My what a difference a year makes. Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers can think back to the 2014 season when a small, but feisty, cornerback named Antwon Blake proved to be more than just a special teams ace and proved he can play much larger than his 5-foot 9-inch frame as he took over for Ike Taylor and/or Cortez Allen and made some key plays as the Steelers went on to win the AFC North crown.
Fast forward to 2015, and fans were disappointed to see Blake become the Cortez Allen of the 2015 season being targeted regularly, drawing plenty of flags and pretty much playing sub-par football throughout the season. Despite his many gaffes, Blake did have a few memorable moments in 2015. None would be larger than his interception returned for a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football with the team reeling without Ben Roethlisberger in the lineup.
Although there were some highlights, the lowlights certainly outweighed the good which led the cornerback to his the Free Agent market when the season came to an end. After visiting with several teams, Blake finally found a home with former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and the Tennessee Titans.
The contract is a one-year deal, which ultimately points to the Steelers not offering much, if anything at all. Nonetheless, the Steelers fan base will have to say goodbye to the player most loved to hate since he will be taking his talents to Nashville.
The question now becomes, who will be the scapegoat for the Steelers' fan base in 2016? Early front runners are Ross Cockrell, Senquez Golson (after all, he isn't 6-feet tall) and defensive coordinator Keith Butler.