Ed Bouchette's Steelers chat transcript: 11.15.11
TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2011 WRITTEN BY DAN GIGLER
Ed Bouchette: Good afternoon, Welcome to the Bye Chat. Sorry, Off Week Chat. Let's begin
Im not JAMES_TAIWAN: Ed: what's Troy's explantion for his "non comital" defense in the long TD pass at the endzone? Troy acted like he was hypnotised.
Ed Bouchette: That was in my story Monday. He admitted to not being aggressive enough. To me, he wasn't aggressive at all. It looked as though he admired it. He looked more like that wax figyure of himself in the museum.
Hines The Man: You mean to tell me that Bruce Arians can't design 3-4 plays a game to get the ball to Hines so that he can reach the 1000 Reception mark? Don't you think that for all this guy has done for the Steelers, they owe it to him to do this. Anyone who says it would hurt the Steelers or cost them a game to do that is ridiculous. Instead of run plays, they could call screens to Hines. It would be very classless for the Steelers to let him finish his career this way.
Ed Bouchette: I think they owe it to him, his teammates, ownership and fans to do whatever they believe is necessary to win games.
kjacksonpgh: HI Ed have you heard anything about the Steelers Chiefs game being moved from prime time to a 1:00PM game?
Ed Bouchette: you really need to start reading some newspapers. That game will not be moved.
Diamond: What is the status of LaMarr Woodley and Emmanuel Sanders? Will the make if back after the bye week?
Ed Bouchette: They will determine Woodley's status as the week goes along. I would not expect Sanders to be ready.
James_Costa Rica: Any reason the Steelers won't be in the Super Bowl in February? It doesn't seem that the play of any other team is begging for them to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Ed Bouchette: No? Have you seen Baltimore? And please do not count out New England or the Jets, and maybe even San Diego. I would say Houston too but losing their QB won't help.
trinisteel: What about the report of Ben's broken thumb??
Ed Bouchette: You me my report? He told me he refractued it but expects to play and to be fine. It's not the first time he's played with a bum thumb.
kjacksonpgh: Ed Do you believe that our defense at the end of games will improve when Woodley returns to the line up?
Ed Bouchette: It better. They're not paying him all that money because they think he's average. I don't care about the standard, Jason Worilds is no LaMarr Woodley.
pony boy: Has or will Hines talk to you media folks today? this situation is making me nervous and I'd love him to say something to address it.
Ed Bouchette: Yes, we talked, and he said what I expected him to say, that he will do what's in his power to help the team win when he's called upon and he will continue to help the young receivers.
Ralph: How would you rate Ziggy Hood's play this year?
Ed Bouchette: He has tailed off after a good start.
Dallas BlackNGold: When is Hoke coming back to the lineup? Do you think he is actually better than Hampton at NT at this point in their careers?
Ed Bouchette: Steve McLendon has surpassed Hoke.
BurnInHellSandusky: Ed, In normal Pittsburgh form, the game comes down to late 4Q. It is disheartening seeing the Pats and Packers pile up points on opponents as if it is nothing and have the game in check by halftime. Whereas we Steeler fans almost heart attacks weekly.
Ed Bouchette: You think Pats fans had any heart palpatations a few weeks ago when they played in Heinz Field?
Phebs: any connection to Bens fracture and the glove you reported about pre game that he was going to wear on his right hand?
Ed Bouchette: I asked him about that today and he said, no, that his thumb was fine until he hurt it in the game.
Jim: Has Heyward been worth the round one draft pick so far?
Ed Bouchette: Way too early to tell but I was surprised they did not use him at all on defense Sunday.
mike: Ed, i have the ravens down as losing at least 2 more games this year....you think the steelers can go 5-1 in their last 6?
Ed Bouchette: yes, that is what I wrote on my Slog this morning. I believe they will go 5-1 the rest of the way, especially now that Cassel is out in KC.
Emperor Chaz: Anyone this year having 1st team All Pro years? Ike?
Ed Bouchette: Mike Wallace. Ben (but he won't get it).
JamesinNYC: How would you rank the DL guys this year?
Ed Bouchette: Below past standards, which is why teams have had a little better time running on them.
ChicoSteelersFan: at what point in the game did Ben hurt the thumb?
Ed Bouchette: Third quarter but he does not remember how.
Mike: Hi Ed enjoy your work, do you think Ben should keep quiet about his injuries?
Ed Bouchette: He's never been one to do that and I don't think that's hurt him to this point.
Oh Hey Jay: I know it's not worth what he's getting paid and I'm sure he'll be gone after the season, but I've been impressed with McFadden on special teams. Is he our best special team coverage guy? If not, who is?
Ed Bouchette: He has done well on special teams and has four solo tackles, tied for sixth and he has not played on them as much as others.
JamesinNYC: Ben is one tough cookie. Guess the off week was well timed.
Ed Bouchette: yes, and that is what he said today.
Okiesteelerfan: What's the line on the KC game now that Cassel is out?
Ed Bouchette: I'd guess Steelers by 6. Let's see next week.
Wiz: After watching the Bengals and Ravens in person last two weeks, who do you like this Sunday?
Ed Bouchette: Baltimore, easy.
JamesH: Saunders is getting a lot of snaps as number 3 TE. Does he surpass Johnson next season for the number 2 spot?
Ed Bouchette: They really like DJ and he also plays a lttle bit different role, lining up in the backfield too.
fish: I take it with the 5-1, we lose to the 49ers?
Ed Bouchette: I picked them to lose at San Francisco before the season started and I'm not changing now.
mike: late in 2001 or 2002 they made a big push in the last game to get plex or hines over 1000 yards to become the first tandem in team history to do so....can you see them doing something like this in game 16 if hines is close to a number of records?
Ed Bouchette: It depends on the team situation. If that game means nothing? Yes.
Needle Ned Reyerson: Pouncey not having a Pro Bowl year?
Ed Bouchette: He's playing well. The question was not Pro Bowl but first-team All-Pro.
Im not JAMES_TAIWAN: Ed: Indy WINLESS. what's their excuse for NOT developing a quality BACK UP QB IN indy?
Ed Bouchette: They have never had one in Indy that I can recall.
JerseySteel: Ed, what team(s) in the NFL do you believe has the best chance of beating the Packers?
Ed Bouchette: They look unbeatable, don't they. The Bears, the Patriots, the Steelers, maybe the Saints if they ever get their act together.
Steeler Fan Trapped in AT: ED How shocked were you that the Ravens lost to the Seahawks. Then how excited were you about the Steelers being in first?
Ed Bouchette: I predicted it, so I was not shocked. Tell me who is in first after game 16.
Free Tank Carter: re: Hines' 1,000 catches - Do playoff games not count toward stats?
Ed Bouchette: No, they do not.
ChicoSteelersFan: so Ed obviously the steelers are a passing offense now. After watching green bay last night and this season, they have a pedal to the floor approach, like New England did in '07 and some other teams. My question is why dont the steelers take their passing offense all the way and start trying to destroy teams? they have the QB and personnel to do it...agree?
Ed Bouchette: They were on their way to maybe just that against Cincinnati. Then heath Miller bobbled the ball and Miller was called for holding on another TD and Troy Polamalu gave it his best wax museum look and it got away from them. You also don't have to destroy teamsin this league.The Steelers 24-17 win counted just as much as Green Bay's 45-7 win.
Guest: Ed if we met the Texans down the road in the playoffs can we stop their running attack?
Ed Bouchette: A good question. They did not in Houston, but without a passing threat, it would likely make a difference.
Ed Bouchette: Thank you all for your good bye questions. Good bye until next Tuesday.
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