5 Smoldering Questions On the Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 15
by Hombre de Acero
Denver brought the NFL’s best defense into Heinz Field. For 30 minutes the Broncos got the best of Pittsburgh, but the Steelers rallied to win 34-27. The win improves the Steelers’ record to 9-5 and momentarily gives them the sixth seed in the AFC Wild Card race. But historic rivals Baltimore and Cleveland stand in Pittsburgh’s way….
Before Pittsburgh can confront its demons in Charm City and on the Mistake by the Lake, Steelers Nation must first resolve these 5 Smoldering Questions.
1. The win over Denver was dramatic by any measure. Just how important are you ready to say it is with two weeks to go in the regular season?
2. Mike Tomlin claimed that the Steelers made no fundamental changes on defense between the first and second half. However, Dale Lolley observed that one change included playing Brandon Boykin more and Antwon Blake less. Others picked up on the change, but Tomlin does not seem inclined to start Boykin. Should he be?
3. Unfortunately no exact quote or link can be found, but at about this point in the 2010 NFL season, Behind the Steel Curtain founder Michael Bean observed that if Ben Roethlisberger wanted to be considered to be truly elite alongside the Mannings and Bradys of the NFL, he would have to stop throwing “foolish interceptions” (not an exact quote, my apologies to Michael.)
Since Todd Haley has arrived, Ben has improved that part of its game, although he’s fallen back into bad habits, with the late interception vs. the Broncos being the most recent example.
With (God Willing) the playoffs around the corner, is this a yellow flag, a red flag or much ado about nothing?
4. Emmanuel Sanders played like he had something to prove to Pittsburgh during the first half. He has thrived in Denver. It is always easy to say “…they should have kept him” about a player. Take a moment and speculate about some of the opportunity costs the Steelers would have incurred had they, in fact, decided to re-sign Sanders in the spring of 2014.
5. First as a child at the end of the first Super Bowl era, and then as an adult, Steelers themed gifts found their way under my Christmas tree. My grandparents gave me any number of Steelers hats and Super Steelers posters which hung on my walls for years and years. As an adult, mouse pads, sweat shirts, T-shirts and the like have come my way.
What are some of the most special Steelers gifts you’ve been given at Christmas time? Have you given away any similarly special Steelers gifts?
Should you wish to send Hombre any Steelers gifts, you may send them c/o Going Deep. I’ll see that they have a good home : )