Three Pittsburgh Steelers That Need to Produce to Keep Their Job

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With training camp right around the corner, it is interesting to think about some of the position battles the Pittsburgh Steelers will have this year.  Clearly some players won’t have to battle for the starting job, Big Ben, Antonio Brown, Maurkice Pouncey, Lawrence Timmons, Troy Polamalu, and others are going to be starting week one against the Browns.  Other guys like Ike Taylor and Jarvis Jones will most likely be starters despite not having a great 2013 season.

However there are a few positions that are somewhat up for grabs.  Maybe not in training camp but if a certain player does not perform early in the year, it’s possible that the coaches will make the change and replace the incumbent starter.  I am thinking of three positions at the moment, and all three of the players I’m going to list are going into their second season. 

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  • bk

    Nice story and I agree with you… the sad part is on a team coming off back to back 8-8 seasons you would think there would be more jobs up for grabs…

    • Brendan Driscoll

      Yeah you make a good point BK. Back-to-back non-playoff years, you would think everybody has to prove themselves to keep their job. But look if you at the list of starters they have, there are studs on the roster. Something is just missing though if they are only 16-16 over the past two years.

      • SDAZT_STEEL

        I’ll tell you what’s missing from this team, a competent Offensive Coordinator.

        You know, a coach who understands the type of speed & competent players he has as pass-catchers and can design a game plan around them and his Pro Bowl quarterback, not a guy who lets those guys rot on the bench while ineffective TEs & FBs take their PT away & stagnate the offense.

        A coach who understands that his slower yet powerful backs stand to benefit from running out of formations w/3+ WRs which spread opposing defenses thin in their sub-package sets instead of bunched 2 & 3 TE sets which make it difficult for the backs to hit the second-level since they’re facing 8 & 9 man fronts w/heavy personnel.

        A coach who takes pressure off of his offensive line by spreading defenses thin due to the array of potential matchup advantages he has at his disposal which in turn forces the opposition to hesitate to send potential pass-rushers. Sadly, as long as the golf coach is still around, this offense will fail to realize its potential.

        Also, there aren’t studs everywhere on the roster. Munchak should really force Gilbert, who looked awful at times the last two years, to fight for his job at RT w/Adams and Whimper. In addition, if Deebo is signed back, he deserves a chance to press Jarvis Jones for a starting gig or at least an extended role at ROLB too.

  • ApexSteel

    Le’Veon Bell’s job isn’t in jeopardy at all. Vince Williams won’t be able to keep his job at all. I would even go as far as to say it’s Shazier’s job to lose. As for Wheaton I don’t even know if it’s his job to lose. We’ll see who gets the first team reps in OTAs (I think it’ll be Moore) so we at least have a point of reference.

    • SDAZT_STEEL

      Totally agree on Bell, although it will be nice to have some competent backs spell him in different situations (short-yardage [Blount] or speed, slot & screen situations [Archer]). Still, Bell is this team’s top running back.

      Also, I’d be severely disappointed if Shazier & Tuitt couldn’t or weren’t provided with adequate chances to win starting jobs over the coming months. While I wasn’t a fan of either selection, I’d rather the coaching staff give these guys opportunities to contribute on defense early & often if they are capable. Plus, if they aren’t better than Vince Williams (who in his own right is a tremendous asset to have as a 3rd ILB & special teams contributor) or Cam Thomas (who can be a depth, versatile & rotational guy in a 3-4 front), I’d rather see the team find out sooner as opposed to later.

      Agree on Moore receiving 1st team reps as well. I just hope Haley uses more 3-wide sets w/Brown, Moore and Wheaton or even 4-wide sets w/Brown, Moore, Wheaton and Bryant as opposed to 2 & 3 TE sets. Too much speed to waste, too many matchup issues to force and less guys in the box could be a tremendous thing for Bell & ground attack.

  • Russell Stauver

    If this writer is to gain any credibility, he’ll need to show the discipline to write in complete sentences…

  • Russell Stauver

    Way to go…. Write about the obvious…. blah, blah, blah

  • craig

    Want to write about someone stepping up how about Tomlin and the buck stopping at HC when he has played a hurt QB two years straight costing the team wins then operating with-out a ST’s coach and then two 8-8 seasons when only 1 more win would have put them in the play-offs, that could have been placed at his doorstep in poor clock management. Never was a big supporter of him and that dumb bombs away Off. that made Ben look like a basketball but due to his youth I gave him a pass. This year is all on him unless someone else was the reason for a remodeled Off. scheme, OL coach and upgrade through FA acquisitions. How about hanging a really big clock around his neck on a really big gold chain and an ankle bracelet to keep him from walking on the field of play.

  • Jeffery Fierceblues Rahn

    Only thing Heyward-Bey will challenge will be Limas Sweed on which fast wide out dropped the most passes in a career. Mark my words he will be camp fodder and won’t be on the roster very long.