Good Thursday to you Steelers’ fans.
Yesterday I was largely off the grid due to some travel and family obligations but when I finally sat down and started reading the day’s events I thought “Not This Again.” Jay Glazer of FOX Sports took shots at Ben Roethlisberger by saying he doesn’t work out and when he does it’s a yoga session followed by golf and beers. Then blowhard Colin Cowherd jumped in claiming other QBs work for 365 days while Big Ben works for just 16 games. This narrative is old and it’s exactly what guys like this go too when there’s nothing else to discuss. It’s not a secret that Roethlisberger isn’t a “workout warrior.” He never has been and never will be. As I’ve said many times, he possesses a body that carries weight well. When he performed at the Combine he weighed 241. Therefore, as he’s gotten older, everyone assumes he must be around 280. Add in the monstrous beard and people automatically assume he’s out of shape and not prepared for the season. After all these years one thing I don’t worry about is Ben Roethlisberger. I’m more concerned about his elbow, not his weight or his workout habits. Those will take care of themselves. Big Ben will never be confused with James Harrison in terms of working out and all of us know this. But hey, if it fits your narrative then by all means, get your views and clicks.
We will return next week with the SCB Steelers Podcast presented by DEK Roofing. We’ll discuss the schedule release, the latest roster expectations and much more on the Black and Gold.
Tweet of the Day… Perhaps the training technique needs to change??
It's not for lack of effort in training, but my dog still won't fetch beer. Ungrateful bastard.
— Ben Anderson (@BenAnderson58) May 7, 2020
I released my always anticipated “Steelers Schedule Prediction” (tongue in cheek here) earlier this week and I wish I had a mulligan. I say this because it sound like the NFL has scheduled as many non-conference games in the first four weeks as they could. The thinking here is that should they have to push the schedule back due to Covid-19 and then cancel games, they will at least keep the bulk of divisional and inter-conference games. This totally makes sense to me and was something I should have considered. This is why I don’t work for the NFL.
The O-Line Shuffle
Prior to the Draft many of us speculated what the Steelers were planning to do with their offensive line. One of the major issues of course is left guard where Ramon Foster has retired. With the addition of Stephen Wisniewski, the drafting of Kevin Dotson and the development of Derwin Gray, the Steelers have plenty of options there. Common thought was that Matt Feiler would slide down from right tackle leaving Chuks Okorafor and Zach Banner to battle for that spot. My gut feeling is that Feiler stays at tackle. He has more experience and he is a safer option right now. I say that because I don’t think the confidence level is very high on either Okorafor or Banner starting.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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