Good Tuesday to you Steelers fans.
Week two of the NFL saw one awful injury after another. From Saquan Barkley and Nick Bosa lost with ACL tears to Anthony Barr and Drew Lock with other injuries, the NFL this Tuesday resembles a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Older folks call these things “M*A*S*H units of which comes from the military and more commonly the famous movie and TV show. All kidding aside, the NFL suffered a brutal day which has led to many questions about whether or not the lack of a preseason rightfully prepared players for the season. Personally I think this Sunday was “just one of those days” but former Steeler Ramon Foster had a theory worth mentioning.
After the 2011 lockout, injuries were crazy! Same as this year it seems. I remember sitting in the locker room before the start of the game and said, “Good Lord, please not me today”. Sucks seeing guys go down on these type of injuries.
— Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) September 21, 2020
When it comes to things like this I’m going to listen to players so I think Foster knows a heck of a lot better than I do. As bad as things have been across the league our Steelers were relatively unscathed this weekend. But don’t forget, last week Zach Banner was lost to an ACL injury of his own. Therefore, not even the Steelers have been immune.
If not for a horrendous ‘block in the block’ penalty, Diontae Johnson would have added a Special Teams’ TD to his receiving TD on Sunday. Thankfully, the Steelers would still go on to win so we can look back upon this as an unfortunate thing but there is good news here. The Steelers’ Special Teams units are playing well and I don’t think this is the last time we’ll see Johnson booking it for the end zone on a punt return.
The Details on McFarland
I see a lot of fans are wondering why Steelers’ Rookie Anthony McFarland isn’t seeing any playing time yet. Believe me, I would love to see him and his ridiculous speed on the field but there’s one thing that keeps you off the field as a running back and it’s this; if you can’t reliably pick up the blitz then you aren’t playing. McFarland struggled in the famous ‘backs on backers’ drill throughout camp and from what I’m told it’s still an issue. Are there ways to get him on the field where he doesn’t have to be asked to do this? I believe there are but you aren’t going to give him a helmet if he can only get a small handful of snaps. Once he proves he can handle the blitz I think you’ll see more of him.
Down on Himself
For a guy that threw for over 300 yards and two TDs on Sunday Ben Roethlisberger was in no mood to celebrate. He was extremely hard on himself for not playing better. If you go back and watch his throws, he really shouldn’t be so tough on himself. Every QB has moments where they wish they could have a play over but there weren’t too many of those on Sunday as his receivers let him down on several occasions. I think this is part of his maturation process as a person but in my book, I think he was better than he realizes.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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