STEFAN PISOCKI FROM WILMINGTON, DE: Having lived in a mortal fear of trying to take on Craig “Ironhead” Heyward when he and I were playing high school football in North Jersey, I followed his son Cameron closely. , and his career with the Steelers. I think he was one of the team’s best picks over the past decades as he has been a leader and an example for young players. Can you imagine him being considered for the Hall of Fame once his career is over?
ANSWER: I think it’s worth noting that the Steelers got Cam Heyward with the 31st pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and it’s unusual for a defensive lineman of Heyward’s caliber to be available. also late in the round. Another fact from Heyward: Only two inside defensive linemen in Steelers history have been named the Associated Press All-Pro first team more than once. One is Joe Greene, and Cam Heyward is the other. As for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I think it’s too early to somehow speculate on Heyward’s candidacy. He will play the 2021 NFL season at 32, and his current contract runs until the 2024 season, when he turns 35. The right way to approach that would be to wait and see where Heyward is statistically when he decides to retire and also how many times he has been voted All-Pro on the first team. If I had to guess now, I would tend to be pessimistic, as I believe the Steel Curtain is one of the greatest defensive lines in modern league history and a fundamental part of the Steelers winning four Super Bowls. in six seasons, and yet only one of them (Joe Greene) is in the Hall of Fame. Cam Heyward will be taken into consideration, as he is a lock keeper to be appointed, and this will put his name in front of the voters, at least during the first rounds of voting.
DONNIE BROWN FROM VAN BUREN, ME: Do teams really think they have an advantage when the weather is hot and the Steelers are forced to wear their home shirts on the road? I’m curious how well this strategy has worked over the years.
ANSWER: As the teams continue to do this, there has to be something about getting the Steelers to wear their black jerseys on the road in the hot weather which these home teams say gives them an advantage. Does it work? I find it hard to believe that an NFL game can be won or lost depending on the color of the teams’ respective jerseys.
AARON WALKER OF NEWPORT NEWS, VA: If you were the head coach, and from what you’ve seen so far:
1. Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins as substitute quarterback? 2. James Pierre or Cam Sutton as starting cornerback against Joe Haden? 3. Alex Highsmith or Melvin Ingram as the starting outside linebacker against TJ Watt? 4. Kendrick Green or JC Hassenauer as the starting center? 5. Pat Freiermuth or Eric Ebron as the starting tight end?
ANSWER: 1. Dwayne Haskins has had a solid summer and I think he showed enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, but Mason Rudolph did nothing to lose the replacement quarterback position. 2. James Pierre and Cam Sutton are not competing. Pierre is competing with the many candidates to replace Mike Hilton for the cornerback position. If one of these candidates takes over, Sutton will start on the outside; otherwise, Sutton will slide in and Pierre will move to the place Sutton now occupies. 3. Alex Highsmith has been one of the best players in the camp throughout the summer, and Melvin Ingram will benefit from being a versatile, rotating guy who is asked to provide around 20-25 high energy snaps per. match. 4. After practice on August 17th, coach Mike Tomlin was asked if “Kendrick Green was ‘the guy?’ “Tomlin said,” You can assume that, but there won’t be any bold announcements. 5. Tight ends are used in staff packages in the NFL, so the position is similar to wide catcher in that the guys come in and out of the field almost every game. In a little while I think Pat Freiermuth will be the team’s main player in this position, but the rookie is not there yet.
DENNIS ELLENBERG OF ENOLA, PA: Who did the Steelers lose in free play and where did they go?
ANSWER: The Steelers opened the 2021 free agency period with 19 unrestricted free agents. Here’s the full roster, along with each player’s current squad:
Tyson Alualu: Steelers
Zach Banner: Steelers
Jordan Berry: The Steelers
James Conner: Cardinals
Jordan Dangerfield: Unsigned
Sean Davis: Foals
Joshua Dobbs: The Steelers
Bud Dupree: Titans
Jayrone Elliott: Unsigned
Matt Feiler: Chargers
Jerald Hawkins: unsigned
Mike Hilton: Bengals
Danny Isidora: Texans
Cassius March: Steelers
JuJu Smith-Schuster: Steelers
Cam Sutton: Steelers
Alejandro Villanueva: Ravens
Avery Williamson: Unsigned
Chris Wormley: Steelers
DENNIS RIBBLET FROM JOHNSTOWN, PA: Do you think it would be possible to hear what questions are asked when coach Mike Tomlin does a post-game or post-practice media session? It would be really nice to know what question he answers.
ANSWER: I agree with you. It is important to hear the questions at one of these lectures / briefings in order to understand the context of what Coach Mike Tomlin is saying. What I can tell you is that over the past couple of years things have changed in the way these press conferences and briefings are allowed to be covered due to COVID and NFL protocols regarding the global pandemic. Previously, Tomlin and the media were all close to each other, and in that setting with all the microphones and recorders in use and people so close to each other, it was not difficult to grasp the questions as well as the answers from Tomlin. Now everyone is social distanced, and all the electronic equipment is placed on a stand or a table in front of Tomlin, and so these microphones are only picking up the sound of his voice and not necessarily the people asking the questions, who could now be up to 10 meters depending on the setting. Personally, what I do when I attend one of these sessions is place my recording device on the table in front of Tomlin, then I take my seat which should be at least 6 feet away from him. To make sure I know which question is answered in which way, I write the questions in the order in which they are asked. Then when I go through the audio, I associate it with my notes on the questions asked and put it all together that way.
AARON BREEZE FROM FRESNO, CA: In an effort to show my support for Tunch Ilkin during his battle with ALS, I’m trying to find a Tunch Ilkin No. 62 jersey to wear this season. I had no luck and it looks like I should just order a personalized one online. Two questions, first, do you know where I can find a Tunch jersey? Did the Steelers only use the classic home and away jerseys with block numbers in the 1980s and early 1990s when Tunch played?
ANSWER: In terms of pre-made jerseys, the top selling models rarely feature players who were offensive linemen, so I think you will need to order a custom # 62. And yes, the days of Tunch Ilkin’s Steelers career, the team wore jerseys sporting the block number style.
CRAIG MADER FROM MECHANICSBURG, PA: I have a suggestion. Before anyone asks another question about the position switch, they should watch the video of Tim Tebow trying to play on the tight end. A top athlete, in very good condition, with all the drive and desire in the world, and he failed. It is not easy.
ANSWER: As they say in church basements: “Bingo”.