Sport Relocation Post – Secondary And Offensive Line Are The Two Biggest Concerns For The Steelers – By Smokin’ Jim Frazier

| August 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

 

Jodi & Jim

To the left is my guest blogger Smokin’ Jim Frazier and I. He writes sports articles for me once in a while to help get the word out about my Slick Move Guide Professional Athlete Edition. Smokin’ Jim Frazier is an award winning writer, a scout for the NFL, writes a weekly column in the New Pittsburgh Courier Newspaper and is a sports commentator for https://www.facebook.com/PittsburghSportsline?fref=ts

You can contact Jim on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jim.frazier.100/photos

This week Jim is in trouble with me for his outlook for the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 season!

 

Secondary And Offensive Line Are The Two Biggest Concerns For The Steelers

– By Smokin’ Jim Frazier

The Steelers had back-to-back 8-8 seasons and haven’t had three non-winning seasons since 1969.  Look for the “THREE-PEAT” in 2014! There are several reasons why the Steelers didn’t make the playoffs.  Perhaps the most glaring of their flaws was the lack of playmakers in the secondary.  The consensus outside the Steelers organization is that their first round draft choice needed to be a defensive cornerback. Several teams were able to CUT UP the Steelers secondary like a KNIFE through HOT BUTTER!  William Gay, Cortez Allen and the aging Ike Taylor proved that they cannot consistently stand on an island and handle their business and Pittsburgh didn’t address a replacement in rounds one, two, three or four.

All-Pro and franchise quarterback “Big” Ben Roethisberger should prepare his body for another 50-sack season.  The Steelers entered the draft with the worst offensive line in the NFL and did not adequately address those positions. Wide-receivers are the engines that drive the high-flying, big-yardage offenses across the league and the Steelers found a replacement for Emmanuel Sanders in the fourth round by selecting 6’4, 215-pound Martavis Bryant of Clemson.  The Steelers still have not found a replacement for Mike Wallace.  Antonio Brown is one of the best players in the NFL and two-time team MVP and was the only Steelers player to play in the Pro Bowl. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s offense is a zone blocking scheme where stretch plays can create cut back lanes to be exploited by a back with some speed and power and they found their man in, second year pro, Le’Veon Bell (6-2-245).  Bell is a big back that draws comparison to Eddie George and Steven Jackson.  Bell is a three-down back and that’s why most experts were surprised when the Steelers pasted on other positions of need to draft tiny 5’8, 175-pound running back Dri Archer of Kent State.

The Steelers hit a home run round by drafting 6’2, 240-pound Ryan Shazier in round one.  Shazier is a high character guy and his father is the team chaplain of the Miami Dolphins. Shazier’s instinctive nature will allow him to slip and escape blocks and make splash plays.  He has rare on field speed and should develop quickly into a Pro Bowl player. The Steelers have invested three No. 1 picks (Shazier, Santonio Holmes and defensive end Cam Heyward) and a No. 2 (offensive tackle Mike Adams) on Ohio State products but do not expect any off the field problems with Shazier.

After back-to-back 8-8 seasons there is plenty of blame to go around. In spite of the construction of PNC Park, Heinz Field, the Rivers Casino, the Convention Center and the Consol Energy Center, for now, it looks like the Steelers are bent on team destruction!

Thank you for reading.

Smokin” Jim

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