Good Thursday to you Steelers’ fans.
Several outlets reported yesterday that the National Football League will be slashing two more preseason games from the 2020 preseason slate due to COVID-19. I say “two more” because the Pittsburgh Steelers have already had their first game, the Hall of Fame Game, cancelled. While I’m doing my best to remain hopeful for the 2020 regular season, I cannot ignore what is happening nationwide. Major League Baseball players reported to their respective home stadiums yesterday with July 23rd a target date for the start of their season. They could provide us with the best indication of what will work and what won’t as far as the NFL season. But, to the matter at hand… As things stand, the Steelers will have just two games to evaluate their players. I believe it is very safe to say that rookies will have to come along slowly. We as fans have to remain patient because every rookie’s situation will be different. Don’t blow a gasket because one rookie is playing a lot and another isn’t especially as it pertains to team-to-team situations. This is just one more facet of what we will all have to deal with this season.
If you’re keeping score at home… the slashing of weeks one and four in the preseason means the Steelers will not be hosting Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. It’s likely Brady wouldn’t play anyway but still. Also, the week four finale that was scheduled in Carolina is cancelled. That ends a run of 17 straight seasons in which the two teams played in the preseason. Games two and three (home against the Saints and at NY Jets, are still slated and the New Orleans game is scheduled for national television.
Tweet of the Day… This is just brilliant. Glad to hear Coach and his wife are doing well.
Bill Cowher beat COVID-19 with Mike Tomlin’s players.
— JPL (@Laviator_) July 1, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive tackle Chris Jones is suggesting that he may holdout and even skip the season in a contract squabble. Jones cited former Steeler Le’Veon Bell’s holdout that saw him skip an entire season. Jones may want to go back and review exactly how that worked out for Bell. Sure, he got a very nice deal from the New York Jets but it wasn’t as close to what he could have made had he signed with the Steelers. Maybe these guys just don’t want to play as badly as we think they do. I get wanting “what you think you’re worth” but come on.
As we approach our nation’s Independence Day, I’ll be taking a very rare family vacation for a few days. Not exactly a great idea to do so during a pandemic but we won’t be too far away. When I return on Monday, we will start ramping up our Training Camp Previews. I wish everyone a great and safe weekend and please be good to each other.
Have a great holiday weekend Steeler Nation!!
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