Posts by DSH_97

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    We're about to see if the Steelers are for real this season, or, they're just spinning their wheels. It has to be a full on effort today, in all phases. They can't afford to come out sputtering like they have been. I'm about reluctant to call it for the Steelers. But put it on the toe of Boswell.


    Just for the record, Ben is throwing too much. I'm going to assume much of that was because Gilbert was out, so they figured they could get the ball down field better with Hubbard out there. With Gilbert back, I'm expecting much better run support and improved pass protection.....Hubbard sucks.


    Steelers 24

    Chiefs 20

    It's certainly a hard to read game. You just don't know which Steelers Offense is going to show up. Here's something that I floated out on Steelers Depot, that I'll mention here as well: Ben seems to do better when he's working with less talent.


    The Steelers listed Bryant on their injury report, and supposedly, as of this writing, he's going to play. But I still expect him to see limited action, for whatever reason, there seems to be a nasty cold virus floating around. If he plays, the Steelers struggle, that's my take. If he sits more than not, I think Ben levels out and plays well enough. I think the Jags D is the real deal, their offense stinks, however. I'll be elated if the Steelers manage to score 28+ in this one.


    Steelers 24

    Jags 12

    I know this rubbed a lot of people raw, but, consider what the Steelers were trying for. They saw the whole event as divisive and political. Basically, they were told as a team to take a side, after Trump's rant. I don't think any of them are anti-American, but when you're told to pick sides, without context that the fan bases are made of both political bases in general, it's a real no win situation.

    Because if you go out and salute the flag under those context set by Kapernick and Trump, it's no better than having some of those players take a knee. Somebody, somewhere, is going to be pissed off regardless of what happened. And to me, it's total bullshit to bring that context to the game. That's where I stand, with Elway and the Steelers, keep that bullshit away from the game and simply respect what we have in this country. Don't need Trump to add his .02 cents. And this League is greater than the bullshit Kapernick stands for in BLM, a total falsehood of a movement, based on lies and absolute ignorance.

    The thought that the Steelers wouldn't come out to join in showing which players are rooting for whom, says to me that they had no desire to be a part of the politics of those two men, that will never suit up on Sundays. At least for Kapernick, for this year, he's not going to get signed. Personally, I hope this entire fiasco ends his career permanently, via blacklisting him. He deserved it, earned it, more so than he did a starting QB job on a new team, even.

    But Trump should've stayed away from this issue, and let the fans deal with the players kneeling. That's how it SHOULD have been handled, and Trump made it worse than it had to be.

    Trump's job is to unite the country, not divide it. This issue is so far beneath him, it rates as "Which brand of toilet paper should go in the West Wing?". But what he said was basically "Fuck that, salute the flag or fire them..". That's almost as bad as Obama picking who he wanted to see succeed professionally, like the shit for brains Dictator he was, in some people's eyes. Now personally, Trump is right, sort of... just honor the flag and what it suppose to stand for. It's what's right. But again, "Charmin or Scott"? That's where this issue rated before Trump said a word.


    The fans and advertisers would have done the rest without Trump's involvement. Mendenhall's contract with Russell Athletic proved that companies give a damn about who represents them. And I do believe there was no protest involved, when they yanked their contract with him. The Fans would have let the player know that he's out of line, and let the team know how they felt about those that kneel. That's how the NFL always handled things in the past. But with a weak ass Commissioner, like Goodell, this couldn't have gone any worse than it did. Goodell is a SJW hack, and needed to be replaced.


    My hope is that the Steelers will continue to do what they've always done, honor the Flag, and play the game. To hell with Trump and Kapernick, neither of them will ever play this game in Black and Gold.

    Of course, something like this always seem to happen after a signing that could possibly lock up the future of a potential HOF'er or otherwise key cog in the machine... I'm just glad it's not serious. But I do hope that he and Dupree don't try to rush back too soon. I'd like to see both of them back by week 3-4.

    At 6'8"/ 250lbs, he'd be an interesting development player for them. I can't but wonder what their current view of the TE position is? Because it just seems to me that they're purposely ignoring TEs int eh draft, unless they're coming really late in the draft, UDFA or already somewhat established in the league....

    if they do they will have a lot of explaining to do after allowing the Raiders to move to Vegas , and then explain some more how they permit Bob Kraft to own so much stock in Draftkings

    ...and there's not enough Boxcars to move the load of crap the league would spew to defend their position. Their investigation in itself is a complete contradiction of their practices thus far.

    Can't say very much of anything bad about McCaffery. But to me, it depends on who's on the board. There's just so much talent everywhere in this draft. And depending on how you view certain players, it would be difficult to say you were wrong to pick that player at that point. At least until the 5th rd. I think it's the 5th rd is where things begin to level out. Yep, quality deep and skilled is the 2017 draft.

    Does it bother anyone else that they haven't met with Derek Rivers or Jordan Willis yet? I know they were busy with what's his face from the Pats, on the day Rivers had his Pro Day, and Jordan stood on his numbers from the combine, which was pretty damn good considering. Who could blame him? But the fact that they haven't bothered meeting with them privately is kind of concerning.

