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.

– Do you remember the Sunday night game in Baltimore when John Harbaugh went on the NBC pregame show and acted all high and mighty about how his players know the rules, understand the rules and play by the rules? Of course you do, because it probably annoyed you. Well, in that game Ben Roethlisberger suffered a broken nose when he was hit in the head (should have been a penalty). John Harbaugh, of course, is happy that happened. No talking out of both sides of your mouth going on here, eh John? [Ravens Insider]

– Meanwhile, Terrell Suggs has a reasonable approach to Saturday’s game: It’s going to be Armageddon. [ESPN]

– Craig Wolfley on getting a players attention. [Craig Wolfley's Blog]

– Because we missed it: here’s Mike Tomlin’s press conference transcript. [Steel City Insider]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: I remember this video circulating around the Internet and e-mails during the Super Bowl run in 2005…

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  • Anonymous

    Here we go Steelers, here we go.

  • Anonymous

    Art Rooney reference in the P-G Cookie Gilchrist obit.

  • countertorque

    Thanks for the note about John Harbaugh. I haven’t been able to work up as much dislike for the Ravens since Billick left. This really helps.

    • GlennW

      Harbaugh makes Billick seem like a great guy by comparison. I never had a big problem with Billick to be honest– while he liked to pretend that he was part of some elite coaching intelligentsia, his measured tones balanced out all the loudmouths on his team. Harbaugh is just a jackass.

  • ryan

    You know, Billick as a studio or booth analyst doesn’t bother me. In fact, he’s quite reasonable. I always thought he was arrogant when he was with the Ravens, but much less so now. Harbaugh, on the other hand, strikes me as a douche and a moron. He makes crappy in-game decisions frequently, and his sideline demeanor usually includes a frowny face. His brother, in the limited time I’ve seen Stanford, does the same. Not sure why anybody thinks he’s SF’s savior. Whatever. Not my problem.

    • RoB D

      Billick..I found him an irritant more than a douche when he was coaching. I actually got a kick out of his attempt to come off as a Renaissance man of the NFL coaching alumni..He knew about fine wine, read challenging books and then coached a hard hitting “bad boy” team on Sundays.

      As an analyst, I think he’s pretty good. Much less haughty and full of himself overall and doesn’t play favorites in my experience.

      Harbaugh, John… I really learned to hate this guy after he and his team beat the Steelers in the first game this year without Ben. The sideline shots revealed a man whose face in victory made you want to hurl. Totally over the top and it was like they won the SB. Which is good because that’s the only SB, fake or otherwise, they are winning this year.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think I will fault a guy for a “frowny face.”

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    KC Joyner makes the case that Ben has been as good as or better than Brady per game this year. Since it is behind the pay wall, I’ll summarize the article as saying that they’ve had similar stats but Ben’s has been in a high risk / high reward offense and Brady’s has been in a dink-and-dunk offense (Joyner’s words). I’m not sure I’d go that far, and I’d discount Ben’s season as being 4 fewer games.

    Something Joyner doesn’t address is the quality of their OLs. If Brady played behind our OL, I don’t think he’d put up numbers close to Ben’s. And he’d be on IR.

    • Anonymous

      If Brady had our O-line he’s be completely unstoppable. Can you imagine a dink and dunk offense where every third play yielded a roughing the passer call?