Steelers come up short against the Raiders!

September 19th, 2021
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Another slow start and key injuries doomed the Steelers from the beginning as they fell to the Las Vegas Raiders 26-17 at the Heinz Field opener.

The day started off with key injuries and they only got worse as it progressed. Prior to the beginning of the game, the Steelers lost Devin Bush and Joe Haden, by half time they were down T.J. Watt and Tyson Alualu too and by the end of the game, it looks like they may be down Diontae Johnson. In the NFL it is next man up and everyone who filled in played admirably but losing four major impact players was too much to overcome.

The offense, particularly the offensive line is a mess right now. Ben Roethlisberger was under duress all day with 10 QB hurries and two sacks. There was no room to run the football and the Steelers only managed to grind out 39 yards. This played a huge factor in the fourth quarter when trailing by two scores, Mike Tomlin opted to punt rather than chance going for less than one yard on the Steelers side of the field. Adding insult to injury when the game was almost out of reach Trai Turner was ejected for spitting and fighting? Not sure how that could have been much worse. It was a lousy performance, capped off by a player being thrown out of the game, not a great week or look for the rebuilt line.

The play calling seems to be inconsistent and despite all this, Roethlisberger played fairly well. He finished with 295 yards with a touchdown and he was able to finally connect on a deep threat to Chase Claypool. Diontae Johnson led the receivers with nine catches and 105 yards. Najee Harris chipped in on the passing game with a big touchdown, the first of his career. There was not much else to highlight on the offense.

The defensive secondary got torched by Derek Carr who made every play he needed. He finished with 373 yards and two touchdowns, including completing a 61-yarder to Henry Scruggs III. With Minkah Fitzpatrick preoccupied with Darren Waller, Scruggs was able to score the back breaker. (The broadcast team was borderline obsessed with Waller, mentioning him on nearly every play) James Pierre had a tough day and was a frequent victim of Carr.

With Watt going out early and without Alualu, the pass rush slowed down significantly. Robert Spillane and Melvin Ingram both performed well and were all over the field as the majority replacements. Cameron Heyward had a big day, but the rest of the pass rush was just a step too slow or nonexistent in key crucial moments.

The special teams had another nice week. Chris Boswell hammered a 56-yard field goal and Pressley Harvin had a very good day flipping the field on the Raiders. Ray-Ray McCloud had some nice returns, with the only negative being he took a big penalty. Overall though this unit looks to be the most improved on the team.

The coaching staff had a tough day with clock management issues and a poor game plan. The play calling was inconsistent and awful for the most part, the fact the Steelers are trailing by two scores and don’t have any confidence in getting less than one yard is just plain terrible. It was a mistake by Tomlin not to go for it, but you could understand the thought process. The Steelers need to make some adjustments and figure out how to get the offense going. The defense wasn’t as bad as the stats indicated, they just seemed to wear down at the end of the game.

It was a tough loss, but there was bright spots and it would be a mistake to have any kind of freak out this early.

Beer We Go Steelers, Beer We Go!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Chris Boswell, who drilled the longest kick in the history of Heinz Field. Except for one season, he has been an absolute underappreciated star. Also Considered: Najee Harris who is starting to show signs of why he was a first round pick! Diontae Johnson pulling in 105 yards.

Beer of the Game: Was a little under the weather, so the Beer was Root Beer. Had A&W in a frosty mug! I know, this is a blog about sports and drinking beer, but wanted to be honest with the readers! BTW it was delicious.

“Steel the Snacks”: Awful Awful burger sliders from the now closed Nugget Diner in Nevada. My wife KGB recreated this classic in mini form. It was hard finding a definitive snack for the Raiders, especially now that they are in Nevada. We picked a Nevada classic the world famous Awful-Awful Burger.

My Stat of the week: Going with 1-1 a 56-yard field goal by Little Bos. He made history with the big boot and kept the Steelers in the game. (Najee Harris scoring what we hope will be the first of many touchdowns was also considered.)

My Thoughts on next week: The Steelers need a win at home and the usual suspect Bengals will be there. The Bengals are dangerous and desperate. Look for a much tougher game than expected with the Steelers edging them out.

