Just so we're clear, I'm not changing anything in my tune from the reactionary recap.
I don't know about you guys, but I'm still not totally sure what happened Sunday at Heinz Field.
Except for the fact that Renegade struck not once, but twice.
Now, I'm not going to be so bold as to come out and say "shame on us" for thinking the 2013 Steelers had already been tested and had definitively failed.
Not yet, anyway.
They're still a bit of a long shot, and while everyone loves a Cinderella story, don't go putting glass slippers on anyone in black and gold just yet (although if we do, maybe we can borrow some from Ryan Clark).
After the first eight games this team had, we'd be foolish to all of a sudden think back-to-back wins means anything more than the fact that the Steelers have now climbed to 4-6.
But with a second win in a row, this time against a potential contender, and given the state of the AFC right now, the possibility of me doing so is getting increasingly better with each week.
That absolutely does NOT mean it's going to happen, but give it two more games, and I think we may have a much clearer picture.
At 4-6, tied with the Browns and Ravens record-wise, heading into Cleveland and Assaultimore within five days of each other, if the Steelers come out the other side even at 6-6, then, pardon my French, but it's F*#CKING ON.
Then I'll start to more confidently think - hey, maybe this team really can shock the world.
But either way, I will say this.
#1 - Timing is everything.
Wind the clock back to December 5, 2005, and I doubt I need to throw out any other examples for you to see what I mean.
Getting on a roll at the right time is immeasurably important.
#2 - Four of the next six games are division games.
Including both Cincy and Cleveland at Heinz.
Plus, the Ryan Tannehill-led Dolphins at Heinz, and the Packers, who will probably have Aaron Rodgers back by then, but who knows in what form (I'm no doctor, but pretty sure healthy, and not fractured, collarbones are important to QBs).
And #3 - Again, look around the AFC.
A lot of teams clustered around where the Steelers are (six by my count, eight if you count Miami and NY), albeit a couple that they lost to.
So, first of all, from here on in the margin for error is slimmer than the depth along the Offensive Line, but second of all, it just underscores the fact that the opportunity exists.
The door is still theoretically open, all the Steelers have to do is walk through it.
By basically being superhuman in their last six games, of course.
So, you know, nbd for a team that is still feeling the pain of key injuries, and that - if it was an actual human being - would've been prescribed medication for bipolar disorder by now.
But, you gotta have hope.
And again, I hope that by Week 17, I'm eating every negative word I've said about this team in 2013.
Anyway, now that we've gotten that all out of the way, I'm gonna jump into the "Things That Were Awesome," "Things That Were NOT Awesome," and "Things That Made You Feel Like You Had Your Hand Emotionally Caught in a Beartrap," because YOLO.
Come along and ride on a fantastic slide, slide, who ride?
Things That Were Awesome:
1) Big Ben, Field General.
Heath Miller: "A lot of credit goes to our quarterback. He put us on his back, called a great game. We were in no-huddle most of the day"
I know I like to use the word "Clutchery" as a cute pet name for Jericho Cotchery, but in this instance, I'm in fact referring to the entire team's ability to make clutch plays.
Whether it was Ryan Clark's Dikembe Mutumbo impression up there on 3rd down, right before the fake field goal, or Jericho Cotchery's 19 yard catch/run to set up the Steelers go ahead score, or his own score, the final dagger itself...
OR, Will Allen timely intercepting Matt Gaffeford to set up Cotchery's score...
These are only a few examples that loom large, but they are the types of plays winning teams make.
This is how you football.
Here's to hoping this aspect of the recap pulls up a chair and hangs out for a while.
5) ONE SACK ALLOWED ON BEN!
No one is saying the Lions defense was some sort of sack machine or anything, but on a day when Ramon Foster was the latest O-line casualty not to be able to go, and with Guy Whimper filling in, who would have thought these guys would allow the least amount of sacks they have all season?
NDAMUKONG SUH'S STAT LINE = DID HE EVEN PLAY?!?!?
I hope Tomlin throws a pizza party at the facility today, because these guys deserve it more than anyone.
Things That Were NOT Awesome:
1) The Lions Faking a Field Goal.
Samesies to going for it on 4th down on the 1st drive of the game.
Who does that?
Oh well, karma's a bitch, ain't it, jagoffs?
2) Rough First Half for Ike Taylor.
