VINCENT WALKER FROM WICHITA, KS: I recently won an auction for a helmet signed by Mel Blount. I read more about his successes with the Steelers and learned that he even made a change to the passport named after him. Had interference rule He continued to dominate even after the rule change Where would you count him among the Steelers cornerbacks of all time?
ANSWER: Mel Blount is No. 1, and Rod Woodson is No. 1a in my highly subjective ranking of the best cornerbacks in franchise history. Woodson was a great player, but much of his takeaway production came after he followed the Steelers after the Had left 1996 season Both were tough and physically Both were very competitive There’s really not much to differentiate other than how long they’ve played with the Steelers, Blount played in 200 career games with the franchise and Woodson in 138
WILLIAM STREET FROM CASPER, WY: Given the current COVID-19 troubles in Cleveland, regardless of what the NFL plans to do, could the Steelers lose the week? The risk of getting into the playoffs affected by another COVID-19 outbreak is terrifying. Maybe I’m a little too worried?
ANSWER: That would never happen. Steelers President Art Rooney II has too much respect for the NFL and league fans around the world to willingly lose a game
STEPHEN MITCHELL FROM TALLAHASSEE, FL: What is the probability that Ben Roethlisberger will win the Comeback Player of the Year Award? How do his odds compare to Alex Smith’s? What criteria do you use to vote for the comeback player of the year?
ANSWER: According to sportsbettingdimecom, as of Dec 8, Alex Smith was the favorite to win Comeback Player of the Year with minus 5000 while Ben Roethlisberger was listed with plus 1200
This from Wikipedia on Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year criteria: “The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award is given annually by the Associated Press to a player in the National Football League Awarded While the criteria for awards are imprecise, they are usually awarded to a player who has overcome the difficulties of the previous season – such as an injury or poor performance when a player can return from such difficulties and play at the elite level He prefers to win the award The winner is selected by a nationwide panel of media representatives. Since 2011, the award has been presented at the NFL Honors ceremony the day before the Super Bowl “
DENNIS SLEEGER FROM YORK, PA: Can you explain exactly what an RPO is? They say the Steelers don’t run it. Does it have to be the quarterback in the middle?
ANSWER: I think you are confusing RPOs, which are run-pass options, with read option, a designed run where the quarterback reads the defense before deciding whether to hand the ball to a running back or keep it and run by yourself (usually towards the end) The Steelers don’t use the read option but use a lot of RPOs I’ll allow Coach Mike Tomlin to explain RPOs:
“RPOs give you a chance to get out of a potentially bad game if the defense outsmarts the run. That’s why RPO is called: It’s a run or pass option, but the run element is the first, in general, you are committed to the running game unless you see a certain look from the defense that puts you in an adverse position and then you have an exit over the pass to level the field of play and usually when the defense overloads the box arise certain one-on-one games, and that’s exactly what you saw in the game against Chase (Claypool in the fourth quarter of the Eagles game) They loaded the box (fourth and first) and we tossed the ball to Chase and he managed to win the one-on-one against the cornerback, who was out of cover “
DAVID LaVECK FROM ROCHESTER, NY: The offensive line is fine with me because we are a passing team and they are an elite at blocking pass So what’s the problem? The only thing I can see is when it’s 1 yard to do a first descent what can be done here because it just can’t block?
ANSWER: I disagree The fact that the Steelers have not been able to develop a representative running game at all this season is unacceptable, and the problems with inability to do so certainly start with the offensive line game and at close range there are mostly no boost To fight for a championship, a crime has to be more than one-dimensional, and that doesn’t have to mean that you play football effectively at every game, but it also doesn’t mean that you are not as incompetent as you are the Steelers have shown to be lately
DAVID AGOSTA FROM LITTLETON, CO: Why announce that Ben Roethlisberger is sitting against Cleveland this early in the week? Doesn’t this give your defense coordinator extra time to schedule a backup?
ANSWER: My experience shows me that keeping something like this quiet for a whole week is very, very difficult, and in the social media times we live in, I think it would be impossible and the Browns staff are not stupid, because playing Ben Roethlisberger in such a regular season finale, which for the Steelers did not involve a real reunion with the playoffs in the following week, would be the definition of stupid
BILLY UDICIOUS FROM RUSH, NY: Do you agree that Jordan Berry did a great job keeping us in terms of field position in games?
ANSWER: Since Jordan Berry was brought back after the Dustin Colquitt experiment failed, he has pushed 54 times for an average of 459 yards, with three touchbacks and 21 within the 20-yard line. What impressed me about Berry is that he doesn’t have any this clunker had when the Steelers needed him to throw them out of bad field position, which he happily did on his first round with the team
PAT FLYNN FROM OAKDALE, PA: How exactly is an NFL drop pass defined? Does a player have to put both hands on the ball before it is dropped to count as a dropped pass? Does the ball have to be within a certain radius of the player numbers?
ANSWER: A dropped passport, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.There is no strict, official, and detailed definition of a dropped passport
CHRIS O’BRIEN FROM JESSUP, PA: Is James Conner less than 100 percent healthy or are the Steelers protecting him because of his injury history? Last week he was used for the goal line fall and some critical situations but it seems he could be used more than the 10 touches he had against the Colts throughout the game
ANSWER: The Steelers are trying to win games. The idea is not to get James Conner more touch, but to use him in situations where he has been put in the best position to help the team win if that means Conner has a lot Get touches then great. If that means he gets a handful then so be it
JON NICHOLAS FROM WEST VALLEY, NY: Do you think it would be wise to act on the first round to get Zach Wilson and let him learn behind Ben Roethlisberger until he finishes?
ANSWER: Zach Wilson is in the top 10, and the fact that he is a quarterback could mean that he is closer to fifth than tenth overall. What is the opposite of wise? The move you suggest would be the
ANTONIO MAYEN FROM QUERETARO, MÉXICO: Do you think Dwayne Haskins as a free agent is realistic and a good option to sign him as a backup so that he can learn from Ben Roethlisberger next year?
ANSWER: According to an idea first put forward by The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly, there may not be a place on the list for Dwayne Haskins after the Steelers added Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, trading for Sam Darnold and then a draft for the first Round have used pick a quarterback, perhaps by acting to get Zach Wilson
PHILIP WINTER FROM PITTSBURGH, PA: I just read “Asked and Answered” for December 31 My question: Don’t you think you should relax?
ANSWER: That’s an opinion, or maybe you need to develop a sense of humor. Read on
JULIO GARCIA FROM WINSTON SALEM, NC: You wrote, “This is not a talk show and I’m not your therapist” I love it I know this isn’t a question, but thank you for all the good laughs and the great content
ANSWER: Happy New Year to you and your family
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