Love of the sport retains him going: It is a given in nearly each interview Steelers gamers have achieved over the previous few weeks, and NFL gamers generally, that a related query will probably be requested.
‘What sort of impression won’t having a preseason and a shortened coaching camp have on the group?’
Throughout a zoom name with David DeCastro on Monday morning, the query after all was requested. And DeCastro’s reply mirrored what a look on the Steelers roster would inform you.
“I feel this entire factor for us as an offensive line, the quick coaching camp, is useful as a result of we’re a veteran group,” mentioned DeCastro. “I feel it bodes nicely for us. Will probably be constructive for us as a result of we’re a veteran group. Coaching camp, all these preseason video games are for the youthful guys. I do not assume it takes as a lot for us to get in form as a veteran group. The older you get, much less is extra since you do not want that pounding in your physique. I feel it bodes nicely for us offensive and defensive sensible. Now we have good depth too. I’m really enthusiastic about that.”
So excited that it by no means crossed his thoughts that he would opt-out for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Steelers are one of some groups that had no decide outs, and DeCastro mentioned it is due to the love of the sport.
“I just like the routine of taking part in soccer. I do not know what I might do with out it,” mentioned DeCastro. “It’s a must to be all in if you end up taking part in soccer. When you say you might be achieved, and also you take a look at, you may’t actually come again to it. I’ve at all times had the mindset, being all in, soccer being primary.
“It is type of a spiritual expertise, the closest factor I can get for myself. I really like the sport. I at all times have. It is achieved a lot for me. It’s a must to be all about soccer, attacking that day.
“I’m not able to be achieved but. I nonetheless get pleasure from it, nonetheless benefit from the routine, coming to work with these guys, (Maukice) Pouncey and Al (Villanueva). The group is sort of fading away. You guys ask yearly do you respect what you may have with the offensive line. We actually do. The sunshine is coming to the tip of the tunnel. We’re all having fun with it. Everyone knows we’re outdated. It could be Al’s final 12 months; Pouncey and I are getting outdated too. Who is aware of what is going on to occur.”
DeCastro is hoping the 2020 season is a far cry from 2019, an Eight-Eight season he known as a ‘catastrophe.’ The important thing to turning that round is total group play, however having Ben Roethlisberger again will probably be a distinction maker. And never simply having Roethlisberger again, however a distinct Roethlisberger than DeCastro has seen over the previous few years.
“He looks as if he has a lighter, constructive angle. He’s happier,” mentioned DeCastro. “It isn’t simply that he’s a proficient participant in his personal proper, it is what he does for the individuals round him. He has the flexibility to make you play higher. He forces you to play higher as a result of he expects it. It is much like Pouncey in a means that true leaders aren’t simply good gamers. They demand your finest if you end up on the market. He has that presence within the huddle and expects the very best from you. He expects you to not lose. The extra I’ve been round him through the years, he has at all times had that. That’s a part of what makes him nice. He appears completely satisfied, he’s mild on his toes, and he’s having time again on the market.
“We’re all having fun with it. We’re all getting outdated. Who is aware of what will occur. We’re all having fun with it the very best we are able to.”