5 Smoldering Questions On the Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 8
Once again we are Hombre-less, and Ivan, Steeler Fever and I have attempted to fill his very large shoes.
(1) Fever asks: We are at the halfway point of the 2015 NFL season and our Pittsburgh Steelers stand at 4-4 coming off consecutive losses at Kansas City and home against the Cincinnati Bengals. How do you think they will end this season? Please state how you see the Steelers regular season record playing out and how far you believe they will advance in the playoffs, if you see the team making the playoffs at all.
(2) Landry Jones has been viewed as a total bust essentially since the pick was announced in April of 2013. Yet he had a very impressive college career. His draft profile noted he is a “prototypical NFL pocket passer with NFL size,” and lots of other nice things.
In the Cardinals game we mostly saw Good Landry Jones. In the Chiefs game we saw Mostly Mediocre Landry Jones.
Now that Ben Roethlisberger is back, let’s indulge in some baseless speculation on Jones’ future with the Steelers. He has one more year on his rookie contract, and it would save the Steelers $675,000 on the salary cap if they cut him prior to June 1, 2016. Bruce Gradkowski is a free agent at the end of this season. If you were Kevin Colbert, and if you had to make the decision now, would you:
- a) Re-sign Bruce Gradkowski and let Landry Jones play out his contract,
- b) Let Gradkowski walk, extend Jones as the No. 2, and draft another developmental prospect to groom as the No. 3, or
- c) Let Gradkowski walk, cut Jones, sign a veteran, and groom a developmental prospect.
(3) Speaking of contract questions, Ivan asks: In his short stint with the team, placekicker Chris Boswell has been perfect with his scoring attempts and has shown a strong leg as well. If you had to choose today, do you thank Boswell for his services rendered and welcome back Shaun Suisham, or do you release ‘Sweet Cheeks’ and take your chances with the cheaper rookie?
(4) Will it take a 100% Ben Roethlisberger to overcome the loss of Le’Veon Bell, or do you think there is hope even if it takes Ben a few weeks to return to early-season form?
(5) Over the past several weeks Steelers Nation provided a clinic on what it means to be fickle as it relates to our sentiments concerning the relative worth of our backup quarterbacks. Assuming there is another game where Ben Roethlisberger is unable to go and both are healthy, who do you play, Michael Vick or Landry Jones? (In case you couldn’t tell, this was Ivan : )
Bonus question, from a Momma’s heart: Can anyone see any good reason to keep Dri Archer at this point? In other words, is there any reason to think he is going to “get it” with a bit more time, or has he amply demonstrated that what he did in college just won’t translate in his case to the NFL?
As usual, please feel free to read your classmate’s answers. And if you don’t like these questions, remember we were substitute teachers…