The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2020 season is now within the books, and it resulted in spectacular style — although the fallacious form of spectacular — in a dismal postseason defeat by the hands of the Cleveland Browns, sending them into an early offseason mode after going 12-4 within the common season and profitable the AFC North for the primary time in three years.
After setting a franchise report by opening the 12 months on an 11-game profitable streak, they adopted that up by dropping three video games in a row. Pittsburgh went 1-4 within the ultimate 5, with solely a 17-point comeback staving off a five-game slide. However all the problems they’d within the common season confirmed up within the postseason, ensuing of their early exit.
The one factor going through them now as they head into 2021 is extra questions. And proper now, they lack solutions. What is going to Ben Roethlisberger do, and what’s going to they do with him? What is going to the wage cap appear like? What number of free brokers are they going to lose? Who may they probably afford to retain? Who may they half methods with—not simply on the roster, but in addition on the teaching workers?
These are the types of questions amongst many others that we now have been exploring each day and can proceed to take action. Soccer is a year-round pastime and there’s all the time a query to be requested. Although there’s hardly ever a concrete reply, as I’ve realized in my years of doing this.
Query: Will Miles Killebrew be considered as extra of a defensive again or linebacker within the Steelers’ system?
As is commonly the case, the Steelers haven’t added any vital, high-profile names by way of exterior free company this offseason. Probably the most acquainted identify is B.J. Finney, who began 12 video games over 4 years with the group beforehand as a reserve offensive lineman. Joe Haeg was the opposite greatest exterior identify signed.
Then there’s Miles Killebrew, who’s a particular teamer first and defensive participant second. Over the course of his profession, he has logged almost 3 times as many snaps on particular groups (1,630) as he has on protection (590). Nearly all of his enjoying time on protection got here in his first two seasons, in 2016-17.
However the place would he lined up for Pittsburgh, have been he to be on protection? Killebrew is considered a safety-linebacker hybrid. Traditionally, he has logged extra time within the secondary than on the road or within the field. The Steelers record him as a linebacker, however additionally they record Chris Wormley as a nostril deal with, so that you by no means know with this stuff.
Virtually talking, the excellence will in all probability wind up being immaterial, since he’s more likely to hardly ever play on protection, and would probably conform to a job that could be a true hybridization of the assignments of a powerful security and an inside linebacker. However he’s received to sit down in any person’s assembly room. Will or not it’s Jerry Olsavsky’s?