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Change is Coming for the Steelers, but Where?

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The only constant in life is change.

Whether it be for better or worse, change happens through the lives of people, business and yes, your favorite football team. An organization such as the Pittsburgh Steelers has stood the test of time in regards to change, using (essentially) the same uniforms for nearly fifty seasons. Head coaches are even more rare for the black and gold, as only three men have filled the position since 1969.

Yet following a disappointing 2018 campaign where the Steelers missed the playoffs for just the second time in nine seasons, Pittsburgh may very well need to make changes to ensure a Lombardi trophy finds itself in Pittsburgh sooner rather than later. With an immensely talented team trying to capitalize on Super Bowl window that closes by the minute, changes are indeed expected to happen.

The only question remains, where?

Arguments for nearly everywhere can, and will, likely be heard. In some cases, changes may not be voluntary by the organization. Whose to say Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t finally make good on his bluff and hangs his cleats up in the off-season, even after confirming that he’ll be back in his post-game press conference?

Other change will be done on the basis of necessity, however even those changes will be debated. In Mike Vukovcan’s most recent article, he highlighted some notable names that may be shown the door in the coming months including the likes of Artie Burns, Marcus Gilbert and Bud Dupree. Do the Steelers have the depth do cut said players? Will cutting them be worth the dead cap space they will carry in 2019?

Questions will be answered not only for personnel, but within the coaching ranks as well. Pittsburgh finished with a top-ten defense statistically speaking, however you will find Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler at the helm of nearly every fan’s mind in terms of kicking people to the curb.

Head Coach Mike Tomlin is no exception, and perhaps is the most controversial of decisions that will need to be evaluated. Within the fan-base, it’s seems like there’s a 50-50 split when it comes to Tomlin’s status for 2019. Even General Manager Kevin Colbert’s name has been tossed in the hat of the ever-growing list of potential people Steelers fans want out.

The Steelers are in unfamiliar territory not playing January football, and for a city that prides itself in breeding championships, that’s simply unacceptable. Something will have to be done by the organization this offseason to right the ship.

However, where that change will exactly happen remains just about as unknown as the Steelers play from week to week.

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Report: Rescheduled Steelers-Titans Game to be Nationally Televised on CBS

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The rescheduled game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans is expected to be nationally televised on CBS, according to a report by the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.

As for when the game will be played, Marchand is reporting it will be played on Monday at 5 p.m., or Tuesday at 6 or 7 p.m.

The Steelers and Titans were originally supposed to square off Sunday at 1 p.m., but that game has been postponed after three Titans players and five staff members tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The total has no risen to ten since the outbreak was first reported.

The NFL announced in a statement Wednesday that the game would be postponed to Monday or Tuesday to “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing.”

Another option that has been discussed would reschedule the game for Week 7, which is Tennessee’s bye week, and push the Steelers-Ravens matchup scheduled for that Sunday to Week 8. The Steelers and Ravens currently share a bye Week 8.

Marchand added that the league prefers to play the game Monday to keep competitive balance, while CBS wants to play the game at 7 p.m. as to not disrupt their news programming.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/30/20

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The Steelers were back to work on the practice field Wednesday despite learning their upcoming game against Tennessee is being moved to either Monday or Tuesday.

In this clip, the defense, most notably the secondary works on coverage, runs to stay conditioned and shows the chemistry of the entire unit.

Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers

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Where Would a Monday or Tuesday Night Steelers Game Be Broadcast?

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If the NFL follows historical precedent, the the Steelers game against the Titans, moved to Monday or Tuesday night by the league on Wednesday, will still be broadcast locally on CBS affiliate KDKA-TV, but no final decision has been for the game at this time, Steelers Now has learned.

In the past, when Sunday games have been postponed to a weeknight for other issues, the games have been broadcast locally as they would normally be on a Sunday afternoon, and not nationally in competition with other broadcasts.

ESPN has exclusive national broadcast rights for Monday night games and they will be airing the Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers game, starting at 8:15 p.m. Monday night.


There is no exclusive national broadcast window for Tuesday nights, of course, but there would have to be some type of arrangement made with CBS to remove the game from that network and have it be broadcast nationally.

KDKA-TV and other CBS affiliates in the Pittsburgh and Nashville markets would also have to deal with the prospect of pre-empting primetime network broadcasts. CBS is scheduled to air long-running series Big Brother on Monday night and NCIS on Tuesday night.

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