@NealCoolong, formerly of Behind the Steel Curtain, now runs a Steelers website under the USA Today banner named SteelersWire.USAToday.com, which is now the #1 spot for Steelers information on the Internet. He recently contacted me about answering some cap related questions about the Steelers for a piece. It’s a very interesting move by USA Today to have a site like this for each team and I think it’s a great idea for them to help build a credible voice in each marketplace, so I hope they continue to expand on this.
After expanding on a question about Cameron Heyward, we realized that the 5 question piece would be too long to run as one thing. With that, we realized that we could make it an Over The Cap feature over on SteelersWire.USAToday.com whenever he has any cap questions for me, which should be fun.
This question about Heyward helped me put some of the stuff I’ve been writing about in Caponomics: Understanding NFL Roster Building through Super Bowl Champion Salary Cap Analysis into practice as I saw an interesting comparison between Heyward and Aaron Smith from the last two Super Bowl champion Steeler teams.
In doing this, it helped me create a bit of a system for looking at contracts in the context of how great organizations build their rosters because, so often, I see the Patriots, Steelers, and Ravens do the same things that have worked for them in the past to build their teams. It’s a simple and effective strategy because they already have a formula for success, it’s about just finding new players to input.
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