Happy Friday! I wish there was a football game this weekend, but that’s, unfortunately, a few months away. In the meantime, I’ll have to content myself with trolling for news around the web. Here’s a sampling of what I found and some opinion to go with it.
Joe Greene’s retirement left at least one hole to fill in the front office. Apparently, there were other holes too. The Steelers moved quickly. According to Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Steelers promoted Phil Kriedler as the new college scout, replacing Ron Hughes, who remains with the Steelers as the special assistant for college scouting, whatever that means. The article lists several other moves and the one that stands out is promoting former Steelers Tight End Mark Bruener to college scout. Now, I don’t follow who is doing the scouting for the Steelers and their backgrounds very closely. Honestly, someone who is more “in the know” with the organization, like the local newspaper beat writers, have to call things to my attention when it comes to who does the scouting. Having said that, I’m always happy when a former Steeler player takes up a job in the front office. I think it continues to keep the family atmosphere that is so hard to maintain in this business. Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also offers a short piece of the scouting personnel moves.
Ryan Clark finished up his “internship” with ESPN and he and Tedy Bruschi shared laughs on screen during NFL Live’s taping on Thursday. Mike Florio of NBC’s Pro Football Talk, seemed to be virtually shaking his head about the information Ryan Clark was sharing as a still-active player. Clark is offering up opinions about opponents and giving clues as to how he would take them on. One has to assume this information contains the thoughts and opinions gleaned from his years under Dick LeBeau. I’m certainly not comfortable with what Clark has been doing this week. It’s too much. Active players need to be focused on training and preparing. Does anyone remember that Clark quit Twitter to “focus” on preparing for the season? This week has been like Twitter on steroids! If he doesn’t have at least a “decent” season, he has no clue just how bad the criticism can get. I don’t think this was a smart move on his part.
OK Steeler Nation, it was a slow news day, so that’s it from me. Let us know what you think about the articles and if there is anything you want to hear our opinions on that we may have missed.