    I like Trubisky but he needs a lot of seasoning , I am not a fan of Kizer or Watson ..I favor Mahomes over them all and its not close for me , reminds me of a mixture of Favre and Ben , sure he has some things to learn but he can be thrown into action and still have success by school yard football like Ben does often times... reports he completed an 80 yarder ( in the air) to end his proday ... can't teach that kind of arm strength

    I like Kizer more than Trubisky, most certainly. A lot of people have Trubisky ahead of Kizer, I just don't see it. And to me, Watson is not that far behind Trubisky. I think a lot of people love Mahomes arm, as well as his ability to string out plays with his feet. So, it's not out of the question he could end up being like Ben and Brett....I don't know if that's all that's required, however. I mean, Ben and Brett had that attitude that accompanied them. I'm not sure that Mahomes has that kind of drive those two have, like nothing can stop him, "To hell with your defense! I WIN!" kind of attitude, know what I mean?


    I wasn't sure about Kaaya, but just a cursory glance at some of his footage, he's definitely a better option than Davis Webb. He might be right there with Mahomes....

    They would probably find themselves reaching for one of those QBs, however. Mahomes, especially, when you consider how pitiful other teams are at the position. Not to be a killjoy, but, I could see the Texans going for him early on, throwing caution into the wind. And not even just because of his potential, but because of name recognition in Texas as well.


    Of the QBs in this draft, I think only two of them really have a 'Day1' kind of feel to them. Trubisky and Kizer. Watson seems like he is just barely outside of Day 1 and Mahomes is just outside of that Day 2 place, IMO. I don't really see Webb as an actual choice as a decent starter in the league. Not sure about Kaaya. I think the best developmental QB is Evans, with Peterman behind him. And Dobbs seems more of a back up than anything.


    But all of them will be thrust forward, because of the lack of talent in the league right now. Teams simply don't bother to actually groom QBs anymore. I still contend that if I'm looking for a starter in the future for my team, the first place I'm going to is Cincy. McCarron seems to be the only back up in the league with a reasonably high ceiling, with some success as a starter. He has shown he's worthy of starting in this league, the Bengals can't keep him as a back up forever.

    I have to believe that anything can happen in this draft, when you consider some of the performances during the combine, and even the injury to Sidney Jones. Sidney Jones is currently found up and down the first 1-5 rounds of the draft, after the injury. I ran this mock draft just last night for the hell of it. Off the Matt Miller ranking....


    30: R1P30 S OBI MELIFONWU UCONN
    62: R2P30 EDGE DEREK BARNETT TENNESSEE
    94: R3P30 RB SAMAJE PERINE OKLAHOMA
    105: R3P41 TE ADAM SHAHEEN ASHLAND
    135: R4P28 DL CHARLES WALKER OKLAHOMA
    173: R5P29 CB JALEN MYRICK MINNESOTA
    213: R6P29 WR ARDARIUS STEWART ALABAMA
    248: R7P30 EDGE TASHAWN BOWER LSU


    I finished off the mock 5-7 rounds off the cuff. No rhyme or reason, just because.


    But getting Derek Barnett in the 2nd rd, right there is perhaps the most interesting drop I've gotten thus far. And I have to think he dropped that far due to his combine performance, not just by chance. Of course, being honest, it's a random generator, so anything could possibly happen. The issue is, these generators are given a certain value to prevent certain names from being found in places they don't belong. ie; Myles Garrett in the 3rd rd. We saw Bud drop to the Steelers, and nobody saw that coming. DeCastro, the same. But the chances of it happening this year seems more believable than during those drafts.

    I couldn't give anything for him at this point. You're only going to get about another 2-3 good years out of him, but then what? I think that whole situation is bad, however. Sherman doesn't want to be traded, and Carroll seems open to talking about it. Just bad all around from where I view it.

    30: R1P30 S OBI MELIFONWU UCONN
    62: R2P30 CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE COLORADO
    94: R3P30 RB SAMAJE PERINE OKLAHOMA
    105: R3P41 EDGE DEREK RIVERS YOUNGSTOWN STATE
    135: R4P28 EDGE TYUS BOWSER HOUSTON
    173: R5P29 CB JALEN MYRICK MINNESOTA
    213: R6P29 EDGE TASHAWN BOWER LSU
    248: R7P30 DL ISAAC ROCHELL NOTRE DAME


    I'll edit this later and explain the picks. I really like this one, which means it will never happen, lol.


    Yep, this will never happen, lol. This was based off the current Inside the Pylon rankings at Fanspeak. The way things were falling in that mock, I managed to find a way to manipulate the mock to the point, it started to freeze up. Which is funny in itself. The key was to ignore the obvious positions of need, until somebody of need and desired was there. Came out pretty damn good. The more I think about Bowser's skill set, the more I'm inclined to say he needs to be on the roster. He can fill some many spots with where he is right now. I'd bring in Tashawn as the eventual replacement for Moats. And with this mock, the secondary is finally resolved. Not sure where Golson is with his condition, but he'd simply be icing on the cake at that point.


