Steelers Lounge Podcast #88: Lynn Swann

It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast, y’all…

Apparently, we started a whole thing when we talked last week about trading Big Ben. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Sunday that Roethlisberger would ask the team to explore a trade this offseason, a report that was swiftly and repeatedly denied by Ben’s agent, Art Rooney II and Big Ben.

Not to be deterred, Rapoport reported the exact same thing Thursday night. I really have no idea what to make of that other than Rapoport is just trolling for the sake of it. But hey, if he can look himself in the mirror and be okay with it, more power to him. (Upside: Mark Madden’s got his back.)

Other Rapsheet nuggets: Tomlin’s safe for 2014, Ryan Clark may not be back (in related news, Ryan Clark’s contract is up at the end of the season — and he’s 34), and the same holds for Troy.

Anyway, we talk a lot about this, look back at the Bills game and discuss the Steelers’ chances against the Lions. Sneak preview: Those chances are not good.

Alrighty, talking starts promptly…

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View From 522: Steelers vs. Bills, the battle for the seat cushion

Since Gretz is a season-ticket holder, he’s going to take a look at the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands after every home game he attends. 

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Week 10 Game Thread: Bill vs. Steelers

I was looking for the clip of Deebo intercepting Drew Bledsoe from the 2004 Steelers-Bills game but that somehow never made it to the YouTubes.

I did find this, though: Gary Jones destroying Don Beebe during a 1993 game that. If that happened today, Jones would be arrested on the spot and sentenced to death by the end of the week.

In related news: This season has made me feel like Don Beebe over and over and over.

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Steelers Lounge Podcast #87: Mark Bruener

It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast, y’all…

Another week, another loss for the Steelers, this time in historic fashion. The Patriots hung 55 points on a defenseless Pittsburgh defense and we spend most of the podcast talking about the future.

The conversation starts with which coaches should be sent packing in the offseason, including Dick LeBeau and whether it’s time to see what Keith Butler can do as a defensive coordinator. Then there’s the roster. Which veterans other than Big Ben and LaMarr Woodley (because of his contract) should be back? And what happens if another team wants to trade for Roethlisberger, should the Steelers consider it, especially if they have a top-5 pick in the April draft and can get their next franchise quarterback there?

It’s early November and already so many questions, none of which have to do with the final eight games of the season.

Sad, we know.

Alrighty, talking starts promptly…

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55 points

Good news! The Steelers offense wasn’t completely awful on Sunday. They had their moments, of course, turning the football over three more times and missing a couple of plays here and there, but they still managed to put 31 points on the board. Sure, it was against a mediocre New England offense that was missing three of its best defensive players, but 31 points is still 31 points and 31 points should be enough points to win an NFL game, yes?

Yes!

Unless your defense gets lit up to the tune of 610 yards and 55 points and sets new franchise records in defensive futility.
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Week 9 Game Thread: Steelers vs. Patriots

The Patriots are not good. Unfortunately, the Steelers aren’t either. Who knows,  maybe this is the week they turn things around for good.

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Why does the Steelers offense stink?

The 2007 season was Mike Tomlin’s first as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It was also the first time in years that the offensive line was a glaring weakness as Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 47 times (second in the NFL to only the 51 times Jon Kitna was sacked) and knocked on his ass countless more. The image of him running for his life every week and on seemingly every drop back had Steelers fans screaming for offensive line help in the following draft.

After watching eight offensive tackles disappear before their pick, the Steelers went in the complete opposite direction at No. 23, shunning the opportunity to pick for need (offensive line) and grabbed a skill position player — running back Rashard Mendenhall — that wasn’t expected to be available with their pick. In the second round they again went away from the offensive line and took another skill player, wide receiver Limas Sweed.

The offensive line remained in shambles and Roethlisberger would spend the following season playing behind a unit that included Max Starks, Chris Kemoeatu, Justin Hartwig, Darnell Stapleton, and Willie Colon.

How did the Steelers justify the pick?
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Steelers Lounge Podcast #86: Hines Ward

It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast, y’all…

Thanks, Bengals, for losing Thursday night. That makes the Steelers’ showing in Oakland even harder to take … and on that note, welcome to another Steelers Lounge Podcast!

Seriously though, can we all agree that the 2013 Steelers aren’t going anywhere? Of course, that’ll mean they’ll beat the Pats before the bottom falls out again. Whatever, we talk about what happened in Oakland, take a long look at all that’s wrong with this team (and yes, I finally concede that Todd Haley should enjoy his final two months in Pittsburgh), and hunt for positives in a season that’s largely been a disappointment.

Then we look ahead to Sunday’s game against a pretty bad Pats team. For what it’s worth — and I’d imagine about as much as a 2nd quarter Tomlin challenge — I have the Steelers winning. Bet your life savings accordingly.

Alrighty, talking starts promptly…

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JV Punter, Even on JV Team, Isn’t Good Enough

Zoltan Mesko lasted eight weeks. On Tuesday, the Steelers replaced him with Mat McBriar, a 10-year vet who hasn’t played since last season, which means that Drew Butler wasn’t next in line for the job he lost just before the season.

Mesko had a punt blocked Sunday, and who knows, maybe we’re blaming him for Po-Sweezy’s two missed field goals too. We’ll have to see if this magically saves the season.

In related news: Tomlin has demoted Jarvis Jones to backup behind Jason Worilds. Hopefully, this has the same effect as Rashard Mendenhall getting benched back in 2009.

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Week 8 Game Thread: Steelers vs. Raiders

A Steelers win would be nice. That is all.

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