Minka Fitzpatrick was disappointed with her ever-changing role with the Miami Dolphins. Now in Pittsburgh, Fitzpatrick is excited for a new opportunity with the Steelers.
“ This is a fresh start, clean slate . This is another opportunity to prove myself and what I can do and just add to this team, "Fitzpatrick says in an interview with the Steelers website.
Fitzpatrick was traded from Miami to Pittsburgh on Monday for a trade that saw five drafts. , including the first round selection in Pittsburgh in 2020, change hands. Fitzpatrick said he received a call from Dolphins general manager Chris Greyer Monday night to inform him that he was being traded to the Steelers. The team had given Fitzpatrick permission to seek a deal last week.
Fitzpatrick said he met with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin during last year's draft and said he was a coach hoping to be able to play.  "I was excited, to be honest," Fitzpatrick said. "Pittsburgh is a history program, always known for its great protection. Coach Tomlin is a great coach. I talked to him a few times before the project last year and I just had a really good feeling about him as a coach and as a person. I told my mother after meeting him that he was a coach that I would definitely like to play for a day and get excited about.
"The way he has incarnated. Obviously I had seen him coach before on the pitch and then I had to meet him personally as a man and that just confirmed everything I said about him. He is a player trainer He is easy to talk to. He was not trying to be too cool or too evil or something. He was himself, and he was definitely someone I said I would enjoy playing. "
Fitzpatrick will only have a few days of practice to orient himself with his new team before taking on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Still, the Steelers' desire to keep Fitzpatrick anchored in safety will be helpful in limiting the playbook he needs to learn and putting him in a position where he actually feels well suited to him.
"I'm going to have to be heavy in the playoffs," he said. "I'm going to have to communicate with my teammates and heavy coaches. Just get comfortable with it. Be comfortable going out there and playing with this new team, with this new staff, because I want to be able to go out and play fast. I don't want to think. I don't want to overdo it. I just want to go out there and play fast, play with my instincts and play my game. “