Steelers Lounge Podcast #76: Chris Hoke

It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast — no, seriously…

Yes, we know, 12 months off and now we have two podcasts in less than a week. We’re like that crazy girlfriend who disappears for long stretches but is never really ever out of your life.

Anyway, on Episode 76, we touch on Saturday’s Giants-Steelers game, talk about LaRod Stephens-Howling and the running game, the success of the first-team offensive line (and the lack of success from the second and third teams), whether we should be worried about Jarvis Jones at this point in the proceedings (short answer: No), if the Steelers will be okay without Heath Miller for the first few weeks of the regular season, and the impressive depth at defensive line and linebacker.

Alright, let’s get to this. Talking starts promptly…

Steelers Lounge Podcast #76: Chris Hoke

Steelers Lounge Podcast

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  • Randy Steele

    Ha! Adam sounds as if he’s being sprayed with a water hose during his walk.

    Loved the Al Woods love fest.

    (Quick question: Is Al Woods the next Sunny Harris?)

    Anyway, given what seems to be a ridiculous amount of depth along the Steelers’ defensive line, one ridiculous thought I had is that LeBeau might try playing four down linemen once in a while to spice things up. But, of course, that’s ridiculous.

    Yes, the guys playing back-up along the offensive line are cause of lots of worry. What are the odds that one of the starters will suffer a major injury, perhaps a season-ending one, before the bye-week? I think they’re pretty high, too.

    (Quick question: Can Al Woods play some O-line?)

    The problem with looking for back-up offensive linemen on the waiver wire is that nearly every GM in the league will be looking for those guys, too. The Steelers aren’t the only team with a chronic shortage of depth at those positions. It’s pandemic in the NFL. What the Steelers should have done was to tackle (pun alert!) those needs during the 6th and 7th rounds of last spring’s draft. Duh…

    I know the situation at tight end is also dire, but you wanted the Steelers to sign Dallas Clark? Seriously? You know the Steelers treat their tight ends as ersatz offensive linemen, correct? You know job #1 for a Steelers tight end is to block, correct? You know Dallas Clark not only doesn’t block, but he also probably can’t spell the word ‘block’, correct? Sorry, but there’s no way did the Steelers’ front office ever consider that guy as anything other than a glorified slot receiver who’s lost a couple cleats.

    (Quick question: Can Al Woods catch a… oh, never mind.)

    I agree with you about the No. 5 running back: Dwyer > Batch.

    Lastly, the problem with comparing Stephan Logan to Reggie Dunn is that since the time Logan played for the Steelers, NFL Commissar Roger Goodell has essentially outlawed kick-off returns. So players whose major asset is their straight-line speed are not nearly as valuable as they once were. And, unfortunately, I don’t think Dunn has enough other skills to complement his speed to make this team.

    • ryan

      “Ersatz offensive linemen” is the phrase of the preseason. And fair point on the tight ends. As for LeBeau, he’s used a lot of four-man fronts in the past and I know he’s talked about mixing up how the front seven get to the QB. (Since LaMarr had such trouble with it last year.)

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    I like Chris Hoke and all, but 76 should be John Banaszak.

    That’s a quibble, though, in the face of another podcast…

    • ryan

      Banaszak came up, for sure. As did Kevin Henry.

      • Randy Steele

        I was a big fan of Hokie, and I was glad to see that the Steelers’ front office brought him back this year as one of their coaching interns.

        • Rob D

          I don’t know how anyone can’t like Hokie. The overused “consummate professional” is tailor made to describe his tenure with the Steelers..ready when called upon each and every time.

          He got everything he could out of his rather modest talents. He never stopped trying to learn and I was always impressed with his knowledge of the game and the opponents he faced.

          We never had talk of lockerroom disharmony with guys like him in the room. Not a coincidence, IMO.

          • Randy Steele

            Three thumbs up, Rob.

  • jesse

    Great to have you fellas back, surprised you didnt mention Decastro and Adams. They looked night and day from rookie season. Decastro by my count had one mediocre snap, Adams was equally impressive. As to worries on oline, 31 other teams have exact same issues. Depth on oline is rare these days.

    I was also surprised you didnt mention Jarvis Jones superb athletic play to stop a 3rd down screen that would have gone for a bunch of yards.