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 »

Week 5 Recap: Saved By The Bell

 Posted by at 12:39 pm  Cameron Heyward, Le'Veon Bell, Michael Vick, Mike Tomlin, Not Football Players, Recaps, Stephon Tuitt, Todd Haley  Comments Off on Week 5 Recap: Saved By The Bell
Oct 132015
 

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Yeah, I’m late again. I’m sure Steeler Nation saw Monday Night Football. And if you didn’t, well, I feel sorry for you. What happened last night will be remembered for a long long time.

Not since the Charlie Batch Game have the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off such a thrilling last second victory. Except last night, the Steelers defeated the San Diego Chargers on a last second touchdown from Le’Veon Bell. What’s more, if Bell had been stopped short, the game would’ve been over and the Steelers would’ve lost. There was literally no time left.

Credit Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley for having balls the size of California’s state debt. Continue reading »

Nice Knowing You, Josh Scobee

 Posted by at 5:19 am  Not Football Players  Comments Off on Nice Knowing You, Josh Scobee
Oct 032015
 

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Another post about kickers. Yay!!

Actually, this might be the one and only time I don’t mind writing about non-football players. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the Pittsburgh Steelers cut kicker Josh Scobee and signed rookie Chris Boswell. Ditching Scobee was pretty much a foregone conclusion when Mike Tomlin bypassed a 50 yard attempt to win the game in OT. Once the head coach does that, there’s no other option.

Scobee leaves behind a legacy of costing us one game, possibly costing us another and making every kick an absolute adventure. He’ll also pocket $2.5 million for sucking at his job. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were probably going to cut him anyway because they had a cheaper rookie already in camp, outsmarted Kevin Colbert by acquiring our 6th round pick in next year’s draft. For those keeping track, we’ve already traded our 5th and 6th rounders in the 2016 draft for a corner that never plays (Brandon Boykin) and a useless kicker.

The one surprising aspect of the story is who the Steelers tabbed as the latest addition to this season’s Kicker-Go-Round. Chris Boswell was the one guy invited to try-outs that never kicked in an actual NFL game. I guess you can see that as a positive in that at least we’re not recycling one of the same old retreads. Of course, Shaun Suisham was one of those retreads and that ended up working out pretty well.

Boswell kicked for Rice, where his percentages weren’t eye-popping but he did show a big leg. In college he made fourteen kicks of 50+ yards, including three from over 55. After spending a year on the Texans practice squad, he went to camp with the Giants this preseason. The Boz was 4/4 on FGs before being cut although he did miss an extra point. Honestly, though, all he has to do is make 75% of his kicks and he’ll be a big upgrade over Scobee.

Week 4 Recap: Scobee Sinks Steelers

 Posted by at 10:17 am  Antonio Brown, Linebackers, Michael Vick, Mike Tomlin, Not Football Players, Ratbirds, Recaps, Secondary, Stephon Tuitt  Comments Off on Week 4 Recap: Scobee Sinks Steelers
Oct 022015
 

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Yeah, I’m late. I was up late on a work night for obvious reasons. Besides, I’m sure everybody saw what happened last night. There will be much talking about and digital ink spilled on the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers but to me it’s a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing.

We lost because our kicker sucks. Period. End of story.

I hate to be *that* guy but after Josh Scobee missed an extra point in our week 2 victory over the Niners, I wrote the following:

“I’m so glad we traded a 6th round pick for a totally useless kicker that probably should be cut before he costs us a game (and, mark my words, he WILL cost us a game eventually).”

And, sure enough, eventually finally happened (RIP Yogi). I understand sports is not a knee-jerk business. I get as frustrated as anybody when a player makes one bad pitch or one bad play and 200 yinzers on Twitter want him cut. But at the same time, there are times when you can clearly see somebody doesn’t have it. And it’s annoying that teams seemingly ignore the obvious hoping it’ll go away until something so catastrophic happens they’re forced into action. Continue reading »

Your 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers

 Posted by at 5:05 am  Injury Report, Maurkice Pouncey, NFL Draft, Not Football Players, Roster Moves  Comments Off on Your 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers
Sep 082015
 

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With the 2015 season kicking off in less than three days, there was no rest for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Labor Day. They made a flurry of roster moves to finalize their 53 man in advance of Thursday’s expected massacre at the hands of the New England Patriots. The most notable of which was placing center Maurkice Pouncey on short term IR meaning he can be activated after week 9 and leaving open the possibility of him returning to the field this year. In the meantime, old friend Doug Legursky was signed as back-up depth at guard/center while Cody Wallace takes over at center.

