Jan 142016
 

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What’s left of the Pittsburgh Steelers practiced on Wednesday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was obviously not among them as he continues to nurse an injured throwing shoulder. Ben is expected to give it a go in the Divisional Playoff against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Reports are his availability will only be limited by his pain tolerance – and perhaps the effectiveness of whatever painkilling injections he takes prior to kick off.

In Ben’s absence, the offense is being run by Landry Jones. Jones assumed the role of back up this season after coming off the bench to lead the Steelers to a win against the Arizona Cardinals. He followed that with a solid if unspectacular performance in a loss against the Chiefs. Jones was supposed to start a couple weeks later in Cleveland but was hurt on the opening drive, allowing Ben to enter as the “emergency back up” and proceed to torch the hapless Browns for 379 yards and 3 TDs. Continue reading »

Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue

 Posted by at 5:22 am  AFC North, Antonio Brown, Big Ben, Circle of Hate, Landry Jones, Martavis Bryant, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue
Nov 162015
 

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With all due respect to Charlie Batch and Terry Hanratty, this Roethlisberger guy is the best backup quarterback the Black and Gold have ever had. He might even have a future as a starter.

Ah, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Except in this case, the fun started when someone got hurt. Landry Jones left the game six plays in and Ben Roethlisberger came off the bench to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-9 shellacking of the Cleveland Browns. It was the first time Big Ben rode to the rescue since that fabled day back in 2004 when he stepped in for an injured Tommy Maddox and ripped off thirteen straight wins. Continue reading »

Life Without Big Ben: Part 2

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Nov 112015
 

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Sometimes I feel like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day.” Except instead of reliving the same day over and over, I keep typing the same “What are the Steelers gonna do with Joe Schmokowski injured?” post every other week.

This week’s edition concerns Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. As we all saw last Sunday, he was carted off the field for the second time this season, this time with an unspecified ankle injury. Well, the good news was the MRI was negative. It’s being called a mid-foot sprain which takes an unspecified amount of time to heal – basically, you can play as soon as the pain subsides enough to be manageable. Continue reading »

Week 7 Recap: Doomsday For Landry

 Posted by at 10:26 am  Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Landry Jones, Offensive Line, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 7 Recap: Doomsday For Landry
Oct 262015
 

Even Cinderella had to be home by midnight. The clock struck twelve yesterday for the Pittsburgh Steelers,¬†falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 23-13 in quarterback Landry Jones first NFL start. Some of you might think this metaphor is directed at Jones who a week after playing nearly flawlessly committed three costly turnovers. It isn’t.

Nope, the coach that turned back into the pumpkin yesterday was the Steelers defense. Going into the year,¬†nobody wondered how good they could be but rather if they could not be bad enough for the offense to overcome. Through the first six weeks they were a pleasant surprise, if not winning games then certainly being more of a help than a hindrance. Yesterday, that all went bye-bye. Continue reading »

Week 6 Recap: A Hero Named Landry

 Posted by at 5:10 am  Landry Jones, Martavis Bryant, Michael Vick, Not Football Players, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 6 Recap: A Hero Named Landry
Oct 192015
 

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It was inevitable. When the Pittsburgh Steelers took Landry Jones in the fourth round of the draft three years ago, I noted the irony of the Black and Gold selecting a guy named after the legendary head coach of one of our greatest rivals. Despite the fact he played horrifically in every preseason since, I suppose it was fated he’d one day come to our rescue. Yes, Steeler Nation has a new hero, a hero named Landry.

The Steelers moved to 4-2 on the season by defeating the Arizona Cardinals 25-13. It only took three quarterbacks and four kickers to finally arrive at this point. Michael Vick once again started and once again looked atrocious. The announcers keep saying he doesn’t understand the offense which is probably a fair point to some extent but he misses so many open receivers his ineffectiveness can’t be blamed totally on that. Continue reading »

Michael Vick Signs With Steelers

 Posted by at 4:44 am  Big Ben, Injury Report, Landry Jones, Michael Vick, Mike Tomlin  Comments Off on Michael Vick Signs With Steelers
Aug 262015
 

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Oh boy…

Can we ever have one nice quiet preseason? Just one? Please? Is that too much to ask?

Apparently, Maurkice Pouncey wasn’t the only one to suffer a significant injury in Sunday’s game against Green Bay. Back-up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski left with an undisclosed “wrist injury” which has been disclosed to have required season-ending surgery. Which put the Black and Gold in the market for a quarterback. And they found one, oh boy did they find one.

Michael Vick has signed a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Continue reading »

The Landry Jones Problem (aka Thoughts On Steelers 2nd Game)

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Aug 182014
 

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Quick Poll: If your entire life savings rode on the milk bottle game at Kennywood and you had to pick one person to throw for you, who’d you chose: Pedro Alvarez or Landry Jones?

Either way, I imagine you’d end up living in a van down by the river.

I’m not sure what to call it other than the Curse of Tom Brady. In 2000, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Tee Martin in the fifth round, thirty six picks ahead of Mr. Bundchen. Since then, every late round quarterback we’ve taken has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. Sure we struck gold with first rounder Ben Roethlisberger but it’d be nice if one of these late round fliers could at least end up being a decent back-up. Continue reading »

Aug 302013
 

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Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers rested almost half their starters during the team’s final preseason game. Mike Tomlin made the mistake of announcing this beforehand and fans reacted accordingly. I’m sure he got a stern talking to because when you make it obvious that a game doesn’t matter, people don’t watch and more importantly they don’t show up to pay overpriced parking or buy watered down beer. So this year, Coach T kept his intentions to himself.

Not that anything different happened. Last night, the Steelers played their fourth and final preseason game. And last night, Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor, LaMarr Woodley, Brett Keisel, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and even backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski all didn’t dress.

It was Scrub-a-poloza in Carolina last night as the Black and Gold went 0-fer the preseason, falling to the Panthers 25-10. Thus concludes Pittsburgh’s first winless preseason since Bill Cowher’s final season back in 2006 and only their third in nearly 50 years. Again, the worst team ever, the 0-16 Detroit Lions, went undefeated that preseason so these games are hardly an accurate predictor of the season to come. Still, it doesn’t exactly instill one with a great deal of confidence coming off a miserable 8-8 campaign.

So, what’s Tomlin’s assessment of his team pulling a Detroit this preseason? Continue reading »