• How Do the Steelers Look at Landry Jones as Their Long Term Backup QB?

    The Steelers have an interesting decision to make with backup quarterback Landry Jones, who at times has come in and won games for the team (Arizona and Oakland in 2015), and then at times it seems has looked like a deer in headlights that fans can’t wait to jump on as nothing more than a bum backup QB.

    Jones is a free agent next month, and according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the powers that be with the Steelers think that the backup QB is “to be better than 80 percent of the other backups in the league,” and will bring him back to again serve under Ben Roethlisberger (provided he returns).

    It’s an interesting decision if the Steelers don’t at least look around the market for another QB, as with the injury history for Ben, one would think the team might want to be careful with how they treat the backup quarterback spot.

    One issue with looking for a higher profile backup QB is money. We know this team is going to have to shell out a lot of money for players like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, so spending even 2-3 million on backup just might not be in the cards for this team.

    So the next time you’re ready to boo Jones out of Heinz Field or another NFL stadium, remember that right now, he might just be the best backup option the Steelers have.

    At least that’s how the Steelers upper brass feels.


     
  • The City of Pittsburgh All Seemed to Watch the Super Bowl; Can the Steelers Get to the Next One?

    If you meet anyone from Pittsburgh today who told you they didn’t watch Tom Brady and the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI on Sunday, they are probably lying.

    Overall the Steel City had the best ratings of ANY in the country when it come to TV ratings for the annual super showdown between the NFC and AFC, drawing a crazy 57.9 share last night.

    They beat out Buffalo (57.2) and Atlanta (57.0) as the top city in America that watched Sunday’s wild Pats comeback, led by Brady, as they beat the Falcons in the first Super Bowl overtime 34-28.

    With Super Bowl LI over, already the odds are out for what teams to look for next season, and what teams are favorites to make a trip to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII.

    Sites like whichbettingsites.com have the Steelers high up on the list not only in the AFC, but overall when it comes to the top teams in the NFL.

    Right now the black and gold are listed at 10-1 odds to make it to the Super Bowl, meaning if you put $10 on the Steelers to get to the dance next year and they do, you would take home $100.

    The Patriots, fresh off their 5th ring, are the top AFC team and are at the top of the list, sitting at 5-1 to repeat as AFC Champs and get back to the Super Bowl.

    Of course all bets about the black and gold are off if the stunning revelation after the season by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that he might not come back in 2017 turns out to be true.

    You would have to think if the two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback decides to hang it up, the odds of the Steelers going back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2010 season would be drastically different, and not in a good way.

    So what are the chances the Steelers finally overcome and get back to the Super Bowl next season? Well, the biggest offseason issues will be the new deal for WR Antonio Brown, as well as getting something done with free agent running back Le’Veon Bell.

    Also making sure to keep their franchise quarterback happy is of the upmost importance as well, as if the team loses Ben, things are going to change drastically.

    It’s a shame that Brady didn’t get up on the platform last night and say he’s walking away, as that would change things drastically in the NFL as well.

    For now, the Pats will continue to be the biggest block in the way of the Steelers playing in the biggest game of the year.

     
  • NFL Looking Into Le’Veon Bell Injury and If the Steelers Reported It Correctly

    While the Steelers are still licking their wounds over a disaster of an AFC Title Game last week, there’s now news that the NFL is looking into the injury for running back Le’Veon Bell.

    The NFL is looking to see if the team properly listed Bell on the injury report, an injury that eventually ended his game and most of the running output for the Steelers in the 19-point loss.

    Here’s the report from ESPN:

    The NFL is investigating whether the Pittsburgh Steelers properly listed running back Le’Veon Bell on last week’s injury reports, a source told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter on Friday.

    Bell said after Sunday’s AFC Championship loss to the New England Patriots that he had been managing a groin injury in recent weeks. Bell was hurt in the game and carried the ball five times for 18 yards.

    Bell got consecutive Wednesdays off during the playoffs with a “not injury related” designation, and, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Bell had an excused absence on Jan. 19. A source close to Bell told ESPN that the absence was specifically for a personal matter and not groin-related.

    What could come of the eventual situation with Bell and will the Steelers get punished? It’s probably going to be nothing more than a slap on the wrist if anything, but as usual with the NFL, you never know what’s going to happen.

     
  • As Usual, Steelers Slammed by Brady and Patriots When Season on the Line in 36-17 AFC Title Game Defeat

    2001, 2004 and now you can add to the list 2016.

    Sunday’s AFC Title Game between the Steelers and Patriots played like a broken record to most of the matchups between these two AFC foes, with Tom Brady picking apart a Steelers zone defense, and as usual a player from the Patriots making the most of an opportunity.

    The end result is the end for the 2016 Steelers, a bitter 36-17 loss that really wasn’t even that close considering the black and gold allowed 19 second half points while scoring just eight after trailing 17-9 at halftime.

    The Steelers, as they usually do against the Patriots, made a ton of mistakes, from missing tackles and coverage on an afterthought of a wide receiver named Chris Hogan, to not being able to score a touchdown from the one-foot line in the second quarter trailing 17-6.

    Receivers dropped a number of passes, the team lost it’s biggest playoff playmaker on offense in Le’Veon Bell to an injured groin, and again the defense never had any answers for Brady despite allowing just 57 yards on the ground.

    In the end, the Steelers played like the Cowboys of the 1960’s trying to beat the Packers, it’s been a one-sided rivalry that always looks like the Steelers are a step behind in.

    Brady, per usual, was stellar against the black and gold, picking apart a zone defense that had issues all night in making sure players were covered, and even when they were they missed a number of tackles that allowed for yardage after the catch.

    The Pats future Hall of Fame QB was 32-for-42 for 384 yards with three touchdowns, and a QB rating of 127.5 Without Bell, the Steelers offense just seemed two steps behind, which is usually where they are Bell or no Bell against a Brady led Pats offense.

    Ben Roethlisberger,
    who is now 3-2 in five AFC Title games (both losses to the Pats) was 31-for-47 for 314 yards with a touchdown and a pick.

    Much will be talked about concerning the Steelers issues inside the red zone, but in the end no one is ever going to be Brady and the Pats after allowing 36 points, and it probably could have been worse if New England wanted it to be.

    The pass rush was null most of the night by the Steelers, and a secondary that had made plenty of strides during the teams’ long win streak after sitting at 4-5 looked more like it did the first nine games, allowing way too many yards and not making plays when they had the chance.

    Brady threw for 222 yards in the first half as the Pats built a 17-9 lead, but still the Steelers were in it as the offense played motivated, and it seemed despite not scoring the TD late in the first half they had a shot as they got the ball first in the second half.

    Instead they went 3-and-out, and New England got a Stephen Gostkowski 47-yard field goal to make it 20-9, and from that point on the game was basically over.

    The Steelers scored one meaningless TD late in the game to pull it to 36-17 after the extra point, but by then many Steelers supporters were already talking about next season or were looking for other Sunday night viewing options.

    Don’t kid yourself, the Steelers have plenty to be proud of in 2016, but at the end of the day, if they don’t figure out a way to at least challenge Tom Brady when titles are on the line, the results when the season is on the line will likely always be the same.

     
 
 
 
 

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