Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.
OK, OK…. Settle down everyone. Settle down. All is well… I think. Besides Vance McDonald, Ben Roethlisberger, Jaylen Samuels, Vince Williams and Jerald Hawkins have been placed on the team’s Covid-19/IR list. None of these four players has tested positive but they have had close contact with McDonald. Big Ben lockers right next to McDonald and his most recent test was negative. We must now wait until Saturday to see if any of these players are available for the game Sunday. There are two points to bring up here. First, how much would Roethlisberger have practiced this week anyway? He’s nursing two sore knees from Sunday. Secondly is the human interest part here. Big Ben is married and has three small kids. Let us remember they have to deal with this too. That means no contact which isn’t easy for Ben or his family. To my knowledge, Hawkins, Samuels and Williams do not have immediate families but the concern is no less. I pondered yesterday about whether Roethlisberger would be impacted because we knew he is close with McDonald. Should he not be able to go Sunday, plan on Mason Rudolph to start and Josh Dobbs to back him up.
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There’s been a lot made about whether the Steelers followed proper protocols as Covid-19 as reared its ugly head in Pittsburgh. You’ll recall that we made quite a fuss over the Titans when they were the first team to get hit with it and it altered our schedule. There does however seem to be one, massive difference. While Tennessee allegedly handled the protocols properly in house, the players BROKE protocols when they gathered together at a local school to get some work in. THAT is a huge no-no and its why we’ve been as passionate about this as we have. To my knowledge, the Steelers have not done such a thing.
I sit down and watch the All-22 each week and I need to do a better job of providing you with what I see. I was not surprised to see that our offensive line struggled big time. Maurkice Pouncey and Chuks Okorafor in particular had really bad games… Eric Ebron was not brought to Pittsburgh for his blocking ability and that showed on sort yardage plays… When the Steelers played zone with Devin Bush, he was able to drop and eliminate that “over the middle” throw we’ve seen Dallas and Baltimore make in the last two weeks. Robert Spillane just doesn’t possess the speed to drop fast enough and I think Keith Butler may be spending too much time worrying about the boundaries. Also, Ben made a good point when he was watching the troubles of the PAT/FG team. Looked like Kevin Dotson didn’t know the snap count or was just really late to block.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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