I apologize for my dire outlook on the upcoming Patriots game but the Steelers had one of the worst defenses in the league last year and apparently have done little to improve it. It’s hard to be optimistic when you’re facing a defending Super Bowl champion who’s gonna come out with a deflated chip on their shoulders. Continue reading »

Brady Suspension Thrown Out (But We Have A Kicker!)

 Posted by at 9:46 am  Ginger Dictator, Not Football Players  Comments Off on Brady Suspension Thrown Out (But We Have A Kicker!)
Sep 032015
 

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Can the preseason end now? Please?

The Preseason From Hell continued this afternoon when word came down that a federal court judge threw out Roger Goodell‘s four game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate. Because of course he did. Did anybody really think Darth Belichick would let his apprentice get punished for his wrongdoing? Never underestimate the power of the Dark Side.

And now the Pittsburgh Steelers will witness the firepower of a fully armed and operational Patriots offense. Continue reading »

Hartley Wins Steelers Three-Legged Race

 Posted by at 5:31 am  Not Football Players  Comments Off on Hartley Wins Steelers Three-Legged Race
Aug 132015
 

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We’re not even a week in and I’m already sick of the preseason. Two posts into the preseason anad so far all we’ve talked about is kickers. I suppose it serves me right for blowing off the Hall of Fame game in order to watch the Pirates play the Dodgers on Sunday Night Baseball.

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed kicker Garrett Hartley after a three-way battle royal at Heinz Field on Tuesday. Hartley successfully bested NFL journeymen Jay Feely and Alex Henery in a kickoff I was told will be spoken of in hushed tones for years to come.  Continue reading »

Steelers Lose Suisham

 Posted by at 6:08 am  Not Football Players  Comments Off on Steelers Lose Suisham
Aug 112015
 

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Thanks a lot, Bus.

Because of Jerome Bettis being inducted in the Hall of Fame, the Pittsburgh Steelers were tabbed to play in the annual Hall of Fame Game. That’s one extra meaningless exhibition game where nothing good can possibly happen. And, sure enough, nothing good did happen. In fact, something really really bad happened.

The Steelers lost their best offensive player.

Kicker Shaun Suisham tore his ACL after getting caught up in a tackling scrum in kick coverage. He’s almost certainly going on injured reserve, ending his 2015 season. And, yes, I am being slightly sarcastic with the “best player” stuff – although with the team’s epic struggles to score inside the red zone last year, it’s hard underestimate his importance. Not to mention he’s seemingly mastered kicking at notoriously difficult Heinz Field. Continue reading »

What Happened To Accountability On The Steelers?

 Posted by at 7:35 am  Cortez Allen, Mike Tomlin, Not Football Players  Comments Off on What Happened To Accountability On The Steelers?
Oct 162014
 

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I’ve been thinking about all the problems facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. Make no mistake, the list is long and the problems are many while solutions are few and far between. This is a franchise in deep deep trouble even if they, and legions of fans who still wear Black and Gold colored glasses, refuse to acknowledge it. The Steelers ship has hit the iceberg – a physical iceberg, not the Penguins’ loveable mascot, although I wouldn’t be surprised if the Todd-meister ran him over in his suped up El Camino – now the only question is who will be going down with the ship.

When I think about the Steelers sad state of affairs, I keep coming back to one word:  ACCOUNTABILITY. The GM stinks, the coaching stinks, the players by and large stink but I can’t help but think things would at least be marginally better if the stinkers involved were held accountable. Guys take dumb penalties and are sent right back on the field. Coaches call insane plays in important situations and nobody owns up to it. And players who can’t play demonstrate their lack of ability week after week with little to no repercussions. Continue reading »

Week 6 Recap: Getting What They Deserve

 Posted by at 9:31 am  Circle of Hate, Kevin Colbert, Lance Moore, Not Football Players, Recaps, Ryan Clark, Wide Receivers  Comments Off on Week 6 Recap: Getting What They Deserve
Oct 132014
 

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Nobody panic. Antonio Brown caught seven passes to keep his reception streak record alive.

Under the Mike Tomlin regime, it’s only the truly important things that count!

In less important news, the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 31-10 to the Cleveland Browns. Actually, they didn’t so much “lose” as get their asses handed to them. After a sluggish first quarter where both teams seemed determined to out-suck each other, the Browns kicked it into gear and never looked back. It was by far the easiest win they’ve had this season and oh by the way it was their easiest win over the Steelers since a 49 point shellacking they gave us way back in 1989.

And you know what? Nothing that happened yesterday surprised me in the least.

The Steelers are a terrible team. Awful. Horrible. Pathetic. Insert whatever adjective you’d like. Continue reading »