Good Tuesday to you Steelers’ Fans!
Apparently Le’Veon Bell is the savior we’ve been waiting for! According to multiple outlets Bell will report to the Steelers during their BYE week which falls on the seventh week of the schedule. My first question is this, why should we believe him? He told his teammates he was reporting before week one and didn’t show. What has suddenly changed? If anything, you’d think the injury to Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas would have motivated Bell to not even THINK about showing before week 10 for fear of injury. But let’s assume he shows. The Steelers’ running game is non-existent. James Conner has less than 100 rushing yards combined over the last three games. We know from last year’s precedent that Bell needed a good three weeks before he got into “football shape.” If he needs that same time frame then why bother? The Steelers could very likely be out of the playoff picture by then any way. Why play a guy you aren’t going to have in future seasons unless spite is your thing… For me it’s really simple. Until I see Bell on the field, in uniform, for a Steelers’ game, I’m not holding my breath.
The Steelers have placed Nat Behre on Injured Reserve and have signed Brian Allen from the Practice Squad. Behre was a guy the Steelers signed for Special Teams’ purposes but due to injuries was forced to play some defense. Let’s just say he shouldn’t have been playing defense. For Allen, this is a chance to see what the former fifth round pick can do.
Mike Tomlin will speak to the media today for his weekly press conference at Noon Eastern today. Prepare yourself for ‘broad brushes, popcorn and not living in our fears.’
Tweet of the Day… Perhaps this will be football as it was always meant to be played.
We are proud to announce The Alliance of American Football has now signed over 500 players to contracts for the inaugural 2019 season. ????? #JoinTheAlliance
— AAF (@TheAAF) October 1, 2018
You do all realize that if the Steelers under .500 at the halfway mark in the season there will be calls for Mason Rudolph to play right? This is something I do not want to see happen but the reality is it will if this team doesn’t get things turned around.
Let me address the issue of how the offense hurts the defense. When the Steelers go three and out, especially following long scoring drives or scoring drives period by the opposing offense, the Steelers’ D has little time to recover and to adjust. By establishing the running game, the offense could in effect, take more time off the clock as well and this has people excited about the prospect of Bell returning. The catch is that it doesn’t take away from the fact that the defense is still not communicating in the secondary. Can’t cover anyone in the secondary and can’t get enough pressure on the quarterback. Those things have nothing to do with the offense.