Jason Gildon likes safety-based changes in NFL

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Former Steelers OLB Jason Gildon and franchise sack leader spoke on a variety of topics, including safety in today's NFL.

No one in (recorded) history has more sacks for the Steelers than Jason Gildon, one of the members of the Blitzburgh D that came in with former coach Bill Cowher. He ended his career with 77 sacks with the franchise.

He spoke with the Pittsburgh Sports Bulletin recently, getting fans caught up on what he's doing as well as sharing some thoughts on the team and the league in general.

Among the highlights, Gildon agrees with the league's vision of a safer game.

"I like the changes they are trying to do for safety," Gildon said. "Player safety is the most important thing. But at the same time you have to try not to take away from the natural aggressiveness of the game."

Like many others, the question of safety is one thing. The enforcement of those rules is another, and how those things mix together on the field is harder to define.

"It's a fine line. It's a fast, physical, aggressive game and it's hard to ask guys to slow down and be aware of the position of contact without changing the pace of the game," Gildon said.

While his comments were made in March, I've been looking for a reason to mention Pittsburgh Sports Bulletin for a while now. There are scores of interviews in there from former players and coaches to local media members to other Pittsburgh-based newsmakers. It's highly recommended as a part of your daily read.


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