Good news: As promised, we recorded a podcast this morning.
Bad news: Because I’m an idiot, I somehow didn’t hit the BIG RED RECORD BUTTON (for the second time this season, by the way). So, yeah, that was awesome.
More good news: As Gretz pointed out after I notified him that I had wasted 45 minutes of his life, “This probably means the Steelers will win.” The logic: JJ missed the podcast prior to the Lions game and … win. There wasn’t a podcast last week because of scheduling conflicts and … win.
Now the Steelers are 5-6, somehow one game out of the wild-card race, and have their biggest game of the season on Thanksgiving night against the Ravens.
So, in that sense, my incompetence isn’t a bug it’s a feature.
Anyway, a quick rundown of what we discussed:
* With Jason Worilds suddenly playing out of his mind, I asked JJ what this means for his long-term prospects in Pittsburgh. JJ reiterated what he said earlier in the season: Whatever happens, good or bad, Worilds almost certainly won’t be back in 2014. If he played like crap, why would the Steelers re-up him? And if he’s lights out, the Steelers won’t be able to afford him.
* I mentioned that while Jarvis Jones hasn’t exactly burst onto the scene, I think an offseason of getting stronger will do wonders in 2014. JJ noted that Jones has improved a lot over the course of his rookie season.
* Gretz, like the rest of us, has no real explanation for the Steelers’ suddenly explosive offense. Some of it is Ben, obviously, but the o-line has played well in recent weeks, and while the running game hasn’t been great, Le’Veon Bell’s patiences and pass-catching ability have been nice. Also nice: Cotchery, who has fantastic while Heath continues to work his way back into shape.
* JJ lauded Cam Heyward’s emergence this season and Gretz gave a Steelers Lounge high-five to William Gay — not just his recent play, but what he’s done all season.
* JJ also wondered if those folks calling for Tomlin to be fired have changed their tune in light of just how well this team has played over the last seven games. My response: Those critics almost certainly just flipped to the first page of their “FIRE TOMLIN” talking points to the part about where he’s playing — and winning — with Cowhers’ guys.
* We all agreed that Joe Flacco has every right to whinge about the Ravens playing him at wide receiver in the wildcat. For some reason, Baltimore fans think he should shut up and do as he’s told.
* While I’m concerned about Suggs and Dumervil, JJ said the Ravens’ o-line is in way worse shape and the Steelers could actually get after Flacco Thursday.
* Finally, all three of us feel pretty good about the Steelers’ chances which, frankly, is troubling.
As for the picks, JJ has the Steelers losing by 80 (reverse jinx), Gretz likes Pittsburgh 20-16, and I like the Ravens by three (again, reverse jinx).
And if the Steelers win, we’re going to have to give serious consideration to never podcasting again.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody and we’ll be back in the AM with a Turkey Day game thread.
And because we love you, pro tip: Wear sweat pants tomorrow. You’re welcome.