This week’s Jersey: Heath Miller, 83, Blackout jersey, one of my favorite players of all time and a very cool looking Jersey.

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Steelers comeback and stun the Bills..

September 12th, 2021
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The Steelers came back and beat Buffalo to open the 2021 Season….

It wasn’t always pretty but in the end the Steelers started the season off right with a tough and hard-fought victory over AFC powerhouse Buffalo Bills, with a 17-point fourth quarter.  The defense was tough all game, the offense was a work in progress and in the end the special teams rebounded with the play of the game.

The front seven wreaked havoc all day, his numbers don’t show it, but Melvin Ingram was dominant and provided pressure all game, despite dealing with constant holding. Alex Highsmith also was tough, and his development continues, the numbers didn’t tell the story. Even without Stephon Tuitt, the defensive line had a great rotation and provided tremendous run support and pressure. Cam Heyward had a monster sack and kept a tough Josh Allen in place. Fresh off his new contract, T.J. Watt didn’t disappoint putting together two sacks a forced fumble, despite being double teamed all day. The refs literally could have called holding all day.

Except for one play, a 37-yard completion to Gabriel, the secondary blanketed the Bills and stayed consistent in coverage. Stephon Diggs never got off, Manny Sanders played well but was contained most of the day. Cam Sutton made the second biggest play of the game, sniffing out a big run on fourth down, tackling Matt Breida for a loss.

The biggest play of the game was authored on special teams by Miles Killebrew, blocking Matt Haack’s punt and allowing Ulysees Gilbert to recover for a touchdown. The play put the Steelers up by two scores with just under 10 minutes left. Chris Boswell put up a big day drilling three field goals, with the last one being the game clincher a 45-yarder with 2:42 left. Pressley Harvin III looked great at some points hitting a boomer for 51 yards and looked okay at others. After allowing a big opening play, the Special Teams adjusted nicely.

The offense is and looks like it will be a work in progress. The offensive line struggled to get any kind of rhythm, finding very little room to run and Ben Roethlisberger, never really had time to get set and throw down field. He played a very smart game, never panicking or forcing anything.

Najee Harris never left the field and while the numbers weren’t great, he clearly adds an element to the offense that was missing. The receivers next to the linebackers look like a clear strength. Diontae Johnson returned to his darkest NFL moment (Four drops in Buffalo last year) and made a spectacular catch for the Steelers first touchdown.

It would be easy to under estimate this win, but the Steelers beat the AFC East Champions in their own building in front of a raucous Bill’s crowd after getting off to a terrible start. That takes great coaching and a belief in the game plan!

Great Win!

Beer We Go Steelers, Beer We Go!

 

My “GAME BEER” goes to: Ben Roethlisberger, He never panicked and was completely under control and made the big plays when he needed it, I confess to being a little bit nostalgic on this one. Also Considered: T.J. Watt who was a wrecking crew. Diontae Johnson who made a great catch for the first touchdown, Miles Killebrew for the blocked punt.

Beer of the Game: (NEW SECTION): The opening game requires a classic. Iron City Light, which I drove to Pennsylvania to get back in August. What can you say it is a classic for a reason, served it ice cold out of the can!

“Steel the Snacks”: Homemade Buffalo Chicken sliders, since Anchor Bar and Duffs are the inventor of hot wings, what better snack could you ask for! KGB made them and did everything from scratch.

My Stat of the week: Going with17 points in the fourth quarter to seal a victory. It was another double-digit comeback!

My Thoughts on next week: The Steelers return to Heinz Field with what I imagine will be a raucous capacity crowd. Since the Raiders play tonight, not sure what to expect, will try and update this later in the week.

This week’s Jersey: Ben Roethlisberger, 7, Fashion jersey, I felt nostalgic as this certainly is close to being his last opening week.

 

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Your 2021 Steelers Roster… For Now!

September 9th, 2021
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Here is the BWG take on the roster.

