Good day Steelers’ Fans and Happy Friday!
Sometimes, the news that comes out of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ headquarters is often difficult to understand. So much so you may need some form ‘decoder ring’ to make any sense of it. But then there are times when the news isn’t that difficult and that was the case this week when it came to the outside linebacking situation. Mike Tomlin said that James Harrison and Bud Dupree were “locks” and the remaining three guys needed to sort things out. The bottom line is that Tomlin doesn’t like five man rotations there and that means Jarvis Jones is in trouble. Anthony Chickillo is an arrow pointing up. He just keeps getting better. Arthur Moats can play both sides and is the type of guy you want as a reserve and in the locker room. For Jones, the math just doesn’t add up in his favor. So much so he may not even get a helmet over the last five weeks. Goes without saying his tenure in the ‘burgh has been disappointing and is nearing its’ end.
Don’t be surprised if Sammie Coates makes a big play this week. I’ve been told the splint he’s worn for the last several games is likely coming off his damaged fingers. His ability to get deep in a hurry is incredibly important to this offense in a number of ways.
Someone mentioned this to me on Twitter this week and I think it has merit. Perhaps the Giants will be caught looking ahead to their huge match-up with Dallas next weekend? While I expect no less than the Giants’ best, especially after the Cowboys’ won last night, you can’t discount that factor.
Tweet of the Day… These are the kicks Big Ben will be wearing Sunday.
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) December 1, 2016
No word yet on Demarcus Ayres but don’t be surprised if he’s put on the roster in the next 36 hours.
One thing to be very concerned about this week is the Giants’ ability to get to the quarterback late in games. They have done an excellent job of pressuring opposing quarterbacks into poor throws, sacks and interceptions in the second half of games. The Steelers need to match this and protect Ben Roethlisberger.
Know who is due for a big play? William Gay that’s who. He nearly had one on the opening play vs the Colts when he stripped the ball from Scott Tolzien but the Colts got it back. I’m sensing a big interception from the wily veteran.
Have a great weekend Steeler Nation!