Good Thursday to you Steelers’ Fans!
That roughly 24 hour period of “how bad is it?” was over the minute Ben Roethlisberger came off the team plane in Green Bay, Wisconsin last night. Any thoughts that he had a concussion or even concussion-like symptoms were thrown out the window because people with those issues don’t fly on airplanes. Big Ben was not going to play anyway – that had already been announced – but having him there on the field is important for numerous reasons. Knowing his health seems to be pretty solid should keep him on track to start the week three preseason game against Tennessee.
I made the mistake of watching some “Hard Knocks” last night. I played for and coached with a lot of guys who were demanding and in many ways that’s football. Many of those same coaches were also screamers and some swore like sailors. Here’s the thing… Being the loudest coach didn’t make you the best coach. Being the coach that got in your face and cursed at you didn’t make them the best coach. I worked with and played for several coaches that were calm, cool and collected and they were often excellent coaches. What I see from Todd Haley and Gregg Robinson borders on repulsive at times and believe me, I’ve played for guys far worse. The swearing isn’t a big deal per se but the personal attacks on players goes a bit far in my opinion. To think that Haley was like that around Mr. Rooney is a bit troubling. Again, I’m not saying there haven’t been players and coaches like this in Pittsburgh before but I can’t tell you how glad I am that’s he’s gone and numerous reasons.
Tweet of the Day… This is just a great photo. If I’m both men I frame this immediately.
— Antonio Brown (@AB84) August 15, 2018
We had one of the best episodes in the history of the Steel City Blitz Steelers Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh last night and it was all because of our guest Ryan Scarpino. Ryan worked in the Public Relations Department of the Steelers for seven years and shared some amazing stories of Mr. Rooney, Troy Polamalu and so much more. If you listen to any of our shows this is definitely one not to miss.
Can someone take Le’Veon Bell’s twitter away from him? Sheesh.
Josh Dobbs and Mason Rudolph will handle the QB duties tonight against the Packers. Here’s what you need to look for from them. First, don’t get caught up with stats. Receivers will drop passes so pay attention to the throws. Are they on target? Are they leading the receiver? Watch both guys in the pocket. Are they reading their progressions? Are they comfortable in the pocket or do they look panicked? Lastly, do they look like they have command of the offense? Are they getting guys where they need to be? Those are the things to look for tonight. Stats only tell part of the story.
Enjoy the game tonight and remember it’s about player evaluation, not winning and losing. Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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