Steelers Lounge Podcast #62: Bengals Recap – Tunch Ilkin

It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast. On Sunday, William Gay beat Ginger Power, at least when it counted. The Steelers looked unstoppable early in the game and were up 14-0 in the first quarter.

Then, as always seems to happen in Cincinnati, the Bengals made things interesting right up till the moment Gay intercepted Andy Dalton late in the fourth quarter. Unlike last week, the Steelers managed to get a few first downs and run out the clock and now, thanks to the MIGHTY SEAHAWKS, Pittsburgh temporarily is atop the division.

We start off the podcast talking about what the hell happened to the Ravens in Seattle, then I ask JJ if Sunday was the unofficial end to Hines Ward’s career as a starter. And that led to this: should the Steelers think about re-signing Cotchery and cast him in Ward’s role for the next two or three years?

We also talk about Antonio Brown’s awesomeness, Weslye Saunders’ big catch, why the front seven can’t stop the run and how Cortez Allen fooled us all.

And a bunch of other stuff, too.

(Also, thanks to reader Jeff for the fancy Steelers Lounge Podcast art. Greatly appreciated, sir.)

Steelers Lounge Podcast #62: Bengals Recap

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  • Cols714

    I haven’t listened yet, but I do think that Cotchery and Sanders should get the majority of the snaps going forward. I feel bad because Ward was awesome for so long, but he clearly can’t get open vs man coverage and does not add anything to the offense. 

    And of course they should resign Cotchery, but he probably is gone because he’ll be able to get a starting spot and more money elsewhere. 

    • Randy Steele

      One thing Ward does better than anyone is making those shoestring catches inside the red zone. And we know how critical those completions are. That’s a skill I haven’t seen consistently from the other guys yet.

      • Mike L

        I have to agree, Ward is usually on the receiving end when Ben scrambles.  He knows where to go.  Wallace has helped Hines career because keeping a safety deep often means zone defense.  With Brown and Wallace on the outside Ward can work the middle like a TE.  He will get more catches in future blowout games because he will be in on more run plays and the players want him to reach his career goals.  The coaches would want him to meet his catch goal of 1000 if only so he can retire and free up cap room for next season.

        • Anonymous

          Unless they keep him below so he will re-up next year for cheap just to get the numbers.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think they’ll play game with it one way or the other. They’ll use in the way that maximizes the likelihood of winning. The only possibility I can see where they do something else would be getting him more catches late in a blowout, but I doubt even then.

      • EasyLikeSundayMorning

        Ward is also better than any receiver I’ve seen of catching the ball inside the 10-15-yard line and finding a way, any way, to get into the end zone.  It is sort of like what makes a great rebounder in basketball, with his instincts and  will being off the charts.

  • Edward Lyman

    I think Worilds run D will get better as he gets bigger. He’s already noticeably bigger than last year.

  • Rob D

    Steelers are right there again this year. Probably about 6 teams who have a legit shot and the PS’s are one of them.  The Pass D looks better (at times..lol..they can still drive you nuts) the O-line is MUCH better since Max returned and Foster settled in at RG. WE have a terrific set of WR’s, a TE who is great (with a young Wes Saunders showing some splash), etc. etc.

    If they can really put it together after the bye, stay healthy and rely on their experience mixed with very talented youth, they could go far. Whatever happens, this organization rarely disappoints me. Can’t beat that with a stick.

  • Anonymous

    When you talk about Hines, you must mention his willingness to tutor the young guys.

    You cannot end his career without giving him a fair shot at 12000 yards and 1000 catches. He needs 30 yards and 19 catches. Maybe doable this year. Certainly next.

    • Cols714

      No way he gets 19 more catches this year.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe Arians can get people to give him extra coverage if he makes a big deal about getting those nineteen, thereby freeing up the others.

      • Behindthesteelcurtain

        sure he will. i’d bet any amount of money ward gets 19 more catches this year.

        • Cols714

          6 games left, that means at least 3 receptions per game and one game with at least 4. No way. Not with Brown, Wallace, Miller, Cotchery getting the ball.

          He has 27 receptions this year so far. I don’t see it happening. I’m not thrilled that he won’t get there, but he’s not getting there this year.

          • Anonymous

            I think he’ll get it, but I by no means have the level of certainty either of you seem to have. I’d give it 60/40 odds.

            Also, Ward already has 1,069 receptions for 13,151 yards when you add postseason play.

        • Cols714

          6 games left, that means at least 3 receptions per game and one game with at least 4. No way. Not with Brown, Wallace, Miller, Cotchery getting the ball.

          He has 27 receptions this year so far. I don’t see it happening. I’m not thrilled that he won’t get there, but he’s not getting there this year.

  • Anonymous

    While you are speaking of the Patriots and home field advantage, don’t forget Houston.  They have three losses and hold the tie-breaker against the Steelers.  They still have Cincinnati, Atlanta and Tennessee, plus we don’t know how long Schaub is out. But they are still competition for the bye.

  • Anonymous

    Troy had to do three things on that TD pass to AJ Green.

    1. be in position.

    2. Find the ball.

    3. uh… um… I forget… oops.

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

      Haha. Well played, sir.