Five questions with ... Heath Miller
LATROBE, Pa. -- The AFC North version of the Blog Network caught up with Pittsburgh Steelers starting tight end Heath Miller to discuss, among other things, his favorite part of training camp and whether his offensive line gets a bad rap.
1. How did you spend your offseason?
Heath Miller: I took it easy this offseason. I had a few weekend getaways. It's always nice to get back home, which is in the southwestern part of Virginia. I made it back there a couple times and went to a few weddings. I think it's that time in my life when all of my buddies are getting married. But other than that, I just took it easy.
2. What's the best and worst part of training camp?
HM: The best part is probably the ice cream after dinner (laughs). The worst part is just the length of it.
3. So are you a proponent of shortening the preseason? It would probably come at the expense of a 17-game regular season.
HM: I think the regular season is definitely long enough. Sixteen games, that's a good amount, especially throughout Week 12 or 13 when it starts to take its toll on your body a little bit. So, no, I wouldn't trade it for lengthening the regular season.
4. Do you see any similarities between this year's team and Pittsburgh's Super Bowl team in 2005?
HM: You know, I think it's a little too early to tell. We definitely have the pieces, but there's a lot of teams throughout this league that can say they have the pieces at this point of the year. It's all about putting it together during camp, being on the same page, and then playing in stride at the right time like you've seen the past few years. That is what's got it done.
5. Does the offensive line deserve the bad rap it's getting this summer?
HM: I think some of it is unfair. What a lot of people don't understand is pass protection involves the whole unit, whether it be a tight end protecting or a tight end on a hot route, or a back protecting or a back on a hot route. At the same time, the quarterback has to be on the same page with everybody. So I think just putting the whole thing on the offensive line is unfair.