NFL.com Picks CB Prince Amukamara As The One Free Agent The Steelers Should Sign

With the start of the 2017 free agent signing period now less than a month away, several major media sites have been filling space by attempting to predict one player who will ultimately be signed by each of the 32 NFL teams. On Monday, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com filed his one player predictions for the 16 AFC teams and he has the Pittsburgh Steelers signing Jacksonville Jaguars free agent cornerback Prince Amukamara.

Rosenthal writes:

General manager Kevin Colbert dipped his toe in free agency last season with tight end Ladarius Green and offensive tackle Ryan Harris. Those moves didn’t pan out, but that shouldn’t stop Pittsburgh from looking for value in the secondary. Since the Steelers are unlikely to make a big splash, Amukamara makes sense as a cornerback who could eat up quality snaps at a reasonable price.

After signing a one year, $5.5 million contract with the Jaguars last offseason, Amukamara proceeded to play in 14 games and registered 49 total tackles. The two games that he missed last year came very early in season and that was due to a hamstring injury.

The knock on Amukamara since he was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Giants has been his ability to stay healthy as he had missed 25 regular season games in his first five seasons in the league. Despite missing two more games this past season, Amukamara feels he has now answered those durability concerns.

“I’m going to play 14 out of the 16 games, and I think (that) was huge for me, and I think I’ve learned a lot from these coaches on the field,” Amukamara said this past December, according to Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com. “My stats, for sure, aren’t where I want them to be or I’m sure where any cornerback would want them to be. However, I still think selfishly I put some good stuff on film and done some good stuff.

“I think it was huge to just be able to show that I am durable and I can play this game if I’m healthy.”

Even though Amukamara failed to register an interception last season and only had 6 passes defensed, Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Walsh appears to have been happy with his play.

“We always knew he was a good football player,” Wash said, according to DiRocco. “The last couple weeks he’s been attacked and he’s done very well of staying on top, eliminating explosive plays and only had two explosive plays last week against a very explosive offense. And they were going after Prince.

“He stayed healthy. He can show the organization he can stay healthy and play at a high level. It’ll be interesting to see what his career has in the future, but hopefully it’s as a Jaguar.”

While it’s currently unclear if Amukamara will ultimately re-sign with Jaguars, it does appear as though the cornerback will at least be able to test free agency in the meantime. The Steelers could use another experienced cornerback on their roster and especially now that last year’s trade acquisition, Justin Gilbert, has been waived. While the Steelers hope they can finally get former second round draft pick Senquez Golson on the field in 2017, general manager Kevin Colbert indicated last week that he’s got a lot to prove after missing his first two seasons because of injuries.

While Amukamara might indeed be cheap to sign during free agency, you must wonder if he’ll be cheap enough for the Steelers and especially being as they would likely only view him as a depth player and spot starter. If the Steelers do ultimately have interest in signing Amukamara, one would think they would have to get a deal done with him prior to the 2017 NFL Draft.

  • Robert E Lil

    I would honestly throw money at him – literally – whatever it takes. Throw a pile of money at him. So long as the organization insists on running that out-dated, soft, easily attacked defense this team needs to load up on defensive backs and safeties. They should even consider dropping six – because all quarterbacks have the ability to throw a quick slant or quick out against a secondary that lines up 12 to 15 yards off the line of scrimmage

  • steelburg

    I like this guy as a option and I mentioned it, in another post. It’s not guaranteed he will end up as depth IMO he is more physically gifted than Cockrell and I could easily see him pushing Cockrell right out of town. Another guy I would add is Kayvon Webster. He would probably be cheaper than Amukamara.

  • RickM

    After Green, they really expect the Steelers to give decent money to an injury-plagued free agent? It won’t happen.

  • PB1015

    Your assesment may be a little harsh… I would say the defense is one legitimate outside pass rusher away from being really good. The secondary gets exposed because the pass rush isn’t getting home. With that said, I wouldn’t mind seeing them sign Amukamara, he brings experience which is lacking with the young secondary.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I’m not sure Amukamara qualifies as a ‘Steelers’ run supporting physical type outside CB they prefer.

