Since the Christmas season is upon us and during the holiday season miracles and wishes are common I decided to pose a hypothetical questions to all the Steelers fans. (And probably some of the Raven’s fans that are still lurking around here at BTSC).
The question is simple and easy, if you could have one offensive and one defensive player from any team in the NFL this year and place them on the Current Steelers roster to help with our Playoff (and hopefully super bowl run), who would you pick?
On the defensive side I have thought long and hard and every time I think of a possible player (ie: Ed Reed, Albert Haynesworth, Justin Tuck) I get sad about replacing a player like Ryan Clark, Ed Reed, and Aaron Smith. But I would say the best possible upgrade on our defense would be at the cornerback position. Having said that I think the best player at that position this year is Nnamdi Asomugha, his stats are not that gaudy but he is the definition of a shutdown corner and every team has just decided they won’t throw to his side, and on a team as bad a the Raiders this is possible. If you put him on a defense like the Steelers I think his stats would be ridiculous.
On the offensive side of the ball I think there are a lot of needs, I would tend to think a stud left tackle would be of great importance, but would the addition of one lineman actually make a big difference on the offensive line as a whole? I think it might and perhaps it would spare Big Ben from a few sacks a game. So perhaps Walter Jones, or Joe Thomas would be the player that makes a huge impact in the playoffs. But if I had to pick one player for our run I would like to see Calvin Johnson added to the roster. Sorry Nate “the great” Washington, but Calvin Johnson plays on piss poor team and still has Over 1000 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns on a team where he is the only offensive weapon. Going down the stretch having a player that we can throw a jump ball in the end zone would make it a lot easier for us to avoid being stuffed on 4th and 1 type situations.
There are hundreds of players we could pick up with this once in a lifetime Christmas miracle, who would you add?