Shit was pretty rough for Ike Taylor for a good stretch of the first 30 minutes.
He got pretty much violated all over the field, and even though he certainly didn't do himself any favors missing tackles, committing interference and holding, and dropping multiple picks that hit him in the stomach and hands and such, it's hard to blame him when he was being put on an island with the beast they call Megatron.
ZERO CATCHES for #81 in the 2nd half, though.
So, in the end...
Ike Taylor is Optimus Prime, bitch.
3) Mat McLuckyToStillBeEmployed.
Two shanked punts in one half, then he comes out in the 2nd half and booms a 70-yarder?
WHO IS THIS GUY?!?!?
Absolutely zero clue what to expect going forward.
4) Ish Don't Think So.
The Lions were playing pretty loud -and profane - music outside their locker room as a few warmed up. The Steelers had them shut it off
How dare they play their profane music loudly outside of their locker room!
That may be how y'all run things up in the D, but...
At least they had plenty of time to listen to their loud, profane music on their flight back to Detroit, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
5) Andy Dalton...
How do you throw for less than 100 yards, but 3 TDs?
Is that legal? Things That Made You Feel Like You Had Your Hand Emotionally Caught in a Beartrap:
1) The Second Quarter FROM HELL.
Let's not relive it, but woof.
Probably not their finest hour by any stretch, but the measure of a man is how he deals with adversity, whether self-inflicted or otherwise, and the Steelers showed that at least for Sunday, they were prepared to overcome the adversity they were facing.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go drink some Gatorade, because I'm not sure I've replaced all the electrolytes I lost whilst puking violently during the second 15 minutes of Steeler football on Sunday.
2) The Run.
Basically we're talking about Le'Veon Bell's 36 rushing yards on 18 carries, for an average of 2 yards per carry here.
Cute photogenic moment...
But I think we can all agree that two yards a carry on 18 carries is total dogshit production.
Again, I'm gonna guess that running behind a line some members of which could be bagging groceries right now probably isn't conducive to lighting it up on the ground, but imagine what play action could do if anyone was scared of our running game?
3) Getting 3 points after having 1st and Goal at the Lions 1.
This is more a continuation of the previous point than anything else, because...
yeah but you guys'd be madder if they went for it on 4th and didn't make it so take the three points with tons of time left.
At this point, pretty much anyone with a hat should be taking reps along the O-line, because...
And obviously we also lost Shamarknado and sack leader/one of only four Steelers who have more than one sack, LaMarr Woodley, which should help us against a Lions line that as we'll touch on, is harder to penetrate than [insert whatever unsavory end to this statement you want, here...be creative].
Fact is, while we netted a pretty decisive triumph over Buffalo last week, the Lions are a whole different animal, literally and figuratively.
Unlike the 3-7, last place Bills, the Lions are 6-3, and currently sitting atop the NFC North.
They have the 3rd best passing offense in the league, and the Matt Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection has probably never been stronger.
It honestly shouldn't surprise you if our boy Megatron doesn't come out the other side of this game with over 1000 yards on the season through only 10 games.
Defensively, the Lions aren't exactly shocking anyone who hasn't been kicked in the junk by Ndamukong Suh...
But they have more than enough talent to be dangerous.
I guess what I'm trying to say can be summed up by the gif of the 2013 season...
Which pretty much isn't going to change at any point this year, just in case you're wondering.
So, forgive me for not offering any more inspiring words here, but frankly, there is a time for fanaticism, and there's a time for pragmatism.
And when your team has had more injuries than games played, well, you get the idea.
Anyway, like I said...
No time to get cute.
Let's just dive right into the 2013 Lions and I'll see y'all on the flipside.
Catch me if you can...
Dude, I gotta be honest, I think I might have seriously underestimated Matt Staph-lord.
I guess when a guy hasn't ever played in a single big game (unless you consider one wild card game two years ago, "big"), it's easy to overlook whatever successes he may or may not have enjoyed.
That, or this is just the kind of thing that happens when have your head up your ass and couldn't care less about the NFC anyhow.
Either way, who knew this guy held actual NFL records?
Or that he was already gunning for the Lions franchise record in passing yards, only five years into his career.
I'm still not sure whether that says more about him or the Lions' shitty QBs (where have you gone, Joey Harrington and/or Dan Orlovsky), but hey, a franchise record is a franchise record, and the Lions are one of the oldest franchises in the league.
