Monday, January 18, 2016

Season's End: Looking to the Draft

With the Steeler's postseason run having come to an untimely end it is time to think about the composition of the 2016 roster, and who doesn't love a good mock draft?  The key is finding good mock drafts, and Daniel Jeremiah of is one of our personal favorites.  Mr. Jeremiah released his first mock draft late Sunday evening and he has the Steelers choosing Hunter Henry, a tight end from Arkansas, with their first choice.

There is little doubt that if the Steelers were to select a tight end with their #1 pick angry masses would storm the Steelers' Southside offices, but with elite talent at cornerback hard to come by Mr. Jeremiah's best options at that position (four players) are gone in the first 12 picks.

For more perspective take a look at Mr. Jeremiah's current Top 50.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Looking Ahead: Week 16

Like the team itself, Steelers fans will probably enjoy the win over Denver for about 12-24 hours before turning their collective attention to next weekend.

The Steelers travel to Baltimore for a 1:00PM matchup with the shell of what was formerly the Ravens.  Will the Steelers take care of business and pound what is now an undermanned team?  Or will the cumulative effects of playing four emotional games (okay, the blow-up over Indianapolis might not have been that emotionally taut) catch-up to the Steelers?

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Patriots will head to the Meadowlands looking to solidify their position as the #1 seed in the AFC, thereby assuring a bye week.  The other team ahead of the Steelers in the playoff race, Kansas City, hosts Cleveland.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

QBR is the most useless metric ever

In case anyone needed any further evidence of just how meaningless the QBR© metric is the folks at Pro Football Talk have provided us with plenty: "But today I decided to dig a little deeper into what is, according to QBR, the greatest game any quarterback has ever played: Charlie Batch’s 186-yard, two-interception performance against the Buccaneers in 2010."

For the sake of everyone's well-being can ESPN get back to what it has always been the best at, i.e. televising sporting events?  And if they must insert themselves into the new-metric age, then please leave that to the trained professionals on their staff.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Steelers @ New England: 2015 Kickoff

This comes as no surprise, but according to a tweet from a reporter with the New York Daily News, the Steelers will travel to Foxboro to open the 2015  NFL regular season.

The complete schedule is expected to be released at about 8:00PM EDT.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Speculation on the 2015 regular season schedule

ESPN's Adam Schefter published some random thoughts about the NFL -- two weeks is just two long to wait for the Super Bowl, even for Mr. Schefter -- and one of those items involves the Steelers:

Who will play in the 2015 regular-season opener? The team that might have the best chance of playing in next season's regular-season opener is not New England or Seattle; it's Pittsburgh. Next season, the Steelers play road games at New England and at Seattle. Not only that, but they might be the most compelling away opponent on those teams' schedules.
New England's home opponents include the AFC East teams, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Washington, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Seattle's home opponents include the NFC West teams, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Carolina and Pittsburgh. So I believe the Steelers have the best chance to play in the Thursday night opener.
Others have made this same bit of conjecture, but I tend to put more credence into it when Adam Schefter says it may be so.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Turning the Page: 2015 Opponents

With the Steelers' season having concluded we can look forward to a challenging, entertaining, maddening 2015.  With that in mind, here are the opponents the Steelers will face (along with their historical record, including playoffs, against each franchise):

Baltimore (24-18)
Cincinnati (56-34)
Cleveland (68-58)
Denver (10-18-1)
Indianapolis (20-6)
Oakland (12-15)
San Francisco (9-11)

Kansas City (19-10)
New England (15-12)
San Diego (22-9)
Seattle (9-8)
St. Louis (8-17-2)


Saturday, January 03, 2015

Favorite Tweets of the Night: Wild Card Edition