Good Thursday to you Steelers’ fans!
In the immortal words of one Mr. Ron Burgandy, “That escalated quickly.” We were naive to believe that this Steelers team would be able to change in the blink of an eye and it’s already catching up to us. Days after Terrell Edmunds ‘liked’ an Antonio Brown tweet targeting Ben Roethlisberger, Bud Dupree then proved he hasn’t learned anything either by clapping back at The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly for a tweet he didn’t care for. I laid out my exact thoughts here last evening on that issue. I’m not even going to go with the “Mike Tomlin needs to address this” crap because it’s beating a dead horse. The players have to have some accountability here don’t there? The other thing no one is talking about with Dupree is that he responded to Kaboly’s tweet pretty damn quickly. Like, “straight off the field and on my phone” quickly. If this team is truly going to put the drama in the backseat and move forward then they have to learn to stop taking the bait. It really is that simple.
Happy retirement Chris Long who after 11 seasons and a couple of Super Bowl rings has decided he’s had enough. He’s done more off the field work in his NFL time than most guys will do in their lives but he’s also a guy to be listened to when it comes to marijuana use by players. He admitted using it this week during his career. He also said players use it often because they know when the test will be, stop using it, test clean, then go back to using it again. Only the idiots are the ones who get caught apparently. Time to have a more constructive discussion on the topic.
Tweet of the Day… As I say many times a year I don’t know how Bob Labriola does these things with a straight face half the time.
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) May 23, 2019
The NFL is in the process of banning several drills from NFL practices and Training Camps. One of them is the ‘Oklahoma Drill’ which can be done in different ways but essentially it involves a blocker and a defender with a tackler behind the defender and a ball carrier coming from behind the blocker. They have a very narrow area with which they are confined to and as you might imagine this can lead to some big hits and collisions. This can be done safely if teams and coaches are consistently teaching proper blocking, tackling and running techniques but it’s obvious the NFL wants to again limit the potential for head injuries. The other drill on the way out is ‘Bull in the Ring’ which pretty much is as it sounds.
I brought up a really dumb thing on the podcast the other night. I mentioned I thought it odd that Mark Barron had chosen 26 for his number. Not because it was Le’Veon Bell’s but because he’s listed as a linebacker. Technically, LB’s aren’t allowed to wear those numbers. One of our listeners pointed out to me that he wore the same number in both Tampa Bay and with the Rams. I should have recalled that.
One other thing… When you hear a player is “working with the first team” in OTAs… It means absolutely nothing. When Training Camp rolls around then we can start discussing who is working with the first team and who isn’t.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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