 

The 2021 Steelers Roster
Offense
NAME Number POS AGE HT WT EXP Description
Joshua Dobbs 5 QB 26 6′ 3″ 216 lbs 5 Will start on IR, still have high hopes for him
Dwayne Haskins 3 QB 24 6′ 4″ 218 lbs 3 Still has tremendous upside
Ben Roethlisberger 7 QB 39 6′ 5″ 240 lbs 18 Twilight for the greatest QB in team history
Mason Rudolph 2 QB 26 6′ 5″ 235 lbs 4 Will be the first guy off the bench
Kalen Ballage 29 RB 25 6′ 2″ 231 lbs 4 Worked hard in camp to win this spot
Trey Edmunds 33 RB 26 6′ 2″ 223 lbs 4 Practice Squad and will see the roster at some point
Najee Harris 22 RB 23 6′ 2″ 230 lbs R Most exciting RB prospect in along time
Anthony McFarland Jr. 26 RB 22 5′ 8″ 193 lbs 2 Will start on IR, has potential to make an impact
Jaylen Samuels 38 RB 25 6′ 0″ 225 lbs 4 Will start on Practice Squad and will make the main roster at some point
Benny Snell Jr. 24 RB 23 5′ 10″ 224 lbs 3 Eeked his way onto the roster, needs to be more consistent
Derek Watt 44 FB 28 6′ 2″ 234 lbs 6 Special Teams Captain and old school fullback
Rico Bussey 84 WR 23 6′ 0″ 190 lbs R Will provide practice squad depth when healthy
Chase Claypool 11 WR 23 6′ 4″ 238 lbs 2 Big play receiver who needs to fix off field issues
Diontae Johnson 18 WR 25 5′ 10″ 183 lbs 3 Huge upside, but needs to be more consistent
Ray-Ray McCloud 14 WR 24 5′ 9″ 190 lbs 4 Started out great and fell off, needs to develop
Steven Sims   WR 24 5′ 10″ 190 lbs 3 Will provide practice squad depth
JuJu Smith-Schuster 19 WR 24 6′ 1″ 215 lbs 5 Needs to limit distractions off the field and focus on the field
Tyler Vaughns   WR 24 6′ 2″ 184 lbs R Will provide practice squad depth
James Washington 13 WR 25 5′ 11″ 213 lbs 4 Big play potential and makes the tough catches
Eric Ebron 85 TE 28 6′ 4″ 253 lbs 8 Has everything to be great…except consistency
Pat Freiermuth 88 TE 22 6′ 5″ 258 lbs R Exciting prospect who could be a Steelers fixture
Zach Gentry 81 TE 24 6′ 8″ 265 lbs 3 Traditional tough blocking TE
Kevin Rader 87 TE 26 6′ 4″ 250 lbs 1 Will start on the practice squad and will see the roster
B.J. Finney 67 C 29 6′ 4″ 318 lbs 6 Capable backup who can play three positions
Kendrick Green 53 C 22 6′ 4″ 315 lbs R Heir to the Steelers Center Dynasty
J.C. Hassenauer 60 C 27 6′ 2″ 295 lbs 2 Was not impressive in his first season
Kevin Dotson 69 G 24 6′ 4″ 321 lbs 2 Old school road grader who rose to the challenge
Malcolm Pridgeon 64 G 26 6′ 7″ 310 lbs 1 Provides much needed OL depth
Trai Turner 51 G 28 6′ 3″ 320 lbs 8 Veteran presence with very big shoes to fill
Zach Banner 72 OT 27 6′ 8″ 335 lbs 5 Injuries are hampering his chances
Rashaad Coward 79 OT 26 6′ 5″ 319 lbs 4 Veteran OL depth on the main roster
Chaz Green 74 OT 29 6′ 5″ 315 lbs 5 Will push to make the main roster
Joe Haeg 71 OT 27 6′ 6″ 298 lbs 6 Part of a strong draft class,
John Leglue 77 OT 25 6′ 6″ 301 lbs 1 Versatile player with NFL experience
Dan Moore Jr. 65 OT 22 6′ 5″ 315 lbs R Versatile prospect that might be the steal of the draft
Chukwuma Okorafor 76 OT 24 6′ 6″ 320 lbs 4 Has established humself as the starter
   
