Steelers Lounge Podcast #47: Juan vs. Troy — Mel Blount

We’re more than a week into training camp, there’s a new CBA, and everybody’s now eligible to practice. The problem, of course, is that injuries have plenty of guys hobbled, particularly those who could most use the reps.

Like, say, almost everyone on the offensive line, including rookie tackle Marcus Gilbert. But, as Laird so often reminded us during his tenure, “It is what it is.” And as Tomlin’s fond of saying, “We expect the next man to step up.” Which is how you get a line featuring Jonathan Scott at left tackle.

We start with that, and JJ refers back to his Monday post on the subject. While many of you may be worrying about Scott’s play at left tackle, JJ’s more worried about him getting hurt.

Other topics of interest: Is Joe Flacco anything more than mediocre? (A little background: I was on Baltimore radio’s 105.7 last week as part of my other gig with and the question was put to me. Apparently, the natives are restless. I reminded them of Billick’s QB Reign of Terror.) Could the Steelers have every draft pick make the final 53 for the second straight year? And is Timmons more deserving of a new deal before Troy (we think so, you may not)?

Pontificatin’ starts promptly…

Steelers Lounge Podcast #47: Training Camp, Week 2

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  • Bob Costas

    - Are you guys still doing a weekly thread?

    - Any plans to do a “AFC North” roundup kind of thing before the season starts?

    • ryan


      Yeah, we should keep the weekly thread, unless other folks object. 

      And I think an AFC North roundup makes sense, if not as a post definitely as a podcast. Thanks for the notes.

      • EasyLikeSundayMorning

        Here’s something I’d normally put in the weekly thread: in 3 career games against us, Ricky Williams has rushed for 94 yards, putting up 15, 31 and 48.  I’d be much more concerned if the Ravens got a real WR.

        • Randy Steele

          Does anyone else think the Ravens have taken a sizable step back this year? Or is that wishful thinking?

          • Cols714

            Their starting WRs aren’t very good, the OL still has a very mediocre Oher and Cousins at tackle and the defense is still old.

            They will be tough, but probably not as good as last year. Of course the same could be said about us.

  • Randy Steele

    During your discussion of the Steelers’ woes last season on the left side of the o-line, at one point so many of their linemen were injured during a game that I read that Matt Spaeth was preparing to go in and play as left tackle. Yikes!! Can you imagine?

    Here’s hoping they can find the scratch to re-sign Flozell for one more year.

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