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.

– I have no question of the day on my mind, so it’s up to you guys to take the discussion in your own direction. Or maybe you have some thoughts on these links…

– This discussion came up at the Gretz household during Sunday’s game, but we all came to the conclusion that when you look at Jeff Fisher, your first thought is, “Man, that guy looks like he might be a huge jerk.” But, then, we all agreed that when he starts to talk he sounds like a reasonable, decent person. (I think this was the subject of Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink, how people make snap judgments in the first two seconds of seeing somebody and, most of the time, they’re wrong. I have it sitting on my bookshelf, I just haven’t read it yet, so I may be wrong on that. Anyway…) Fisher thinks the refs missed two calls during Sunday’s game: He thinks James Harrison should have been flagged for his pile-drive sack of Vince Young, and that Troy Polamalu was actually offsides when he timed the snap and jumped over the line of scrimmage.

Regarding Harrison, honestly, I’m surprised he wasn’t flagged. Rolando McClain, the rookie linebacker out in Oakland, pulled a similar move on a receiver during Sunday’s game and was flagged, and let’s not forget that LaMarr Woodley once received a $10,000 fine for sacking Jason Campbell in an intimidating manner. The fine reports don’t come out until Friday, so I suppose that’s something to maybe keep an eye on. [The Tennessean]

– More great video analysis from the folks at Post Game Heroes. This edition focuses on the job done by Aaron Smith against the Titans. [Post Game Heroes]

– One of my favorite off-beat features on any website out there right now is the one Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies currently runs, “Great Moments In Unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports Merchandise.” As an owner of several pieces of unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports Merchandise (If You Ain’t a Steelers Fan You Ain’t Shit; Cleveland Still Sucks, etc. etc. etc.), I find it hilarious. Here’s their most recent one… [Pittsburgh Sports And Mini Ponies]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: It was mentioned on one of our recent Podcasts, but I absolutely love Kordell Stewart. He is, if nothing else, one of the most interesting players in Steelers history. So here’s his first career touchdown catch.

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  • HoosierSteelers?

    The premise of Blink is that we are usually correct in those snap judgments, not usually wrong.

    • Gretz

      Ah, thanks for the correction.

      • Matt

        First impressions be damned. No matter how he does his looks, we know that deep down, Fisher is a whiner. Does he never complain about bad officiating and cry about hard hits after every game? Even when he was beating us like 8 games in a row in Tennessee, he was whining about things.

        Screw Jeff Fisher. Give me Cowher anytime. At least when he has something to say about the officials, he prints it out and stuffs it into their shirt. Now that’s leadership!

        • DC in ATL

          Fisher is very overrated. He’s been coaching the Titans for fifteen seasons and has only made the playoffs six times. His playoff record is pretty mediocre as well at 5-6.

          He had one admittedly good run deep in the playoffs in 1999, but he flamed out twice as the number one seed with a “one and done”. His only playoff wins other than 1999 were two three-point nail biters against us in 2002 (overtime at home…ugh) and at the 10-6 Ravens in 2003.

          He made his reputation thanks to Steve McNair and a stout defense in 1999-2000, but what has he done before then or since to suggest he’s a top echelon NFL coach?

          • Matt

            That’s a good point. How is he different than Wade Phillips? We knock on Wade all the time, as does the media. Mostly because he winces all game long and does not seem to be a good game-day coach, or carry real leadership in his body language etc.

          • Matt

            That’s a good point. How is he different than Wade Phillips? We knock on Wade all the time, as does the media. Mostly because he winces all game long and does not seem to be a good game-day coach, or carry real leadership in his body language etc.

  • ryan

    Fisher’s probably right about Deebo’s unnecessary roughness penalty but he’s wrong on Troy being offsides.

    • countertorque

      Plus, didn’t Peter King complain that the Titans should have been penalized more harshly for mugging Hines Ward early in the game?

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    My Blink thought was that Phillips’ Cowboys teams have had more talent than Fisher’s Titans teams. If that’s true, Fisher has done a better job with maximizing results relative to talent.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    I wouldn’t over-rely on early season stats. That said, FO’s defensive VOAs for us and our first six opponents are:
    1. PIT: -41.2%
    2. TEN: -39.2%
    3. BAL: -33.0%
    4. TB: -30.3%
    5. MIA: -27.1%
    7. ATL: -21.1%
    9. CLE: -19.2%

    As Tomlin once said, iron sharpens iron. 

  • John S.