Defense
NAME POS AGE HT WT EXP Description
Tyson Alualu 94 DE 34 6′ 3″ 304 lbs 12 Developed into a solid performer
Isaiah Buggs 96 DE 25 6′ 3″ 295 lbs 3 Plays with a nasty edge, make or break year
Isaiahh Loudermilk 92 DE 23 6′ 7″ 293 lbs R Steelers traded up to grab him, looks like a big body 3-4 DE
Stephon Tuitt 91 DE 28 6′ 6″ 303 lbs 8 Starting on IR, a huge contributor when healthy
Daniel Archibong   DT 23 6′ 6″ 300 lbs R Exciting big body Tackle prospect
Demarcus Christmas 93 DT 26 6′ 3″ 302 lbs 2 Will start the year on the practice squad
Carlos Davis 73 DT 25 6′ 2″ 320 lbs 2 Will be a bigger contributor this season
Cameron Heyward 97 DT 32 6′ 5″ 295 lbs 11 Team Captain and the anchor of the Steelers defense
Chris Wormley 95 DT 27 6′ 5″ 300 lbs 5 Will be a contributor this year after an uneven first season
Marcus Allen 27 LB 25 6′ 2″ 215 lbs 3 Undersized linebacker who will play in the nickel
Devin Bush 55 LB 23 5′ 11″ 234 lbs 3 Excited to see what he can deliver when healthy
Ulysees Gilbert III 54 LB 24 6′ 0″ 230 lbs 3 Capable backup
Alex Highsmith 56 LB 24 6′ 4″ 242 lbs 2 Could be his coming out year!
Melvin Ingram III 8 LB 32 6′ 2″ 247 lbs 10 Exciting pickup who will push for playing time
Buddy Johnson 45 LB 22 6′ 2″ 240 lbs R 4th Round pick old school thumper with speed
Jamir Jones 40 LB 23 6′ 3″ 255 lbs 1 Big camp and preseason earned his spot
Miles Killebrew 28 LB 28 6′ 2″ 222 lbs 6 Veteran safety/linebacker
Joe Schobert 93 LB 27 6′ 1″ 240 lbs 6 Great pickup who will be a great asset to the defense
Delontae Scott   LB 24 6′ 5″ 246 lbs 1 Edge rusher who will be on the practice squad
Robert Spillane 41 LB 25 6′ 1″ 229 lbs 3 Very capable backup who did great last year
Derrek Tuszka   LB 24 6′ 4″ 251 lbs 2 Experienced depth at the LB spot
T.J. Watt 90 LB 26 6′ 4″ 252 lbs 5 The new face of the franchise, needs to get contract settled
DeMarkus Acy 30 CB 23 6′ 2″ 195 lbs 1 Can play nickel and safety
Mark Gilbert 17 CB 24 6′ 0″ 175 lbs R Physically gifted, could push to be on special teams
Joe Haden 23 CB 32 5′ 11″ 195 lbs 12 Perennial pro bowler, in the twilight of his career
Justin Layne 31 CB 23 6′ 2″ 192 lbs 3 Has the skills and tools, needs the brain
James Pierre 42 CB 24 6′ 2″ 185 lbs 2 Will start at the nickel and could push on the outside
Cameron Sutton 20 CB 26 5′ 11″ 188 lbs 5 Will get the first chance to start on the outside
Ahkello Witherspoon 25 CB 26 6′ 2″ 195 lbs 5 Experenced Cornerback who will push to start opposite Haden
Terrell Edmunds 34 S 24 6′ 1″ 217 lbs 4 Needs a big performance on his walk year
Minkah Fitzpatrick 39 S 24 6′ 1″ 207 lbs 4 One of the best in the NFL
Karl Joseph 30 S 28 5′ 10″ 200 lbs 6 A former top prospect trying to get his career on track
Arthur Maulet 35 S 28 5′ 10″ 190 lbs 5 Veteran cornerback who will star on special teams
Tre Norwood 21 S 22 6′ 0″ 194 lbs R Versatile prospect, has the size and physical skills
Donovan Stiner 26 S 22 6′ 2″ 210 lbs R Has the size but still a very raw prospect
Henry Mondeaux 99 DE 25 6’4″ 280 lbs 2 Will start on the practice squad, has reached cult like status in the ‘Burgh
Special Teams
NAME POS AGE HT WT EXP Descrption
Chris Boswell 9 PK 30 6′ 2″ 185 lbs 7 One of the best kickers in the business
Matthew Wright 16 PK 25 6′ 0″ 186 lbs 1 Practice Squad Player, who has limitations
Pressley Harvin III 6 P 22 6′ 0″ 255 lbs R Exciting prospect with a booming leg
Christian Kuntz 46 LS 27 6′ 1″ 228 lbs 1 Local boy made good, pushed his way onto the roster

