Steelers Minicamp: DE Clifton Geathers Fights Offensive Line … Again

Are you ready for the summer rumbles?

The Pittsburgh Steelers now have one minicamp practice in the books and if you’re scoring at home, it included one fight.

According to Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, Tuesday’s main bout included defensive end Clifton Geathers taking on several members of the offensive line.

Geathers, who reportedly has lost 50 pounds since he first joined the Steelers late last season, seems to get underneath the skin of the Steelers offensive linemen quite easily. In fact, last year after he was signed to the roster, the South Carolina product reportedly took on three Steelers offensive linemen during his first official practice with the team. Afterwards, guard Ramon Foster accused Geathers of practicing too hard.

”He was probably working his butt off in his mind, but my story is that we just played (90) snaps last game. There is no sense in going that hard in practice,” Foster said at the time, according to Scott Brown of “I saw him push one of our guys to the ground and I lost it.”

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who appears to have been the main player fighting Geathers, talked about the latest skirmish following Tuesday’s practice.

“We don’t go out there to patty-cake,” he said, according to Bradford. “Things happen sometimes and tempers get flared.”

This won’t be the only fight that we write about moving forward as several more will undoubtedly take place once the team puts the pads on at training camp. As long as nobody breaks their hand or needs a jaw wired shut, it’s not a big deal and head coach Mike Tomlin used it as a teaching lesson.

Even though it’s not a big deal, it sure would be nice to see a video clip of it.

  • cencalsteeler

    I dig Geathers attitude. That’s what our D needs. It’s been missing around here for a while and it’s time to bring it back!

  • Nate Sullivan

    Yes we need that nasty attitude back on defense now will it spill over to the rest of the defense this defense always plays better when it has that Greg Lloyd mentality

  • V C Pittsburgh

    Hahaha love it!

  • mokhkw

    Yep, and if the OL can remember the last game they played they would be wanting to harden themselves up as well.

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Mike Tomlin

  • I like it. Guys like Cam Heyward are tough as nails and Tuitt has already shown he will more than likely be the player we all envisioned he could be. What we need is some nastiness on that side of the ball though. Have a lot of guys who are smart players and hard workers, we need someone who has a Suh mentality, without stepping on QBs and costing us yards all game in penalties.


    Compare/contrast (Steelers Mentality):
    Cam Thomas vs Clifton Geathers

  • The Notorious TOM

    I love Ramon but he sounds too b*tchmade in those comments. ”Hey man, we just did like 90 snaps and we’re really tired, alright!!? Chill out!”

    Do your thing, Clifton.

  • steelmann58

    DL with a nasty attitude

  • pittfan

    yup, we’re all diggin it!

  • Michael

    Is Clifton Geathers Flozell Adams II?

  • 20Stoney

    I agree completely. Hopefully he can play some too so he can actually get in a game with it.

  • John Pennington

    If Foster cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen.You never practice to hard maybe not hard enough.The oline better get tougher and meaner or they get their ass handed to them.The next player how says that Geathers practice to hard should be cut because steelers have always been that way.I wonder if Foster would tell Jack Lambert that.

  • Grandmaster Fistage

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” That’s from Proverbs in the Bible

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  • steeltown

    My two dark horse candidates to make the roster this year: Villanueva and Geathers

  • John Pennington

    I think u r right.Go Geathers we need mean and nasty on defense.

  • Steve

    Foster is not the coach. The coaches blow the whistle at the end of each play in practice and Foster better be on guard till the end of the play. Gathers is a fighter, just my type of player. Hope he beats out Cam Thomas.

  • RMSteeler

    If Geathers played to the whistle, Foster can’t complain. Foster’s got his spot pretty much locked, or did at the time. Players on the bubble need to make their mark, and guys like Geathers is trying to make his, if not here, for other teams to notice. Glad to see Maurkice take it better the second time. There needs to be at least a few guys with the nastiness attitude on defense. They’ve seemed kind of mellowed out for a couple of years, with a couple of exceptions of course. I look for a whole new D attitude this year and would prefer if it starts at the beginning. Hoping to see more serious play in preseason this year to set the stage right of the bat for the games that count.

  • The GreekGeek

    that is why, I was projecting Geathers to get that DE back up spot. McCullers, Geathers, Walton?