  • LucasY59

    I dont think Amakumara “proved it” on his last deal, so if he wants something longer he’s going to have to sign for cheaper, IF the Steelers could get him for 3 yrs 10ish million he could be a good add, not sure if I feel comfortable signing him that long since his injury history is bad (playing 14 games was an accomplishment) so maybe a 2 yr 6mil (where it is easier to drop him in yr 2 if needed)

  • Robert E Lil

    Sorry PB but I think you are 1000% incorrect on that one. In fact, there’s nothing I hate more than the (annual) declaration by Steeler fans that they are just “one or two players away.” In fact, the defense is getting worse. And I could point to a slew of games over many many years to make my point but, I’ll start with this one. Two years ago Ryan Mallett- after being signed 8 days earlier – threw over 40 times in a humiliating defeat of the Steelers. Mallett – like soooooo many other terrible qbs who have had success against our D – had a crazy number of attempts because most teams have a 2 or 3 step draw and quick throw against our predictable, ineffective, lousy scheme. There is no player on earth who can get to the qb when that is the case

  • Robert E Lil

    Steelers better start worrying about pass support

  • WreckIess

    In what regard did they get worse? In 2016, they gave up 500 less passing yards, 9 less tds, 21 less completions, and they had a lower passer rating against them than they did in 2015. The only numbers that fell (or got worse I should say) were interceptions by 4 and sacks(probably because we need a pass rusher) by 10.

  • PB1015

    The Steelers defense has had some bad games, especially the one you mentioned above. The defense overall is very young. Give them another year, i think they can be a solid group next year. The key is finding and impact outside linebacker who can rush the passer. It wouldn’t hurt to add depth to the secondary.

  • Robert E Lil

    I think the numbers you are citing are very misleading. In fact their overall defensive ranking is the same as 2015. But I’m not so much talking about stats because they’re not selling the whole picture (as an example the same year Tebow blew them up they were a number 1 ranked pass defense when every fan knew that just wasn’t the case).
    As Alex from this blog pointed out their average yards allowed on 1st down got much, much worse. They’re still allowing teams (Ravens Dallas as examples) to drive at will down the field when it matters most – so I suppose that’s the same as it’s been for a few years. My point is they’re treading water at best – losing players that are strengths (Timmons and Harrison) and getting thinner in key areas (Senquez Golson is a non factor, Gay is gone and Dangerfield is a backup safety!).

  • Robert E Lil

    There’s a reason why the Steelers have had all those “bad” losses. They play 15 yards off the line at the snap of the ball. My contention is if that is the style of defense you’re going to play you better load up on corners because all teams are going to throw the ball all over the place (which we’ve seen now for many, many, many years)

  • steelburg

    I agree. But the question for me is would you rather have Amukamara who will be 28 when the season starts and is a little more proven or Webster who doesn’t have the experience but has come from a well known and high talented group in Denver? You pretty much know what your getting with Amukamara IMO, Webster is basically a mystery.

  • LucasY59

    I like Webster as well and IF it were possible would try and sign both (I think of Amukamara as a outside guy and Webster as a Slot guy so both could possibly contribute) Webster should be cheap so it would be affordable

  • WreckIess

    I think trying to make a point with no facts is pretty misleading. The stats tell you that the defense is doing better in most of the major areas defensively. It doesn’t matter if they look the part, it matters if they’re playing the part and giving up 54 less points and almost 500 less yards through the air shows that they’re a better pass defense. You also mentioned that they’re losing players that are strengths like Harrison(who will probably be resigned) and Timmons (who also has a good chance of being resigned). So I don’t get how you can say that but also say someone is “1000% incorrect” for suggesting that we need a pass rusher when you just implied that we’re losing a pass rusher.

    Also, Alex went back and corrected that post about the first down success rate. The first down success rate didn’t fall by 23% like the first article stated. As a matter of fact it went up by .6 percent so that’s another stat that they improved on from 2015.

  • Milliken Steeler

    They were getting long in the tooth and Teblow, didn’t blow them up. In a game that went down to the wire, Teblow completed a pass and Ike, let himself get stiff armed by DT and that was game. Even at the end of the run and that year was it, Teblow didn’t blow them up. lol Nine times out of ten, Ike makes that tackle.

    We except for Ike back in the day, don’t have the personnel or the secondary coach ( watch the Patriots db’s) to play man to man regularly. I think we’re working toward that, but not there yet.