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The Steelers are back tonight!

August 5th, 2021
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The first preseason game of the year kicks off! The Steelers face long time rival the Dallas Cowboys in the the Hall of Fame game, this was the game to be played last season!

What to expect; NOT a lot! Hey but it will still be fun, the Steelers will be dress 88 players, here are some questions;

  1. What does Dwayne Haskins brings to the table?
  2. Who plays Center?
  3. Which “bubble” guy will stand out and make a name?
  4. Who will step up to take a spot for the secondary vacancy?
  5. Not a question, just a thought….this is fun…unless someone gets hurt!

Enjoy the game and welcome back!

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

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Steelers grab a nice haul of UDFAs!

May 5th, 2021
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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have a solid track record with undrafted free agents and have even struck gold. (See James Harrison/ Donnie Shell) All the players have good to even great upside but need further development.

Here is the BWG Take:

Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State: Very high upside prospect who continues to develop. Good coverage skills and could move into a nickel spot. He has a chance to make the team or the practice squad.

Lamont Wade, S, Penn State: A local kid from Clairton, in Allegheny County, Will also challenge for the nickel spot, which he played for the Nittany Lions. He has good tackling ability, deceptive speed and can move around in the secondary. Where he has the best shot of making the team is on special teams.

Jamar Watson, LB, Kentucky: Tough pass rusher who had a very productive college career. Has good first step but struggles against bigger tackles. Despite some athletic limitations, he has good run stuffing abilities and will help with depth.

Calvin Bundage, LB, Oklahoma State: Hard working versatile linebacker who played in a 4-3 scheme. He can play inside and outside and is good against the run and can rush the passer. Needs experience and polish.

Isaiah McCoy, WR, Kent State: Very good hands and big frame receiver. He can push to make the team as a possession receiver. The Steelers have excelled at finding guys like this and making them successful. Hmm undrafted rookie from Kent State, where else have we heard that before?

Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke: The Steelers need depth in the secondary and Gilbert provides that. He has a great pedigree and while he is from North Carolina, he has Aliquippa roots. He is the nephew of Sean Gilbert, NFL standout and the cousin of all-world Cornerback Darrelle Revis. He ran a 4.36 forty and has all the tools to make it in the league. The injury bug seems to plague him however, he needs to stay on the field.

Rico Bussey Jr., WR, Hawaii: Explosive high upside athlete, possesses great speed, strong hands and a solid frame. He will have a chance to make the teams on Special Teams as well as push for a receiver spot. Injury concerns affected his draft status. The Steelers have a knack for finding diamonds in the rough at receiver. Bussey is one of those diamonds.

Donovan Stiner, S, Florida: Solid sized Safety with strong instincts and a knack for finding the football. A bit of an underachiever who did not develop past his sophomore year, according to some scouting reports. He is the prototypical strong safety who can help in the run and play in a system successfully.

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Your 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Class!

May 4th, 2021
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The 2021 Draft is in the books and here is the Steelers’ haul.

