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Steelers News: Terrell Edmunds realizes what needs to happen with the Steelers defense

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The Pittsburgh Steelers 2019 season is officially over. After finishing the year 8-8, the Steelers, and their vast fan base, has another long offseason awaiting them. Just because the games are done doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how safety Terrell Edmunds realizes exactly what needs to happen with the Steelers’ defense in 2020.

Let’s get to the news:

  • What needs to happen for the Steelers’ defense to take the next step next season? Just ask Terrell Edmunds, he knows.

Terrell Edmunds feels Steelers defense needs to go from good to great

By: Josh Alper, ProFootballTalk

The Steelers remained in the playoff race into the final weeks of the regular season despite on offense that ranked near the bottom of the league.

Offensive struggles were a result of playing almost the entire year with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges at quarterback, so most of the credit the team’s ability to hang around has to go to a defense that ranked fifth in both yards and points allowed. That doesn’t mean that the team can’t do more on that side of the ball.

Linebacker T.J. Watt said the Steelers “didn’t shut teams out and control the game defensively” while safety Terrell Edmunds sees the need to go from good to great for the unit to reach its full power.

“We never did anything great, spectacular,” Edmunds said, via Mark Kaboly of “We did a whole lot of good things, we made some good plays, but we didn’t make too many great plays even though we had the stats. I guess this is something that we can work on this offseason and something we have to build off of and be able to take that next step. We are doing a lot of good things, but not a lot of things great and that’s what we want to do.”

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  • Another wrinkle in the Mason Rudolph and Myles Garrett saga...

John Dorsey: Myles Garrett made accusation against Mason Rudolph postgame

By: Charean Williams, ProFootballTalk

Former Browns General Manager John Dorsey confirmed Myles Garrett‘s account of what happened immediately after the defensive end’s ejection Nov. 14 against the Steelers.

Garrett said he told Dorsey, coaches and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi that Mason Rudolph‘s use of a racial slur is what set him off. The Steelers quarterback repeatedly has denied the allegation, most recently in a Saturday statement.

Dorsey confirmed to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal on Monday that Garrett had informed the team of his racial slur accusation postgame.

“Correct,” Dorsey told Ulrich. “It’s the truth.”

That follows what Dorsey said in a prepared statement Nov. 21 in which he said Garrett “was open and honest with us about the incident from the start.”

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

  • Just when you thought this whole issue stemming from that Thursday Night Football game was over, think again.

Mark Madden: Myles Garrett is lying about Steelers QB Mason Rudolph

By: Mark Madden, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Myles Garrett is lying.

But very few will say that, at least not directly.

As a result, Garrett’s lie is, by default, becoming the truth. Entire sports-talk TV segments are built around “what if.” As in, “what if Mason Rudolph did call Myles Garrett the n-word?”

As George Costanza said, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.” At this point, Garrett may believe his own fiction.

Garrett now specializes in double-talk. He wants to “move past it,” yet keeps bringing it up. He doesn’t “want to make it a racial thing,” yet keeps doing exactly that. He implies the NFL is suppressing audio that proves him right.

Rudolph’s attorney is threatening legal action against Garrett. (Rudolph punctuated that possibility by calling Garrett’s most recent statement “a bold-faced lie” and “a disgusting and reckless attempt to assassinate my character.”)

The NFL reiterated its investigation absolved Rudolph.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin released a statement that supports Rudolph and, for all intents and purposes, calls Garrett a liar. Tomlin followed that up Monday with an appearance on ESPN that aggressively defended Rudolph and excoriated ESPN for positioning Garrett’s accusation as true.

But, again, the l-word wasn’t used.

It should be. Garrett is a liar.

To read the full article, click HERE (Free)

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