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hawaiiansteel
09-11-2012, 05:35 PM
Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 9.11.12

TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2012 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE

rcd: Ed, any update on the injuries to Gilbert and Foster?

Ed Bouchette: Yes, I posted those to both PG + and the PG more than an hour ago. Both "should be fine,'' according to Mike Tomlin.

Kordells Revenge: Ed, great chat as always. I know they've won two superbowls with him (maybe despite him), but why do you think Ben doesn't seem to be a real playmaker at QB?

Ed Bouchette: Thank you for the advance grade on my chat before it even begins. And thank you for what I assume is a facetious question.

Chris: Why do you think Chris Rainey wasn't used more?

Ed Bouchette: I thought they would use him on punt returns, but it's never bad having a Pro Bowl punt returner do it instead. I could have been back there on kickoff returns because none was returnable.

Scott: Ed, with the running game struggling early in the game but Haley continuing to call running plays nevertheless, were you surprised he didn't try to mix things up with a play action pass or two to throw the defense off? It seemed obvious to Denver at that point that the Steelers were going to run one running play after another and it looked like they were ready for it.

Ed Bouchette: I didn't analyze it that much. I thought overall he and Ben called a good game on offense.

Weegie: How much more time will Dwyer get this week? Do you think he'll start over Redman?

Ed Bouchette: I do not not who will start but Mike Tomlin did say Dwyer earned more chances because of the "spark" he provided them Sunday.

Dishes: Ed: Clearly the demise of Peyton Manning was greatly exaggerated. But I also think it's too early to say the same about the Steelers. They let this get away from them, clearly, but a play here, a play there and the outcome is markedly different. Too early to throw out the baby with the bathwater as the saying goes?

Ed Bouchette: It's never too early for some Steelers fans to predict the demise of the Steelers. They buried them after the first game last season and they had more reason to. I picked them to lose this one; I also picked them to go 11-5 despite it.

Kordells Revenge: It wasn't fecetious - I realize he escapes pressure better than almost anyone, but he puts up pedestrian numbers and doesn't have the lack of playmakers excuse that past Steelers QB's did. They win, I know, but it's mainly because of defense. No one would say Mark Sanchez was responsible for the Jets 2 AFC championship game appearances

Ed Bouchette: You apparently know way too much football for me to discuss the merits of having a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger compared to what they've had here in the past and were unable not only to reach Super Bowls but to win them despite having some of the great defenses and running games in the league.

dave: Do they anticipate the new DB challenging for a starting spot?

Ed Bouchette: No, at least not anytime soon. He's more special teams.

Scott: How close is Mendenhall to returning as a starter? Any word on how he's progressing?

Ed Bouchette: He looks good in practice. I would not expect him to play this week, but I didn't expect Adrian Peterson to play last week and he scored a TD.

Chooch: Now that the season has started and Wallace has no new deal, what do you think the chances are that this will be his last year as a Steeler?

Ed Bouchette: Maybe 50-50.

Weegie: Do the Steelers have a coach dedicated to deciding whether or not to challenge a play? Tomlin's record on challenges is not very good.

Ed Bouchette: Yes, the coach's name is Mike Tomlin. He takes input from his coaches in the box who have access to TV, but it's his call. I don't have his stats on challenges, but I think generally he does a good job. The wrong ones always stick out more.

Wild Bill: Hello, Ed - Was week 1 a win by the NFL over the refs, and do you see anything changing in that lockout soon?

Ed Bouchette: I haven't paid that much attention. I will say that the crew Sunday night did a poor job spotting the ball, even marking off four yards on five-yard penalties. Overall, nothing big.

Dishes: Heath had a nice game and Ben missed him on a few other targets, including a sure-fire TD that could've changed things. Is this finally the year -- his 8th in the league -- that he's heavily used in the passing game?

Ed Bouchette: You might want to check with his 2009 season when he caught 76 passes, more than any tight end in Steelers history, for 789 yards, six TDs and made the Pro Bowl. He's shown he can do it, but with all of those other good receivers, there's plenty of people and one ball.

War18: Ed, Ben really took a bunch of the blame on this game. How do you feel about that?

Ed Bouchette: Sounds like a stand-up guy and, based on a few plays, there was some truth to it. Overall, though, I thought he did a good job.

Chooch: What topic will get more hype this week?

Ed Bouchette: Clint Hurdle pulling Wandy with a 3-1 lead in the 7th and 2 out?