Round 1, Pick 24; Najee Harris, RB —So grabbing a running back in the first round, seemed like a luxury that the Steelers couldn’t afford. But it is hard to argue against it, when the best player at his position is on the board and it is one of your most glaring needs, you grab him. The Steelers grabbed the best runner on the board and he will be a huge asset. He is a great person off the field as well and looks like a great culture fit as well as player fit.  Grade: A+

Round 2, Pick 55; Pat Freiermuth, TE — This was a little mind boggling, because TE was not a need. But Freiermuth is a throwback tight end who can block as well as catch. He is a tremendous athlete and will immediately be in the starting lineup. I wanted to see a Tackle or Cornerback here, but Freiermuth will be a Steeler for a long time. It was a great pick.  Grade: A

Round 3, Pick 87; Kendrick Green, C — Center was a gaping hole, and the Steelers grabbed a very good prospect. Green has great speed and is a violent blocker, he is a little undersized but will bring some “nastiness” to the line as the Steelers look to rebuild up front. This could be a starter and someone who will fit in the Steelers Center Dynasty!   Grade: B+

Round 4, Pick 128; Dan Moore Jr., OT — The Steelers are confident in Chuks Okorafor and Zach Banner as the starting tackles and Al Villanueva is still available. The Steeler also added Joe Haeg as a swing tackle in free agency. Moore will slide into a backup role and could push for a starting spot. He adds much needed depth, he has strong athletic ability. Grade: B-

Round 4, Pick 140; Buddy Johnson, ILB — Johnson looks like Vince Williams 2.0. He is an old school middle of the line banger. But he also has good coverage skills and will most likely see the field this season. This was a great pick and will pay big dividends. Grade: B+

Round 5, Pick 156; Isaiahh Loudermilk, DE — Will provide much needed depth on the defensive line. He has the physical tools but is a very raw prospect.   Grade: C+

Round 6, 218; Quincy Roche, OLB —Roche fits the classic Steelers prototype, a converted defensive end with the explosiveness to rush the passer. He has a strong quality first step. This was a great value pick, who will be given every chance to be in the rotation, especially on passing downs. This is the most intriguing pick the Steelers made. Grade: C+

Round 7, 245; Tre Norwood, DB — Norwood is a versatile defensive back who can play cornerback and safety. His athleticism makes him a candidate to play in the dime defense or be a special teams contributor. This is a solid value pick that can provide some young depth at a position that lost two of its’ best players. Grade: B

Round 7, Pick 254; Pressley Harvin III, — What in the name of Colin Holba are we doing drafting a punter? Well let me tell you, this isn’t your father’s punter, unless your Dad was a fan of the late great Reggie Roby. Harvin is a 260-pound punter who can actually throw the ball a country mile. He also can punt, averaging 48 yards per attempt last season while winning the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter. Ironically, the Steelers grabbed the best player at the position, a position that they have spent three seasons trying to upgrade. Also, keep in mind the Steelers have jettisoned their seventh-round pick almost regularly after camp, so they grab a pick who will most likely start for the team, it was a no brainer and a great value pick. Keep also in mind, he has Steelers cult hero potential written all over him! Grade: A+

Overall: So, no surprise to anyone, the main-stream press outside of Pittsburgh didn’t like the Steelers draft. That is ridiculous, from where they were drafting, the Steelers grabbed three potential starters out of nine picks. Not many teams picking in the twenties can make that claim.

Every pick had potential and good value. Grabbing a cornerback or edge rusher earlier would have been more ideal than a Tight End. However, the Steelers clearly drafted the best available player and had a nice haul. What more can you ask for. Grade: A

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The pick is in….

April 30th, 2021
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It’s Najee Harris… RB ….Alabama!

Here is the best scouting report I can share…. from one of BWG’s favorites Merril Hoge:

“I watched every run, catch and play Najee Harris had in 2020! He has extraordinary balance and agility for a back of his size. He runs with great power and grace. He is gifted enough to be dynamic on the perimeter as well. His receiving skills also separate him. He is a very good route runner and has natural instincts to catch the ball. He’s also a willing participant to block, which makes him a complete player. What an awesome weapon to help get this offense back on track!! Welcome to Pittsburgh!”

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A ten year look back at the Steelers 1st Round Draft Picks!

