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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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No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract

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Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.

Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.

Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.

A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.

Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.

The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.

By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.

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Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).

Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.

Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice

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The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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