Tprod: Ed. first down at the three and three straight pass plays; where's the "run the ball when you have to run the ball" game plan considering your playing the worst run defense in the NFLólast year's stats, but basically the same defense? Different OC, but the same Red Zone result.

Ed Bouchette: Seems to me they did quite well when throwing to Heath Miller from the 4 and to Mike Wallace from the 3. Should they have run on those plays? Here's how you judge a play and the coordinator calling it: Doesn't work, bad play call. Works, good play call.

steeltexan: what's your prediction for the home opener against the jets?

Ed Bouchette: My predictions for the entrie 16-game season was posted on my blog/slog Sunday. I picked them to lose in Denver and I picked them to bounce back and beat the Jets.

Tprod: Ed, is J. Scott still available, now that Trai Essex is playing at Indy? Scott played some guard, briefly, in game situations, so he has some position flexibility.

Ed Bouchette: No, Jonathan Scott plays for the Bears.

Guest: Any concern over the lack of QB pressure (Keisel, Hood, Timmons, and Woodley were nearly invisible) or just a by-product of the Broncs' short-passing game?

Ed Bouchette: Peyton Manning doesn't often get sacked. They sacked him twice in the first period. That's usually about all you can ask for. Plus, let's see when James Harrison lines up out there too.

Guest: In this day and age of tremendous technology, how can Ben not hear the play being called in no matter the crowd noise?

Ed Bouchette: Plug in your Ipod, put on a tune and then walked into a place where there are 75,000 screaming people. Tell me what song you heard.

Joey D: How's Antonio Brown?...He took a big hit Sunday night.

Ed Bouchette: He's fine. In fact, I just did the post-Tomlin news conference show with him on Root TV and he was excellent.

Ed Bouchette: Thanks, all.

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Slapstick
09-11-2012, 09:17 PM
Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 9.11.12

TUESDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2012 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE


Ed Bouchette: It's never too early for some Steelers fans to predict the demise of the Steelers. They buried them after the first game last season...

Does Eddie read this board?:cool:

steelblood
09-12-2012, 06:55 AM
Ed is awful. He is once again more concerned with being witty than actually providing us with any insight. His answers are usually superficial and rarely interesting.

Ghost
09-12-2012, 07:58 AM
I have no idea why he bothers to do this chat. He clearly views himself above this and doesn't provide a lick of information worth anything. And I have to assume he thinks he's clever, but mostly he's just a dick.

SidSmythe
09-12-2012, 08:30 AM
Ed is awful. He is once again more concerned with being witty than actually providing us with any insight. His answers are usually superficial and rarely interesting.

Sometimes you have to remain Witty in order to deal with some football fans. I would have to refrain myself constantly in order for my family to remain safe!!

Slapstick
09-12-2012, 08:37 AM
To be fair, the questions suck, for the most part...

The ones that could be answered were answered. For example:


Chris: Why do you think Chris Rainey wasn't used more?

Ed Bouchette: I thought they would use him on punt returns, but it's never bad having a Pro Bowl punt returner do it instead. I could have been back there on kickoff returns because none was returnable.


To me, that seems like a good answer...

But, what is he supposed to do with this?


Kordells Revenge: Ed, great chat as always. I know they've won two superbowls with him (maybe despite him), but why do you think Ben doesn't seem to be a real playmaker at QB?


That is just a crap question...

Oviedo
09-12-2012, 08:45 AM
I have no idea why he bothers to do this chat. He clearly views himself above this and doesn't provide a lick of information worth anything. And I have to assume he thinks he's clever, but mostly he's just a dick.

Because his bosses thell him he has to in order to pimp the Post Gazette. He has made it clear in the past he doesn't like doing these chats. If he worked for me I'd ream his a$$ for the way he treats my company's potential customers.

Slapstick
09-12-2012, 09:12 AM
Again, ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer...

Sugar
09-12-2012, 09:34 AM
Again, ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer...

That's what I'm thinking too. He answers the serious ones to the best of his ability, but with media being what it is there is only so much you can say. On the other hands, he doesn't suffer fools and I appreciate that.

Oviedo
09-12-2012, 10:21 AM
That's what I'm thinking too. He answers the serious ones to the best of his ability, but with media being what it is there is only so much you can say. On the other hands, he doesn't suffer fools and I appreciate that.

He has the ability to pick the ones he answers doesn't he? So if he answers a stupid question he is stupid for picking it.

Slapstick
09-12-2012, 11:05 AM
He has the ability to pick the ones he answers doesn't he? So if he answers a stupid question he is stupid for picking it.