Of course, with Megatron to throw to, it's entirely possible that a one-armed baboon could break the Lions franchise passing record, but I guess I'll have to assume they're paying this guy more than handsomely for some reason.
Which, of course, means that with just 68 yards to go, he's pretty much inevitably going to set a Lions record in our house on Sunday.
Well, I say f*#k that.
Troy, Ryan (**cringes**), Ike, Billy, Cortez...
Fat Stafford is on notice.
Here's a list of names Kim Kardashian might have given her child had Reggie Bush sired it instead of Yeezy:
> Flat Bush > Pricker Bush > Rose Bush > Australian Bush > Burning Bush > Am Bush > Ba Bush-ka > Abirdinthehandisworthtwointhe Bush > Dontbeataroundthe Bush > George W. Bush > Joique Bell
As for his football prowess, this guy is averaging 5 yards a carry and has caught the 2nd most passes for the 2nd most yards, behind only the mythical beast they call Megatron.
Can't stop the shining.
Easiest and most glaringly obvious section of the preview here.
Stop the Megatron, stop the Lions.
And whatever Joseph Fauria is.
Besides a sociopath.
Riley Reiff, Rob Sims, Domonic Raiola, Larry Worford, Jason Fox.
10 sacks allowed in 9 games.
With a backfield that has Reggie Bush and/or Joique Bell in it.
And half of them came in one game, so it's really that plus 5 sacks in 8 games
If I had to guess where Ben might want to go if he was traded, all I'm saying is perhaps Detroit would seem like a welcomed change of pace.
As long as you don't mind the ever-present threat of HIV.
Or wait, that's Baltimore.
Ezekiel Ansah, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Willie Young.
Responsible for 12 out of the Lions 15 total sacks, and holding down the 8th best run defense in the league.
But it's not really either of those things I'd be worried about if I was Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense.
Rumor has it that the Detroit Opera plans on giving Ndamukong Suh a part in its production of the Nutcracker this Christmas without an audition.
DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch, Ashlee Palmer.
And here I thought a Linebacker having the same number of INTs as his entire Secondary unit counterparts was just a Steelers type of thing.
By the way, just so we're clear - yes, DeAndre Levy does lead the entire NFL in INTs.
AKA for whom the Le'Veon Bell tolls.
And Ashlee Palmer...
Thank God Ashlee Simpson's reign of terror lasted about as long as her marriage.
Need I say more?
Jim Schwartz is my spirit animal.
The floor is yours, Timothy.
Tim's Tea Party: Well folks, two things happened this past Sunday that most would call miracles:
1. The Steelers won. 2. I avoided getting divorced.
You may remember that these two are interrelated as my wife is a Bills fan. And she decided to spend the day with her parents. This way I avoided putting my foot in my mouth and getting relegated to sleeping on the couch. Not much to say last week other than the fact that LeBeau is a mastermind…especially when it comes to rookie QBs who have only played like two games due to injury. Coming in this week, The Ferocious Lions?!
I’m just as shocked as you are that I actually typed ferocious preceding the Lions. For years this team has been the doormat every other NFL team could mark as an easy win on the schedule. But a few years of solid drafting and having the best WR in football...
will improve any team. Reasons to be optimistic about this game: The Steelers are 3-0 against the Lions since 2001 and have won 7 of their last 8 against them. The last time they lost happened on Thanksgiving due to shitty referees not paying attention to something as astoundingly complicated as a coin toss...
I know you’re thinking you need to have a PhD in paying attention in order not to screw up the coin toss. What can I tell you? That ref must have majored in drinking...
I’m back to doing stats this week, and since Calvin Johnson is coming to town, I thought I’d look at a defensive passing stat: DVOA of Teams vs. the nos. 1, 2, and 3 WRs as well as the Tight End. The Steelers rank 22nd, 28th, 3rd, and 22nd in the NFL respectively. What does this all mean? In simple terms, it means that the Steelers aren’t very good at covering receiving options, especially on big and/or meaningful plays. If you have Calvin Johnson in Fantasy you start him because I fully expect this to happen...
Also, the Steelers won’t have an oft-injured rookie QB to chase around this week; they are facing Matthew Stafford. Sure he used to be turnover prone (key words: "used to be"), but he’s settled in at the position and even took the Lions to the playoffs...
