Good Monday to you Steelers fans.
I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not. There are no conspiracy theories here. No thoughts of “a guy being wronged for specific reasons.” The Pro Football Writers chose to go with Aaron Donald over T.J. Watt as their Defensive Player of the Year meaning that for the second straight season Watt finishes second. Arguments could be made that last year’s loss to Stephon Gilmore was actually more of a slight than this year but either way, we are left wondering what’s going on here? In one less game, Watt still had better statistics than Donald. Some claimed “Watt isn’t triple-teamed on every play.” Neither is Donald truth be told. Lots of double-teams? Certainly. Both men face those and both are held consistently on nearly every single play. Whether or not Watt ever wins the DPOY I cannot say. It won’t diminish his career for those of us who watch every single of one of his plays. Regardless, I’m left wondering what they were thinking.
Tweet of the Day… I agree with Pat’s sentiments here.
I got carsick in there with The Weeknd
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 8, 2021
The Hall Call
The call finally came, albeit several years later than it should have but Alan Faneca is finally a Hall of Fame football player. One of the best and most decorated guards of the early 2000’s, Faneca joins the ever-growing group of Steelers in Canton. He will not be the only Steeler going though. Longtime Scout Bill Nunn will join him. It was Nunn who discovered players like John Stallworth, Donnie Shell, L.C. Greenwood and Mel Blount among others at small, traditionally black schools in the South. He spent over 40 years in the Steelers’ organization and line Faneca, was long overdue.
Super Bowl Aftermath
As I tweeted yesterday I thought it would come down to the Bucs’ front seven vs the Chiefs’ patchwork OL and largely it did. Patrick Mahomes never had a chance last night. Did the officiating matter? In the first half, it sure did. Tampa had several first downs by penalty (some legit) but the real issue was the defensive holding calls. KC played that way all season and for it to be called in the Super Bowl is a bit disturbing. It didn’t change the outcome but it didn’t help.
As for Brady
I think it’s fair to say that in the world of professional team sports over the last 25 years that Tom Brady is at the top of the list in terms of the best. There is no one over that time period that is as decorated with titles and awards in any of the other three pro sports as Brady is. It’s OK to admit it… as difficult as it is because I can’t stand him.
And Finally… The Real Offseason Begins
It is expected that Ben Roethlisberger will sit down with the Steelers at some point this week. When I say “the Steelers” I’m assuming this will mean Head Coach Mike Tomlin, General Manager Kevin Colbert and Team President Art Rooney II. At this time I think we as fans should prepare ourselves for any outcome. I thought ARII was as blunt and candid as I’ve ever heard him in regards to Ben’s contract when he spoke two weeks ago. The Steelers will also continue their draft prep but larger than that is that massive number of free agents they’ll have to deal with prior to the draft. Buckle up Steelers Nation, it’s going to be a bumpy offseason.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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