April 29th, 2021
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Since 1969 the Steelers have built their teams through the draft. Here is a look back at the recent history of the Steelers in the last ten years with a grade for each first round pick!

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Ranking the Steelers Last 10 Draft Picks
Year, Player, College, When Chosen Grade Reason
2020: No first-round selection A Alright cheating a little, but this Pick is Minkah Fitzpatrick so going A
2019: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan (No. 10 overall) INC Early signs are that this is a great pick, but still too early to tell
2018: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech (No. 28) INC Too early to tell, lot of haters on this guy, but he is coming into his own
2017: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin (No. 30) A+ Not sure it could get better than this guy, new face of the franchise
2016: Artie Burns, CB, Miami (No. 25) F Never lived up to potential and is now a memory
2015: Bud Dupree, LB, Kentucky (No. 22) A- Took a little longer to develop but was an outstanding contributor
2014: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (No. 15) A Would have been an A+, was on track for an amazing career, was still great!
2013: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia (No. 17) D Never realized his potential and is now out of football
2012: David DeCastro, G, Stanford (No. 24) A+ One of the best guards if not the best guard in football (Special to KGB and me)
2011: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State (No. 31) A+ The Anchor of the defense for the past ten seasons!

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Draft Preview from Beer We Go!

April 27th, 2021
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Thursday marks the 2021 NFL Draft after a year like no other. The draft should be a nice reminder of what lay ahead for the Black and Gold and hopefully helps put the disastrous end to the 2020 season in the rear view mirror. Kevin Colbert has a solid track record of building the team through the draft. The team is in transition and need to make some wise and strong picks to replenish the cupboard.

The Steelers front office has hit and hit pretty big on five of the last ten picks, with two undecided (Terrell Edmunds, S /Devin Bush, LB),  two misses (Jarvis Jones, LB /Artie Burns, CB) and of course no first rounder last year.

Draft Needs:

Offensive Line: For the first time in a very long time the Steelers offensive lines has more questions than answers. Maurkice Pouncey, who anchored the Center spot for about a decade, is headed to retirement, so is Bloomsburg Alumni, Matt Feiler, who headed west for greener pastures and an even greener bank account. Alejandro Villanueva also is in flux and depending on the draft is most likely leaving the Burgh.  The Steelers need a minimum of a prospect at Center and at Tackle. The good news is this is one of the strongest offensive lineman drafts in recent history, with tackles being slightly stronger than interior lineman and there should be all kinds of value picks. Colbert excels at getting value later in the draft.

Running Back: With James Conner never recapturing his first season magic, the Steelers are in need of a replacement at running back. The running game was atrocious a year a go and all but bottomed out. It was probably the single biggest reason they made an early exit from the playoffs. The Steelers desperately need a back but it is hard to see them using the 24th pick to do it. This will be a mid-round selection but again has to be addressed this year.

Cornerback: This could have been recycled from two years ago. Steven Nelson was a cap casualty after a solid tenure in the Burgh. Justin Layne is more than likely done now because of off field troubles. The Steelers lack any talent or depth at the spot and need a talent injection here. It might be worth looking at grabbing an elite corner prospect at 24 or even making a move to grab one in the first round.

Edge Rusher: Bud Dupree a former first round pick is now gone from Pittsburgh too. The Steelers need someone opposite T.J. Watt and they think Alex Highsmith might be the answer. Finding linebacker talent has always been a team strength and this year they will grab the best edge rusher available. Don’t be surprised if they use one of the first two picks on this spot, even thought Offensive Line and Running back are the more glaring needs.

Quarterback: It should go without being written the Ben Roethlisberger era is about to draw to a close. Contrary to what the mainstream press said, he had a very good year overall in 2020 and the team is better with him than without him. It was a tale of two seasons for Roethlisberger, the total lack of a running game and the fact that he simply just wore down over shadowed a very good overall season. The Steelers have the very interesting Dwayne Haskins, who needed a change of scenery. on the roster with Mason Rudolph who has shown some signs of success and Joshua Dobbs who is still somewhat of a mystery. It would be wise to invest in the position and see what falls into their lap.

