Good day Steelers’ Fans!
The only Pittsburgh Steelers’ player to make the finalists’ cut for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame is Alan Faneca. Of course I’m biased so I’m not going to try and hide it. I believe he deserves to be in the Hall without question but I acknowledge that there are other deserving players in this group as well. What will no doubt drive me nuts is if Kevin Mawae should get in ahead of Faneca. Mawae was an 8-time Pro Bowler and 7-time All-Pro while Faneca was a 9-time Pro Bowler and 6-time All-Pro selection. Both were members of the 2000’s All-Decade Team and the one major thing Faneca has over him is of course a Super Bowl ring. The biggest reason Mawae should not get in ahead of Faneca is that Mawae was one of the dirtiest players in the NFL and was proud of it. “I’ve been known to leg whip a time or two.” Mawae’s time on the NFLPA Board will carry weight with voters but so too should the fact that Faneca played the game the right way; hard and within the rules.
Ben Roethlisberger said earlier this week that of the teams the Steelers could play in the Divisional Round he wants Jacksonville. Big Ben is a competitor so I’m not surprised he wants to avenge his five-interception game from earlier in the season. Based on what I’m looking at I think Roethlisberger is going to get his wish.
Tweet of the Day… The old 66 speaks.
— Alan Faneca (@afan66) January 3, 2018
Good news regarding Todd Haley’s injured hip. Sounds like he is doing better than originally thought since he was seen walking with a slight limp at the facility. This was a result of course of the run-in he and his wife had on New Year’s Eve at a Pittsburgh Area bar.
JuJu Smith-Schuster added to his growing legacy by being named AFC Special Teams’ Player of the Week. He becomes the first Steeler ever to be given that honor and be named AFC Offensive Player of the Week in the same season.
I don’t think I need to tell any of you that if B.J. Finney can’t play next week then the Steelers better hope that Maurkice Pouncey stays healthy. Chris Hubbard has been tremendous this season at tackle but he struggled Sunday when he had to replace Finney. He had at least three poor shotgun snaps and for an offense that does things out of that formation as often as the Steelers do those mistakes can’t happen.
This bye week is kinda nice. No stress! Have a great day Steeler Nation!