Injuries happen to everyone. That’s just the nature of the NFL.
For a few hours on Sunday, though, it looked like the Steelers 2015 season was laying on the field holding its leg in a heap at the 40-yard line.
Then, news broke that lifted the spirits of Steel City. Until you realize who is up next on the schedule.
Baltimore. The team we all love to hate.
There’s not much more on the minds of Steelers fans other than this injury so I’m dedicating my cheers, jeers and fears to one man’s knee.
I gave a fist pump when I heard that Ben was only facing an MCL sprain, as opposed to what looked like a sure-fire season ending ACL tear. Now, it’s only 4-6 weeks without our potential MVP candidate instead of completely washing out this year.
Ben should be back in five games. With this injury it’s about playing through the pain, and we all know that Big Ben has the pain threshold of King Leonidas.
There is one problem. During the stretch the Steelers face Baltimore, San Diego, Arizona and Kansas City with the possible come back date set for the first match-up with Cincinnati.
I know it’s not fair to put this injury on the offensive line, but even before the injury they were floundering. Le’Veon Bell came back with a touchdown but didn’t do much else behind the line (he did have 70 receiving yards).
Who knows, maybe Ben is still out there with better protection?
Again, that’s unfair blame, but they will need to be better if they want to get a few wins while Ben is on the mend.
I think it’s obvious, right?
Having Michael Vick as a QB just doesn’t sit right with me. Not because of off-field actions, but because of on-the-field production.
In the last two season Vick has only played 11 games and has managed only three wins. He also is prone to injury because of the hits he takes when outside of the pocket.
Vick is on the back end of his career, but I would rather have him taking snaps than Bruce Gradkowski or Landry Jones.
Also, he did say that this is what he was born to do.
Let’s hope so.
You can still find hope and optimism in this mess. Bell is back and will have a more increased role and Antonio Brown has seemed almost uncoverable thus far. With three other quality receivers teams will still have a lot to worry about when the offense hits the field.
Vick needs to move the pocket to allow some room for his playmakers to get open. I would like to see a few read-options thrown in as well to keep the defenses off balance.
Baltimore is not good this year and an improved Steelers defense, hopefully with the services of Ryan Shazier, could win this game with a pick-six in the fourth quarter.
With the keyword being optimism I’m going to say Steelers pull-out an ugly game at home.