Good Wednesday to you Steelers’ Fans.
There’s very little I can add in terms of “new news” because everywhere you look right now the Steelers are the featured story. As expected yesterday, Mike Tomlin used plenty of cliches “painting with a broad brush” and calling the little things that pop up and go wrong in games “popcorn.” What is most clear right now is that this entire organization is in a free-fall. We are in a place many people never dreamed we’d be and fans are having a hard time with it. From Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown to just flat-out poor on-field play, the Steelers are a mess. Many fans are not old enough to recall the down years of the 1980s. The thing is, those teams were not nearly as talented as the teams that came before them or after them but in almost every case they gave great effort on the field in both winning and losing efforts. Right now, this team for all of it’s talent, can’t say that across the board. Mike Tomlin can throw out all of the cliches he wants to but that isn’t going to help him. This is easily his biggest challenge as head coach of the Black and Gold and the results will prove whether he’s met it or not.
Ben and I were joined halfway through by Ian on the Steel City Blitz Steelers Podcast 93 presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh last night. As you can imagine we had a lot to discuss. Ian’s youngest son made a guest appearance as well!
I found it interesting that former Steeler and current ESPN talking head Ryan Clark said that Brown was more interested in himself than in team success. That’s curious coming from a guy who spent his final two seasons prepping for his television career.
Tweet of the Day… This was sent to me last night and you already understand the meaning from what I wrote above.
— Madrid (@D_Madrid_) September 19, 2018
So our wayward running back has now been spotted enjoying himself on a sea doo and releasing his new album but that’s not the story. Bell looks tremendously out of shape if you’ve seen the photos. Now to be fair, he’s always been a rather “thick” guy but he’s definitely not anywhere near playing condition. With this in mind Ian brought up a great question yesterday, what happens if Bell shows up and can’t pass his physical? I think Bell’s strategy is clear. He’s going to show up in the most minimum shape possible. He’s hoping the Steelers are forced to not play him those final six weeks and then he stays healthy to get that big money deal next season elsewhere.
Dumbest tweet of the day…. The Steelers have enough issues right now. Where in his mind was this a “good idea?”
If I were the Pittsburgh Steelers, I might try to see how sold the Buccaneers are on Ryan Fitzpatrick and put an offer in for James Winston and line him up as Ben Roethlisberger's successor…
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) September 18, 2018
I think Matthew Thomas has to get some opportunities at linebacker. He’s going to make mistakes but if he’s going full speed I’m OK with that. Jon Bostic cannot hang with tight ends and running backs in coverage, it’s that simple.
Another disappointing thing to add to the list from Sunday was the poor tackling by rookie Terrell Edmunds. He was brought in here because he was a solid tackler. Perhaps it’s worn off on him.
Can’t say enough about the performance of JuJu Smith-Schuster on the field Sunday but I can say the same for off it as well. At a time when many young men his age would be doing all the wrong things whether on social media or out in society in general he continues to be a bright light. Good for him and I hope it continues!
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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