Good Tuesday to you Steelers fans.
I’m feeling a serious disturbance in the Black and Gold force. Let me first say, I understand the sentiment but as I said in this space yesterday, my years of experience tell me that none of us should be taking this Sunday Night for granted. Because the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing without so many regulars, took the desperate Cleveland Browns to the brink on Sunday, the fan base suddenly has a feeling of “this will be easy.” I have every expectation that it should be but I don’t put the cart before the horse. Fans are already talking about who they’d rather play in the second round. The common denominator seems to be that Steelers Nation would prefer the Colts upset the Bills in Buffalo so that we can host Indy in the Divisional playoffs. Makes perfect sense to me. If asked, I would wholeheartedly concur with those sentiments. The problem is that this coming Sunday is in many ways the complete opposite of last Sunday. The pressure was on the Browns to win. This week, the pressure is on the Steelers. Cleveland has nothing to lose. They made the postseason for the first time in 17 years. What else happens is gravy. For Pittsburgh, they started 11-0, stumbled, won the AFC North and finished 12-4. Many believe Mike Tomlin has underperformed in the postseason and they have a point. So you’ll have to forgive me if I’m not ready to look past the Browns. I’m not taking a damn for thing granted this week and neither should you.
Tweet of the Day… I agree with this. Adding a game without another BYE is reckless. No one knows this more than we Steelers’ fans do.
17 game NFL schedule is going to ruin the league for awhile man. I’m really starting to believe it. And you only got 1 bye? Lol
— . (@ViewsFromThe50) January 5, 2021
The Browns have a troubled secondary right now and they’ve brought in a familiar face. Former Steeler Brian Allen was poached from the Bengals’ Practice Squad by Cleveland to play for them this week. The former fifth round pick never caught on with the Steelers despite good size and athleticism. The Browns hope that he can fix what ails them.
Don’t Dismiss This
The Browns were without Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan Sunday and may be again Sunday Night. He’s been battling Covid and according to numerous outlets he’s struggling. Callahan is one of the best OL Coaches in the game and his absence cannot be dismissed. He’s that important to their running game and protection schemes.
In what has become a tradition on a yearly basis, Steelers’ Salary Cap Guru Omar Khan was interviewed by the Houston Texans yesterday for their General Manager position. Khan will be a GM one day but I have to wonder if he isn’t waiting out Kevin Colbert. The GM job anywhere is a good gig but Houston is over the cap and has traded away many of their draft picks. I’m not sure I’d want anything to do with that if I’m him.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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