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.

– Mike Wallace was targeted on just 100 passes this season (39th in the NFL) and still managed to finish with the fifth most receiving yards in the NFL. Impressive. This is from last week, but here’s an article I wrote about him over at FanHouse talking about how he has become the best big-play wide receiver in the NFL. [Me At FanHouse]

– Once again on top of the AFC North. [One For The Other Thumb]

– 10 thoughts on Steelers vs. Browns. [Mondesi's House]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: This play sums up everything about the 2010 Browns. Antwaan Randle El falls down, gets back up, Ben Roethlisberger points to Hines Ward standing in the back of the end zone, Randle El throws it to him. It’s almost as if the Steelers were making it up as they went along. For his career, Randle El now has a regular season passing line of 22 for 27, 323 yards, 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. That’s a passer rating of 156.1. I know a lot of people questioned his spot on the team and what purpose he serves, but I remain a huge Randle El fan, even though his game has slipped from his first stint with the Steelers. He’s had such a unique career and has been such a versatile weapon in so many different areas. The ultimate slash.

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  • Anonymous

    Nice Wallace medley on FanHouse.

  • Anonymous

    Mondesi says “Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace connected eight times on touchdown passes of 40 or more yards, a Steeler record.”

    No, the eight includes last year. This year he had four, plus two more from Charlie Batch.

  • Anonymous

    Last summer, Hines said that he could see himself retiring after a third ring this year. Truth be told, the Steelers could probably handle that, with the remarkable success of the young’ns. But there are two reasons I’d like to see him go for one more year, aside from loving him on the field.

    First, he has 954 receptions. Forty-six more and he gets a thousand. That probably seals the deal for the Hall of Fame.

    Second, Emmanuel Sanders seems to love this business of hitting and does it well. One more year of Hines’ personal tutelage and 86 leaves with a real flesh and blood legacy on the field.

    • Randy Steele

      I agree, Israel. I want Hines to hang around as long as possible to remind everyone there that if you want to be a real Steeler, you have to be half-linebacker no matter what position you play.

      • Anonymous

        Hines Ward still has talent and strength, but not so much speed or shiftiness. Ideally, Emmanuel Sanders matures enough to be a #2 guy next season, and Hines Ward becomes the best slot receiver in the NFL.

  • Anonymous

    Lots of radio talk about how the easiest team to meet next week is Kansas City, because they are not experienced and their strong point is rushing, which the Steelers excel at stopping. On the other hand, consider that KC only comes to Heinz Field if they have beaten Baltimore first. So much for experience and so much for KC vs run stoppers.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    • GlennW

      If it ends up as Indy @ Pittsburgh and Baltimore @ New England (as I expect), I can live with that shakeout. Let the top four teams in the conference (imo) go at it in the divisional round. Worst-case is the Jets upsetting the Colts and the Steelers having to wage war again with the Ravens while the Patriots toy with the Jets.

  • Anonymous

    The punch line of the following – from NRO’s Morning Jolt – is great, but if you consider it inappropriatem then by all means, delete it.

    The Senate’s top Democrats, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), wrote incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday warning the new GOP House against advancing legislation that would undo the sweeping healthcare overhaul. . . . ‘If House Republicans move forward with a repeal of the healthcare law that threatens consumer benefits like the ‘donut hole’ fix, we will block it in the Senate….

    Either way, Boehner apparently roots for the Cincinnati Bengals, so there’s not much point in telling him the odds.

  • SteelerBill

    What I did not understand about the Randle El pass is ‘where were the Browns?’. Once the pitch was made I saw Ben pointing to Hines….Now I saw it on TV…so how could the Browns be so late to get to Hines?

    • Bob Costas

      The Browns were in man coverage and in the replay you can see the guy covering Hines completely bites on the “reverse”. The closest Brown when Ward made the catch wasn’t even the guy who was responsible for Ward. Ward’s guy was almost to the left tackle when Randle El turns back to throw.