It is that time of week again, where I ask for questions surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers from our loyal following on Twitter, and I do my best to answer them. The Steelers are 1-1 and are facing the St. Louis Rams this Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome. There were plenty of questions, and it was a valiant effort to answer all of them.
If you wanted your question answered, simply follow BTSC on Twitter (@btsteelcurtain) and submit your question. Time to get to work...
From: Donnie Ross (@donnieross)
Question: How soon can Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo William become Smash and Dash 2.0?
Answer: How soon can they become Smash and Dash? How about this Sunday? The question then becomes, which one is Smash and which one is Dash.
Anyways, I thought I would use this question to answer a question I've fielded on Twitter multiple times in regards to Bell's return. The question normally is what are the odds the Steelers use both Williams and Bell in a two-back set, similar to the glory days of Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier. Although the organization and players have said this is a possibility, I wouldn't bank on it anytime soon. The reason is simple, if you have both in the backfield, unless one is going to be a lead blocker, you are using one solely as a decoy. To put a decoy on the field would mean you are taking another player off the field. Would you sacrifice a tight end or a wide receiver for that? There might be a situation, like the goal line, where that could possibly work, but ultimately I don't think you see the old school two running back backfield with any type of frequency.
From: TH (@cknights2001)
Question: Which is more worrisome: Secondary performance or kicking game?
Answer: To me the answer is both, but if I have to choose one I would say the secondary. Sure, Josh Scobee has been horrible since the start of the regular season, but if I trust one of the two entities to improve quickly, I would say it would be the veteran Scobee. This doesn't mean I don't think the Steelers' secondary won't improve, I think it will. But that improvement will take time and hopefully be near 100-percent by the final month of the season when the games matter the most.
From: WakeUpBerry! (@BBibler1970)
Question: I know the Rams have a great front 7, but don't you think Mike Tomlin was over hyping them a tad in his press conference?
Answer: Mike Tomlin has become the king of press conferences, and he isn't even close to the coach with the most experience in the NFL. Every week Tomlin makes the opposition seem like the next '85 Chicago Bears, or the '79 Steelers Steel Curtain. Tomlin loves to pump up the other team, but honestly, what do you expect? What would it do if Tomlin sat in front of the media and said, "The Rams offense is pathetic. Nick Foles is a joke...we aren't worried at all." Talk about bulletin board material. Tomlin knows how to play the "politically correct" game, and he plays it better than anyone.
From: Brendan Meckler (@BrendanMeckler)
Question: Will Pittsburgh have a first round bye in the playoffs?
Answer: Well, after two weeks of football this question is difficult to answer. Nonetheless, in an effort to appease all our loyal readers, I'll give it a stab in the dark. If I were a betting man, I'd say the Steelers will make the playoffs, but will not have a first round bye. Pittsburgh's schedule is a murderer's row of opponents who are more than capable of taking them down. A first round bye will typically go to a team from a division like the AFC South, one of the worst divisions in the entire NFL.
From: Patrick Cleary (@PClearyJr)
Question: If you could take one player from another team and add them to the Steelers roster, who would it be?
Answer: Wow, so many players to choose from. You could take someone like Aaron Donald or J.J. Watt. However, if I am going to take one player in this fictional game, it would be Darrelle Revis. Revis is capable of taking away an entire half of the field, and doing so would immediately turn the Steelers' secondary into below average to above average.
From: Andy B (@andrewbailey83)
Question: What unique impact could Senquez Golson add to the secondary next year?
Answer: This is tough to answer as no one has seen Golson play at the NFL level yet. However, from watching his college film it becomes clear why the Steelers drafted him. He is an all-around athlete who can do it all in terms of playing cornerback at the NFL level. He is athletic, fast, great at high-pointing passes and does not fear contact when it comes to tackling. Golson will immediately improve the Steelers' secondary next year, and will be a reason for either Antwon Blake, William Gay or Brandon Boykin to go elsewhere after the 2015 season.