Friday, November 01, 2013

Steelers Week 8 Reactions, part 5

More thoughts on the current state of the Steelers

1.  Ed Bouchette
I agree 100% with these very good points from Ed Bouchette, from here:
"Some Steelers fans are spoiled. You have had a run in this century like no other team this side of the New England Patriots. The Steelers have not had a losing season since 2003 and won two Super Bowls and been to a third since then. They were 12-4 in 2011 and lost in Denver in the playoffs. Yes, they have not played well since they were 6-3 last season. But guess what? Every NFL teams goes through this, it is the way the system is set up with the draft, the salary cap, etc. So some Steelers fans react, fire everyone! Sorry, that’s not how it’s going to work no matter how much blood some of you want. It’s possible some assistants will go but anyone looking for them to fire Tomlin and/or Colbert has no idea about the Steelers history or how they operate."
He adds: "90 percent of the professional sports teams in America would like to be in such free fall as the Steelers organization."

2. AFC North as Solid Citizens
According to this story about the taunting  penalty in football, the members of the NFL competition committee are:
"Rams coach Jeff Fisher .... Atlanta Falcons executive Rich McKay, Dallas Cowboys executive Stephen Jones, Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, New York Giants co-owner John Mara, Green Bay Packers executive Mark Murphy, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith and Pittsburgh Steelerscoach Mike Tomlin."
Basically, that means that 3 out of the 4 AFC North teams are represented.  I like that a lot.  I also like that the Browns aren't. 

3. Humor
This is a very good list from RedCarpetDefense on Steelers Depot about Brett Kiesel's Beard:

  1. "There is no penalty for a 12th player on the field that was just #99's beard"
  2. should get its own number and jersey
  3. will be hung in the ring of honor next to his jersey
  4. gets its own playbook in training camp
  5. gets its own player introduction at Heinz Field
  6. gets an assist tackle stat whenever Keisel makes one
  7. wants to get a pick six before it hangs up the cleats
  8. will get a job as a tv analyst once its playing days are over
  9. will write a book
  10. has its own agent
  11. makes locker room speeches better than Ray Lewis ever could
  12. fears no one and no thing, only itself
  13. is the ultimate team player paying the ultimate price annually for a good cause
  14. prefers red gatorade to orange
  15. is vegan no matter how much meat Brett eats
  16. was drafted same year as Brett
  17. was the real architect behind Lebeau's zone blitz scheme
  18. drops into coverage
  19. sets the edge on running plays
  20. cried when the Steelers let James Harrison walk
  21. cheered when the Steelers let Mike Wallace walk
  22. wants Ben to get rid of the ball more quickly
  23. is on the "hands team" on kick coverage
  24. only player to ever block a punt, pat, field goal in history of the NFL
  25. Is the emergency QB, long snapper and holder
I hope that's all for now.

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