Steel Curtain Weekly Vol. 4 : The Beginning
Welcome to Steel Curtain Weekly, where we take a look at hot Pittsburgh Steelers related news for the past week. I also feature the “master of shade” Mike Tomlin and look back on some of his better roasts of others. Lastly, I offer WTF News, where I find some absolute insanity that too often gets a free pass.
For those of you used to seeing this column in another location, I have found a new home here at The Grueling Truth Network. Those who are new to this, I bring passion, I pull no punches, but I’m fair and only report on what I see and know. Without further adieu…
Stories from Week One of OTAs
-First round draft pick T.J. Watt enters OTAs without having signed his rookie contract. While this isn’t ideal, it isn’t prompting Watt to hold out from taking the field to participate with the team. Watt’s first practice as a professional was a really eye opening experience. “These guys know what they’re doing and they just fly around and make plays.”
-Martavis Bryant has turned his life around in the desert of Henderson Nevada. Not wanting to be mentioned in the same breath as the Johnny Footballs, Ryan Leafs and Jamarcus Russells of the world, Bryant realized it was time for a change. Recently becoming a family man has further expedited the maturation process and Bryant is all about his black and gold family. The conditional reinstatement will force him to keep himself on track and to put a relapse plan in place, should he experience more difficulties.
-Feel good story of the year James Conner has experienced his first setback in terms of a slightly pulled hamstring. Conner pulled the hamstring during the rookie mini-camp. Currently without Le’Veon Bell and Conner, the Steelers are giving all the reps to recently signed Knile Davis and Fitzgerald Toussaint
Big Ben squashes retirement talk
Former Steeler teammate of Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Colon, stated that Big Ben was seriously contemplating retirement. While no one really took him seriously, it would remain to be seen if Roethlisberger would be ready to ring true in 2017. During a post-practice press conference, Roethlisberger would be asked about the statement made by Colon.
“What did you think, I was lying?” teased Roethlisberger. “I’m here on day one, you see me out here taking every rep I’m supposed to take and some, I actually took some of the rookies’ reps today. I’m 110% committed like I said I was.”
In December of 2016, Terry Bradshaw had taken issue with Coach Tomlin and came out with some strong comments about the job he’s done and his capabilities.
Another gem delivered by Tomlin yet again. Hollywood Henderson once said Terry Bradshaw “couldn’t spell ‘cat'” In their illustrious history, the Steelers have employed three coaches. Tomlin is a Super Bowl winning coach, the Steelers are a perennial playoff contender and so alluding to, much less flat out saying the man is just a cheerleader, is disrespectful.
Not only has Tomlin been a very good coach, but he also has blazed a trail through the history books as the youngest coach to make it to the Super Bowl, and the fastest coach to hoist a Lombardi Trophy. To question the job Tomlin has done is silly and worthy of being roasted.
James Harrison is up and at ’em, banging out sets of hip thrusts at 675 pounds. That is some insane lifting for a 39 year old man to be doing. Age clearly is nothing but a number to Harrison and for now, he is punking father time like he was CT Fletcher.
Harrison’s awesome tackling power over the years wasn’t some god given ability, but the result of hard work and sacrifice. Explosion thru the hips is what drives the opponent backwards and into the ground during tackles. Watching this short clip should give everyone, fans, kids, coaches and NFL players alike, an idea about just what exactly goes into preparing for 14 years of longevity in the league.
Now, let the record show I don’t want issues with Mr. Harrison and if I saw him in front of me with anything other than a fishing pole I would be in trouble. But watching those hip thrusts with all that weight on the bar, I instantly thought about what a savage Mr. Harrison has got to be. The man has got to have some ungodly strong hips is all that’s being said. For 13 years, he’s been one of the baddest men on the field and let’s hope all that preparation will carry him through year 14 and onto championship number seven.