Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– Former head coach Bill Cowher thinks Ben Roethlisberger is finally starting to show some maturity (hey, it only took six years!). Among the things Cowher said in an interview with the Associated Press: Cowher described how Roethlisberger used to respond to advice about his off-field behavior. “‘But we’re winning games. We’re winning championships,’” Cowher recounted. “‘What do you mean? Isn’t that what we’re here to do?’ ” “Yeah,” Cowher said, “but there’s more to it than that.” “It’s the whole body of work. It’s you as a person, what kind of legacy you want to leave,” he added. “I really think he understands that now.” [Post-Gazette/Associated Press]

Here’s a nice breakdown of the Byron Leftwich-to-Mike Wallace touchdown from Saturday night. The angle used is a perfect example as to why I love my end zone seats, and why I think games should be broadcast from behind the quarterback … you see everything. [Steelers Depot]

Trai Essex is a huge Flozell Adams fan. [Post-Gazette]

And for your random YouTube of the day: Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers doing what they do…

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  • IsraelP

    Linebackers: Missing Farrior taking down Brian Westbrook in ’04 and James Harrison vs the fan.

  • SteelerBill

    I find it fascinating (perhaps the wrong word – maybe just interesting) that Ben has become the ‘poster boy’ for maturity and off-field behavior among pro athletes. The one discussion I never see nor hear is that he is not the first nor last 20 something with millions of dollars that took advantage of said status (and by that I do not mean that he committed a crime nor forced someone to do anything that they did not want to)….

    I’m in Vegas this week (feel sorry for me) and amazed that the young ladies sporting the short skirts and high heels are not swarming around the guy’s at the back of the line that can’t get in to clubs….(sarcasm I realize)…

    If this helps Ben (and I believe it has and will continue to) then great – I get it and applaud the fact that the Rooney’s supported his suspension. But let’s not act (not you guy’s) like he is the only guy that has ever showed a ‘lack of maturity’……

  • Cols714

    Anyone going to the game this weekend? I might be going. I’ve never been to a preseason game before, it sounds kind of lame. At least it’s the 3rd game though. Usually the starters play the longest in this game.

    As usual, my biggest hope is that no one gets hurt.

  • Gretz

    Yes, preseason games are pretty lame, but you’re also correct that the third one is the best one to go to. Also, if you see anything interesting or snap any good photos, don’t hesitate to send them in. We’d run them.

  • Randy Steele

    Question of the Day: Are you guys in favor of expanding to an 18-game regular season by reducing the pre-season by two games?

  • ryan

    Absolutely not. I understand that the owners are crying poor and need the money, but I have no interest in watching Weeks 18 and 19 of the regular season with the Tyler Grisham’s of the world starting games because everybody else is hurt. That’s what the UFL is for.

  • IsraelP

    I hate it.

  • Cols714

    I’m against expanding the regular season because enough players have come out against it that it sounds like a really bad idea.
    I’m all for reducing the pre-season though. Two games seems like plenty.

  • countertorque

    As a fan, I would love to have 2 more meaningful football games per year. I understand that it’s not as simple as just adding 2 games. Other things have to change as well. Roster limits would have to be increased, for certain. Teams would end up spending less money on the superstars so that they could have more depth. But, one of the big downsides of the NFL from a competitive gaming standpoint is that there are not nearly enough games for the final standings to be significant. The difference between 1st and 3rd in the division can often be attributed to a few lucky breaks within a few close games. Having more games, in addition to providing more entertainment for me (my primary concern), would also increase the odds that the best team wins the Lombardi.

    All that being said, I did find the Football Outsiders study compelling where they showed that injuries would increase in an 18 game season. I definitely don’t feel that that we should be shortening athlete’s lives (any more than we already are). I am hopeful that the league would find some way to address these concerns prior to implementing a longer schedule.

  • FW

    Well, if they adopt the 18-game sched, smart coaches will rotate players much more often. Looks like a good depth chart will become increasingly important.

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