My word of advice for the Steelers: drop all 11 guys into coverage. That’s not ideal for the run D, but at least it should keep the Lions from throwing for over 4,000 yds and 15 TDs on Sunday. That’s just my thought as I’m not the defensive coordinator.
There’s no beautiful segue into this next section so I’m just going to jump right in.
A few weeks ago I discussed the Steelers being high enough in the draft to get Jadaveon Clowney. Well, they don’t look like they will be high enough to draft him, but I fully expect a top 10 pick. Who’s next on my list?
Offensive tackle Jake Matthews from Texas A&M.
He plays in the SEC, protects this ugly bastard...
and has NFL DNA as his father is a HOFer. He’s also related to Clay Matthews. The Steelers will definitely need to have a top 10 pick (possibly higher) to land this guy. He also has to hold his blocks a long time as his QB is known as a guy who holds onto the ball in order to make big plays…where have I heard this statement before?
Well that’s it for me.
And remember - drinking tea is classy, so pinky up bitches!
Dude, throw out whatever stats you want...if you have Calvin Johnson in fantasy and you don't start him every week he's playing, I don't know what you're doing with your life.
Now, here's this week's miscellaneous items to tie it all together.
1) Finally found the best gif on the internet.
Well, are you cool, man?
2) 8-8 could mean a playoff berth.
The irony of the AMERICAN Football Conference being so mediocre should not be lost on anyone.
3) Robocop may have run Detroit...
But in Pittsburgh, we've got our own long, robotic arm of The Law.
4) Dramatic reenactment of me writing this preview a day before the game.
Hopefully it didn't suck too much.
5) It's so cold in the P (er, B?).
Hurricane Troy's coming for you, Matthew.
Troy said "we'll find out" when asked if his defense has an Optimus Prime
Last week the Steelers managed to cockslap a team with a rookie QB who had just come back after missing multiple weeks with a knee ligament injury, and a wide receiving corps consisting of hot garbage and pocket lint.
The Lions may not be an unstoppable force, but they're 6-3, with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball.
And even outside of that, every play this season is like a mini Super Bowl for the Steelers as it is.
But don't sleep on us just because we're 3-6 and thinner than Ryan Clark's skin at pretty much every position on the field.
Here's to hoping we string together multiple wins for the 2nd time this year.
Predictions, reactions, and smack in the comments (again, not holding my breath).
See you guys Sunday at approximately 1300 hours.
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You've got another epic field of panelists coming at you this week, with a generous helping of new blood to go along with some of the most notorious ringers in MPIE lore.
Everyone knocked it out of the park as usual, so allow me to introduce you to your talented, not to mention handsome, lineup:
1) Josh 2) Matt 3) Sean 4) Paul 5) Kevin 6) Andrew 7) Shawn 8) Jim 9) Keith 10) Me
Here's the part where I tell you that I always love having newcomers on the panel, so if you ever want to step up and let your voice be heard, hit me via email and/or Twitter and we'll do the damn thing.
Now, on with the show.
As always, click to enlarge...
Thanks as ever to this week's field of champions.
You guys did me proud, as if there was any doubt.
Still working on a Lions preview as we speak.
Hectic week personally and professionally.
Check back later on or tomorrow morning and I should have some words on these cats that you can kill a few thousand brain cells reading.
Until then, a friend with beers, is a friend to cheers.
Fingers crossed we shock the world in our house again tomorrow.
Here we go.
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Whether or not we can expect to see these kind of results against teams that don't feature the Bills offense isn't clear at this point, but you have to appreciate the rebound performance logged today by so many guys on the defensive side of the ball.
Many of the stories stayed the same.
The offense wasn't exactly burning down the house.
We saw approximately 16 more injuries to a team that's already all around about as thin as Miley Cyrus' personality.
And they committed some stupid penalties.
Among other things.
But three key things were different today.
1) They were at home.
Never underestimate the advantage conferred by being among friends with horse masks.
2) The defense showed up for pretty close to 60 minutes.
Even Ryan Clark.
3) I made a change in fresh headgear.
Pro tip - when shit gets real, equip your helmet.
Big time game ball goes to Antonio Brown.
Championship stat line today -- 6 catches, 104 yards receiving | 37 yard punt return average, having taken two punts back for a total of 74 yards.
Enjoy it, guys.
