Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…
Tim Benz: If Steelers ‘ills’ are fixable, prove it this week — or start planning for 2024 | Tim Benz, Trib Live
The truth is, if these problems were fixable, they would’ve been fixed by now. Just about every depth player who could’ve been deemed an upgrade is getting as many — or more — snaps than those who had been playing in front of them — specifically rookies Broderick Jones, Joey Porter Jr. and Keeanu Benton. Even Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris are getting relatively even snap distributions.
They’ve run out of active inside linebackers to acquire. So they are signing guys out of retirement like Blake Martinez and Myles Jack. There’s no one left on the depth chart to tap on the shoulder and say, “Get in there!”
Unless you believe Mason Rudolph is going to jump off the bench and be better at quarterback than Mitch Trubisky after two years of not throwing a pass of consequence.
Steelers WR George Pickens gets advice on controlling emotions from unlikely source | Allison Koehler, Steelers Wire
But as a professional, there’s a time and place to vent those frustrations — behind closed doors.
Take it from … Antonio Brown.
“It starts in practice. You can’t come to the game and just be emotional about the ball. It starts in the meeting room, going and talking to coach Tomlin,” Brown said in a Dec. 11 Spaces on X via Steeler Nation.
“Coach Tomlin will take you to the offensive coordinator. They used to make a little box for me because I was one of those guys that needed the ball, and I love those guys who want the ball because they want to be great. But you’ve got to control that frustration because you don’t want the quarterback to get stressed out by you and not want to put you in the position you want to be in.”
The Steelers have a new starting kick returner, but it won’t require some drastic change on the football field. Running back Godwin Igwebuike was officially named the team’s starting kick returner on the depth chart this week before their game against the Indianapolis Colts. Igwebuike has been returning the team’s kicks over the last few weeks, but this is the first time they have made it official.
That change occurred when the Steelers went on the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals. Since that time, Igwebuike has been the team’s kick returner over the last three games. He has seven returns for 161 yards, an average of 23 yards per return this season. Igwebuike has averaged 25.3 yards per return as an NFL kick returner in his career.