Latest Steelers Talking Points
— It’s only two games but Cam Heyward might finally be living up to that $59 million contract the Steelers dished out in 2015. Heyward had one quarterback pressure and four hurries vs the Vikings and has been unstoppable against the run. Getting the type of explosive push he’s possessing through two games, I’m not sure we’ve ever seen from him. This is a man on a mission after seeing his 2016 season cut short.
And Heyward’s not even the Steelers best defensive end.
That honor and Steelers coaches will agree goes to Stephon Tuitt. If Tuitt gets back healthy soon and Heyward can maintain this level, look out.
As for Tuitt, he went from just nine days ago to potentially being lost for the season to now having a shot at playing this week in Chicago.
“It’s a lot better, the confidence in it is a lot better,” Tuitt said Tuesday night on his weekly radio show on WDVE-FM, 102.5 FM.“The weights I was throwing around [today] was tremendous. It’s way better than it was last week.”
Teammates confused with inactivity for James Harrison
— The James Harrison situation is reaching an interesting point already in that there’s been a lack of communication between Steelers coaches and Harrison. The Harrison camp admits it’s caught them off guard and it appears teammates are also surprised in how Harrison is not being used.
Ben Roethlisberger never holds back on his weekly radio show that airs on 937 The Fan every Tuesday during the season at 11:00 a.m. and Roethlisberger said today Harrison also doesn’t know why he’s not playing.
“I talked to him yesterday and just kind of asked like, ‘what’s going on, what happened? And he just gave me this look like I have no clue,” said Roethlisberger. “So we talked a little bit about it, but there’s no real answers. He didn’t have no answers for me, so I don’t know if he has any answers. So I was kind of confused by it, but I’m not really sure what the reasoning was on it.”
Pretty candid stuff from Roethlisberger.
A source says LB coach Joey Porter is driving the bus here on the OLB rotation.
— The expectation from some circles on the end game surrounding Lawrence Timmons and the Miami Dolphins is that he will be released.
If that happens, many of Timmons former teammates will be pushing for him to return to Pittsburgh.
Will management and the coaching staff jump on board?
The Steelers wanted Timmons back but nowhere near the $11 million guaranteed he got from Miami. They like Vince Williams but also made a hard play for Dont’a Hightower.
This is an organization willing to do almost anything to improve the roster for another Super Bowl in 17. Don’t rule it out if Timmons gets cut loose.
I’m a huge Heyward fan but it’s two games. Slow down on the “best he’s ever looked” talk.