I don't know that he does...

It isn't as though the questions are e-mailed in advance...it's a chat...

Bouchette has an allotted time period for a chat and has to field the questions as they come in, IIRC...

steelblood
09-12-2012, 11:51 AM
I don't know that he does...

It isn't as though the questions are e-mailed in advance...it's a chat...

Bouchette has an allotted time period for a chat and has to field the questions as they come in, IIRC...

It doesn't change the fact that he is smug and has little to tell us about the Steelers. Ed has been mailing it in for years. Even his articles are usually poor.

Further, maybe the questions are poor because most intelligent people don't bother sending Ed questions since he provides such a bad product.

If you want to read a real journalist do a chat, try Dejan Kovacevic. Sometimes he is short with stupid questions, but generally he tries to provide as much insight and thoughtful opinion as he can. I enjoy his chat. Ed's are a joke.

Oviedo
09-12-2012, 12:01 PM
It doesn't change the fact that he is smug and has little to tell us about the Steelers. Ed has been mailing it in for years. Even his articles are usually poor.

Further, maybe the questions are poor because most intelligent people don't bother sending Ed questions since he provides such a bad product.

If you want to read a real journalist do a chat, try Dejan Kovacevic. Sometimes he is short with stupid questions, but generally he tries to provide as much insight and thoughtful opinion as he can. I enjoy his chat. Ed's are a joke.

I agree about Dejan. Much more professional in his responses and much more informed.

Slapstick
09-12-2012, 12:01 PM
It doesn't change the fact that he is smug and has little to tell us about the Steelers. Ed has been mailing it in for years. Even his articles are usually poor.

Further, maybe the questions are poor because most intelligent people don't bother sending Ed questions since he provides such a bad product.

If you want to read a real journalist do a chat, try Dejan Kovacevic. Sometimes he is short with stupid questions, but generally he tries to provide as much insight and thoughtful opinion as he can. I enjoy his chat. Ed's are a joke.

I've read chats from both and I personally don't see much of a difference between the two...

Good questions receive good answers and dumb questions receive dumb answers...

But, that's just me...

Sugar
09-12-2012, 02:34 PM
He has the ability to pick the ones he answers doesn't he? So if he answers a stupid question he is stupid for picking it.

I don't think that's the way it works in chat. You just get what comes at you. Many of the questions were stupid, so they were answered in-kind.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
09-12-2012, 03:17 PM
Because his bosses thell him he has to in order to pimp the Post Gazette. He has made it clear in the past he doesn't like doing these chats. If he worked for me I'd ream his a$$ for the way he treats my company's potential customers.

Yup. He's on the clock, gotta act that way. Just like the Rooneys expect their players to keep their noses clean as long as they are under contract to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

hawaiiansteel
09-12-2012, 04:34 PM
Ed: No Interceptions Again for Steelers

WEDNESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2012 WRITTEN BY ED BOUCHETTE

Good morning,

Nothing big, just some small stuff:

--- Larry Foote had an even better game tackling than the gameday stats gave him credit for Sunday night. The coaches review video of the game and keep their own statistics, which the Steelers then use as their quasi-official defensive stats year to year. Those keeping stats in Denver gave him eight tackles. Steelers coaches gave him 12 Ė 10 solos tackles and two assists. However, the coaches gavfe him one quarterback pressure and not two as they did in Denver. Although many of us thought Foote forced the fumble that LaMarr Woodley recovered, neither the pressbox stats nor the coaches did; the coaches awarded it merely as a team forced fumble.

--- Once again, the Steelers came out of a game without an interception. They did have one turnover, which puts them on an early pace for 16. Last year, they had a franchise-low 15 turnovers, 11 interceptions. They had no interceptions in the playoff game. They now have one interception in their past five games -- they picked off Cleveland's Seneca Wallace in the regular season finale.

--- Rookie Chris Rainey should have a better opportunity to be the punt returner this week because the game is at home. Mike Tomlin has a history of slowly working in rookie return men. You might recall that in 2010, when a punt figured to land somewhere deep in Steelers territory, Antwaan Randle-El would be back there. Then-rookie Antonio Brown only got his shot when the punt figured to land somewhere outside the 30 or 40.

