“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford
The Pittsburgh Steelers are about to kick off their first OTA’s of 2013 . The sting of going 8-8 and missing the playoffs in 2012 is now in the rear view mirror and a new beginning starts now.
New faces take the place of familiar mainstays Gone are names like James Harrison, Casey Hampton, Charlie Batch, Mike Wallace, Willie Colon, Max Starks and Rashard Mendenhall just to name a few. This will be the first time for the rookie class of 2013 to meet and work with many of the Steelers’ veterans and coaches. This is the beginning of the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers coming together as a team.
The Changes didn’t stop with the players. The Steelers also have a few new coaches, offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr.,wide receivers coach Richard Mann and special teams coordinator Danny Smith.
The beginning of these OTAs should begin to shed some light on these coaches’ plans and philosophies. These sessions also allow these coaches to get acquainted with the Steelers playbook, other coaches and the players that they have and the skill set each player brings to the table.
There are many questions yet to be answered for this Pittsburgh Steelers team. The OTA’s won’t answer all but may scratch the surface and give hints of things to come.
Lets take a look at a few questions that may begin to be answered at these OTA sessions
Who will play at the left and right tackle spots of the offensive line? Will Jack Bicknell Jr. use a lot more zone blocking? If so, will it be more inside zone or outside zone blocking?
Will linebacker Jarvis Jones and running back Le’veon Bell show the skills they possessed during their college days ?
Who is set to back up Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu at the safety positions?
Will any linebackers step up to provide much needed depth?
With Batch and Byron Leftwich now gone, will Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones show they have what it takes to provide quality QB depth?
Who will step up to provide quality depth on the offensive line?
Steeler nation the first steps to answering these questions may begin to come clearer through these off-season workouts. These are the first steps to team building.
A new beginning starts now for the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers.
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