Grady Brown looking for ‘increased effort’ through high school competition as DBs regain health
Depth is having a lot of players that you would be willing to put on the pitch. The quality of depth is having such players who can actually do a good job when you put them on the pitch. The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to have more firsts than seconds this season.
But they hope to develop that quality in the second half of the year, and defensive backs coach Grady Brown believes competition is the ticket. He addressed the subject via the team’s website discussing the impending return of one of his own, safety Damontae Kazee, from the reserve/injured list.
“Anyone available always provides competition,” he told reporters last week. “Competition increases effort, and when you play with increased effort every day in training, it will affect how you play at the weekend.”
“As many bodies as we can get in the room that are healthy, that’s going to provide some competition, because we’re all men, we’re all competitors, everybody wants to play, and there’s a limit. how many hats you can get in a game,” he added. “If we can have that many healthy bodies every day competing at a high level, we’ll have great training, and that will set us up to play well.”
Provided they activate Kazee this week, and it doesn’t come at the expense of another defensive back, it will give them 11 overall. Chances are, however, that he will take the place of cornerback Josh Jackson, who was on the practice squad until defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal was placed on the roster. reserve/wounded.
Even so, they would then have Minkah Fitzpatrick, Terrell Edmunds, Kazee, Tre Norwood and Miles Killebrew safe, along with Cameron Sutton, William Jackson III, Ahkello Witherspoon, Levi Wallace, James Pierre and Arthur Maulet at cornerback.
Given the versatility of players like Sutton, Norwood and Kazee, there are a number of things the Steelers could do to get different looks and player combinations on the court. And Kazee in particular is a big addition as a six-year veteran starter.
I appreciate Brown’s comment that they’re focused on getting into the court who’s playing the best, rather than necessarily worrying about the combination or who’s supposed to be the best, on paper.
What the Steelers need to worry about right now is playing the guys who are going to contribute positively to the winning efforts, at least more than the other alternatives. I think Kazee may be one of those guys.