For the NFL, it’s franchises and fans, the past few days have brought direct questions of positive-change, following months of even greater questioning and hopefully positive outcomes.
We’ve seen Washington Redskins announce they will “undergo a thorough review” of their name following discussions with the league, sponsors and fans. On a different scale, the intense gaming community scrutiny of Madden21’s Franchise Mode announcement has led to the #FixMaddenFranchise trending #1 in America on Twitter, with 100,000 tweets in the first 24 hours of the news (with 750 in the past hour) and EA uncharacteristically responding with via video message. While these are two examples which are incredibly different in significance and the issue they represent, they do demonstrate the current appetite for change.
While questions of change are being asked throughout the NFL community and it’s fan base, as Steelers fans we are lucky to support a sound and stable franchise where the changes most of Steelers Nation are likely to be mostly focused on questioning roster personnel or play. Although, maybe there are some Steelers fans out there that would like to see a name change, if that’s you make sure you cast your vote for a new team name in Michael Beck’s If the Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to change their name, what would it be?
For the Steelers, there’s no doubt the franchise faces significant changes in the years to come: Ben Roethlisberger’s eventual retirement, Mike Tomlin’s future as Head Coach, how long will Kevin Colbert stay onboard, will Matt Canada replace Randy Fichtner? Is Heinz Field even going to be called Heinz Field (reports suggest Heinz won’t re-sign as naming right sponsor) for the foreseeable future?
When it comes to the personnel roster, do the Steelers need to find and sign a free agent middle-linebacker to ensure the defense remains elite? Does Cameron Heyward play out his career in Pittsburgh starting with an extension this season? Do the Steelers re-sign JuJu Smith-Schuster knowing T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick’s rookie deals are ending?
In terms of on-field play, will another injury to James Conner mean a ‘running back by committee’ becomes the approach by default? In a shortened or disrupted NFL 2020 should, should we be blooding rookies like Kevin Dotson, Anthony McFarland Jr. and Carlos Davis or sitting them out to acclimate?
Feeding this appetite for change and questioning - What change, big or small, on-field or off-field, offensive scheme, defensive scheme, would you like the Steelers to make as a franchise?
Do the Steelers even need to change a thing? I’d like to hear what changes you’d like to see the Steelers make in the comments below.