Good Thursday to You Steelers’ Fans!
The National Football League fined Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin $25,000 yesterday for criticizing the officials following Sunday’s win over Atlanta. I get why the NFL does this; it’s about institutional control. You can’t have coaches constantly undermining officials who already have a thankless job. But my question here is this, did Mike Tomlin say anything that was wrong? No he didn’t. In fact, he brought up an excellent point. There are players and coaches who will lose jobs because of some of these officiating blunders and he’s absolutely right. And quite frankly I don’t blame the officials as much as I blame the people in New York who are forcing them to call some of this crap. The referees aren’t dumb, they know these ‘roughing the passer’ calls are ridiculous but they have no choice and that leads to the mess we have now. I sincerely hope that when Tomlin sends the check it comes with a photo copy of his middle finger.
Here’s the latest on the injury front (Weds. Practice) from steelers.com.
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Coaches Decision) – DNP
CB Joe Haden (Coaches Decision) – DNP
S Terrell Edmunds (Calf) – Full
S Morgan Burnett (Groin) – DNP
C Maurkice Pouncey (Coaches Decision) – DNP
LB L.J. Fort (Ankle) – DNP
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Ankle) – DNP
LB Vince Williams (Hamstring) – Full
LB Preston Brown (Ankle) – Limited
CB William Jackson (Knee) – Limited
DE Michael Johnson (Knee) – Limited
DE Carl Lawson (Ankle) – Limited
WR John Ross (Groin) – Limited
HB Giovani Bernard (Knee) – DNP
G Clint Boling (Hip) – DNP
TE Tyler Kroft (Foot) – DNP
C Billy Price (Foot) – DNP
Tweet of the Day… AB responds to recent civil lawsuits brought against him.
Antonio Brown on recent legal issues: “It has now been made public that two lawsuits containing false claims have been filed against me. The facts will soon come out that prove my innocence. My focus will remain on football and I will not let the cases serve as a distraction.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 11, 2018
I’m going to beat a dead horse here so my apologies… I’m not a fan of Ben Roethlisberger’s “veteran’s days off” on each Wednesday. I realize it’s just one day early in the week but he’s never been the kind of player who could just show up and throw darts. He needs the work with his receivers.
We do all understand that the NFL will also investigate these issues going on with Brown right? These are things he can be suspended for depending upon what is found. The drama just never ends with this guy.
Jordan Berry has been better the last few weeks punting the football, especially in terms of burying teams inside the 10 or 20 yard line. I still need to see him get off some big kicks when his back is to his own goal line. The ability to flip the field is often just as important as dropping kicks inside the 20.
The Steelers currently lead the NFL in total sacks. Stephon Tuitt doesn’t have any of them. Time to step up man.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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