It’s been a tremendously long off-season if you’re in any way associated with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Between missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013, the Antonio Brown drama and watching people in New Orleans ironically throw fits about a missed pass-interference call, we’ve undoubtedly reached reality television levels in Pittsburgh.
Yet the past few days have been quiet, following a storm of back and forth comments from Steelers president Art Rooney II, and social media posts from Brown. With the NFL Pro Bowl taking place this week, six representatives from the Steelers are in Orlando, Florida to take part in the annual all-star game. Naturally, questions about Brown were brought to their attention, and the responses may surprise you.
Per Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com, Maurkice Pouncey, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Alejandro Villanueva all “expressed hope” that Brown and the Steelers would be able to settle their differences. Pouncey expanded on his views, telling Missi Matthews of Steelers.com that time heals everything, as he likened Brown/Roethlisberger to family members fighting, saying things “you don’t mean”.
The recent words of encouragement from teammates are a potential breath of fresh air for Brown, who has received little to no public support for his actions since week seventeen of the regular season. Last week, Joe Haden posted a post of support for Brown on his Instagram page.
Despite what teammates may think, the true power of whether or not Brown stays still rests in the hands of President Rooney. If his recent public statements are any indication, it will be a surprise to see Brown return to Pittsburgh in 2019, although Rooney did say he would speak to key franchise players and get their input before making a decision. Note: Pouncey and Roethlisberger, who are both team captains, have now both publicly come forward and stated they would like Brown back.
With a little under two months before the Steelers can officially move Brown, momentum is starting to swing in favor of keeping Brown, at least from a teammate perspective. Only time will tell if the support is enough to make Rooney retain Brown for 2019.
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.