5 Smoldering Questions On the Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 14
by Hombre de Acero
The Pittsburgh Steelers went into Paul Brown Stadium and defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 33-20. In so doing they improved their record to 8-5 and gave their AFC North Title hopes another week of life.
This week’s contest brings the Denver Broncos to Pittsburgh, but before we find out if the Steelers can buck the Broncos, Steeler Nation must first struggle with these 5 Smoldering Questions on the Steelers.
1. Many in Steelers Nation were up in arms over Pittsburgh’s loss to Seattle three weeks ago, but at the time, much of the media took a lot of positives away from their performance. Steel City Insider’s Jim Wexell expanded on that theme following the Bengals win observing:
“I believe one of the biggest keys to maturation is learning to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Nothing does that better than playing difficult road games. I thought much was gained in the near-win at Seattle a few weeks ago and I believe the Steelers showcased that sharpened iron in Cincinnati.”
Do you agree or disagree with Jim Wexell? Defend your choice.
2. Throughout the 2015 season, Mike Tomlin has never hesitated to go for 2, at least when Ben Roethlisberger is playing. Yet against the Bengals, the Steelers didn’t attempt a 2 point conversion, even though this was their biggest game to date. What conclusions do you draw from that decision?
3. The Steelers-Bengals show down was marked by its “Chippiness” to quote CBS’s commentators. After the game, Marcus Gilbert continued to stir the pot with a tweet, which has since been deleted, but which apparently said:
All I want for Christmas is the bengals. Would love to see them in the playoffs where they choke. The talking is done between the lines 🌕🌑
— Marcus Gilbert (@MarcusGilbert88) December 14, 2015
Mike Tomlin labeled such missives as “Childish” and Dale Lolley predicted they would stop, at least in Pittsburgh. How do you see such “Trash Talk?”
4. Yesterday afternoon I got an email from Homer imploring me to stop what I was doing and view the video embedded in this Tweet:
What does this say to you?
5. With his pick-six of AJ McCarron, William Gay now has tied Steelers Hall of Famer Rod Woodson for the franchise record of interceptions returned for a touchdown. Thanks to research done by Neal Coolong of USA Today Steelers Wire, we know that the Gay is the 4th least targeted cornerback in the NFL, quarterbacks only have a passer rating of 77.4 when throwing against Gay and, knock on wood, Gay is only one of four NFL corners who has not given up a touchdown.
Yet, per the page Over the Cap, of the 212 NFL cornerbacks listed, William Gay ranks 97th in total contract value and total guaranteed money, 71st in annual average compensation and 93rd in percentage of guaranteed money.
Beyond, “Bruce Arians was dumb to dump him and Kevin Colbert was smart to snatch him back” what do such disparities between pay and performance say to you about today’s NFL?
It looks like the Steelers are one cornerback shy of a full load. There’s always going to be a last position in any unit overhaul, so I refuse to blast Kevin Colbert about not addressing the position in the draft. It’s becoming obvious that he’s done a pretty good job drafting another guy at another position, whomever that guy or position may be.
Discuss. I’m verklempt…