Good Friday to you Steelers’ fans.
You’ve checked for flights. You’ve checked for hotels. You’ve contacted friends and family. This is what we do when the Pittsburgh Steelers’ schedule is announced. While the excitement is high, there is also the specter of Covid-19 forcing changes or cancellations. But today I won’t focus on that and instead analyze what is currently in front of us. The Steelers will open on Monday night in New York against the Giants. They will then play four of their next five games at home. Speaking of “at home,” the Black and Gold will play seven of their eight home games at 1pm which is always welcomed by the locals. The only home game not at 1pm is the Thanksgiving Night game when the Ravens come to town. The “bad news” part of this schedule is the end. The Steelers will play three of their last four on the road. All four of the games are AFC opponents and two are against division rivals (@CIN and the finale @CLE). The BYE week comes in week eight which is essentially the middle of the season. Unfortunately the BYE is bookended by away games at Baltimore and at Dallas. I always issue a word of caution when the schedule comes out. What the schedule is now is not what it will be when the actual game arrives. There will be injuries. There will be players who come out of nowhere and there will be players who don’t play at the level that is expected. That said, I like the overall schedule other than the finish. Should Ben Roethlisberger be healthy I see no reason why 10-6 isn’t very attainable.
Tweet of the Day… I agree with Mel here. It’s going to be a LONG weekend waiting for the Steelers to play.
I’ll say it… I hate opening on Monday night.
— mel (@Mel629_) May 7, 2020
Khaki Boy’s Idea
Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh floated out several changes to the NFL Draft process yesterday. He suggested players who “are ready” should not have to wait to play in the NFL and he argued that players who don’t get drafted and have college eligibility remaining should be allowed to return to school. To his first point, I think there’s a very small number of guys who could make that jump from year one in college to the NFL. The physicality is one thing but so too is the speed and the mental side of it. As for returning to college, players already have a very specific set of guidelines that allow for plenty of time to get feedback on their pro potential. Personally I see the only changes needed here is if a player suffers an injury during the pre-draft process that significantly affects their draft-ability. I think Harbaugh raises interesting questions and there’s never a problem with discussing those issues.
Remember Kraig Urbik?
The former Steeler who went off to Buffalo has returned to Western Pennsylvania. He is now an assistant football coach at Pine-Richland High School.
Tomlin Passing Shula?
Ian takes a dive into some statistics that suggest Mike Tomlin is one of the best bets to break Don Shula’s all-time regular season wins record. Does he have a point? Take a look right here.
Have a great weekend Steeler Nation!
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