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 know some of you guys are photo nerds, so here’s a little something from a Scott Kelby’s blog. He worked the Jets-Steelers game Sunday. [ScottKelby.com]
– With the short week, Mike Tomlin had his press conference a day early. Heath’s expected to play, while Troy’s status has yet to be determined. As Three Rivers Blog tweeted yesterday, I say no on Troy. If the Steelers can’t beat the Panthers without him (or, hell, with just 10 players), they should just cancel the season. [Tribune-Review]
– Here’s Tomlin on whether Jonathan Scott will keep his job: “Much too early in the week. We’re still in the process of evaluating yesterday’s performance and putting together a formula for success this week. A lot of things are involved in that. Personnel matchups are part of that. We’ll address that at the appropriate time. I’m just not ready to have that kind of discussion at this juncture.”
I suppose this could mean Trai Essex Time, which some folks have been calling for. (Not sure what this will solve, and as JJ pointed out last week, typically, right guards who can’t keep their jobs don’t move to left tackle.) [Steel City Insider]
– For all the whinging we do, it could be a lot worse. SB Nation’s Panthers blogger James Dator actually wrote yesterday that, “…nothing is better than kicking off the week with a W and sadly I’ve only had that joy twice this year.” Think about that for a sec. He also adds that he’s “5% optimistic heading into the Thursday night game vs. Pittsburgh.” [Cat Scratch Reader]
– Random YouTubage: I mentioned this on the last podcast but I found the video yesterday. Here’s Joe Flacco, after what he thought was a late hit from a Saints’ defensive lineman, going BERSERK on the official (Walt Coleman, I think). Seriously, Joe, you kiss your mom with that mouth?
Best part: Joe telling Walt to to go the other end of the field and protect “their” quarterback. High comedy. (Oh, and if you read lips and are easily offended, probably NSFW.)