The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of what’s been a long off-season after a dismal ending to their 2018 campaign. And there’s a lot of work that needs done. Since the final whistle against Cincinnati, headlines have surrounded the Steelers for all the wrong reasons.
GM Kevin Colbert realizes that, and while speaking at the NFL Combine on Wednesday, he was able to answer questions surrounding the availability of receiver Antonio Brown.
Last week, Colbert stated three teams had contacted the Steelers about Brown’s availability. Since then, that number has grown.
Yet despite the rapid interest in the All-Pro receiver, Colbert reiterated his commitment to getting the best deal possible rather than sacrificing one of the league’s best players simply to get him out of town.
“The less you would play him, the better, but if a team comes through with the best compensation, we have to balance that out. OK, we’re going to play him, twice a year, but we’re going to get the best compensation, so it’s our job to do the better job with the compensation and you have to weigh that all into the discussion” said Colbert.
While trade talks around Brown continue to ramp up, Colbert also expanded on a handful of other topics, including the perception of his team’s locker room.
“I really don’t agree with the perception that there’s huge drama in the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room. Again, coach Tomlin treats our players like men. He gives them the opportunity to be a man, and he tries to grow them not only as professional football players, but as fathers, brothers, just as men. So really I have a complete disagreement that our locker room is anything but very functional.”
Colbert also spoke on the possibility of LB Ryan Shazier making a return to the NFL. Despite the progress being made by Shazier, Colbert said there is an “overall understanding” that Shazier won’t be playing in 2019 but will still be a part of the roster.
The topic of struggling DB Artie Burns came up after a disappointing 2018 campaign. “He’s got to find his game” said Colbert, who is favored to select a defensive player early in the 2019 NFL Draft.
While the evaluation process continues for Colbert, he will have more questions to answer as the days grow in Indianapolis.
Report: Rescheduled Steelers-Titans Game to be Nationally Televised on CBS
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 rescheduled Steelers-Titans game is expected to be on national TV on CBS, according to sources.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) October 1, 2020
It will be either 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.
I should add the NFL preference is Monday for competitive balance. For CBS, a 7 pm start would be better as it wouldn't impact its news programs and it would be a later standalone broadcast window.— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) October 1, 2020
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/30/20
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
Where Would a Monday or Tuesday Night Steelers Game Be Broadcast?
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.