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  1. “I believe the front office cares very much about their fans, but that area isn’t one they probably lose a lot of sleep over.”

    THIS is exactly correct. I feel certain of it. What I meant to say (I believe you understood, so I guess this is for anyone else reading that misunderstood) is that while I fully believe the FO DOES care about it’s fans, I don’t think they read this (or any other) site, scoouring it, looking for tips and clues about who to draft, who to play, when to play them and when to release them. Haha

    And, I personally believe Tina, that your final paragraph in your response is so spot on, that it’s not possible it could be any more true than you stated. 100%

  2. Dave,
    Sorry, it took me so long to respond. I think you’re probably correct – that at the end of the day, the front office doesn’t care if fans want a certain player to wear a certain number. I believe the front office cares very much about their fans, but that area isn’t one they probably lose a lot of sleep over.

    As for Roethlisberger wanting to give a “shout-out” to Miller by asking Gentry to wear a different number: it’s clear that Gentry did not mind and has respect for Miller (from the time that he spent with Gentry getting ready for the Combine). It’s not the first time Roethlisberger has chosen a jersey number to honor, and it likely won’t be the last. In a way, that actually speaks volumes about how much he respects some of the teammates he’s petitioned for by wearing their jersey at camp, for example.

  3. Great article Tina. At the end of the day I don’t think the Steelers FO cares one bit about what any of us think. Haha.

    As to the Roethlisberger question to Gentry, Zach was VERY clear that Ben asked him in a most professional and non-confrontational manner. The fans that are pissed even by the fact he would ask are the same people that wish Ben weren’t our QB. It was such a silly tiff. Let it go fans. These players (rightfully & thankfully) don’t pay a single lick of attention to us and what we think.

  4. Joe, I figured you’d bring up Landry Jones’ jersey number. Lol

    My favorite number is “8”. Unfortunately, not many popular Steelers players have work it. I didn’t mind Tommy Maddox, but some fans hated him.

    As for numbers I have a hard time NOT associating with a particular player, I’d have to agree with “7” for Roethlisberger, “32” for Franco, and “12” for “Bradshaw”.

    I don’t get hung up on the numbers, but I can honestly see how some just stick with fans.

  5. Would be really difficult for me to see anyone else wearing 7, 36, or 43 in my era of watching anyway (born in ’81).

    Really hard to protect some digits. 92 I thought might get semi-retired, but anything in the 80’s is difficult due to WRs and TEs both wearing them, with WRs also sharing some of the lower digits that other positions (QBs for example) share.

  6. Nice Joe. I think I would have just a couple changes. Though your picks are far more educated. Mine are some combination of what I’m reading/inferring from around the Steelers net. Plus a dash of “I hope so…”

    * I think Diontae Spencer makes a push and either Eli or Switz goes (I think Eli could be outside looking in).
    * I like Sayles over McCullers. McCullers though has some glue in his background because he keeps sticking for some reason.
    * Also, with Scotland-Williamson, you receive an 11th PS guy so you get one more for your PS! 🙂

  7. He’s lost about 15lbs, so I think he’ll have a very good year with the added speed.

  8. I.m excited to see this young man shine this season! I think he will!

  9. If I could like comments here, I’d have thumbed up your comment a few times!

  10. Thank you good sir! That’s what I aimed to do. Everybody kept acting like Ben only became a top QB when Brown got there. So I wanted to show numbers to prove that Brown didn’t alter Ben’s trajectory, Ben altered his

  11. This is a phenomenal breakdown Derek! I love it. You put into numbers & statistics what my gut told me would be true. Now, let’s hope that this is exactly how this plays out. If so, look out! Thanks for the research and insight!

  12. Yeah, I know his battle is uphill, but for some reason, he is a guy I WANT to see succeed! Not sure why, I just like the underdog I guess.

  13. Actually, Hilton played quite a bit last season for being the third guy on the field. He was hurt in Week 4 and scheme was likely more of the issue in Week 17, but otherwise his totals are on the mark all season. (See here:

    As for Brian Allen, he has an uphill battle. He has to compete against Burns, Sutton, and rookie Justin Layne, plus the AAF player they signed (Keith… name escapes me atm!)

  14. Cornerback in the “strengths” group? Man, you are a bold fellow Joe! I don’t disagree, mind you, but there’s probably some flak to be had. I hope Nelson is as good as we hope he is. I hope Hilton rebounds from whatever lost him some playing time at the end of last season. I would love to see (personally) Artie rebound and regain his confidence. And, man if the rest of this group can just be functionally proficient, I like it. Oh, and I REALLY want to see Brian Allen make a defensive contribution starting this year. Something I really like about this young man!

  15. I always try to comment around these parts. I thought your saltiness/snark level was perfect! But, then again, I am fully fluent in English, Sarcasm & Smarta$$ as three primary languages. So, you were singing a song of freedom to me! 🙂

  16. Dave, I was concerned that my saltiness might turn some readers off, but I’m glad I could make a few smile. I didn’t want to delve into the OBJ was a plus, Shazier another minus – in how the draft grades were weighted – because it was just too much.
    There were other teams that had funky grades, too, based on non-factors (namely players who were not drafted in 2019, and who either left or were added to that team ahead of the draft). I stick by my theory of nepotism and a conspiracy of infatuation with certain players skewing the grades and making them a farce. I’ll take my tin foil hat off when they fix the way they grade. Lol

    Thanks for reading & leaving a comment!

  17. Goodness Christina — your snark level was absolutely perfect in this piece. My mouth was watering and my face was smiling reading your words in the first several paragraphs. Thanks for that. It was genuinely beautiful!

    Now, on to the subject at hand, I agree with your overall assessment. The other thing I felt was absolutely silly (i.e. stupid) was that (I believe) I recall reading in that article (the grading one) that the Browns were getting what amounts to extra credit because they managed to get OBJ in the off-season. Like, what?!?! How in the living fraschnappelbuck does that affect the draft grade? I remember laughing out loud when I read that. Enough said about how seriously to read that article…

  18. Great article Joe! Well stated. I agree! Count me in!

  19. Haha! I’ll get back in the kitchen and see what I can cook up! Let’s look around and see what ingredients I have handy…