Welcome back to the Weekly Mailbag, the pre-game special edition before tonight’s competition between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. As always, we’re here for the next hour to answer whatever’s on your mind.
for your questions!
Reasons for optimism insulted? Do you feel that the defense is showing the best training and planning of the game so far?
Alex: I just take it game by game. We knew this offense wasn’t going to come out completely and hang 30 points a game. But there are growing pains and it won’t always be that limited. Claypool won’t average 5.5 yards all season, Johnson won’t be at 8.6 yards, and Harris won’t average 2.9 yards. But I’m not really trying to look for or anticipate optimism. I just take it all.
The defense worked well. It is a good unit. elite? No, especially without wat. But they stopped the end of the bargain.
After two games, how do you think the Steelers are important
Defensive adjustment starts tonight?
Alex: Finding ways to manufacture pressure. The straight/standard four-man lunge with the occasional push wouldn’t cut it without a watt. It doesn’t mean that you always have to send home, but they should have a better scheme for getting the guys home. This will be the key. Of course, the way they play the run will be the key but there is a little bit to tune in there. This is more about implementation.
Offensive, I’m not sure. I think “throwing deep” is a very basic and a little hanging fruit. Planning ways to get the ball for George Pickens would be great, even if it’s just a couple of main goals. Some chances to jump the ball to him. I just want Harris to hit the pit, Trubisky to do the basic readings, and the insult to football sponsorship. This is basically the plan to play each week.
Kevin Reich: Did any of Mitch’s first two games look better than Rudolph last season?
Alex: I have to come back and watch. It’s hard for me to try to compare, and Rudolph didn’t know he was the kicker 24 hours before the match. He didn’t have those delegates, even if he had more time in the system. They may be similar. Some bad decisions, maybe Rudolph pushed the ball a bit more, and the extra time obviously wasn’t fuzzy on him. I bet they’d get a similar score, even if the style was a little different. Trubisky was definitely better the first week than the second week.
Jake sass: Do you see a reason to worry about Naji losing readings in the running game? Oline seems to be giving some thrust, but has little or no faith in it and is trying to shove it out.
Alex: Me, no. I am very confident in Harris. He probably missed a couple of readings in that match, but the mistakes there are exaggerated, his vision is pretty good, and some people think he missed gaps he didn’t. They did not understand the scheme. Harris is a talented player. The foot injuries were the most concerning, but he looked healthier than I thought against the Bates. It will be fine.
Sardan: I like what I saw from the night. He feels he has the ability to take the pressure off the team from having to recruit a really high streak. Where are you on it?
Alex: He did a good job. A good athlete, who carries this extra weight well, moves well for his size. Great effort dude. He still needs to be more technical, not get on his toes, and needs consistency against running but he’s versatile and he’s done a good job. But he’s two weeks into his career, so there are still ways to go.
Matt Manzo: Happy Thursday Gameday Alex!!!!
Do you think Brown would be able to take out Cam Heyward the way Bates did? Is getting more creative with blitzkrieg the answer to that?
Alex: Same for you, Matt! I think they certainly can. They have a strong LG in Joel Bitonio and rewatching the game, it was plenty of help slipping Heyward’s way into third. Obviously, Bats were comfortable letting RT go 1v1 against Malik Red instead of TJ Watt. So, being able to cover up and threaten that position more should help Heyward win 1v1 more often. As I said above, the ability to manufacture pressure will be key.
Hi Alex, how do you feel about our accreditation applications so far?
And do you think it’s hard to give Mitch a break from offensive issues, given our talent for the future? I mean Canada doesn’t do much to help but I also look at this attack as a whole with a surprisingly good pass block so far and I can’t believe it when I see the numbers..
Alex: They have done a good job. Depends on who you are talking about. Sutton played well. Wallace was fine but seemed uneasy about the hatch, Tyler Wise noted. Witherspoon showed more physique but had to finish the reps better at the pickup point. Maulet is an actual corner of the hole but is poor in coverage. Norwood didn’t play as much as I thought he would.
I’m not really looking forward to giving him a break. I didn’t have high expectations for him, and people didn’t like my stat prediction for him (20 TDs, 12 INTs, which is on target at the moment) but I didn’t see him as the next Ryan Tanehill. Sitting and learning in Buffalo is great but it doesn’t turn you into a QB. There are mistakes in Canada’s attack and the Steelers system is conservative in nature, they try not to lose the game, but Trubisky also makes mistakes. There is talent and he should be able to maximize that.