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Edmunds' first job out of college.The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety is typically up before dawn and at the team's training facility by 7 a.m. Womens Logan Paulsen Jersey , where he spends the 11 or so hours watching film, lifting weights, attending meetings and practicing.It's much the same when the first-round pick gets back home. Edmunds will place his legs inside a pair of compression sleeves designed to help his muscles recover quickly, flip on his iPad and look at more tape. Typically, Edmunds lets the video run at normal speed. No need to slow it down."I just let it play," Edmunds said. "Sometimes I don't look into detail. I'll see what pops up more than once and think 'Oh I saw this before. Who are they throwing it to the most?' Things like that."Edmunds is a quick study. Thrown immediately into the mix thanks to a preseason injury to free agent signee Morgan Burnett, Edmunds has been a bright spot for an uneven secondary.Steady if not yet spectacular, Edmunds has earned the trust of defensive backs coach Tom Bradley and head coach Mike Tomlin for his conscientious approach to his work."He's gotten better each and every game," Bradley said Tuesday. "The thing that got him three games ago doesn't get him now. Each week there's something he picks up that becomes easier in his repertoire as we progress in this thing."Edmunds really hasn't had much choice. He was supposed to spend his first season learning behind Burnett. It hasn't quite turned out that way.The Steelers (3-2-1) signed the former Green Bay Packer to a three-year deal in the offseason, hopeful Burnett could provide leadership and sure tackling, both things in short supply for a group in transition.Instead, Burnett has spent most of his time in Pittsburgh watching from the sideline thanks to a steady stream of injuries, the latest a groin issue that's forced him to miss each of the past four games.There is no timetable for when Burnett might be able to return and given Edmunds' rapid development, it's uncertain what role Burnett might fill whenever he is healthy enough to play.Burnett's status is one of a handful Bradley has been forced to face in his first year on the job. The careful offseason plan he and Tomlin put together to revitalize Pittsburgh's secondary makeover is in tatters. Burnett can't stay on the field.Cornerback Artie Burns is struggling and Coty Sensabaugh and Cam Sutton — the two most likely candidates to replace the erratic Burns — can't put together enough good stretches to provide a compelling reason to sit Burns down and let him regroup."We've got to make a lot of adjustments just based on injuries and the guys that have been able to play," Bradley said. "The things we worked on in preseason practice, we've been unable to play because of the different people playing different positions."Pittsburgh enters its bye week ranked 27th in passing yards and 29th in passing touchdowns allowed. Not exactly the step forward the organization had in mind when defensive backs coach Carnell Lake stepped away in the aftermath of a playoff loss to Jacksonville in January and veterans Mike Mitchell, Rob Golden and William Gay were released in March .Bradley is quick to place the blame on his shoulders. He's confident Burns — a standout as a rookie in 2016 — will get his swagger back."Artie has to play more consistently, he knows that," Bradley said. "We've got to make sure we concentrate on every play, to get everything right, all the little things."And maybe the big things too. Burns was beaten badly by Cincinnati's Tyler Boyd in Pittsburgh's 28-21 victory last Sunday, standing several steps behind Boyd as Boyd hauled in a remarkably easy 14-yard touchdown reception. Burns was replaced for a spell in the third quarter, but any long-term solution for the Steelers relies on Burns returning to form."I think he'll be fine," Bradley said. "He's got confidence in his ability and things he can do."If Burns needs inspiration, he doesn't need to look far. Pittsburgh finds itself in the thick of the AFC North race despite its uneven play on defense thanks in large part to veteran cornerback Joe Haden. The 29-year-old kept Atlanta's Julio Jones in check in a 41-17 victory two weeks ago and kept Bengals star A.J. Green out of the end zone."Joe's athletic ability is still pretty sharp Womens Terrell McClain Jersey ," Bradley said. "But mentally he gets better as time goes on and I think he understands what people are trying to get done."It's a path the rest of the secondary is trying to follow. Work — lots of work in some cases — needs to be done, but Bradley believes the communication problems and injury concerns that have hampered his group will level off going forward."Playing defense is a lot like driving a car," Bradley said. "When you start out, we're all (hands at) 10 (o'clock) and 2 (o'clock), staring constantly. Then as you start to drive more ... you still see everything but you're able to look around, talk to people and do different things. Now, as time goes on, we'll start to play faster." In the words of the director, Gabe Polsky, “In Search of Greatness” is less of a film and “more of a journey.” An expedition to the heart of the “enigmatic nature of greatness, and how it can be cultivated and ultimately defined.” But Polsky is not really interested in finding an answer to the question of greatness. Instead, he wants to show how our current model for finding greatness in athletes is broken. According to Polsky, greatness lies in individual creativity, not in measurable parameters. When I asked him what qualities were necessary for an athlete to become “great,” Polsky responded:“In Search of Greatness” consists of interviews with three sporting icons — Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, and Pel茅 — and two authors — Dave Epstein, author of the “The Sports Gene,” and Sir Ken Robinson, a British expert on education, creativity, and innovation. For 80 minutes, the three athletes try to explain the secrets to their genius, what made them different and more successful than their contemporaries, and why the world’s obsession with formal training and physical qualities is wrong. Gretzky , Rice, and Pel茅, weren’t the fastest or strongest players, and they didn’t have the best training growing up, but they were able to