Good Thursday to you Steelers’ Fans.
As a former player and coach I can tell you that moving on from a difficult loss is often one of the tougher things you have to do in sports. Tough losses can be described in a number of ways. A last second loss, a blown lead or in the case of the Steelers, a complete blowout. My guess is that the players have put the Patriots behind them. We as fans need to as well. The Seattle Seahawks are not the easiest home opening opponent to have. They will bring tremendous pressure on defense and they will challenge the Steelers defensively with both effective running and passing. What we do not know is what to take from their week one performance. It was thought by many that they would have no problem with Cincinnati at home but struggled to put the Bengals away 21-20. So…. Either the Bengals are better than we thought or the Seahawks are quite as good as we thought. What I can tell you however is that teams always make their biggest jumps between the first week and the second. Here’s hoping that jump belongs to the Steelers.
The toughest podcast I ever had to do was the one right after the Steelers lost Super Bowl XLV. The loss to Tim Tebow was a close second and our episode last night was right up there too. Losing is part of life and I don’t like that but I accept it. What I struggle with is losing when not giving your best effort and I don’t believe the Steelers were even close to that on Sunday. Click on the link above for the latest SCB Steelers Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh.
Tweet of the Day… I think we can all relate to this during the past few days.
Me When Patriot fans come in my mentions pic.twitter.com/baMMZhgKRR
— JuJu’s Bike 🅙 (@JuJusBikeBackup) September 12, 2019
Condolences to the family of former Steelers’ offensive lineman Sam Davis who passed away this week. Davis was a four-time Super Bowl Champion and often paved the way for Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier while helping to protect Terry Bradshaw. He will be missed.
The Case Against Switzer
I think Ryan Switzer is a great young man and a good punt and kick returner. I do not think he offers the Steelers enough to continue using him as a receiver. There was a series on Sunday night which perfectly captures this sentiment. On first down, Roethlisberger connected with him for an eight-yard gain. On second and two, he targeted him again and while Switzer caught it, he was unable to break a tackle and get the first down. This happens to the best of receivers but it happens to Switzer far too often. He is a catch and tackle receiver meaning he almost always goes down on first contact. I firmly believe if he didn’t excel in the return games he’d be out of a job.
Latest on the Injury Front (courtesy steelers.com)
Wednesday, September 11
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Coaches Decision) – DNP
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Toe) – Limited
S Sean Davis (Ankle) – Limited
CB Joe Haden (Shoulder) – DNP
RB James Conner (Illness) – Limited
S Terrell Edmunds (Glute) – Limited
C Maurkice Pouncey (Ankle) – DNP
LB T.J. Watt (Hip) – Limited
FB Roosevelt Nix (Knee) – DNP
OT Zach Banner (Illness) – Limited
Seattle Seahawks Participation/Injury Report, Week 2
Wednesday, September 11
C Joey Hunt (Ankle) – DNP
DT Poona Ford (Calf) – DNP
S Tedric Thompson (Hamstring) – DNP
CB Neiko Thorpe (Hamstring) – DNP
C Justin Britt (Knee) – DNP
WR Tyler Lockett (Back) – DNP
G Mike Iupati (Foot) – Limited
WR David Moore (Shoulder) – Limited
DE L.J. Collier (Ankle) – Limited
DE Ziggy Ansah (Shoulder) – Limited
S Ugo Amadi (Shoulder) – Limited
DE Jadeveon Clowney (NIR) – Limited
T Duane Brown (Knee) – Full
T Duane Fant (Ankle) – Full
TE Will Dissly (Knee) – Full
The biggest issue is Pouncey. If he can’t go it means B.J. Finney starts and then Mike Tomlin will have to decide what other lineman to make active. I’m not crazy about Ben having the day off. When he practices on Wednesdays he typically plays better on Sunday.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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