Good Thursday to you Steelers fans.
I really should know better shouldn’t I? Saying anything remotely critical of the Pittsburgh Steelers on social media is an hours-long session that deals with being told to “settle down, relax or stop being annoying.” The very fact of the matter is that I built this site with the major purpose of calling things like I see them when it comes to the Steelers. I will sing praises when called for and I will criticize when warranted. For some fans however, the Steelers are always ‘rainbows and unicorns.’ Nothing Kevin Colbert or Mike Tomlin do is EVER wrong. It must be awesome to be constantly positive and upbeat even in the face of harsh realities. The main point here is that I believe Colbert has done some tremendous things in recent years and he should be praised for that. But that doesn’t mean he can’t receive criticism. The current state of the offensive line is anything but good and I put that on Colbert. They are about to enter the regular season with a rookie at left tackle, an inconsistent player at right tackle, an inexperienced center whether it be Kendrick Green or JC Hassenauer and they have two guards who both have question marks. This fails to mention the fact that Zach Banner, who was scheduled to start at right tackle is on IR and frankly hasn’t played enough for any of us to really know what he can or cannot do. If all of that isn’t concerning and if all of that doesn’t point at failures of the front office to stabilize it then I don’t know what to tell you. Could this unit gel and become an instant success as so many on social media tell me it will? Sure it can and I hope that’s the case. The problem is that this isn’t my first rodeo and I doubt it is for many of you. You don’t just grow good offensive lines on trees – they take time to work as a cohesive unit – then success comes. But as I type on the second day of September? I have serious doubts.
Tweet of the Day… An important and great day in history.
50 years ago today, these guys were part of a @Pirates lineup that made history- the first all-minority lineup MLB had ever seen.
It was beyond an honor to sit down with them, and hear their stories from that historic night, September 1st, 1971. pic.twitter.com/wVVftPOHZz
— Jenna Harner (@JennaHarner11) September 1, 2021
Gordon’s installment this week takes a look at the “Architect of the Steel Curtain.” This is another great read from our friend and huge Steelers fans from across the pond!
It was announced yesterday that there will not be an extension or new contract for Steelers’ cornerback Joe Haden this year. That means the 32-year old will play out his final year in 2021 and become a free agent. This does not mean he won’t be a Steeler in ’22. I take it as “the two sides both know he’s older and we need to see how he plays this year” type of thing.
To the IR
The Steelers placed three guys on Injured Reserve yesterday. Zach Banner who I previously mentioned along with Stephon Tuitt and Anthony McFarland, Jr. Is it fair to ask why they waited so long on both Tuitt and Banner? Yes I believe it is a fair question. In Tuitt’s case, Keith Butler referred yesterday to the fact that he “may need to drop some weight/get back in shape.” Tuitt of course has not participated in even one practice so far this season. With three open spots, the Steelers brought back three players who were cut on Tuesday Rashaad Coward and B.J. Finney and cornerback Arthur Maulet.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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