Patrick Fabian had something more important to talk about than his role on the highly anticipated "Better Call Saul," a spinoff of AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad."
He wanted to talk Steelers.
The Central Pennsylvania product is playing the role of Howard Hamlin, a partner at a law firm employing Saul Goodman, the comedy relief of the Breaking Bad series.
Fabian sat down with Post Gazette writer Rob Owen as part of his preview for the series, which airs at 10 p.m. ET Sunday on AMC.
"Let’s talk about this first," he said to Owen in an interview in January. "I was destroyed watching that last home game (a 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs). You pay Le’Veon Bell whatever you need to pay him to make him healthy.
"I love the Steelers. My wife pointed out that even as an adult male I still wear more Steelers stuff than anything," Fabian said. "I looked in my closet, and I have way too much Steelers paraphernalia for a guy who’s never played for the Steelers and for a guy who’s almost 50 years old."
Despite Fabian's opinion, it's unlikely that Le'Veon's absence from the Ravens game had a lot more to do with the mechanics of a hyper-extended knee than it did with money. According to reports, Bell didn't have his range of motion back and wasn't able to fully work out until the Super Bowl.
So even if the Steelers were able to get past the Ravens, and despite Bell's statements otherwise, they likely would have faced Denver on the road without their star running back, or perhaps in a limited role. It's hard to say if that visit would have worked out better than their last trip to the Mile High City three years ago, when they got Tebowed.
"Better Call Saul" airs at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, opposite another Western Pennsylvania product, Christian Conte, who's leading a Spike series called "Coaching Bad" with former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
Saul Goodman seems far more entertaining than Lewis. We know which one we're watching tonight.