    This defense needs a draft like this. And the quality of players in this draft couldn't have come at a better time. So I hope Colbert and Co. manage to do what's needed.

    Might be the best one I've came up with yet. I forget which ranking I used, actually ran it this past Saturday. It's from Fan Speak using either Falcons wire or Matt Miller's rankings...


    30: R1P30 S OBI MELIFONWU CONNECTICUT
    62: R2P30 EDGE JORDAN WILLIS KANSAS STATE
    94: R3P30 EDGE TYUS BOWSER HOUSTON
    105: R3P41 CB KEVIN KING WASHINGTON
    135: R4P28 CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE COLORADO
    173: R5P29 WR DAMOREEA STRINGFELLOW MISSISSIPPI
    213: R6P29 RB BRIAN HILL WYOMING
    248: R7P30 TE GEORGE KITTLE IOWA


    I think I've convinced myself that Melifonwu should be their pick @#30 :D 
    One thing I've remembered the Steelers to be careful of, is the number of teams that may be seeking an OLB in this draft, since so many of them went to the 3-4 over the years. In this draft, I picked up two, I couldn't get Reddick, but Bowser is good enough to play either spot. Since Sidney Ross injured himself, it will be interesting to see who rises up because of it. A sure sign of this draft being deep, is where I got King and Awuzie. Those guys are 2nd rd value, IMO, in most drafts. At worse, I would think they're 3rd rd pickups.


    TBH, I think Stringfellow will be picked sooner. Looking at his past records, that dust up at the Superbowl is ridiculous. He supposedly knocked a woman out after breaking her camera. I'm calling B.S. on that one, and I think they essentially did. And being called a 'Broncos fan' is a reason to go, a forth degree Assault charge...probably poking his forehead with your finger or something like spitting in somebody's face. The man said he was punched in the face, so I'm going with he got poked int eh forehead a few times, and that index finger was pointy and hurt like hell.... Not making excuses for him, just saying, he was a bit out of control, but not nearly the monster he was made out to be. Uncouth, but not all out Gangsta wit it. For what it's worth, I think the change of scenery was good for him. It appears he stayed out of trouble with Ole Miss, for what that's worth.

    Right before the Dolphins signed Timmons away, this was the draft I came up with, per Fan Speak, using the Falconwire rankings...


    30: R1P30 EDGE HAASON REDDICK TEMPLE
    62: R2P30 WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    94: R3P30 DL TANOH KPASSAGNON VILLANOVA
    105: R3P41 EDGE TYUS BOWSER HOUSTON
    135: R4P28 CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE COLORADO
    173: R5P29 S TEDRIC THOMPSON COLORADO
    213: R6P29 CB JALEN MYRICK MINNESOTA
    248: R7P30 RB BRIAN HILL WYOMING


    When the off-season began, I think the general consensus among Steelers fans was that the Steelers needed to be more flexible in what they could do on defense. So the thought of building up the defense seemed to be the top priority in the draft. Get Bell and Brown signed long term, possibly find Ben's replacement if at all possible. But this draft was all about the defense.


    With Timmons now gone, a draft like this would make a lot of sense. if they could manage to get Reddick, after the showing he had at the Combine, Steelers Nation seems to have their fingers crossed that he's still there at #30. So I picked him there. Since Goodell still has his thumb surgically sewn to his butthole, and nothing being mentioned as far as Bryant is concern, I picked up Smith-Schuster in the 2nd. Kpassagnon backing up Tuitt and Heyward, would add good quality depth and Bowser on the outside behind Harrison. the rest is history. You'd have Awuzie taking over for Cockrell, Thompson learning the ropes behind Mitchell, Myrick giving his hand at the slot, with Golson fighting him for the right to do so, and Brian Hill could become the 3rd RB, given the idea that D-Will will return for a couple more seasons.

    Another fan speak On the Clock mock, Matt Miller rankings....


    30: R1P30 S OBI MELIFONWU UCONN
    62: R2P30 CB CHIDOBE AWUZIE COLORADO
    94: R3P30 EDGE DEREK RIVERS YOUNGSTOWN STATE
    105: R3P41 WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER USC
    135: R4P28 DL JARRON JONES NOTRE DAME
    173: R5P29 CB JALEN MYRICK MINNESOTA
    213: R6P29 RB JOE WILLIAMS UTAH
    248: R7P30 WR RICKY SEALS-JONES TEXAS A&M


    Converting Seals-Jones to TE, as he should be....
    This draft is deep. I don't see how anyone could assume that the Steelers will sign a big name in FA, when they could save that monsy for a rainy day, draft the positions they want, and back fill with FAs later on. to me, that would be the smarter thing to do. Maybe Colbert is thinking differently? I just see a lot of over priced FAs right now. Just not interested in any of them.