    If you look at the Pats DB’s, they hold very effectively. That is taught and not by coincidence. A light pull on the jersey in close quarters, just enough to not allow separation for an added second or two. The Pats are very very good at doing it often and well enough to only catch a flag, once in a while.

  • Robert E Lil

    Fair enough. However, as I was going back and forth with Alex I did break down some of the numbers you are citing and I 100% do believe the numbers are extremely misleading. The best that can be said about the defense is that they racked up some big numbers against Cleveland (once) – against Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andrew Luck’s backup. I say that not to be argumentative but rather – it was in fact a step in the right direction (in years past they actually lost those games). But the defense is in fact treading water and just doesn’t compete against average qbs. Remember, there probably should not have been an AFC championship game except that the Ravens scored TOO FAST and SO EASILY. When you look at the way the defense played the last part of the season and against NE I just can’t fathom how anyone thinks they’re getting better

  • Robert E Lil

    Milliken – if I didn’t use Tebow as an example I could use Ryan Mallet – the Steelers are 3-2 versus the Titans BEFORE they got Mariotta! We’ve all seen how terrible teams have success against that defense. Let me ask you this…if the Steelers opened the season against the Browns would you be surprised one bit if their qb (I don’t even know who it’s going to be) had a career day against our defense? Be honest

  • SfSteeler

    FA CB seems more likely than OLB because OLB position looks deep this year especially at our first round position and experience at CB is what we need cause we have the youth…

    kids got the size also, so, yes at the right price…

  • Steelers12

    Lol true

  • Steelers12

    I read somewhere the Broncos are pushing hard to resign Webster

  • LucasY59

    I dont see why he would want to re-sign there, automatically #4 on the depth chart, 3 really good guys ahead of him is a good reason to leave town

  • SnoopDogg123

    I’m sure if they signed him he would somehow not find his way onto the starting line up. Either the coaching staff won’t trust him or he’ll have some hidden injury.
    I hate to be negative, but the track record of free agent DBs hasn’t been very good recently. Just draft another kid early and let’s hope he’s an Artie Burns or Sean Davis type of player.

  • Alan Tman

    Be patient, because people will cut other players. I heard Talib might be getting cut. Plus Amukamara stinks.

  • WreckIess

    The Ravens went on to lose the next week so we still would’ve made the playoffs regardless, but I’m not interested in ifs and buts. What actually and factually happened was an improvement. There were points in time that they struggled with pass D, but as pretty much everyone from the coaches to the media, bloggers, and fans alike all realized, the pass rush was the real issue.

    It doesn’t matter what scheme they run or who they have in the secondary, if they give any QB as much time as to throw as they did, QBs will have success throwing. So when you spend most of the season with an older Harrison, Moats, Chickillo, and the human garbage can Jarvis Jones there just won’t be much pressure had. Luckily, the defense did improve as the season went on but they still don’t have a consistent pass rush which is why that is still a huge need.

  • Rotten Sircus

    Prince is not a willing tackler. Even at Nebraska he was good in coverage but I prefer CB’s that tackle !!! We need to stay away from Prince he’s not worth the money (IMO)

  • Robert E Lil

    I’m not talking about hypotheticals. The Ravens scored with ease when the Steelers were desperate for a stop. Dallas scored with ease (in less than 30 seconds!) when they needed to win the game. And this has been going on for years (I know I was front and center for more than one of those games). And that’s the point – they’re not getting better – they are the same as they’ve been. As Paul Zeise correctly pointed out the Steelers D was largely man-handled their last 3 regular season games. One of those games was the Browns.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I really really like Prince, but he be injured more than a lil bit.

  • WreckIess

    You’re changing your point. Originally you were saying that the pass defense was worse, but now you’re saying that the defense as a whole is worse. Which is still wrong, but on top of that you’re switching up.

    Also, those were situations. Not indicative of a whole. The whole picture (like I’ve given you) shows that they were a lot better. If you want to make the point that they need to be better in situational football then go right ahead, but saying that two situations made them worse as a whole is wrong. Just because you can pick and choose situations where they came up short doesn’t make them worse off.

