Turnover in any occupation is unavoidable, but in the National Football League it becomes part of life. Players, teammates and fan favorites often leave the team where they were once cheered to find greener pastures elsewhere.
For the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers, the amount of turnover they experienced from 2018 to now wasn’t over the top, but the quality of player leaving was noticeable. Losing Le’Veon Bell and Jesse James via free agency is one thing, but the way Antonio Brown left the team had the fan base on their toes. At some point, the fans just wanted something positive to happen rather than hear about another IG comment, Twitter beef or awkward interview.
Many in the national media continue to cling to the very last drop of the Steelers’ rocky offseason, but one member of the 2019 team is ready to move on like we all are. That player would be none other than Vince Williams.
To Williams, the focus shouldn’t be on who left, but on those who are there and working hard to make 2019 a championship year for the black-and-gold.
“I just feel like we brought a lot of good guys in,” Williams told Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. “The people we added…everyone is focusing on the people we lost but I think the people we added are going to be very helpful to us. I think instead of focusing on what we lost, I get a lot of encouragement about the people we brought in.
“Devin (Bush) is phenomenal. I feel like he is going to make plays right away. I think (Donte) Moncrief is good. I don’t think people realize how good he is. The wide out, (Diontae) Spencer, he was killing it in Canada (in the CFL) and he was out here making splash plays. Mark (Barron) is a seasoned vet, he is good. I feel like we got a lot of great people who came in and are ready to go.”
Whether fans want to believe it or not, Williams is right. Not only did the team go out and sign Barron, Steven Nelson and Moncrief in free agency, they added nine drafted players in the 2019 NFL Draft, many who will be asked to contribute in some way, shape or form during their rookie season.
Losing one of the best wide receivers of all-time is a tough pill to swallow, but at the same time the fans shouldn’t let the dust of Brown’s Rolls Royce getting out of town cloud their view of the current team. Is this 2019 Steelers team perfect in every possible way? Of course not, but at the same time they just might surprise some people this year.
According to Williams, the fan base should start to warm up to some of these new players, and I couldn’t agree more.