierre vs. Hilton within the slot.

And is anybody all the plot in which thru the Steelers group prepared to waft the “pork up” theory on that entrance?

I assemble no longer think so either.

No longer to point out that if the group truly felt that plot, with the protection sliding within the plot that it did behind final season, they could well presumably’ve benched Nelson for Sutton at any point over the final six weeks, sparkling what the offseason salary-cap disclose would glimpse devour.

Moreover, if the entrance disclose of job or coaching crew had this opinion about Sutton being higher than Nelson, why didn’t they open Nelson at the outset of free company to maximize cap condo as a change of ready except many out there gamers — including some of their bear — were off the board?

I posed that search data from previously as soon as I puzzled about the tie between Nelson’s open and JuJu Smith-Schuster’s return. I was met with a wave of responses from people announcing, “Successfully, they were proper seeking to rework an extension with him to lower his cap figure.”

Why, then, would they bother doing that with a comparatively costly, declining stale nook if a youthful, less expensive, (allegedly) higher change used to be ready within the wings?

Let’s prefer a legend because it could not be every. And let’s prefer it earlier than connected quotes are filtered from the entrance disclose of job thru the media. On myth of they’re coming.

That you just would be capable of presumably be in a location to soon ask a sort of outlets to document, “Sources all the plot in which thru the group repeat me they ask (non-public within the easy: Alex Highsmith/Robert Spillane/Zach Banner) to be an pork up on (non-public within the corresponding easy: Bud Dupree/Vince Williams/Alejandro Villanueva).

Then there could be the Tyson Alualu twist. Over the weekend, the Steelers nostril tackle changed his thoughts and decided to defend in Pittsburgh after telling the Jacksonville Jaguars he’d value with them 10 days earlier.

Alualu is but some other player I praised quite barely final 365 days for his relaxed transition from backup defensive extinguish to starting nostril tackle. I’m happy he reconsidered.

While I previously bemoaned his planned departure for Jacksonville, I noticed many people claiming he used to be “proper” a nostril tackle who would no longer play all that critical and is with out pickle replaceable.

Yet when data broke of Alualu’s change of coronary heart, you can presumably’ve knowing a 2004-technology Casey Hampton had decided to reach out of retirement or one thing.

So please clear it up for me, Steelers Twitter. Is Alualu crucial or no longer? I earn he is, however lots of you appear at a loss for phrases.

I’ve reach to the conclusion that there could be de facto no clarification for any sort of severe diagnosis of the Steelers since the collective “crew think” opinion on social media continuously seems to be to default to, “It’s miles the Steelers. They’ll be lovely. History presentations they know what they’re doing. So we’re on board with with out reference to they quit.”

If by “historical past” we mean the final 40 years, clear. But when we glimpse at the final 10 years, then what they’ve completed is fail to seize a playoff game eight instances in that stretch. So is that the current “celebrated” we’re speaking about when we parrot Mike Tomlin’s favourite cliche, “The regular is the regular”? Is the regular “proper assemble no longer quit under .500”?

Let’s glance how that goes with a 17th game likely added this season and the Steelers’ contemporary propensity to recede behind within the calendar.

Even when, I’m clear that could well presumably no longer be a grief either, and so that they’re going to be staunch support atop the AFC North in 2022.


Tim Benz is a Tribune-Overview crew author. That you just would be capable of presumably be in a location to contact Tim at or thru Twitter. All tweets could well presumably be reposted. All emails are enviornment to newsletter unless specified otherwise.

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