5 Smoldering Questions: The Division Champions Edition
By Hombre de Acero
Wow, perhaps the only thing missing from Pittsburgh Steelers 31-24 victory over the Baltimore Ravens is the fact that Father Time has will rob future generations of hearing it narrated by voice of NFL Films legend John Facenda. The Steelers victory was dramatic, drawing as much from contributions from the lower ends of the depth chart as it did from its stars. It earned the Steelers the number 3 seed in the AFC playoffs, which the Ravens will watch from home.
But before the Steelers can test their mettle in the post season they must finish with 2016 with a visit from the Cleveland Browns. And before that this corner of Steelers Nation must wrestle with these 5 Smoldering Questions on the Steelers. 1. Can anyone attempt to offer any insight into how Ben Roethlisberger went from throwing two God-awful interceptions in the third quarter to playing some of the best football of his life in the 4th quarter?
2. The Steelers won this game with Eli Rogers, Cobi Hamilton playing below Antonio Brown and by starting L.T. Walton and an injured Ricardo Mathews on the defensive line. What does that tell you?
3. In the not too distant past, we asked the community here what was necessary to heal the open sore that defines Terry Bradshaw’s relationship with the franchise and the fan base. Perhaps Homer J. put it best when he declared:
Terry will probably never make a true homecoming. And, even if he wanted to, it would be difficult because of his Sunday duties on Fox. He’d need to come to Pittsburgh and be on the sidelines for a Monday night game, or he’d need to come to Canton for the next Steeler HOF induction. Or he’d need to come to Pittsburgh to help out a major local charity event. There’s a light in the window and the door is unlocked. But it’s up to him, and I don’t think – for whatever reasons – that’s he’d be comfortable. He’s not coming.
With that in mind however, what is the appropriate response to Terry Bradshaw’s attack on Mike Tomlin?
4. Mike Tomlin has already signaled his plan to sit a number of starters for this game, reminding everyone that Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell have never played in the post season together. Fair enough.
On the flip side, the Steelers have a number of players who’ve been nursing injuries, such as Sammie Coates, DeAngelo Williams and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Should Steelers make sure to get those men some live fire snaps or would they be better off by let the healing process continue until the playoffs?
5. Given that the Steelers decided to deactivate Jarvis Jones for the Ravens game and the fact that James Harrison is 38 going on 39, do you think the Steelers should try to work in Anthony Chickillo at right outside linebacker during the Browns game?
There you have it folks. Just because we’re in the holiday season doesn’t change the rules. You must show your work to get full credit, but looking at your neighbor’s paper isn’t simply allowed, its encouraged.