Below is the Steelers current picks barring any trades.

Round 1, No. 24 overall

Round 2, No. 55

Round 3, No. 87

Round 4, No. 128

Round 4, No. 140

Round 6, No. 216

Round 7, No. 245

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

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A promising season comes crashing down for the Steelers!

January 11th, 2021
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It was a complete and total breakdown in all facets of football ending a very promising and somewhat successful season in a wreck. The Cleveland Browns got off to a fast start and kept the Steelers at bay, making whatever play they needed, when they needed it. They never were really in the game and now face an uncertainty of what will probably be the most difficult offseason in the Tomlin Era.

Despite setting a record and throwing for just over 500 yards Ben Roethlisberger’s faded season was on full display. It seemed that he ran out of gas in mid-November and last night was the culmination of everyone’s fears. He threw two first quarter picks that led to 14 Browns points and the Steelers never really recovered. He battled back but then would turn the ball over in a crucial scenario. Roethlisberger threw a whopping 68 times finished with four touchdowns but four key interceptions that turned the Steelers fortunes.

The offensive line had solid protection considering Roethlisberger didn’t hit the deck and passed 68 times, but a Maurkice Pouncey errant snap to start the game was a terrible omen and the fact that late in the game Coach Tomlin opted to punt instead of going for a fourth and 1 is pretty telling about how far this croup has fallen since the departure of Mike Munchack. The Steelers actually found room to run, but the score made it nearly impossible to use any sort of running game.

JuJu Smith-Schuster put up big numbers leading the team with 13 catches and 157 yards, but his pregame comments that were taken way out of context were a huge distraction all week. This most likely was Smith-Schuster’s last game as a Steeler. Diontae Johnson again made key mistakes despite having a gaudy stat line. James Washington did a good job when called upon.

The defense was out of synch the entire night and never could get the needed key stop or key turnover. The Browns found plenty of running room and Robert Spillane was flat run over by Kareem Hunt on a touchdown. The Browns banged out 127 yards and never seemed to be in real danger with running the ball.

The tackling all night was atrocious and several missed tackles led to the Browns making small gains into huge gains including a huge backbreaking touchdown at the end of the first half.

Special teams finished their 2020 campaign with several glaring mistakes. Chris Boswell had a tough night on kickoffs and the coverage units played so poorly that they all but cost the Steelers a late first half touchdown. Jordan Berry when called upon to pin down the Browns late in the fourth quarter boomed it into the end zone for a touchback. That play is going to get Mike Tomlin bbq in the press this week.

The coaching staff had a horrible night on several fronts. How the Steelers could come out so flat is inconceivable after missing the playoffs the last few years. There was a serious disconnect with the two-point conversion and a complete lack of imagination on plays. Not going for it late in the game down by 13 with one yard to go confirmed that the game had gotten away from the Steelers and they were in trouble.

It is going to be a long offseason and the Steelers are about to enter a period of endless winter with several personnel changes coming.

 

BEER WE GO STEELERS, BEER WE GO!

My “GAME BEER” goes to: No one, it was a horrible performance in all facets of football. Was going to go with JuJu Smith-Schuster but honestly he was such a distraction all week, not all of which was his fault, but come on.

Where I watched the game: At the house and we had to rescue Dante from Playoff Purgatory on a school night. The Snack was Cheeseburger Subs prior to the game. Cheeseburgers on Italian bread cooked perfectly and well put together with lettuce tomato onions and something called burger sauce. Going to eat the leftovers while I write this. The beer was Iron City for the playoffs. I texted with my buddy Bill and the Janick through most of the game.

My Stat of the week: Unfortunately has to be 28 Points in the first quarter. It was the most points ever scored in a first quarter of a post season game and that record belongs to the Browns against the Steelers, something we will have to live with for a very long time.

My Thoughts on next week: Going to be a very long and challenging offseason. This has the makings of a rip down and despite going 12-4 this team will be broken up pretty significantly.

This week’s Jersey: Joe Greene, 75, Black Home (1970’s addition) This is my gamer which obviously didn’t get used this season.

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