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.

– On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you for the return of Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers quarterback?

– Speaking of which … you might have heard a thing or two about this yesterday, but he is, in fact, back. [Post-Gazette]

– Some more post-game thoughts, this time from Dale Lolley, including this nugget: “Rashard Mendenhall should make the Pro Bowl this season. He’s running hard. He’s running decisively. He’s been the Steelers’ entire offense – for the most part – through the first four games when everyone knew he was coming. Mendenhall will no doubt need the next two weeks off to rest his body up for the remainder of this season.”

How do you feel about that, Steelers fans? [NFL From The Sidelines]

– If you like Podcasts, you should check out Craig Wolfley’s. [Craig Wolfley's Site]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: Remember that one time Kordell Stewart punted? Yeah, that was awesome.

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  • IsraelP

    If I recall correctly Kordell was once special teams player of the week when he replaced the injured punter, while a backup quarterback for the Ravens in about 2004.

  • JCRODRIGUEZ

    100% correct on Rashard’s evaluation, let’s see how do we shift back to the AeroArians offense and how we use the running game going forward. By the way, I am totally sold on the nature of today’s game, we should go pass-pass-pass with Ben at the helm, but I am sure now that we have a game breaker on Mendenhall. Against the anticipated pass-rush happy Browns, a few draws and screens will be vital.

  • JCRODRIGUEZ

    100% correct on Rashard’s evaluation, let’s see how do we shift back to the AeroArians offense and how we use the running game going forward. By the way, I am totally sold on the nature of today’s game, we should go pass-pass-pass with Ben at the helm, but I am sure now that we have a game breaker on Mendenhall. Against the anticipated pass-rush happy Browns, a few draws and screens will be vital.

  • IsraelP

    Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin were saying that there was no way that Harrison & Woodley were going to get to Flacco against the three-step drop. They kept expecting LeBeau to switch to Timmons and Farrior as the principle rushers so they could take the shorter inside routes, sending the OLBs into coverage. But it never happened.

  • IsraelP

    Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin were saying that there was no way that Harrison & Woodley were going to get to Flacco against the three-step drop. They kept expecting LeBeau to switch to Timmons and Farrior as the principle rushers so they could take the shorter inside routes, sending the OLBs into coverage. But it never happened.

  • Darobr1

    I really like Mendy, he has a quick burst, plus enough size & shake to punish/make people miss. He’s also demonstrated soft hands when given a chance.
    What I wonder is why, especially playing w/ Charlie & DD these 4 games, there wasn’t a concerted effort to get him involved in the passing game? We knew the downfield passing would suffer w/out BB, but why not let Mendy get a head of steam & hit him w/ some flair & wheel routes? Just to reduce our predictability on offense and give the backup QB’s some easy successes with their arm. Plus, we have some of the best blocking receivers around at WR & TE (except Spaeth) so a chance at decent gains seem realistic.
    Not an expert, by any stretch – just wondering – anyone have reasons why not?