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Terrible Towel Tales: Executive defends Steelers’ schedule

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Welcome to the Terrible Towel Tales, where we’ll highlight some of the latest stories permeating Steelers media for your reading pleasure every Monday through Saturday. In today’s news…

Last year, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell offered up some friendly advice to current Steelers back Najee Harris. Bell’s advice was to do what he did, lose some weight, and trim down as a way to improve his game. This advice came at a time when Harris’ weight was a topic of discussion and a worry for many fans.

Anytime the topic came up, Harris downplayed it and made it seem like his conditioning was a non-issue. Fast forward to now and maybe Harris is finally starting to get it but is it too late?

“We certainly didn’t set out to have any divisional games that late,” North said on a conference call with reporters after the schedule came out. “It’s like a college basketball schedule with the non-conference early. It wasn’t intentional but it wasn’t something we looked at and thought was unfair. You talk about the physicality of the divisional games, and I’m not sure that any NFL game is not a physical contest.”

North said the league is going to look into trying to set up more late-season divisional games around the NFL moving forward. They appreciate how it raised the stakes of those November and December games because the divisional matchups hold so much weight on playoff races.

Christmas falls on a Wednesday this year and the NFL scheduled two stand-alone games to take place on that day that will be broadcast on Netflix. The Steelers are 1-0 on Wednesday, having beaten the Ravens in a game moved because of COVID-19 concerns in 2020. They’re also 2-0 on games played on Christmas Day.

It’s all part of the Steelers’ 17-game schedule that was released by the NFL Wednesday night that also includes four other stand-alone games, all in prime time.

For the Steelers, the schedule not only has them playing games on a Wednesday for Christmas, but also has the team playing on Thursday and Saturday in addition to the more traditional Sunday and Monday games.

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