Chattin’ Thread for the Week of Aug. 15

(Note: Just in case it wasn’t obvious, feel free to use this as the Eagles-Steelers game thread, too.)

One preseason game is in the books and I’m not sure how the Steelers could’ve looked worse. I’m not even talking about the offensive line because I’ve been desensitized to that group for years now. Just everything else except Antonio Brown, Ryan Mundy, Cam Heyward and Cromartie-Smith.

In other Steelers-related news, Dale Lolley hears that Deebo isn’t yet at full strength and that could be a problem for the early part of the season, and we also finally have a reason for why the coaches keep Tony Hills around: they’re moving him to guard, at least for now. Still no word on Sweed’s existence on the roster, however.

Commence with the yappin’.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

    Anybody out there have any experience with a slingbox?  I’m considering getting one but the reviews online suggest that they might be pretty poorly made.  I think I recall Cols talking about them a couple years ago.

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      I have one and have used it to watch all the games in NYC for about 7 years.  The box is at my brother-in-law’s in the Pittsburgh area; he attaches it to a DVR so we can watch the games when we want (like when the kids fall asleep). Not sure what “poorly made” means, but let me know if you have any more questions…

      • HoosierSteeler

        ESLM, are you using the SOLO or PRO-HD version of slingbox? Their online materials suggest that using a SOLO (the cheaper version) can lead to conflicts when the base and the remove viewing are both in use (and I assume watching the same content). Have you run into that problem or other difficulties? Also, can you watch near-live Steeler’s games while your brother-in-law watches the game live?

        • EasyLikeSundayMorning

          I think it is the Solo.  Whatever I watch remotely is what is played on his TV.  He has more than one TV, so he puts the Slingbox on a TV he’s less likely to be watching when I’m watching.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

        A lot of the reviews for the PRO-HD talk about them breaking after a couple of months and the company refusing to replace them/having terrible customer service.

  • Cols714

    I’ve been using my brother’s slingbox o watch the Indians games this summer. It works pretty well, although the quality depends on how fast the internet connection is.

  • Anonymous

    Greg Warren brought his A game.

  • Rob D

    There used to be a rock band called “Shadowy men on a shadowy planet”

    That’s how I think about our O-line..With the exception of Pouncey, they are just a group passing through the turnstiles on their way to their life’s work.

    Anonymous grunts who are all about the same level of talent and upside. Very exciting. But it has brought us to a few SB’s so there’s not much to complain about right?

    I’m still pondering that question. I fell in love with the Steelers after watching Webster run from the huddle to the LOS. It’s hard to accept some of the interchangeable parts that make up our O-line now. And it a league that is going towards more and more offense, it may be time for the Steelers to make it a priority in the future. Or not.depending on your point of view.

  • Anonymous

    Any interest in Thaddeus Gibson? http://bayarea.sbnation.com/2011/8/15/2365181/san-francisco-49ers-waive-linebacker-thaddeus-gibson

    • Randy Steele

      None.

      • Rob D

        He and Sunny Harris were going to save civilization at one point.

  • HoosierSteeler

    I’ve also thought about doing NFL Game Rewind this year. Has anyone had happy or sad stories about using it? Does it make sense to wait until after Sunday night to watch non-Steelers games?

    • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

      I’ll mention this comment to JJ in case he doesn’t see it but I know he thought about doing it this year, and he’s used NFL Game Rewind in the past for play-charting purposes. I think he had good experiences with it but I’ll let him speak specifically to that.

    • JJ Cooper

      Hoosier. It’s very good as long as you understand the limitations. You won’t be able to see games until Monday morning (or Sunday night on the West Coast) as Rewind shuts down during any NFL game, so no Sunday availability from 1 p.m. ET to midnight, no availability Monday’s from 8:30-midnight (roughly), no Thursday night availability in the second half of the season. And as we saw last year, even if a game is cancelled (a la the Eagles Sunday night game) the blackout window remains. But beyond that, it has every game from the past two seasons plus this season’s games as they happen. And you also see some big plays with the all-22 coaches film, although the quality of those films is not the same near HD quality as the usual plays.

  • Cols714

    It’s interesting that the Ravens OL seems to be collapsing on itself. I recall last year we had a conversation on here or HSS about how the Ravens have been drafting OL while the Steelers have been taking WRs, RB, and TEs in the 1st round. We were wondering who was better off.
    I guess we now know.

  • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

    Intropy asked below if there was any interest in the recently released Thad Gibson. Apparently, the Steelers were interested but were out-waiver-wired by the Skins.

  • Jason

    Looking at this preseason game, the announcers mentioned Dwyer had lost 20 lbs since camp started.  he still looks out of shape.  It makes me wonder if he gets another shot next year.

    Oh, and there was a Wes Welker comparison, just as I was writing that at the end of the third.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    The 4 and 5 WR sets could be pretty hard to defend. With Wallace and Brown on the outside / deep, Ward and Cotchery in the slots and Sanders roaming the middle, even a dime package should leave lots of single coverage. Since all of these guys have the versatility to run most routes (except probably Hines going deep on a fly pattern), Arians and Ben could be really creative.

    I’d like to see them do something like this: have a set play for a 4 or 5 wide that they plan to deploy on cue (say, after the first 1st down play of a drive that gets at least 4 yards). Do it with only a substitution by no huddle and the D would really be scrambling.