Good Wednesday to you Steelers fans.
There was a very interesting comment made by Mike Tomlin yesterday regarding the New York Giants and it may have made people do a double take. Tomlin said the Steelers were watching film of the Dallas Cowboys from last season in order to prepare for the G-Men. Actually this makes perfect sense. There is a very important piece from that Cowboys’ team now on the Giants’ team and he isn’t a player. New York’s new offensive coordinator is former Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett. While the personnel is different, there will definitely be things that remain from Garrett’s overall scheme. If you didn’t know it already, NFL teams will literally watch every single piece of tape that ever existed on a player or coach. There are some stories of coaches going back to a player’s high school tape to find tendencies. And here’s the thing, if that one little item leads to victory? Then it’s worth all the time and effort. So what Tomlin and the Steelers are doing isn’t unique but it sure was weird to hear him say that.
A Good (Bad) Break
The Steelers host the Denver Broncos in week two and they will do so against a Denver team that has suffered a horrible loss. All-Pro OLB Von Miller was inured late in practice last night in what some are calling a “freak” injury. While this is certainly a big break for the Steelers’ offensive linemen it’s a horrible thing for Denver. I hate seeing guys go down like this regardless of who they play for.
Tweet of the Day… NFL is doing a great job with this. Now… will it continue once teams start traveling?
0.0057% (fifty-seven ten-thousandths of a percent) positivity rate https://t.co/SK9PpUEKhK
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) September 9, 2020
The Common Thread
As you read one preview after another there’s an overwhelming theme that the prognosticators are using when describing the Steelers’ chances in 2020. “If Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy…” You can honestly say this about any team and with any starting QB but yeah, there’s no question it’s a bigger deal in Pittsburgh. Should he stay healthy? Sky is the limit.
Does anyone else find it curious that after being away from the Steelers, Sean Davis comes back and is immediately installed as the primary backup at both free safety and strong safety? Is this an indictment of how unprepared or how unworthy Jordan Dangerfield, Antoine Brooks or Curtis Riley were? Maybe it’s just a question of familiarity and Davis seems to have picked up right where he left off in terms of what he knows about the defense. I was always of the opinion that Davis was a better strong safety than a free especially based on his rookie season. He was impressive as a free safety in college but it didn’t translate to the NFL. I’m very curious to see how he plays this upcoming season.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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