Devin Bush on if this is make-or-break season: I’m going to still be in the NFL

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In the three seasons since the Steelers drafted Devin Bush with the 10th overall selection, he has missed 14 games and made no Pro Bowls. Bush no longer even is guaranteed a starting job with the depth chart listing Bush OR Robert Spillane at the starting inside linebacker spot beside Myles Jack.

Bush enters the final year of his contract in 2022 as the Steelers declined the fifth-year option on his contract.

Bush, though, doesn’t view this as a “make-or-break” season.

“I’m going to still be in the NFL (in 2023), so we’ll see,” Bush said, via Mark Kaboly of

Bush is fully healthy after an ACL tear 22 months ago and said getting accustomed to new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and linebackers coach Brian Flores is the only thing holding him back now.

In 15 snaps Saturday night, his only play was the one he didn’t make as Bush had no statistics.

“I think we got some good things on tape,” Bush said.

Bush will have a role with the Steelers this season, but how much of one depends on who wins the competition at the position. That’s not what the Steelers expected when they drafted him so high, and it might mean this is his last season in Pittsburgh.

12 responses to “Devin Bush on if this is make-or-break season: I’m going to still be in the NFL

  1. Bush has no reason to worry, so he’s not worrying. He’s just like any other great NFL player. They need to stay healthy. There’s no guarantee anyone will stay healthy. Great players get paid, so Bush will get his money. He could play another ten years. There are 31 other teams, if Pittsburgh doesn’t want him, but Pittsburgh hasn’t made a habit of getting rid of great players.

  2. Bush was terrible before his injury, terrible last year coming back from injury and in terrible in the first preseason game where he gave up multiple long runs by biting on fakes and leaving his gap.

    His response is that he doesn’t care if the steelers let him go because some other sucker will pay him. Very inspiring.

  3. Yes, it’s a make or break year for Devin Bush. Also, It’s insane that Brian Flores is actually a linebackers coach now.

    How in the world did 32 teams blackball him so hard to the point that he couldn’t even land a Defensive Coordinator job at the very least? He would be a significant improvement over so many coordinators across the league.

  4. Devin White was the only LB worth a top twenty pick that year. Trading-up for Bush was a panic move by the Steelers.

  5. touchback6 says:
    August 17, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Colbert traded up for this guy. LOL
    Belichick, the greatest GM in NFL history, drafted a guard nobody has ever heard of with his first pick. Word is the guy is floundering badly.

  6. I saw the long form of that interview. Devin really should stay away from microphones. Having said that, the clip cut as it is, creates a distinctly negative tone that was not there in the interview. His message was not a lack of love for the Steelers, rather that the business decisions of the NFL are not life and death. He was saying, life goes on.

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