We can't play EJ Manuel every week, but the phrase "a win is a win" takes on new meaning when that win is the difference between 2-7 and 3-6.
Keep your chin straps fastened and your cleats laced up.
Megatron coming to town next Sunday.
Here we go!
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But I guess if that was Hiroshima, that would make what happened against New England, "Nagasaki."
If you don't get that reference...
Either way, at the risk of dwelling on something none of us (including probably the Steelers) can actually change, it's hard to imagine things getting any worse for this team.
But, the million five dollar question is - will they get better?
I'm not sure we'll ever see another opponent hang as many points or yards on the Steelers as the Patriots did, but the fact that I'm couching my statement with "I'm not sure" pretty much says it all.
Put another way - for the first time in my life, I'm now actively choosing players to start in fantasy based on the fact that they'll be up against the Steelers defense.
Granted, the Patriots are theoretically a talented team.
But any team in the NFL is beatable, and despite their record, the Pats had previously showed some serious signs of weakness, not the least of which was Tom Brady's play.
So anyway, whatever, it's over, it's done, let's move on.
Now, here we are, 2-6, with the 3-6 Jills coming in on Sunday.
And I'm legitimately not sure what you really want me to say about this?
Frankly, you should be impressed that I'm still willing to put forth the amount of effort I do in order to write these things.
At least they played the Patriots on the road last week, so there was some intrigue.
This week, they're more than likely going to lose to rookie EJ Manuel, and a passing offense that's ranked 28th in the league (in ypg), even though the pass should probably be the least of our concerns given our slack-ass run defense.
I suppose we should take some solace in the fact that the last rookie we faced was Geno Smith, who's put up somewhat similar numbers to Manuel this year proportionately.
But there's no algorithm or anything that says Steelers defense + rookie QB = turnover city.
"Look for low and away, but watch out for in your ear."
Anyway, I'm meandering already and we haven't even hit the "positional breakdown" yet, so I'm just gonna cut right to it (quotes used for obvious reasons).
Feel free to follow me on a wild ride through the skirts who make up the Buffalo Bills football team.
Next up on the Steelers' world tour of rookie and/or inexperienced QBs who are bound to beat them will be EJ Manuel on Sunday.
To be honest, I'm not really a big college football fan, so I have basically zero clue about this guy.
I can tell you that before he got injured, he was 2-3, completing ~57% of his passes with five TDs, three picks and three fumbles. And while only one of his three losses was by more than one score (a 14 point loss to Cl-heave-land), the games he won were a last-minute 1 point edge over Carolina, and a three point win over Assaultimore.
So, pretty much no idea what to expect based on that either.
Of course, all the stats in the world mean exactly dogshit to the Steelers defense anyway, who have graciously ignored them, and made QBs including Matt Cassel look like they're Dan Marino.
So, if you want to know what to expect - frankly, even a formerly sprained LCL shouldn't prevent this guy from dropping 300+ yards and 7 TDs on Ryan Clark and friends.
You can probably write that down, because it's science.
Remember that time I told you that I'm actively starting guys in fantasy against the Steelers?
CJ Spiller grab a hat, because you're going in, kid.
And if he was available, I'd pick up and start Fred Jackson too.
Here's where I'd make another joke about the Steelers run defense, but "run defense" is the joke.
Hold me, I'm scared.
He-who-hath-sent-the-famous-tweet-via-iPad, a half eaten ice cream sandwich, a pack of Magic: The Gathering cards from 1995, fond memories of Steve Tasker, and a pair of Tom's make up the Jills receiving corps.
How has this platoon fared with three different barely notable QBs this season?
Stevie Johnson has caught just over half of the passes thrown his way for a little more than 400 yards and three TDs, but 2nd in yards receiving is TE Scott Chandler, and as someone who owns Scott Chandler in fantasy, take my word for it when I tell you that he sucks.
But the Steelers couldn't even stop an entire receiving corps made up of Limas Sweed clones at this point, so look for Marquise Goodwin to have approximately 1200 yards receiving and 5 TDs.
What he said.
Left to right = Cordy Glenn, Doug Legursky, Eric Wood, Kraig Urbik, Erik Pears.
28 sacks allowed in nine games this season.
After Colin Brown surrendered 3 sacks and 7 QB hits in his 6 games, Doug Legursky has allowed just 1 QB hit since. #Bills
Alan Branch, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Super Mario.
