First call: Pat Freiermuth sends a health update; Rocky Bleier tears Steelers again; ex-Steeler now a Jaguars coach candidate

An important part of the Steelers offense is possibly back to “Monday Night Football.” Rocky Bleier is burning his former team again. Reinforcements are coming to the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of their big AFC showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. And a former Steeler is looking for an NFL coaching job.

All that in Wednesday’s “First Call”.


Not finished yet

Well, Rocky Balboa had lots of followers. Why not Rocky Diapers?

The former Steelers running back recently toasted the franchise on Instagram after their rotten 41-10 loss in Cincinnati. Now he is chasing them again for a horrific 36-10 defeat in Kansas City.

“Embarrassing,” Bleier said. “So why do we keep fooling ourselves by just believing that this team is something special? Why did we think this team could get into the playoffs? We’ve gone crazy with personalities. We have Najee Harris, Chase Claypool, TJ Watt, Pat Freiermuth.What we do not have is an offensive line, a defensive secondary or in my opinion a quarterback.Just … Ben (Roethlisberger) can not run, or take a punch, or dance around in his pocket, as he he is predictable, and opposing defenses know it. “

The four-time Super Bowl champion made his comments in the latest of his “One Man’s Opinion” posts.

Diapers were also critical of the Steelers’ inability to pressure Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, preparation, game planning and lack of adjustment when the team came down 23-0.

Hall of Famer “Mean” Joe Greene and former Steelers Super Bowl champion Ryan Clark have also shared their disgust for recent Steelers outings on radio and television, respectively.


Is Pat back?

Rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth did not play in that Steelers loss to Chiefs. He suffered a concussion against the Tennessee Titans. It was his second time on the record this season. Freiermuth also suffered a head injury in the waning moments of the loss to the Bengals.

The Steelers’ first official injury report will only be released after Thursday’s training session, as the club will only play again on Monday night. But on Tuesday, Freiermuth had an encouraging post on social media suggesting he will be in uniform against the Browns.

The Penn State product posted a picture of itself with the words “Watch Yinz Monday Night.”

Freiermuth had four catches on 44 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers beat the Browns 15-10 earlier this season.


Do it again now

The Steelers are in the strange position of needing to mess with the Chiefs, just a week from losing to them by 26 points.

That’s because the Steelers need to win their last two games and have the Bengals lose their last two games to win AFC North. And the Bengals’ next match is at home against the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon.

Fortunately for Kansas City – and by extension the Steelers – a few key Chiefs could be back in uniform for that game.

One of them is All-Pro tight-end Travis Kelce. He missed the Steelers competition because he was on the covid-19 list. According to Athletics Nate Taylor, the organization expects Kelce to clear covid protocols and be activated in time for their first workout of the week on Wednesday.

Taylor added that lineman Lucas Niang and linebacker Nick Bolton are also expected to return to the Chiefs’ active list ahead of Wednesday’s training session.

The status of Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a little more skewed. But he might as well play. The back injured his collarbone against the Steelers. Still, ESPN’s Adam Schefter suggested that the Chiefs leave the door open for his participation in Cincinnati.

Edwards-Helaire has already been on injured reserve this season with an MCL sprain. He is the club’s leading rusher with 517 yards.


Keep an eye on Leftwich?

A former Steeler is one of the coaching candidates to fill Urban Meyer’s shoes with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Jacksonville filed papers to interview Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. He was with the Steelers as a backup quarterback in 2008 and again from 2010-12.

Jags is also said to be interested in Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Both he and Leftwich are currently working under former Steelers assistant Bruce Arians in Tampa.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Jaguars also considering Dallas’ two coordinators, Kellen Moore (offensive) and Dan Quinn (defensive).

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reset. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise stated.

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