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Friday Soccer Notes: Kenny Pickett’s 2 Big Goals; More news from Brian Flores; Steelers fans won’t like ESPN’s new 30 for 30

Friday Soccer Notes: Kenny Pickett’s 2 Big Goals; More news from Brian Flores; Steelers fans won’t like ESPN’s new 30 for 30

This week’s “Friday Football Footnotes” includes some specific goals expressed by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett. I’ll share some thoughts on Byron Leftwich’s firing. Another job interview is in the books for Brian Flores. John Harbaugh discusses Lamar Jackson’s future in Baltimore.

Plus, Steelers fans will give the upcoming ESPN 30 for 30 “two thumbs down.”

It might not even make it through the opening credits.


Aligning them

Steelers defensive assistant coach Brian Flores was interviewed for a job. But it was not a coaching position.

It’s for the defensive coordinator opening in Atlanta. That’s according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Flores also interviewed for Cleveland’s defensive coordinator job. But Jim Schwartz got that gig. The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly considering Flores because of their coaching vacancy.

The Steelers don’t need any compensatory draft picks if Flores lands any job. He would have to be on the Steelers staff for two years for that to happen, if Arizona hires him. And coordinator promotions do not provide compensation.


Packing in kilos

Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett announced a specific goal he was working on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Thursday.

He wants to get bigger. Pickett says he slimmed down in preparation for the draft.

“At the combine, I leaned a little bit,” Pickett said. “I was less than 220 years old. I want to be a little bigger for this season. You’re training for 40, you’re not training to be a football player, you’re doing exercises. I wanted to do well in them. So I was catching up after that. I want to gain a little more weight and have a little more muscle mass going into the season after taking a lot of these knocks.”

Pickett believes his footwork can improve.

“If I get my feet right, the ball usually goes where I need it. I will also continue to work on off-platform shots. Getting out of the pocket is something I did a lot better at the end of the year — extending plays and giving guys opportunities down the field,” Pickett said.

The Pitt graduate announced plans to invite the team’s pass catchers to his hometown of New Jersey for summer workouts before the start of training camp.


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looking for lamar

Despite some concerns about Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson’s future, coach John Harbaugh seems confident the quarterback will return to the Ravens next year.

After being asked if Jackson was still in the organization’s long-term plan, Harbaugh he said, “One hundred percent. Two hundred percent. There are no questions. Lamar Jackson is our quarterback. … He’s a very bright guy, he’s got a big heart, but he’s just a tremendous competitor. That’s the guy we want to build this team around.”

Jackson’s rookie contract is up, but he could be a two-time franchise if a long-term deal isn’t signed.

If Jackson returns, he will have a new offensive coordinator. Greg Roman He resigned from that position Thursday.


Off the mark

Long anticipated Byron Leftwich shooting it’s finally official in Tampa Bay. Speculations about his firing have been hanging over the Buccaneers organization since the team lost their playoff game on Monday night.

Leftwich won a Super Bowl with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers — as part of the coaching staff of coach and former Steelers assistant Bruce Arians — in 2020. Leftwich was Pittsburgh’s quarterback in 2008 and again from 2010-12.

However, Tampa Bay only allowed 18.4 points per game, 25th in the NFL. In comparison, the Steelers pop-gun offense was 26th at 18.1. The Bucs went 8-9, winning the formidable NFC South.

Tampa’s offense was the worst in football at 76.9 yards per game. But the passing offense averaged 269.8 yards per game, second best in the NFL. But it was effective and often painful to watch.

Leftwich didn’t get much help on the field in 2022. Brady finally started to show his age, and the rest of the unit was plagued by injuries. That prompted ESPN’s Anthony “Booger” McFarland to tweet this opinion.

Well, if Booger was about Brady and the other players — and not Leftwich — when they were bad this year, wasn’t it also about Brady and the other players — and not Leftwich — when they were good. a few years ago?

This argument is basically pole-shifting… “about pole-shifting.”


Prepare the popcorn

Here’s a sports documentary Steelers fans are dying to see.

ESPN is doing a 30 30 on the Baltimore Ravens from the 2000 Super Bowl.

yes That will be unloaded in Pittsburgh, I’m sure.

now i hear “ESPN!? Yinz is making a shot out of dirty birds, and yinz hasn’t done it yet on the ’05 Stillers? Big Ben! Da’ Bus! Peezy, no! How come there’s no love?”

Actually, rumor has it, ESPN is working on a 30-30 on this year’s Steelers team. And why wouldn’t they? They are the best 9-8 team ever in the NFL!

At least that’s it fans and national media keep saying

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim [email protected] or through Twitter. All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.





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