First call: Another internal candidate for second Steelers GM interview; Mike Tomlin applauds retired Ravens

Friday’s “First Call” was updated with an interview with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ general manager. We can also view the team’s offseason “to-do” list. Mike Tomlin pays tribute to retired Baltimore Ravens. The former Penguins played a role in St. Louis’ win over Colorado on Thursday night.

keep it internally (part 2)

After the second interview Vice President of Football and Business Management Omar sweatthe Steelers revisited another internal candidate to replace Kevin Colbert as general manager.

The organization announced Thursday that professional scouting director Brandon Hunter gave a second interview.

Hunter has been with the Steelers since 2010. He was interviewed during this year’s Raiders general manager opening ceremony. Beal and the Hawks have also discussed various front office openings in their organizations with him.

Pitt Products, Upper St. Clair graduate and former Bills general manager Doug Whaley were also interviewed twice. The same goes for Buccaneers VP of Player Personnel John Spitek, Eagles VP of Player Personnel Andy Weidel and Titans VP of Player Personnel Ryan Cowden.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said the process may finally come to an end.

Colbert has led the Steelers’ front office since 2000.

what’s left to do

Whenever someone succeeds Colbert, they have a lot to do.

Mark Cessler A checklist of one major offseason priority every NFL team needs to address. In his opinion, for the Steelers, they are looking for passing depth.

“An overhaul of Pittsburgh’s (offensive) offense is underway, but there are still roster holes on the other side of the ball,” Cessler wrote“The Steelers have a weak outside linebacker other than TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith. If either misses time, the Steelers can’t count on Genard Avery or Derek Tuszka to fill the void. This is the year to seek Tough times to help, but cutting camp may bring answers. Steelers focused on filling the void in veterans.”

Like Melvin Ingram, right? good results.

But that doesn’t mean the Steelers shouldn’t try again. Cessler was right. The position must be consolidated. The front office just needs to find the right personality this year. Ingram is clearly not that guy in 2021.

ID also argues Finding similar backup running backs is also a huge challenge. But the most critical issue for the team to figure out right now is the situation with Stephon Tuitt.

They have to make a decision and make a decision on what to do with the contract extensions of Deontay Johnson and Minka Fitzpatrick.

tomlin hat tip

Of all the things surrounding the Steelers’ rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens, one thing that probably won’t change the needle is the retirement of punters.

But Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin certainly noticed the development Thursday.

ravens veteran sam koch announced retirement After 16 years in the NFL. He will immediately join the Baltimore coaching staff as a special team advisor.

Tomlin took to Twitter to congratulate Koch on a stellar career.

In every press conference Tomlin held before a Ravens game, he always took the time to give the Baltimore specials unit, especially Koch and kicker Jason Tucker, plenty of praise.

Koch was a member of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII team. He was the 2015 Pro Bowler and Second Team All-Pro.

the other side of the coin

Much has been said about the perfect reception to be held at Heinz Field on Christmas Eve. NFL schedulers and the Steelers teamed up to bring the Raiders to Pittsburgh for the event’s 50th anniversary.

But it turns out the Steelers will have to put up with another anniversary celebration from that year — something that Black and Gold fans won’t like as much.

as people are Unearthed from Steelman Warehouse, Sunday night’s primetime game in Miami on Oct. 23 will celebrate the Dolphins’ unbeaten run in 1972. They beat the Steelers in that year’s AFC championship game, and the Steelers dispatched the Raiders a week later with the perfect reception.

according to Podcast with NBC Sports Football Writer Peter KingNFL scheduling executives Mike North and Howard Katz said they spoke with the Dolphins ahead of time about setting that game up as an anniversary special for the team’s 72-year achievement.

It’s just a matter of when and when the Steelers are already doomed to play in Miami due to the NFL’s scheduling formula.

ex penguin in game

The St. Louis Blues tied the Colorado Avalanche in the second-round series of the playoffs. They won 4-1 in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday.

Former Penguin David Perron scored two goals. The first is a 5-on-3 power match.

Wow. Some teams actually score by a two-man advantage. Is that allowed? who knows?

Perron also scored in this two-on-one.

That was Perron’s 10th point in the playoffs. Brandon Saad of Gibsonia added an empty net target. Game three is Saturday in St. Louis.

Tim Benz is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or at Twitter. All tweets can be retweeted. All emails are subject to posting unless otherwise stated.

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