Just like for any other veteran, this offseason has not exactly been like any other in recent history. Most vets have had to work out on their own to keep in shape, any many have attended some type of team workout when they have been held.
For Steelers CB Bryant McFadden, he’s been down in Orlando, FL working out, keeping in top shape for the day that the call comes that the lockout is over and he’s heading back to work in a black and gold uniform.
“It’s been a little different,” McFadden told Steelers Gab on Monday in an exclusive interview. “We’re all just waiting around, nothing is set for training camp, normally we would already know dates and have a schedule, so in that regard it’s different.”
McFadden commented on the fact that players have not been talking to coaches since the lockout began back in early March. Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris says he talks to players all the time, but McFadden wasn’t so ready to say that he’s been in talks with anyone like Mike Tomlin or Dick LeBeau.
“There’s for sure a lack of communication between us (players) and coaches,” McFadden said. “Before you could just pick up and phone anytime and call the coaches, now it’s different since we can’t do that. Everything’s in shut down when it comes to talking to them.”
Last season was McFadden’s return to the Steelers, coming over from Arizona, where he left to play after the team beat the Cardinals in the Super Bowl in February of 2009. His return to the Steelers came after the Steelers got a 5th round pick for Santonio Holmes, then the Steelers used that pick to re-acquire McFadden.
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