Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.
We arrive at mid-week uncertain of who will be behind center on Sunday when the Denver Broncos come to town. Mike Tomlin revealed yesterday that Ben Roethlisberger is now dealing with a hip injury that was suffered in game in Green Bay. Let us add that to the pectoral injury he’s been battling the last few weeks. At some point, one of these injuries is going to be the one that is much more serious and could end his season and possibly his career. Roethlisberger will not come out until he absolutely has to and Tomlin has no intention of pulling him despite what I might think. Should Mason Rudolph get the call on Sunday I won’t be thrilled but I’ll be confident that he can get a win. He’s not much more mobile than the 39-year future Hall of Famer is but I’m hoping that last week’s improvement in the running game continues and that perhaps Rudy can get the ball downfield. Before we get to that though we need to see who else may or may not be available Sunday. From there we can start to surmise whether or not this team gets back in the win column.
For those that want to see Dwayne Haskins, I get it. Young, big arm and some mobility. But I think fans need to grasp the difference between being mobile and being able to scramble. Haskins can move in the pocket. He has decent enough feet that he can slide up and back or right and left. But this recent thought that he’s a guy who can scramble for yards and run the read option just isn’t true. This is a guy who ran a 5.1 forty. He isn’t going to threaten any defense with his “speed.” Much like there’s a difference between fast and quick there’s also one between mobile and ability to scramble.
Tweet of the Day… The Patriots released CB Stephon Gillmore today. As much as I’d like him the Steelers have more pressing issues on the OL.
The list of playoff-caliber teams that could use a CB like Stephon Gilmore is loooooong.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 6, 2021
Trying to Find the Right Words
There are literally thousands of people trying to find the right words to say in regards to Ben Roethlisberger. Some are so loyal that they cannot even contemplate benching him even if he threw 10 INTs on Sunday. There are others that want him gone so badly that another 6 TD game wouldn’t change their minds. The real answer lies somewhere in the middle. It’s OK to be a loyal fan of his and it’s OK to be a critic and hater of his, those are the choices we are free to make. The hard part is coming to terms and being rational. You can still be a fan and be critical of his performances. You can still be a hater and say that he played well. Our society has become so polarized, largely by politics, that people are afraid to offer rational “see it both ways” opinions. We need to stop trying to find the hot take and just say what you want to say not what you think people want you to say.
I don’t understand the use of Benny Snell as Najee Harris’ backup. With Anthony McFarland, Jr unavailable I would think Kalen Ballage would be a more suitable fill in. Once McFarland is ready to go this should be a moot point but until then I say give Ballage a shot.
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