Safety Ryan Clark Talks Steelers Offseason Moves & Draft On NFL Live

I passed along the word Sunday night that Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark would be all over ESPN this week and on Monday he was a guest analyst on NFL Live.

During the hour long show, Clark was asked if he thought that the Steelers did enough this offseason.

“Well if you look historically at the Steelers, we\’re not a very active team in free agency, said Clark. We don\’t bring in top name free agents. We try to stand pat as much as possible and we develop through the draft.

“You get Jarvis Jones in the first round to replace James Harrison, who left via free agency. You also come back with Le\’Veon Bell, who\’s the kind of bell cow that Pittsburgh Steelers fans and Steeler Nation is used to having. You get Markus Wheaton in the third round to add to receiving core, after losing Mike Wallace. You also keep Emmanuel Sanders from leaving in restricted free agency to New England.”

Clark then went on to say that whether or the not the Steelers are successful in 2013 all depends on the play and health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“It\’s going to depend on Ben,” said Clark. “If Ben comes back and Ben is able to lead our offense, and stay healthy – which is a key – which is why we brought offensive coordinator Todd Haley in. If Ben stays healthy and he doesn\’t throw the picks that we have late in the season, we\’re speaking differently about the Steelers going into 2013 then we are now.”

So, did Clark even answer the original question asked of him? It seems like to me that he just recapped the offseason and the Steelers views toward free agency. We all know that in order for the Steelers to win it all every year that Roethlisberger has to stay healthy. No news there, Ryan.

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  • TJimmy

    If we want Ben to be healthy, the offensive line needs to be healthy

  • Michael Mazanowski

    Ryan Clark is one of my favorite Steelers of all time! Great personality, great work ethic, and he is a great asset to the greatest team ever!

  • WilliamSekinger

    Clark is also a very smart guy. Leave the prognostication of the upcoming Steelers season to the NFL talking heads. The only person that should be answering a question like that would be Colbert. Way to dance around that question Ryan! That’s why I like the guy.

  • hergieburbur

    He didn’t answer the question, but he did at the same time. He didn’t address it directly, but it’s not exactly as if our offseason formula changes all that much from year to year. He pretty much said Ben has to stay upright, not throw dumb picks, and the young guys have to step up. It’s simple and we all know it, but it’s also correct.

  • TheBlitz

    I believe he answered the question.

    He talked about the team needs and how the draft picks fill those needs. He also mentioned the retention of key contributors (Sanders) and not allowing them to go play for your competition (New England). What else is there to say ?