Here are a few article that run the gamut of things about the Steelers and the NFL. I hope I found something to interest all the Nice Pick Cowher readers who take the time to stop by.
Le’Veon Bell Key to Steelers Success
Jaimeson Hensley, who blogs for ESPN.com about the AFC North, thinks Bell ranks first among the Steelers rookies as the one who can make an immediate impact on the team. He cites Bell’s college numbers:
He was college football’s ultimate workhorse last season. No one had more than Bell’s 382 carries, and only one other back had more than 356 carries. The watershed moment of his career came against Boise State last year, when he touched the ball 50 times for 265 total yards in a 17-13 comeback victory.”
Hensley is also fair about the downsides that Bell brings with him, particularly the knock on his size. He talks about the inevitable comparisons for any running back to Jerome Bettis, which is probably unfair because I think Bettis is unique in how he sacrificed his body to get yardage. Hensley makes a good point but I am always skeptical about using college numbers to predict NFL success. That is a lot of pressure on a player and the transition often isn’t seamless. Bell’s potential is exciting to think about though.
ESPN Fantasy Predictions
If you are a Fantasy Football Leaguer, you may want to check out how ESPN ranks players in the AFC North. Jaimeson Hensley gives a summary and the fantasy gurus weren’t kind as only three AFC North players rank in the Top 50. I guess anyone who wants to play in the league may have to sacrifice loyalty to their team to build a credible fantasy roster.
Ike Taylor Interviews Dan Rooney
Taylor’s discussion with Mr. Rooney is posted on Steelers.com. During their six minute chat, they talk about Mr. Rooney’s time as the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. He asked who were the top 6 people in Mr. Rooney’s speed dial on his cell phone and Mr. Rooney’s sense of humor comes through but you can also see a bit of the power he has. Don’t watch it for Taylor’s interviewing skills, watch it for the dynamic between them. Rooney genuinely seems to like Ike.
NFL.com’s Most Underrated/Overrated Players of All Time
This is a continuation of Dave Dameshek’s column from a week or so ago. It’s a three minute video of pretty much the same thing that was in the article. As I recall, Bob Labriola of Steelers.com, contributed to the underrated part of this list.
Ryan Clark makes the Sports Talk Show Rounds Again
Ryan Clark was on NFL AM on the NFL Network and they asked him if the Ravens’ Super Bowl win is motivation for the Steelers this year. Clark also talks about how there have been a change in how things are done in training. It’s a quick 2 min+ video that really doesn’t do anything beyond put Clark’s face out there.
Urgent Letter to Steelers Fans
Ed Bouchette is on vacation from his Pittsburgh Post-Gazette job and his PG+ column space is filled by other readers. Today there is a letter from Gary Porpora urging Steelers fans to stop making stupid statements and get better informed about Steeler history. I certainly identify with most of what Mr. Porpora says. I think he embodies a well-informed true Steelers fan who bleeds black and gold but can admit things haven’t always been and won’t always be rosy for the team. Well done Mr. Porpora!
Opinion Piece on Criminal Activity Among NFL Players
Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes about the arrests among NFL players, rookies included, since the Super Bowl. He concludes that there is a segment of the players who “long to be bad-ass” and that NFL fans accommodate the mayhem that goes along with it. Well, I have to agree that part of what people love about the NFL is the controlled mayhem. Here’s a place where you are allowed, if not expected to take and give hits. It’s sanctioned violence and aggression that is only tolerated in a sports venue. Step off that field and the rules change. How realistic is it for fans to expect a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type of transformation. It shouldn’t be a surprise that some players don’t know how to turn it off. Take a look at his piece and see what you think.
What did I miss? What did I get wrong?
That’s it for today. Let me know what you think.