Over the past few seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been labeled as an old football team in the National Football League. In the last two seasons, the black and gold have lost a lot of leaders and old veterans but have replaced them with good youth to remain as a strong competitor. Now that the majority of the team is quite young, the coaches and vets are relying on them to get back where they usually are at the end of the season.
Linebacker’s coach Keith Butler told the press after practice concluded on Monday that the grueling and physical practices early are because of the youth on the roster.
“We feel like we need to because of our youth,” said Butler. “We’ve got to find out about our running backs; we’ve got to find out who’s going to play at linebacker, who’s going to play in the secondary. We need to find out about our backup safeties, so there’s a lot of questions we got to find out, and we can’t wait until preseason to do it. We’ve got to formulate a plan before then of what we got.”
Several injuries are circling Latrobe for the past eleven days. Linebacker Jarvis Jones and running back Le’Veon Bell were two players that landed on the injury report this past week. Both players returned to practice on Monday but were limited.
As far as the intense practices go, Butler is in favor of them.
“I’m in favor of this for a young football team,” said Butler. I’m in favor of this because we got to answer some questions, so it’s not like we can afford not to do it. I think Mike [Tomlin] is right in saying we got to find out what we got.”
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