The OTA’s have started! Here is the latest news from around the internet about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL.
The NFL announced the locations for Superbowl L and LI. According to the Associated Press, the NFL owners voted to hold Superbowl L in the 49er’s new stadium in Santa Clara, near San Francisco. Levi Stadium is still in the early stages of being built, but I guess if you build it, they will come. The owners voted to hold Superbowl LI at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. I wonder if Jerry Jones cast a vote for or against that choice?
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, discusses Troy Polamalu’s appearance at this first OTA and how Polamalu has tried to deal with his repeated injuries from a physical therapy standpoint so he can break through the scar tissue. He’s hoping this has point him back to a capability closer to his pre-injury days, but he clearly understands that he must change how he approaches his training. I think he was avoiding that before. Mark Karboly provides a perspective on Polamalu’s status. He noted that Polamalu snagged an interception from Roethlisberger on the first day. Polamalu also answered reporters’ questions after the practice.
Mark Karboly and Alan Robinson, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, put together notes from the first day of OTAs and noted that Tomlin’s theme this year is: Less Talk, More Work. AMEN! Hallelujah! It’s time to shut up, put your heads down, and work to become a Championship team.
The Trib also has some quotes from Roethlisberger noting that he likes the revamped offense. As of the time of posting this article, that link was not working. Here is the footage from his on-the-field interview. I’ll try to get the updated link in when the site gets it fixed. Here’s what I think based off of the title and summary on the front of the sports page: I don’t really care whether Roethlisberger likes or dislikes the offense. I care that he finds a way to work with his coaches to maximize his strengths and talents. I know he gets questions he must answer and I hope he says enough to shut up the reporters. I want to see results on the field. I’ll go back to Tomlin’s theme: Less Talk, More Work.
Ike Taylor was asked what Tomlin said to his players and he paraphrased the Less Talk, More Work theme. Taylor said there is an air of anticipation and the returning players have a sour taste left over from last year.
Tomlin held a brief session with reporters following the OTAs and was asked questions on the status of players like Jarvis Jones and Sean Spence. Not surprisingly, Tomlin’s conference was positive but didn’t reveal anything.
The speculation over whether the Steelers will bring Max Starks back is over. Starks signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. At least we didn’t have another Steelers player sign within the AFC North, I was getting kind of tired of having to think about facing former Steelers twice a year. Either way, I wish Starks the best of luck.
On a non-football note, Plaxico Burress is looking at life after football and for once, it seems positive. He’s launching a men’s hosiery line. Good for him. I hope it works because I doubt he will spend the whole season with the Steelers based on the off-season signings.
That’s it for today Steeler nation! Let us know what you think and if I missed anything.