The NFL is often attributed with the “Not for long” quote for various reasons such as injuries or simply the cutthroat nature of the business when it comes to the level of competition. The offseason is a chance for players and coaches to get ahead of the competition, whether in the weight room, by immersing themselves in the playbook and for coaches, by studying the film. game to recognize strengths as well as needs. For secondary coach Grady Brown, now entering his second season, he sat down earlier with Steelers team reporter Missi Matthews to discuss several things, including a close relationship with new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, who was previously the team’s secondary coach, as well as preparations he made on his own.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Brown was either a defensive coordinator or secondary coach at colleges like the University of Houston, McNeese State or Louisville, among others. One major difference he noted adjusting to the pro level was the divisional schedule, which obviously pits these foes against each other twice a season. Brown has made it clear he won’t try to reinvent the wheel, as his secondary will feature many of the same returning faces from last year, minus cornerback Joe Haden who still remains a free agent.
“Really, prepare the same way,” Brown told Matthews on the Steelers Live Twitter page. “Last year, thinking and studying off-season offenses, what is the trend in the NFL and where can we improve? What were our shortcomings, what did we do well? And again, what mistakes did we make last year that the offenses didn’t exploit? »
— Steelers Live (@SteelersLive) June 6, 2022
After leading the league in sacks for a fifth consecutive season, one of the goals of the defense as a whole will likely be to increase the number of interceptions, as freelance returnee Ahkello Witherspoon led the club last season with three choices. Perhaps an improved run defense will help with that, as ball-peddling All-Pro free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was forced to accept far too many tackles last season as teams roughed the field, frequently breaking into the secondary for big wins.
Now that Austin is officially the DC, Brown will undoubtedly take on a bigger slice of the pie when it comes to his unit’s responsibilities. However, we can expect Austin to remain very active with the position group that is dear to him.
“We are still a unit, he is a secondary coach, by trade. And so, he will remain a secondary coach, but there is more responsibility on my shoulders, certainly.