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Fourth, Castor Siri's is going to be state of the Sealers, where I get into the nitty gritty going to heavy detail regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers and all that revolves and whether that's re agency news, pregame, postgame, maybe even do some games live and kind of recon as the game was going on.
So it will be definitely something that would be of interest.
Thank you, Eddie Pockets for joining the Stream to unwrapped a little late this past season to really kind of embrace.
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This is gonna be one that's gonna be going pretty continuously so very excited about this.
So I wanted to kind of start off in recap the past season.
It was one that was very tumultuous for a lot of Steelers fans.
As you know, we've been very spoiled with how good the team has been with, you know, us, never going under 500 under head coach Mike Tomlin.
So I definitely wanted to kind of give him his flowers because of you know, his consistency and his ability to kind of whether whatever strong we have and leading up to the season, we had the situation with the holdout with Levian Bell running back that I definitely felt was of huge importance to this offense.
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Not sure what you mean by that, um, Levian Bell not, you know, missing the season due to his hold out.
And then ultimately, you know, leaving us to go to the Jets.
That was also, you know, big hit to the offense.
You know, it was gonna be James Connor's time to either prove he can handle a full workload on.
And then, you know, the whole situation with Antonio Brown had that kind of leak into, you know, other situations.
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First time under 500 with Tomlin Tomans.
Never been under 500 Steelers 500 or better.
So we've never finished anything under 18 8 So we've finished in eighth this year.
Um, and you know Antonio Brown? He was a huge playmaker.
He ultimately became the safety blanket for Ben Roethlisberger on the past couple of seasons with the retirement of, Ah, long time tight end Heath Miller so that, you know, you know it's gonna be big Ben's first time without a consistent chronicle safety blanket.
Which is who you kind of go to when things get kind of sticky.
Uh, Tom with his coach of the year.
I will get into that a little bit later.
As to why I agree that he shouldn't have won it this year.
But I'll say what was missing to make that case.
Tony, thank you for bringing that up.
Um, but yeah, definitely.
That was season.
That was very Ah, very on the emotional roller coaster.
Right for me in particular, seeing how they struggled early on with a bunch of brutal losses, Big Ben went down, and then it kind of just turned into the shadow.
One coach of the year.
All right, Um, I'll get it, then a little bit.
All kind of explained.
My reasoning is so why didn't think he got it, You know, explain kind of my reasoning as to why I feel that way.
But with the season, you know, we had a quarterback care.
So Mason Rudolph, You know, he kind of had an opportunity to really show if he could be the guy.
And, you know, I'm kind of a little, you know, rough on this, but I definitely don't think he's the guy.
This isn't a knock on him.
I don't think he shouldn't be an NFL quarterback or anything.
You know that crazy? I just don't think he has that kind of it factor that you kind of expect out of a, uh, out of a franchise for bag.
Yeah, I definitely think he could be a a backup quarterback.
You know, in shorts, things kind of come in and take over an offense.
But as we saw, you know, he did a little bit of success.
But then, as you know, defense to start to key on on how he maneuvers, you know, he's not able to kind of stay above that and, you know, be able to continue making plays and then duck Hodges, you know, he teases us a little bit.
Kind of gave us some hope in the way that, you know, could he have been a guy to help us get to the playoffs.
But, you know, ultimately, he struggled turning the ball over quite a bit.
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Um And I think to me, that's just one of the biggest things.
Is it? This past season really showed us that, you know, Mason Rudolph, you know, doesn't look like he's the guy.
And, um, I know that's kind of rough to give that guy.
You know, that kind of sentiment from a ceiling fan to say, You know, he's not the guy.
If you see me on Twitter, I'm pretty conservative.
When it comes to my takes, I'm not just gonna flat out go emotional.
Say he's terrible.
Never see him again.
I just don't think he has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback.
And with a big band kind of nearing the end of his illustrious career, we do need to kind of definitely look forward to you know, someone here in this draft and if not, you know, who can we look at for the upcoming draft in 2021? Yeah, I definitely think with our quarterback situation, you know, it's not like, you know, any pockets is a Broncos fan.
You know, Drew lock is, you know, the clear air to that team.
And you know, Mason Rudolph didn't really show that, you know, he took way too long in his read.
It's Hey, wouldn't look off his receiver, make the safety kind of just cheat on him.
Which is why he had his little situations with the turnovers.
You know, he's just not at the level of being able to read a defense and beat them on his own.
I definitely think that was a very rough part of that.
But it did kind of bring to light Deante Johnson, a rookie receiver that doesn't get a lot of credit.
Hey, led the NFL for the receivers, for the rookie receivers in separation from the defender.
So you know, he was able to get a good first step.
Either make a good move, kind of get ahead of him.
So I thought that was something of substance.
To definitely look forward, you know, was ah, very impressive player through the punt returns and you know it.
That is great to see now.
Juju, This was gonna be his coming out year you know, with Big Ben.
You know, if you would have stayed healthy, we could have gotten a clear confirmation as to, you know, is Ju juice.
Ms. Schuster, you know, our number one guy.
And on paper, it doesn't look pretty right now.
Um, let's see. Political stats.
He had 76 targets, 70 targets, 42 receptions, 552 yards, three touchdowns with a 60% capturing.
Now on paper, that doesn't sound great, but when you really break down the numbers now, I broke it down.
So let's let's let's show the difference between, um judges production with Ben Roethlisberger and his production without him.
Reminds me of Julia, like three years ago.
I hope he definitely can build himself up by Nomad and thinks he can be a superstar.
And I still think he can, too.