    So I ask again, where have they gotten worse? Because so far I haven’t seen any specifics. Just cherry picked situations. Some as far back as the Tebow game from half a decade ago.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I watched him quite a bit at Nebraska and really thought he showed the type of potential to be a very high caliber starting CB in the NFL. He had earned unanimous All-American honors as a Husker and then was a 1st rd draft pick for the Giants. And he does have a Super Bowl ring with them. Plus, he has a royal bloodline, from Nigerian descent. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice. His mother was an Olympic track star. And Prince refuses to drink or do any drugs. Very clean and upstanding guy. At 6’1 and 205 pounds, he has the size and weight.

    His one big glaring issue, has been the injuries throughout his career so far. Which has no doubt contributed to his lack of eye-catching numbers. Missing 27 games in his 6 seasons.

    That being said, for the right price, he’d be a welcome addition to the Steelers in my opinion. But for the wrong price, I’d likely pass. I do like having guys with good pedigrees, that will NOT CAUSE ANY off the field trouble whatsoever, and who is a good locker room presence. He’s only 27, so he still has time to be a potential steal for a team that needs quality depth and characters, if he can avoid that darn injury bug.

  • Jason

    depends on what you lose out by signing him, do you now lost Timmons, because I am not a fan of VWilliams. Do you lose Harrison, while the team has cap space its almost all taken by resigning the parts they already have.

  • Robert E Lil

    They gave up more points than they did a year ago. The secondary got less picks (how is that possible!) They got less pressure, less sacks. Completions per game they were 28th in the league (2 years running now)!!! Dropped to 27th…TWENTY SEVENTH in the league in opponent third down conversions. 24th in the league in giving up pass attempts (that’s the stat I love because it shows that every team knows they can drop back and throw quick hitters against them).

    I could go on and on and one

  • “WC”

    Maybe it’s me but I could care less about needs this and needs that. Just play the game with who you got. Everyone else does. You just hope they get the players to fill the spots and go from there.

    Remember when the Steeler’s lost to Greenbay in the Superbowl. That really sucked didn’t it. Yes they lost to New England. New England was just better. How much better is up for debate, but they were better, period.

    Get the best players you can. Picking 30, oh, well you’re not gonna get the top tier players but you can get good ones.

    Many of us loved the fact that they won the division and two playoff games. That was a a good season. They lost to the eventual champions. It sucks but that’s how it goes.

    I would rather them lose in the AFC championship then in the Superbowl if they have to lose a game.

    They will get another opportunity…….Yes, they will get another opportunity!!!!!

  • RickM

    No, the Steelers D improved this year. They faced a slew of back-up QB’s in 2015 that artificially lowered their points against to 19.9 and improved some of their other D stats. But this year’s points allowed, 20.4 was more impressive. They faced better QB’s, had three rookies in the line-up and were without Heyward for most of the year. It was definitely a better effort, whether you accept it or not.

  • Robert E Lil

    Ha ha ha! Now you sound like a real homer! I know I know…the fact that they ran up the score against Andrew Luck’s backup, Ryan Fitzpatrick – not to mention playing the Browns twice, a rookie qbs lit em up (from Philly and Dallas) and they got to play against one of the worst ranked offenses in the NFL in the NYG.
    Stop it. Just stop.
    And the Steelers d also saw a spike in points allowed in the 4th quarter and they allowed more yards per rushing attempt and fell in rushing yards per attempt relative to the rest of the league.

    The defense stinks, stinks, stinks

  • WreckIess

    Yeah they gave up a whole touchdown more of points lol. That eight points sure was a killer during this 11-5 season. I already told you they had less picks. Mostly because we had less sacks which led to less turnovers. The correlation there is pretty obvious. If you get to the QB more you get better results. I’ve already covered this.

    The completions per game stat (that I’m assuming you got from TeamRankings) is not only wrong (because we didn’t give up 24.3 completions a game), but it’s also irrelevant. Over half of the teams that were top bottom 10 in completions allowed still managed to have give up more passing tds than we did and half of them still had less picks. 7 out of the 10 also gave up more points as a whole than us. So I’m really not seeing that completions per game matter even a little bit.

    They were 26th in third down conversions, but once again, situational football. And I’d definitely like to know how many were rushing and how many were actually passing.

    Lastly, you don’t “give up” passing attempts. If a team gets the ball off they get the ball off. There’s really only so much you can do to stop a pass attempt. Namely sacking the QB. Like I’ve been saying. You also have to be reaching for the stars if that’s the conclusion you came up with. The Falcons were 32nd, then the Cowboys at 30th, the Giants at 29th, the Chiefs at 27th, the Patriots at 26th, the Dolphins at 24th, then we came in at 23rd.