--- Onto your questions:

--- YOU: I have a relatively technical question on the officiating. In the Steelersí first series against the Broncos, we had a holding penalty at the 16 yd line. The ref claimed it was a 10 yard penalty and marked us back to the 6 making it 3rd and 14. I thought it should have been half the distance to the goal making it 3rd and 12 from the 8. We missed the 1st down on the next play by less than a yard. If the refs had not made such a mistake, we would have maintained possession and maybe gained some momentum. Iím not saying that is why we lost, but I wanted to see if I missed something.
ME: The scab refs were a bit confused in spotting the ball in Denver. That was one among many. It was a holding call on Heath Miller on a second down at the 14. The ball should have been put at the seven. Instead, they put it at the six. The Steelers benefittted somewhat later on their first scoring drive. On first down at the Denver eight, the Broncos defense was penalized for encroachment. Instead of putting it halfway, to the four, they marked off the full five yards and put it at the three. On another occasion, the scabs marked just four yards off on a five-yard penalty near midfield.
Donít expect any coach to complain about any of this, however.

--- YOU: The Steelers, Broncos and Ravens all ran a lot of no huddle this week. I know Flacco is not Peyton, but do you think LeBeau will have a better answer for the no huddle by the time we play the Ravens?
ME: Itís not always the type of offense a team uses but the execution of it, or the defense. Running the no-huddle is not necessarily how you beat the Steelers defense. However, it will be interesting to see if more teams try it that way.

--- YOU: I wanted to ask an "old-school" question. As a kid I remember reading in an old Steelers' Digest something about Neil O'Donnell having a ridiculous bench press for a quarterback. I know it was well over 350 at Maryland. I am sure you were aware he was a work-out warrior but do did you ever hear a neighborhood his max bench press was in? I remember reading it was over 450.
ME: No, I donít recall any of it, probably because whatever a quarterback does in the weight room really doesnít interest me. I donít think it really matters much to those employing him either. Neil was a decent quarterback for a few seasons and one, I believe, who would have benefitted remaining with the Steelers. However, it would have been hard for anyone to turn down the ridiculous money the Jets gave him in 1996.

--- YOU: What was the story at outside linebacker against the Broncos? It looked like Carter got the start but then they went to Worilds? What was up with that; did Carter play that poorly, and if Worilds was fit to play why didn't he get the start in the first place? Also, you said you saw Worilds play well; what did you see? I didn't notice him do much of anything, except the one sack where nobody bothered to block him (even I could sack Manning if nobody blocked me (well, maybe)). But you probably saw more than I did, so what did I miss? Thanks!
ME: Chris Carter has been practicing all summer and Jason Worilds started only last week. If Worilds were a veteran starter who missed all that time, he might have had a chance to start Ė as James Harrison would have had his knee not caused him trouble again last week. They also were rotating defensive linemen in and out of the game as well as wide receivers. Worilds had a couple tackles and a sack, and just looked more active in the game. I never said he played at an All-Pro level.

--- YOU: At the time, I took issue with going for two when up 19-14. Why? This isn't college. And it was way too early. You shouldn't go for two unless you HAVE to. I don't care about the "charts." Agree?
ME: You have to take into account each situation. I did not have a problem with what Mike Tomlin did in that situation one way or the other. Now, if there were a 10-yard penalty that put it back to the 12 for the two-point try . . .

--- YOU: Is there any chance that Colon moves back to tackle if Mike Adams continues to struggle? Adams wasn't just bad on Sunday night; he was a complete disaster, and a serious threat to the health and safety of Mr. Rooney's $102 million investment. I realize the coaching staff has made certain promises to Colon, but wouldn't the line be better off with a lineup of Starks-Foster-Pouncey-Legursky-Colon until Castro gets back? Or does the coaching staff think Adams' problems are fixable in the short term?
ME: Fortunately for all involved, Marcus Gilbert wasnít seriously hurt and looks as though he will return to the lineup. I would not discount Colon playing tackle if the situation became dire.

http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/118014-ed-no-interceptions-again-for-steelers

Oviedo
09-12-2012, 04:57 PM
ME: Fortunately for all involved, Marcus Gilbert wasn’t seriously hurt and looks as though he will return to the lineup. I would not discount Colon playing tackle if the situation became dire.



Unfortunately that would likely mean Legursky playing Guard which would take "dire" to disasterous. Foster and Legursky at Guard was the problem last year. Recreating it this year does not make things better.

steelblood
09-13-2012, 07:11 AM
Unfortunately that would likely mean Legursky playing Guard which would take "dire" to disasterous. Foster and Legursky at Guard was the problem last year. Recreating it this year does not make things better.

Foster was not "the problem" last year. He played relatively well. He was one of our stronger run blockers and his pass protection was decent. He is not an all pro talent, but he is not a poor player either.