If you're failing to prepare, you're preparing to fail.
is usually safety in numbers. Unfortunately for the Pittsburgh
Steelers, the number in their safeties' ages are too high to bring any
sort of comfort. They know this all-too-well, and it looks as if they
may want to make their secondary a primary concern.
Steelers took the first step at preparing to remedy their problem at
safety specifically Monday by bringing former Lions free safety Louis
Delmas in for a visit.
They checked Delmas' knee because of his having battled knee problems in the past.
Steelers need to get younger in the secondary. Last season's starters,
free safety Ryan Clark and strong safety Troy Polamalu, are 34 and 32
years of age respectively.
also need depth, especially at FS considering their having more strong
safeties on the roster. There's also no doubt that the Steelers would
rather not have a rookie playing FS next season. Getting a free agent
veteran would therefore allow them to focus on a cornerback early in
May's NFL Draft.
In comes Delmas.
first pick of the 2nd round of the 2009 draft has made two pro bowls in
his five years, and will only be 27 in April. Delmas resembles RC25 in
terms of coverage in his prime and is almost as big of a hitter.
has other visits, including the Denver Broncos, so this is by no means a
lock. He would be a great fit for the Steelers, but free agency hasn't
even begun yet and there is time.
As for the rest of the Steelers' safeties:
Thomas - a physical strong safety with hitting ability who can cover in
the slot. Sound familiar? The Steelers need the man they call
"Headache" to be just that for the opposition next season.
Allen - he did a very good job again in 2013 and with RC25 leaving,
they need him either to start until Thomas is ready or to be their third
safety behind Thomas and Polamalu.
Golden - core special teams player who led Steelers in special teams
tackles (14). Showed himself to be a ballhawk last preseason. Can he
step up and do so in the regular season, too, this time?
Ross Ventrone - another shot at making the final roster.
Jordan Dangerfield - gets no respect (but was signed to a Futures/Reserve contract on January 10th).