Lance Zierlein Talks Todd Haley, Big Ben, Steelers

Hello, peeps. Sorry for the long absence — I was in Indy last week covering the Super Bowl (my first!) for CBSSports.com. It was … crazy. Indianapolis was unbelievably organized, efficient, and the people in that town couldn’t have been nicer.

If you’re so inclined, I took a ton of pics (see here, here, here, here and here for examples of semi-Super Bowl-related nonsense). Oh, and I also wrote this after the game. (pretty sure I was the first person to mention it which, frankly, doesn’t mean much in this day and age.)

Anyway, we just posted a CBSSports.com podcast with Lance Zierlein, Houston sports talk radio guy, Houston Chronicle blogger, co-owner of TheSidelineView.com and son to Larry Zierlein, Mike Tomlin’s o-line coach for his first three seasons in Pittsburgh. I wanted to talk to Lance about the Haley hire, what Ben needs to do to get better, and what all this means for the rest of the offense.

Really, really good stuff.  Listen here.

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  • Casey Adams

    Glad you enjoyed your time in our fair city.  It was a blast being here and seeing it all take shape.

  • GlennW

    Larry Zierlein refused to listen to his snot-nosed kid about moving Willie Colon to guard… funny stuff.

    I guess I’m not the only one who thinks that Ben is putting up some diva-like resistance to the hiring of Haley.  Ryan out-voted on the Haley hire, though (being the Steelers fan, Ryan is the most negative on Haley).

  • Anonymous

    I too played tennis in high school.

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      FWIW (and it’s not much), Haley played golf at Upper Saint Clair.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t follow the theory that a coach needs to have played. At the beginning of a coaching career, having played is obviously a great source of experience and a foot in the door somewhere. But at the level of a coordinator for a professional team the resume have enough coaching experience to judge on that playing experience is irrelevant.

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

          I don’t think it matters. I was just being a jerk and making fun of Haley for playing tennis and/or golf.

          • Anonymous

            You came across how you meant it. I was just making a general comment.

  • TO

    Zierlein’s kid is correct.   Ben has run wild for too long.  His off the field stuff only ended (or perhaps – temporarily halted) because he nearly ended up in jail.  Now his on the field garbage and the PS’s school yard – go out get open offensive philosophy will hopefully end.  Although we all know there is a not unmeaningful chance this experiment totally blows up.

    The cry baby – “10th best or better offense” agrument is at the bob smizik level.  My simple response is – good is the worst enemy of great.

    He is also spot on about the lumbering oafs we call offensive lineman.  Get some quick, mobile and intelligent men in there.

    • Cols714

      Yeesh.
      Ben has also led them to the Super Bowl 3 times, the championship game 4 times and to the playoffs every season except for 2.

      His “on the field garbage” has helped him have 4000 yard passing seasons, seasons where 2 WR got 1000 yards and RBs with 1000 yards.

      So the QB who has “run wild for too long” has both won championships and produced great statistical seasons.

      Could he be better? Perhaps, and I’m not upset that they are trying a new OC. It’s usually good to get some new ideas around when things look like they are stagnating.

  • TO

    Zierlein’s kid is correct.   Ben has run wild for too long.  His off the field stuff only ended (or perhaps – temporarily halted) because he nearly ended up in jail.  Now his on the field garbage and the PS’s school yard – go out get open offensive philosophy will hopefully end.  Although we all know there is a not unmeaningful chance this experiment totally blows up.

    The cry baby – “10th best or better offense” agrument is at the bob smizik level.  My simple response is – good is the worst enemy of great.

    He is also spot on about the lumbering oafs we call offensive lineman.  Get some quick, mobile and intelligent men in there.

  • Cols714

    Sounds like Ward is gone. That’s sad. But it’s also probably the right move. He couldn’t get open at all this last year and the 2nd half of 2010.

    He is definitely one of the all-time Steelers. 

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      Agreed on Hines. Occasionally guys come along who are special and different from what we’d ever seen before, and Ward is in that category with guys like Troy, Rod Woodson, Ben and others. Not only was Hines a major contributor to our success, he added a unique dimension to the game, and for that I’ll always remember him fondly.

      • EasyLikeSundayMorning

        I didn’t realize that the report about Ward came from LaCanfora. That guy’s a walking Pantload Award, so I guess we’ll wait and see what is true.

        • Randy Steele

          Yes, but the report was released on the NFL’s official site, which tells me that it was published either (a) with the Steelers’ tacit approval, or (b) by mistake.

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

            His report about the Steelers cutting Hampton 1-2 years ago was also on NFL.com.  Come to think of it, he should re-post it, he may finally be right.

  • Rob D

    Ryan..enjoyed the article! Please post all the writing you and the staff do for other websites etc. I don’t have time to look it up most days..thanks!

  • Randy Steele

    For what it’s worth, I thought your blogcast was excellent. Good quality throughout. And I can’t remember hearing anything I disagreed with.

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      Agreed. That was an excellent podcast. I don’t know how much Z shared with his son, but he seemed to have an interesting take on how the team is run.

  • Randy Steele

    For what it’s worth, I thought your blogcast was excellent. Good quality throughout. And I can’t remember hearing anything I disagreed with.

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  • Cols714

    That was a fun podcast! Thanks. One thing though. If Todd Haley does not move Colon to guard (and I really don’t think he will), can we just finally say that everyone who as advocated for this move in the past was wrong? That would mean that Colon has been a RT his whole career, played well there and not been moved through 3 OL coaches and 3 offensive coordinators.