    So more than half of the playoff teams in the league last season were in the top 10 in pass attempts against. The logical assumption to make from this is that teams that win (which they obviously had to happen for them to be playoff teams) often have a lead and when you have a lead opposing teams will pass the ball more often. Is that the reason for the stats? Who knows, but it for damn sure makes more sense that what you tried to come up with lol.

    Anything else?

  • Robert E Lil

    You are really a steeler goggle fan and I appreciate that. The defense stinks. Relative to the rest of the NFL the defense got worse in many significant categories: Yards per rush attempt allowed, opponent completion percentage, opponent attempts – what a mess. You seem angry and that’s not my intention – to get you riled up. I know this – when the season starts in 2017 and they allow the next no-name qb to pass at will against that soft zone I’ll be thinking of you

  • popsiclesticks

    Why don’t teams just all do that and score 30+ on the Steelers at will?

  • popsiclesticks

    Getting thinner? Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell are the starting CBs instead of Antwan Blake and 40 year old Ike and they are getting thinner? Dangerfield is a backup because he played well. Last year Will Allen was starting in that spot with some special teamers and Shamarko behind him. Last year, though, there was no way Shamarko was seeing the field on defense if he were healthy.

    My take is the 2012 and 2013 teams were garbage no matter what the stats say, and 2016’s defense was better than that of the previous two years by the end of the season. If the 2015 team had 2016’s offense, I don’t think they make the playoffs.

  • WreckIess

    Are you guys really still doing that too? When someone doesn’t agree with your overly negative and unsubstantiated claims it’s because they “lack vision” or they “wear homer goggles”. Have you ever really stopped to think “Well damn. Maybe I’m wrong”? Why is it that hard to accept? No one’s saying that the Steel Curtain is back, but to say they got worse (and in your case, saying over and over again) Is just incorrect.

    And when you say they’ve gotten worse you compare them to them not the rest of the NFL. Rush defense has almost nothing to do with the Cornerbacks that you’re lobbying for. Opponent completion percentage went up by 1/3 of a percent and even still they let up 21 less completions. Attempts went down by 35 from 2015 also, but it’s still such a meaningless stat anyway. The things you’re bringing up simply don’t matter. They’re numbers that don’t really make a valid point.

    I’m not angry. I enjoy a debate. You gave me points and I responded. That’s kind of how that type of thing goes. I’m sarcastic, but hey what can you do? No malice behind it though.

  • popsiclesticks

    So ignore the stats but here’s some stats that say they were worse?

    The got less sacks in large part because 2015’s defense was so bad up front that they had to send the house. This year they didn’t do that until it was clear that they had to blitz more, which a pass rusher can help. (Not arguing for their approach in the first half, but it was naturally going to produce less sacks). I’m not saying they are good but man did 2015’s defense get shredded regularly, which I do not think was necessarily the case with 2016 (especially at the back end of the season).

    Yeah, New England kills them worse than they kill everyone else. But they also do kill pretty much everybody else. They just dismantled Atlanta. Who destroyed Seattle’s defense. NFL offenses are killing NFL defenses outside of the elite units these days.

    For example, last year the Steelers had an 87 rtg against by opposing QBs. 3800 yards, 20 TDs to 13 INTs. Sounds terrible, right? It was league average at 14th, right behind Baltimore. Something like 4 of next year’s likely defensive starters are over 25. I just think you’re being a bit pessimistic on the defensive outlook.

  • Robert E Lil

    It’s interesting – a good question. And as the stats show teams are throwing more often…much more often than even a year ago. And the completion percentage of opposing teams is up from a year ago as is the 3rd down conversion rate. Certainly the teams who the Steelers consistently lose to (Ravens, New England) throw the ball constantly with 2-3 step drops and they have easy success. Just like in 2002 when Rich Gannon threw 64 times…I’ll be watching out for the continuing trend of increased pass attempts and completion percentage in 2017

  • popsiclesticks

    But passer rating got better. Why does that matter less than attempts? Completion percentage is such a dumb stat. Sam Bradford set a record in it, I believe.