excel because greatness can’t be reduced to those formulas, they argue. Epstein and Robinson chime in throughout the film to add academic support. Yet as compelling as the subjects are, that unanswered question creates an unspoken tension in the film. “What is right, then?” is the natural follow-up to someone saying that something is wrong, and the film only provides half answers like “creativity” and “seeing the game differently,” suggesting that greatness is something innate in certain humans that can’t be measured or manufactured.This innate special quality apparently manifested itself in individual quirks for Gretzky, Rice, and Pel茅. As a child, Gretzky would draw the outline of a hockey rink on paper, and then follow the movement of the puck with a pen as he watched games so that he could see where in the rink the puck spent the most time. Rice used to toss a football in the air and practice catching it in the dark. Pel茅 spent most of his time playing soccer in the street, rather than on the beach with the more formally trained players. The strongest answer in the film to the question of what makes greatness is that great athletes spend a lot of time playing in unstructured environments. This idea of play as a form of training helps athletes develop in a way that their formally trained peers don’t. Epstein referenced a study on the 2014 World Cup winning German national team (evidently a study by Manuel Hornig, Friedhelm Aust and Arne G眉llich from December 2014) to prove this point: The film’s anti-standardization stance isn’t wrong. There are countless other studies that support the idea that unstructured play for children fosters creativity. A 2013 study in the “International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education” found that kids in unstructured situations were more daring and creative but when parents were present, “the behavior of the children took on more expected and less imaginative traits.” And a study in 2009 supported the idea that unstructured play was instrumental in the development of professional soccer players. In sports, we are often too fixated on visceral and physical qualities rather than genius and artistry. But the film also has a problem: The three athletes explain that playing outside of the norms of their times was a critical reason for their greatness, but none acknowledges that their greatness needed a standard to oppose. Those standards that they loathe, by merely existing, created space for their oppositional force. Gretzky was special, and was allowed the freedom to express his creativity because he was different from everyone else. If everyone else had been like Gretzky, there would have been no Gretzky. The athletes also skirt the fact that they helped write the modern standards, though they did so inadvertently. Gretzky, Rice Womens Brian Poole Jersey , and Pel茅 may have been iconoclasts, but after their eras, generations of athletes have been burdened by their examples. After Pel茅, there was, and still is, a search for the new Pel茅. The same happened with Gretzky, Rice, Michael Jordan, Diego Maradona, and so on. And standards, as long as they’re not dogmatic, serve a purpose. Because greatness is usually opposed to the day’s standards, the world can’t help being a step behind. But standards define a baseline of good and serviceable players. They elevate the current field of talent. They help many others, even if they don’t help the greats.My biggest problem with the film was with the idea of fate. At the end of the film, Gretzky explains that luck plays a huge factor in greatness, too: But when the off-camera interviewers ask him, “... Do you think that if you’re destined to be great, you’re going be great?” Gretzky answers, “You’re gonna be great. You’re gonna find a way to make it happen.”This idea of fate, that great athletes are destined and will always find a way to be great, is counter to everything that the film had explored. That hatred of standards pivoted on how they prevented potentially great athletes from surfacing. Right before Gretzky’s answer, Robinson, says: The film contains a contradiction that is all-too natural in conversations about greatness. The myth of the destined genius, of the special individual with an almost divine quality, can’t exist in a world that admits that luck matters — that there are many special individuals all over the world who work hard and do everything right Womens Grady Jarrett Jersey , but who are just not as lucky as the ones who succeed. That unluckiness can take many forms, but often comes in financial and social constraints that limit an individual’s opportunities to expose their talent to the right people. Even when an athlete reaches the professional ranks, they need luck to land in the right situation for their particular talents to flourish. Draymond Green was seen as an undersized, slow, rotation player going into the NBA, but in Steve Kerr’s system, he is pivotal to the best team of this generation. That’s not to disparage those who became great — as an athlete, you have to have an almost delusional mindset, to believe that you’re the exception of exceptions, in order to put in the amount of work that it takes to be great. But our cultural idea of genius — an idea that “In Search of Greatness” feeds — is so individualistic, that pointing out that genius is highly structural invalidates the stories about the value of hard work that underline our collective identity. So even in a film in which great athletes illustrate the ways that standards limit athletes, Gretzky, Rice, and Pel茅 are almost compelled by the end to insist that they were somehow magical. Those at the top will almost always reason that their position was earned by merit and destiny, because those people have always needed to believe that to flourish. That tension hinders what could have been an illuminating film. As nice as it is to have Gretzky, Rice, and Pel茅 speak about their careers, if “In Search of Greatness” aims to make a statement against standards, we should hear from those who had the talent, but never the opportunity, to be great. Exceptional athletes can point out the flaws in a system that they transcended, but they will inevitably justify that same system by dismissing it, because it never impeded them. Only those who have been left behind can truly understand how broken the system is.