Hey, did you guys know that Mario Williams has 11 sacks in nine games?
Pro tip for Todd Haley - RUN RIGHT!
Pro tip for Ben...
Nigel Bradham, Kiko Alonso, and Manny Lawson.
Pretty much the exact opposite of what you'd expect a guy named Nigel to look like.
No word on whether or not he's a tea guy, but we do have confirmation that he likes herbs, so...
Troy Polamalu eat your heart out.
I thought Larry Timmons' 17 slash 20 tackles against Baltimore were impressive, but apparently this guy had 22 against the Bangles a week prior to that, and he's currently right behind the league leaders in overall tackles with 89.
Oh, and he has two sacks, four picks, and a forced fumble to go with all those tackles.
Did I mention this kid is a rookie?
Which begs two questions.
1) How long until they start blood testing these guys again, and 2) Will the test cover Meth as well?
Jesus, don't even bother trying to run the ball.
With a guy who throws up 22 tackles in one game on the field, I'm not sure why you even need a third linebacker, but I guess the Bills figured, why not put a guy on the field who's 6'5", 240 pounds, and runs a sub 4.5 40?
No, seriously Todd Haley, don't even bother trying to run the ball.
I cannot stress this enough.
Leodis McCheckOutMyRunningMan over here and Stephon Gilmore at the Corners, Aaron Williams and Jairus Byrd/Jim Leonhard at the Safeties.
24 passes defended and six picks among them, Leodis McCelcius (probably too inside baseball, but when you get it) and Aaron Williams combined contributing 17 of the 24, and Williams himself contributing half of those six picks (Leonhard has the other three).
In case you haven't figured it out by now, there's really no glaring weakness on the Bills defense, and it certainly isn't their Secondary.
So, again, another piece of advice I cannot stress enough...
We're all looking at you, Benjamin.
Doug Marrone...more like Doug Jabroni, amirite?
Tag, Tim's it!
Tim's Tea Party: Well, the golden boy of the NFL decided he was going to implement a scorched earth policy last week. And the Steelers just happened to be the victims as Tom Brady decided to do THIS to the Steelers...
All Tom was missing on Sunday was a rainbow wig and a John 3:16 sign. His QB rating? 151.8, just south of the perfect rating 158.3. Rob Gronkowski decided he was gonna get in on the action as well. He caught nine passes for 143 yards and 1 TD.
And I’m going to stop at that.
It’s pretty easy to see who deserves a lot of the blame for what went on last week, and I can assure you that the punter had nothing to do with those lousy numbers.
Up next: the Buffalo Bills.
Now this could be the week my wife divorces me, or at the very least, I could end up here...
Why, you ask? Because she’s a Bills fan. The poor lady has been suffering since the mid 1990s and I can’t blame her. I mean, have you seen the QBs the Bills have had since Jim Kelly decided to call it a career? Let’s take a look, shall we?
On second thought, nevermind. That list is depressing, as it contains 12 QBs who are either stocking shelves at Wal-Mart, or playing in the CFL.
Anyway, I can get pretty animated when watching the Steelers play, and this year it has been pretty bad for me. One slip up by saying the Bills suck could spell the end for me, so please, any thoughts, prayers, or contributions to my attorney so she doesn’t get everything in the settlement would be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, I’m not doing a stat this week. What I am going to do is pose some food for thought. Look, the Steelers just aren’t very good this year…and it doesn’t look like it is getting better. So I’m thinking it is a very likely possibility that the Steelers are going to pick in the top 5. And isn’t it hilarious that being in the top 5 in something isn’t always a good thing.
Looking at how the team is currently constructed - it is old, and not overly talented in a large area of positions. So the question becomes if the Steelers do land a top 5 pick, do they draft a player with the pick, or trade out so another team looking for a QB can move up? In all likelihood, a top 5 pick could land the Steelers another three to four picks, with at least two of those picks being first rounders. That could certainly replenish a team bereft of talented young players ready to fill the void.
Of course, there’s always...
the Steelers could blow those picks like they have the past few years, but I remain hopeful. I mean, that’s what we have to do at this point, right?
Well, I’m closing the books on this week’s Tea Party. Pinky up bitches!
Good thing for Tim I'm a lawyer, because I'm guessing the title of this post won't win him any favors with the Missus...