Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Morning Huddle 4/24/14


Don’t worry Steelers fans, the draft is almost upon us.  Which means this boring part of the never ending football season is coming to and end for fans everywhere.  Here is the second to last Thursday edition of the Steelers Morning Huddle before the draft.

 

Big Ben Contract Extension Rumors

Before the season I really didn’t have any clue who Scott Brown was.  Now I know him as the man who brings fabulous Steelers knowledge to an ESPN.com that lacks an ESPN Pittsburgh division.  Shame on them.  Just this past morning Scott brought to attention the ongoing contract negotiations between the Steelers and Roethlisberger.  In the article Brown quotes Big Ben’s Agent saying,

“There’s been ongoing [contract] discussions for quite awhile.  I think from the time we did the first extension there was sort of a plan moving forward. There’s a plan in place, but both sides are pretty committed to doing that privately and not having it be something that’s discussed in the media.”

I don’t think that there is any room for debate when it comes to the topic of an extension for Ben.  He’s the franchise signal caller and he will be until he retires.  Plain and simple.  The Steelers’ front office should do whatever needs to be done to keep him in black and gold. 

 

Offense vs. Defense

Steel City Blitz is a website that I don’t come across often, but when I do I often find their articles pretty entertaining.  This one is no exception.  They focused on the never ending argument between Steelers fans in this article; offense or defense?  They finished out the article like this, you need playmakers and that you have stop protecting the LeBeau brand. There are those in the organization that want the running game to return to circa 1975 days in order to keep LeBeau’s defense off the field.  “That’s all fine and dandy but how effective will that offense be if the defense is giving up touchdowns every other time down the field?  The defense will not be rebuilt in a day and the offense is closer to carrying this team right now so let it do so.”

Marc Uhlmann, who wrote the article, makes some very good points in the article and I am inclined to agree with most of them.  Just not all of them.  While I do think that the offense is closer to carrying this team than the defense, I don’t think that means we should just let the defense just roll over and die.  In my opinion the perfect draft would feature a wide receiver and a tight end in the first four rounds, with the wide receiver preferably coming in the first two, with defense being significantly preferred after that.  Except for a running back and maybe an offensive lineman late.

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  • bk

    I look at the team and I look at the draft and what I see is a lot of holes to be filled. They should be looking to trade down from Rd 1, but, I just don’t see it happening. I have no faith in COlbert or Tomlin.

  • Scott

    I feel the opposite-they should trade up like they did for Polamalu; if they wait and the top 2 wr’s and db’s are gone then they’re just going to settle like we’ve done in the past. We have extra compensatory picks so bundle them and move up for someone like Evans. If he makes it past TB I don’t think it would be that expensive to move up 6 picks and draft him

    • Craig

      Not sure what you mean by ‘bundle’ with those compensatory picks, but it’s an NFL rule that you can’t trade those. Plan C?

      • Scott

        Didnt know that-thanks for the clarification. My thinking is the Steelers want to end up with Watkins, Evans, Gilbert or Dennard at their pick and Watkins will be long gone. if Evans makes it past TB at 7 then I see him possibly sliding to the 10 slot and think the Steelers should do what they can to move up and get him. There are a lot of cover corners they could be had in round 2 and I think there’s a big drop off after Evans. I like Beckham but he’s a lot like Brown and Ben needs a taller target. People talk about Benjamin but he reminds me of Limas Sweed-talented but poor hands and bad route runner.

        • Anthony Chiado

          I don’t know why trading up would possibly be a good scenario for them. They just have so many needs that they can’t give up picks to get one player who is marginally better than another. I also don’t agree with who you want them to end up with. IMO that list consists of Watkins, ODB, Fuller, Verrett, or Ebron. Ben also doesn’t need a taller receiver at all, he needs a good possession and red zone receiver. I do agree with you on Benjamin, though. He reminds way too much of Sweed for the Steelers to take a risk on him.