A Few PostGame Thoughts
As expected, Jones flashed a few times with his athleticism, grabbing a loose ball in the backfield, making an amazing tackle on a RB that was heading for a huge gain. But that was tempered with frequently taking wrong angles, getting swallowed up by the OL. It was interesting to note that even as a rookie he was double-teamed a number of times. Overall, not a bad showing for his first time out, though he does need to get stronger. Worilds will work himself out of a starting spot if he has another night like last night. Two personal fouls in a matter of a few minutes, costing big field position. Maybe he was just trying a little too hard to show something. A couple of other 2nd team LBs also showed some promise. McFadden, Williams, Rolle in particular showed great speed in getting to the ball.
RBs: LSH was outstanding between the tackles, especially going to the right with that wrecking crew OL in front of him. Stephens Howling has excellent vision in finding holes and he is so small defenders can lose sight of him. Based on one game, I think he sticks. Dwyer was Dwyer once again, made a few nice runs but dropped two passes, and danced on a few runs, resulting in tackles for no gain. Redman only had a couple of carries that I saw, and he seemed much more trimmed down and ran with decision.
WR: Wheaton had a couple of really nice grabs, one being very tough in traffic. He will be starting sooner rather than later for the Steelers. Brown did everything he could to show he belongs on the team and he looked good doing it. Dunn only had only a few opportunities for a return, got blasted on one, showed his amazing speed getting to the corner on another. He will get his chances.
Al Woods doesn't belong with 3rd teamers, guy just made play after play and was a man among boys.
Gradkowski looks to be a good pickup as backup QB. He has good vision in the pocket, and moves around very well for a QB his size. He seemed comfortable in the offense and completed a number of good throws. Landry on the otherhand, looks to need a lot more time with the clipboard. If he has to play for any stretch this season, the Steelers will be in trouble. Parker-Wilson did a nice job with his opportunity.
Other Stuff: Golden is looking good and seems much stronger, making a few good tackles. Secondary had their chances once again to take the ball away but couldn't do it. Is this some Steeler curse?
Last edited by NorthCoast; 08-11-2013 at 10:27 AM.
The players / units that impressed me were,
The Starting Ol, Gilbert being the least impressive
The Lb with the Exception of Carter and Worilds making bone hard plays
The reserve Dl
JD and Al woods
Wheaton and Justin Brown
Last edited by Steelhere10; 08-11-2013 at 11:41 AM.
I thought the WR unit as a whole did a Good job.
Originally Posted by Steelhere10
The Bad: Special Teams
The Ugly: Clark and Polamalu whiffing on that second series run!!
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Jones looked like he needs to get stronger.
Kion Lewis made some nice plays.
i would keep Parker Wilson over Jones.
Wouldn't be real surprised to see them keep Wilson as the 3rd-stringer, and stash Jones on the practice squad for this season in order to try to develop him.
Originally Posted by Mister Pittsburgh
you don't think another team would most likely claim Landry jones if we tried to stash him on the PS?
Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel
But for this season? He's not ready to play, and likely won't be for a year or two. You can't afford to give up an active roster spot for someone like that.
Sure you can. Teams do it all the time...he won't be ready to start this year, no, but he may be ready to play if needed...
Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser
Agree on all the points NorthCoast.
Last year I think I was trying to cut Al Woods. But I can't remember why. He does seem to be down to business this year.
Maybe they should have the DB's practice as WR's for 20-30 minutes a day with the BU QB's. After all, doesn't everyone think they can be a star WR. A few Int's here and there sure would help. The announcers mentioned that Rod Woodson and Willie Parker are at the camp helping. Woodson IIRC always wanted a shot at flanker and I do think actually was given reps there. That never works, but it is fun. But anyway, maybe that would help the DB's hands.
7UP said: "I have been known to support Haleys offense. Last night it seemed like it was illegal to throw anything but a screen pass. And none of the screens seemed to work. You have to run at least some conventional passing plays. I hope that isnt a sign of whats to come this year."
This was my primary concern to screw up this coming season.
But, I am still buying into the idea that the stock answers are valid. 1. No one shows anything preseason 2. TS are practicing totally different than what they showed 3. Everyone [players, coaches, restroom attendants, hot dog vendors] just loves everything they are doing offensively now 4. The growing pains of a new system are over 5. Any 1 of the bunch of other whatever the word is to describe these type of explanations. Time will tell.
Rolle looked good all around...
He had a sack, a tackle for loss and a pass defenses...also credited with a couple of QB pressures...