But with Big Ben, he had him for about, you know, a game and 1/2 yet 16 targets 11 receptions.
That's a 73% catch rate.
Now that's 81 yards per game.
That's a pretty solid average if you look at it.
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Granted, he did only play 10 other games.
You know, he missed a couple of games due to injury.
So in 10 games, 54 receptions.
Because me Excuse me.
31 receptions, 57% Catch rate.
390 yards, 32 yards per game.
That is a huge difference.
And I know you know, we see these crazy stats for DeAndre Hopkins and other players who have had, you know, a bunch of, you know, I don't think sorry, but a lot of tumultuous quarterback situations.
You know, DeAndre, I'm gonna highlight a little bit because, you know TJ Yates? Ah, he had the quarterback.
You know, he had a lot of turn turn over at quarterback.
Still able to produce.
Definitely a big credit to him, but with juju still young guy.
Definitely think that was something that you know, he's still developing.
Not gonna, you know, knock him on this, but it's a huge difference.
You know, Obviously the offense kind of went primarily for the runs, you know, post Ben, and with a good measure, consistent games.
Yeah, definitely any pockets.
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Um, and to me, it doesn't necessarily give due to the bail.
That's kind of how I like to phrase that, you know, shooting him bail.
I think all it says is, you know, we were with our backup quarterbacks.
They clearly weren't ready to kind of be thrown into game action.
You know, it's it's not a fair sentiment to just going to get this this this slack for it.
But I think juju and himself, you know, he's a positive person in the locker room, definitely a positive figure in the locker room as well.
So I think you know these words and everything is just gonna motivate him.
And, you know, hopefully with a year of big band back being back after his ah elbow injury, he could really, you know, show us his skills because, you know, we went against the New England Patriots in the week one when the you know that that epic, defensive like force that they were in the 1st 8 to 10 weeks, so you know, for him to still kind of average anyone yards per game in the 1st 2 games, which I know very small sample size, hard to kind of justify that being, you know, the saving grace in ****yzing him.
But clearly there's a huge difference.
So I'm going to be very interested to see production.
And, you know, for those who follow fantasy, you know, could be a sneaky believe, you know, with the stats that, you know, it could be more production.
I definitely agree with any pockets dimension here in the chat.
I definitely believe he is a number one or he's building his way to become the number one.
But, you know, I know everybody said, Hey, yet Antonio Brown on the other side, taking attention away.
He still made a lot of great place.
He still made a lot of plays with, you know, making receptions in traffic, you know, being able to have great body control.
So you know the intangibles.
The talent is there.
We gotta remember.
He's still very young, and I don't think he's 23 yet, So, you know, if he keeps this work ethic, I think developed that number one guy which you know would be better for this to focus on other parts draft and then, you know, with Ben Roethlisberger going down, you know, he's always had trouble finishing seasons.
He's missed a couple games, you know, in the last couple of years, so it was almost not a blessing in disguise.
I don't want to make it sound like that, But I do think all this time he's had without, you know, taking hits.
And you know, being in the grueling season that, you know, is the NFL and him being kind of a guy that likes to move around the pocket and kind of, you know, not necessarily be mobile, but move around and make plays.
I think it was good for him in this part of his career, to kind of have that a little vacation.
I guess you'd want to say and you know, he says he feels great.
I'm sure you know, he definitely does feel better than he has before.
I know a lot of people were kind of knocking that sentiment, but you got to remember he's been playing football for, you know, over a decade and you know your body gets bumps and came And, you know, for him to have this kind of time off, take his time through rehab, Kind of make sure that, you know, for all we know, this could be a procedure that, you know, helped maybe longer his career if that surgery, you know, because he had one of those corn unquote like Tommy John, like injuries.
And those types of surgeries typically kind of help of pictures career.
So I'm you know, this could be, you know, something that may prove beneficial to bend, but I think the time away from the game, the wear and tear that is coming season, maybe better for him.
Unlike can, Yeah.
I mean, uh, with like any pocket saying in the chat Cam Newton played, you know, he was still kind of injured.
Took some big hits in those first couple of weeks.
I'm not finishing the season, and, you know, he kind of got written off unfairly.
And I think that is, you know, wearing tear.
You know, your body can only handle so much.
And after so many years, it's It's just one of the parts of that.
Um so I definitely think Ben will come back with a vengeance.
I think he could be surprising in terms of production, you know, having a whole, you know, time for having holding his skills in his mechanics.
So that'll be something to look for, to be excited for this upcoming season.
And then I wanted to talk about the gamble that we did, where we traded Super Bowl MVP.
I'd love to hear that.
I would love for that to be his swan song.
And, you know, if you wants to walk away with that, that would be ideal with how you know, playoff successful he has been in his career on I want to Talk about the gamble where we traded our first round pick to the Miami Dolphins for Meghan Fitzpatrick.
Now, when that first happened, you know, we all remember Stephen A.
Smith, you know, while ran about, you know, Steelers were done.
Why are they doing this? It doesn't make any sense that the season is lost, and I didn't agree with him, But I'm also very optimistic, and I trust the front office because, you know, nine times out of 10 they'll make the right decision, You know, they don't go crazy on free agency.
They don't go crazy with the trade.
So, you know, I definitely wasn't, you know, on the wagon off.
Oh, it's It's a dumb move.
Why are we doing this? We need to reserve this to pick up a quarterback or whatever things people were saying ultimately agreed with it because I was always super huge on Mika.
I mean, back in his Alabama days, you know, that's kind of when college football really blew up a t least to kind of not my generation.
But like, you know, between my group of friends, it was something that we definitely talked about a lot.
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