Connect with us

Steelers

Mike Tomlin: Playing Without Fans Will Change the Game

Published

on

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin believes playing without fans will change the mechanics and atmosphere of the NFL game.

Joining University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari on his Facebook Live series “Coffee with Cal,” Tomlin said that he and his staff are exploring how playing games in empty stadium will affect communication.

“I think the thing that I’m interested in is how it changes the game maybe mechanically in some ways,” Tomlin said. “Communication, the ability too hear communication. Whether it’s player to player within the team, or the opposing team.”

Tomlin noted that empty stadiums will also influence on-field strategy, such as audibles, while potentially making communication on the road easier.

“If we are making audibles offensively, and the defense is capable of hearing those audibles, what does that mean?” Tomlin said. “Or, you’re an offense, and you’re in hostile environments, and often times you can’t communicate. And in this environment you might have an opportunity to.”

Tomlin also said that he is unsure of what to expect from that atmosphere at Heinz Field if there are no fans in attendance.

“In our game, they’re so integrated into the moments,” he added. “You got third down and goal on the three-yard line, in a significant moment. Part of that moment is everybody on their feet leaning in, and the atmosphere that it creates. So, that’s going to be interesting. I don’t have a sense of kind of what that’s going to feel like, or how that’s going to change those moments.”

While the NFL has not yet announced restrictions on fans attending games this upcoming season, the Steelers did limit their ticket allotment when they went on sale last week in anticipation of potential social distancing guidelines at Heinz Field this fall.

You can watch the entire interview Tomlin below.

Steelers

Steelers QB Josh Dobbs Working with NASA for 2nd Straight Year

Published

on

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs is joining the NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center for the second straight offseason.

The collaboration is a part of the NFLPA’s virtual Externship program, which provides players with professional development experiences to prepare them for their careers after football.

Dobbs is part of an exclusive group of just 52 players participating in the program. His placement with NASA will last through the end of March.

“We believe that this year’s virtual Externship experience will provide our player members with a unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge, skillset and network in new, innovative ways that will serve them well during life after football,” NFLPA Player Manager Connor Ford said.

Dobbs’ mental acumen is well-documented, as the quarterback left the University of Tennessee with a degree in aerospace engineering in 2017.

Continue Reading

Steelers

Steelers RB Trey Edmunds Shares Love of Reading with Local Students

Published

on

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Trey Edmunds has been a lifelong lover of reading, a passion he shared with local students on Tuesday’s celebration of Read Across America Day.

Edmunds joined students at Pittsburgh Faison for a virtual assembly and read New York Times best seller, What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada.

“I am blessed and humbled to be amongst you guys today and to represent another part of the community and be able to read to you,” Edmunds told Steelers.com. “I am so happy to be here today. What I do want to say is I was in some of the same positions as you guys. I grew up listening to people come back and read to me. Some of those same people I have been in contact with many years later. Some of those same things they have read to me, I have had the privilege of reading to some of the people I mentor, some of the young people in my life, whether it’s cousins, nephews. I am extremely happy today.”

Edmunds also surprised the student with a copy of his own book My Brother’s Keeper – What This Means to Me…, written alongside with his brothers Terrell and Tremaine. Terrell is a safety for Pittsburgh, while Tremaine is a standout linebacker for the Buffalo Bills.

Edmunds’ love of reading came from his mother Felicia, who as an educator, always championed the important of the skill.

“My mother is an elementary school teacher, so she had me doing all of that stuff when I was in high school, college, as a matter of fact I have to go to her school to read for the month of March,” he told Steelers.com. “It keeps me on my toes, attentive. I am a big reader myself, so when I get the opportunity to read to kids, I like that type of interaction.”

Continue Reading

Poll

Should Steelers Sign Zach Banner to be Starter in 2021?

Published

on

Zach Banner has become a prominent member of the Steelers, but that’s not because he’s had success on the field over the past year. Banner’s success has come off the field by connecting with fans on social media and doing his part to help those in need than he has on a football field. But by no means is that Banner’s fault.

He suffered a season ending torn ACL in Week 1 of the 2020 season. This injury was especially devastating for the USC product because it occurred on the heels of Banner winning the starting right tackle position following a tough training camp battle with Chukwuma Okorafor.

Due to Banner’s injury, it was Okorafor who ended up starting 16 games, including the postseason. While Banner kept in good spirits and became his team’s loudest cheerleader on Twitter during games, it was clear he wanted to be on the field and contributing.

Earning a starting spot as a member of the Steelers offensive line was a major career achievement for Banner, but it was one he didn’t get to enjoy. With Banner expected to be ready for a return next season, should the Steelers sign the 27-year-old with the anticipation that he could be a key piece to bolster the offensive line that was missing during the 2020 season?

Do you believe in Zach Banner? Comment below with why or why not.

Do you still believe in Zach Banner?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Continue Reading

Steelers Now in Your Mailbox!

Enter your email address to subscribe and get notifications of new posts in your mailbox.

Moon Golf Club

Copyright © 2020 Pittsburgh Sports Now / Steelers Now. In no way affiliated with or endorsed by the Pittsburgh Steelers or NFL.

Steelers Now in your Inbox

Sign up and get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox!

Thank you!

Oops!

Send this to a friend