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.

– One NFL game is officially in the books with New Orleans defeating Minnesota 14-9 in what can only be described as a sloppy performance. Surprised it was such a low-scoring game? Anybody else wondering how long Brett Favre will put up with an offense that looked like that? Did you hear Cris Colinsworth and Al Michaels compare Greg Camarillo to Wes Welker? You know I did.

– Did we overlook Dennis Dixon’s improved accuracy this preseason? Maybe. But this part of Ed Bouchette’s article from Thursday stands out to me: “The Steelers tightened the reins on Dixon in his only start in November in Baltimore because they had no healthy backup after Tyler Palko, who only joined them that week. Still, Dixon ran for a 24-yard touchdown, threw a 33-yard scoring pass and had the Steelers in front, 17-14, in the fourth quarter of a game they eventually lost in overtime after a Dixon interception. Tomlin has said he will give Dixon the green light to do what comes naturally Sunday and that his quarterback knows the offense much better than he did in November.” [Post-Gazette]

Another recap of the Jerome Bettis get-together in New York. [One For The Other Thumb]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: One of the finest Pittsburgh Steelers videos on YouTube. It’s about 10 minutes, but it’s worth it.

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  • Randy Steele

    Speaking of Bouchette, I lifted this poignant tidbit from his recent blog:

    “No one should feel sorry for Frank Summers, but fame and take home pay can be fleeting in the NFL. Summers earned $425,000 as a rookie, including his $115,000 signing bonus as a fifth-round pick. This year he will earn $88,400 and that’s only if he remains on the Steelers practice squad all season. That’s still some nice coin for us regular folk, but it’s an adjustment, especially for a single father with a 1-year-old at home and not knowing if he will be released from the practice squad tomorrow, the way Doug Worthington was after two days.”

  • SteelerBill

    Tell you what…..after watching Favre struggle to get on the same page with his receivers last night – I really appreciate how Tomlin handled Ben in Camp even more….

    Rumor has it you guy’s met Jerome Bettis? Is that true?

    • RoB D

      I like how they finally came around to the fact that Favre missing camp just MIGHT have something to do with the lack of cohesion between him and his mean other than the injuries)

      The Vikes looked pretty putrid on offense and the D didn’t look all that great either. But they were going againts the best offensive mind in the game, IMO. He’ll do that to a lot of teams this year. Sean Peyton and Drew Brees are one heck of a combo.

  • SteelerBill

    One other item to note – doesn’t Dixon hold the record for completion % at Oregon? I believe it was 69% if I’m correct……

  • Cols714

    I still can’t shake the feeling that the Steelers are going to fall apart on Sunday. I don’t think I’ve been this pessimistic about a season since the Tommy Maddox 2004 season. Of course that season ended with them 15-1, but I just don’t have a good feeling.

    Having Ben out is the main culprit I think.

  • ryan


    AND: Tommy Gun beat Oakland in Week 1 of ’04 (that was the game Bettis had three TDs on one yard rushing or some such madness).

    I’m actually looking forward to Sunday. It’s sorta the same feeling I had during Dixon’s last start. It’s not ideal, but it should be fun to watch.

    • Gretz

      Bettis’ line from that day: 5 carries, 1 yard, 3 touchdowns.

    • RoB D

      I still would have gone with Batch just for Game 1 of our 4 game ordeal mainly because of the pressure and possible nerves a young guy like Dennis might have. Now, if he gets pulled after a few turnovers, he might lose whatever edge of confidence he has. But really, I have to trust the coaches on this one and if they feel DD is the best option, I’m cool with it. There’s really no good, non controversial choice in this matter. Maybe the better athlete is the best choice when it comes down to it. He adds the running dimension that just might keep the D on their heels a bit more.

      Man, if Byron comes back for Week 3? I think some people’s head will explode…lol

  • Anonymous

    I feel like Batch had a better chance of 2-2 and Dixon a better chance of 3-1 or 1-3. Should be entertaining.