  • Robert E Lil

    Listen – I see what everyone else sees. I see why Phil Simms was crucifying the defense during NE game. To quote him “if the Steelers are going to keep running the same ole defense Tom Brady is going to say thank you very much.”
    The defense stinks. I just happened to go to the stats and voila! It’s all there – the trends are there. And after Brady’s embarrassment of their pass defense you’ll see teams copying the formula even more.

  • popsiclesticks

    Well, if you look at pass attempts, the best way to keep those down if you don’t have an elite defense is to not be winning. Atlanta had the most passes thrown against them last year. I know what you’re getting at with the quick strike stuff and I hope they get some better man corners (and get Willie Gay off the field so they can run more man) but I don’t think attempts in itself shows that they are getting worse.

  • Aj Gentile

    He has to pick and chose the stats that will back his point

  • Robert E Lil

    The fact that opposing offenses are throwing more, not less, than even a year or two ago demonstrates that other teams see their secondary as bigger liability than its ever been. It is. The Steelers are thinner at qb (a struggling rookie is now the anchor with not much behind him). You could argue they had better corners 2 years ago….1 year ago. They’re allowing more points…a LOT more points – at the end of games. They’re allowing 200 yard rushers in 2016. Imagine that! It’s nuts. Luckily they piled up some stats against Andrew Lucks backup, the Browns (once) and a Bills team that was completely shot by the time they played em in December

  • Robert E Lil

    oh boy. Everyone is upset with me because I do believe the defense is getting worse, not better. I just don’t like to get locked into stats because they don’t tell the true picture. If it was just about stats Jack Lambert wouldn’t have played for Chuck Noll. And if was just about stats you’d believe the Steelers had the number one pass defense in 2011.
    In addition to the Eagles game I attended, the Miami game, the NE regular season game, Dallas game – the Steelers defense was often man-handled down the stretch (Paul Zeise to his credit documented this). They made some Miami backup look legit. In the KC playoff game I watched KC drop no less than 8 passes – 2 of which should have gone for huge plays. The loss to NE wasn’t just predictable – worse the manner in which they were absolutely embarrassed was predictable.
    Nothing is changing on that side of the ball. They’re getting worse. James Harrison won’t play an entire season. Timmons coming back is questionable. Who are our db’s after…COCKERELL?! PFW ranked the Steelers d-line as 17th best in the NFL. There is no road map as to how this defense is supposed to get better.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Funny you mention Tebow, do you know what type of coverage we played against Tebow that game? I will tell you, we switched to man coverage and lost the damn game because we gave up a bunch of big passing plays, if we would have stuck to what got us there we would have won the game.

  • TB

    I agree with Robert in general on this one. I don’t care about stats or any numbers. I care about Superbowl appearances and wins. This is Pittsburgh and a Lombardi is the only thing that matters. We have a very limited window in Big Ben’s prime and unless we build a D that can stand up to the Pats, we’re not going back to the Superbowl until Brady retires. We need pass rushers, corners that can actually disrupt timing, and a scheme that doesn’t start off 10-15 yards from the line of scrimmage. This D is in trouble in the short term.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    I don’t want him… too soft. At ILB, Let Timmons walk… sign Gerald Hodges, he can run.. I really want us to run a 4-3. There sre too many teams running 3-4.. we aren’t too far off from making the change. But the Pittsburgh media thrives on four things.1) Ben will never retire… 2) we won six SBs… never complain. 3) too hard to change schemes and 4) never have $$$ for outside free agents. Sorry guys I’m all over the place .

  • Steeler Fanatic

    I mean Ryan Mallet and Scott Tolzien were completing 80 percent of their passes. I think the front seven is good… another lb and maybe really good. But save the two rookies, the back end is absolute garbage. Mitchell sucks and both Gay and Cockrell are pedestrian. Golden Bryant and Thomas are no better. Therein lies the problem. No elite pass rusher and a horrible secondary.

  • steelburg

    Both guys should be cheap but if everything works out somebody won’t get playing time. I’m assuming that Cockrell is already out of the loop if this happens.

  • Ryan Alderman

    I think the defense is young and growing and has some nice pieces in place. Just takes time.

  • JB4Steelers

    I’m late to this battle, but Robert, you are completely right on message. The rub is not only don’t most followers of the Steelers agree with your point, but probably neither does the Steelers organization, overall. Both the majority of fans and the Steelers organization would be incorrect.

