I am prone to knee jerk reactions. I like to shoot first and ask for forgiveness later sometimes. In this series, I like to record by immediate unthinking emotional reaction. I have those often. I know you in Steeler Nation are prone to them too. While watching the Steelers lose 23-17 in the third game of the 2017 season against Chicago, I recorded my initial thoughts with no time to reconsider them. Take these in. As always, I welcome you to weigh in.
- The National Anthem debate is very delicate, so I'm going to walk a fine line here. Staying in the locker room is not the way I would handle the matter, but I'm not sure exactly what the best way to handle this situation actually is. I do wonder three things though. 1) Would they have done this particular form of protest if Dan Rooney was alive? 2) If they were doing this out of respect and as protection for players that wanted to protest, those players were never heard and where was the respect for a man who fought for our freedom, Alejandro Villanueva? 3) I wonder how many televisions were switched off in VFWs across the nation.
- I saw very little heart from the entire Steeler team. Maybe they left it in the locker room. Hell, maybe they should have stayed in the locker room.
- "Road Ben" can not lead this team to a Super Bowl.
- Deonte Thompson was not penalized for a blatant hold on the final play, but at that point it hardly seemed to matter.
- How does Le'Veon Bell expect to get paid like both the No. 1 running back and the No. 2 receiver in the NFL if he isn't even performing in the top ten in each category. Teams don't convene in the offseason for nothing.
- The Bears Jordan Howard took a beating and kept coming back. That's the kind of guy you open the checkbook for.
- Javon Hargrave is an unsung hero of the defense. Love this guy's motor.
- How can it be that the Steelers are 0-2 vs. Mike Glennon. I don't think anybody else is 0-2 against Glennon.
- Special Teams were dreadful today. Welcome back to the Steeler Nation doghouse, Danny Smith Jr.
- I'm beginning to think that Antonio Brown is closing in on being known as the George Washington of the Steeler Receiver Mount Rushmore.
- People don't realize how crucial Ramon Foster is to the team. The Steelers might not be able to afford a lengthy absence from the Big Ragu.
- I hate to say it, but I will. The Steelers did not deserve to win this game today.
As always, it is now time to rewatch highlights and pen my apologies. Thanks for indulging this jerk's patella ponderings.