Good Monday to you Steelers’ fans.
Last week the National Football League announced their All-Pro Team for 2019. Making the Pro Bowl is nice but being named to the All-Pro Team is a much greater accomplishment limited to 11 guys on each side of the ball and the specialists. Despite missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record, the Pittsburgh Steelers had three well deserving of the honor. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward and Outside Linebacker T.J. Watt all earned First Team All-Pro status. The numbers for both Fitzpatrick and Watt speak for themselves but Heyward’s honor is especially awesome. Let me explain. When Stephon Tuitt was lost for the season yet again, it appeared that Heyward would suffer. He’d see the bulk of the double teams and his numbers as a result would suffer. To his credit and with the help of guys like Tyson Alualu and Javon Hargrave, Heyward put together a terrific season. He ended up with a career high of 83 tackles to go with nine sacks, six passes defensed and one forced fumble. Consider that his previous high for tackles came in 2013 with just 59. This is in no way meant to take from Watt and Fitzpatrick, but rather, it’s an ode to a Pittsburgh favorite in Heyward.
A General Thought
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What a crazy weekend. All four games were one-score games, two went into overtime and three of the four road teams were victorious. If there’s any takeaway from Wild-Card Weekend it’s that you can’t kick field goals and expect to win games. Football in the postseason ultimately comes down to defense and not turning the ball over and it always has. Clearly the best thing about the weekend was New England losing so I’ll leave things there. My take on Kyle Rudolph’s “offensive pass interference” is this. Yes, by the book it’s interference and should have been called but also, how in the hell do you not call timeout if you’re Sean Payton? A 6’6″ guy on a 6′ guy with every other receiver lined up on the other side of the formation? Who didn’t know where that ball was going????
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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