  • Applebite

    Nope.
    Next…

  • LucasY59

    that would be a good problem to have

  • Zarbor

    Only way we look at him is if he cost a bucket of chicken. Otherwise. Nope.

  • mokhkw

    Personally, for the injury risk and the $s that it would cost to sign him, I would pass.

    Anyone have an update on Keenan Lewis?

  • Milliken Steeler

    I honestly don’t know, probably leaning towards “career day” probably not. I think we now have proven commodities on the D line, with an up and comer added to the return of Cam. You add in Dupree, who is at least showing promise, coming back from injury and I question how much time, the opposition will have to throw.

    The addition of Davis and Burns last year were huge as we were heading toward even more trouble in the secondary. Now sprinkle in possibly a FA like maybe Munnerlin and another DB or two in the draft and I like the direction we are going.

    Is it enough to get us over the hump defensively and into the big game this year? I have my doubts. Do I think we are getting better on defense, yes.

  • Mark G Hunter

    In defense, They ran up the score with Luck playing the year before. Remember when Big Ben went on a 2/3 game 500 yd passing tear?

  • thomas hmmmm

    That could be attributed to the running game keeping offenses off the field more than it can be attributed to the D actually getting better. Once Bell came back it was run run run and there were many drives that were nothing but run run run, eat up the clock.
    Don’t get me wrong I think the D has gotten better but not necessarily because of the scheming.
    Personally I think PB is correct with needing more press or at least up to the line and more man coverage. That I think would really improve the D and allow the pass rushers a little extra time to get to the QB.

  • thomas hmmmm

    Anyone thinking of signing this guy is a fool. He is exactly what the steelers do not need which is another guy on IR. The team is better off taking its chances on Golson than him.

  • Luke

    I actually played flag football with this dude in Arizona as a kid for 2 years, he went to my elementary school. I remember our entire team being garbage (including me) and we still won the championship cause no one could catch the kid. EVER. haha. I haven’t really followed his professional career all that much so I don’t know what kind of player he is, but he is a very good person with a very humble up bringing. He came Africa originally then to living in a tiny one bedroom with his parents and 5 sisters, all the way to the NFL. Id LOVE if he signed with the Steelers and finally found a way to stay healthy and get his career on track.

  • Mark G Hunter

    I also disagree that the defense is getting worse. It’s not getting a whole lot better compared to the “Blitzburg years” It’s in the middle of a rebuild (on defense). I also believe it is one/two talented players, at the DB and OLB positions from becoming a dominant defense again. Because they’re consistently picking in the mid/late 20’s in the draft, makes it harder for them, to get the stud players in the draft that they could just plug and play. Remember when Lebeau coached the defense, rookies would sit their first couple years. The past two years they’ve been allowed to get their feet wet early and often, while drafting some really good players to add to their defense. ex. (Tuitt, Cockrell, Dupree, Burns, Davis and Hargrave) add Heywood, V. Williams, Shazier and hopefully Golson this year. The changes aren’t gonna happen over night (especially if players like Jones and the other OLB that retired) that were expected to be able to generate a pass rush from their position, don’t pan out. As well of course the failure to draft or FA decent DB’s. Of course that’s gonna impede the overrall progression of the defense. Hopefully the players they pick this draft and whoever they may sign on defense as a FA (if the choose to) is only gonna help. If not next season then dramatically the year after. (when they get more renforcements in the off season) If that fails to transpire, then they may need to make some coaching changes on the defensive side of the ball. So to me it’s not as bleek as it looks. They just need time and patience. The arrow is definitely pointing upwards!!

  • Reg Cook

    Any defensive secondary with a pass rush that can’t get to a QB in 4 seconds or less is going to struggle. The wide open receivers Brady threw to he held the ball for 6 seconds with our pass rush laying on the ground.

  • Nathaniel Sullivan

    Honestly, I hope the Steelers peruse him. Our secondary would be locked down for the next 2 to 4 years, but I would draft a corner in the top 3 rounds to replace willie gay and focus on the defensive line, linebackers for the first, second, and comp 3rd. Get a safety in the forth, ol in fifth, wr in the sixth because the steelers seem to have really good work with wrs from the 6th round, and whatever is left for the 7th.