Last week BTSC unveiled the latest weekly feature for the website where I asked some questions to my co-host of the BTSC podcast "The Standard is the Standard", Lance Williams, and he provided us all with his expert Yinzer advice. New week, same feature, but all fresh questions and hot takes from Lance.
Let's get this week started...
Question: Recently suspended Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant released an apology for his actions which have him sitting out an entire season. What are your thoughts on this?
Lance: I'm sure after having someone else pen his second apology for becoming Ron Mexico's 1st cousin Martavis Tijuana, he realized that his career is in jeopardy and he now must be exceptional on and off the field. I hope none of you are surprised that Colbert put the kibosh on the idea that Bryant would be released. Many Steelers fans brag about the Steelers way and the organizations so-called insistence on employing guys with high character. Ladies and gents, the Steelers way is doing whatever it takes to win, and you don't get 6 Super Bowls by employing choirboys. Bryant's unequaled physical talent and production (14 TDs in 23 games) made cutting him laughable. We all know he's sorry, now its time to show the Steelers and Steelers Nation that he's sincere.
Question: Mike Tomlin says he follows his "gut" when it comes to his time management technique. Thoughts on this approach?
Lance: Coach Tomlin said "he goes with his gut" on time management decisions in game. If that's the case, get that guy some Pepto Bismol, Milk of Magnesia, and Xifaxan because he has a chronic case of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I think Mike Tomlin is one of the best coaches in the NFL, but time management isn't a strength and some of his gaffes have been downright laughable (too many to mention). With that said, I couldn't do any better and neither could any other Monday morning QB. Why? Too many beers.
Question: Do you have faith in the Steelers to re-build the secondary either through Free Agency and the NFL Draft?
Lance: According to Hebrews 11:1, "faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see". For my secular Steelers fans, Webster's defines it as the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. Fortunately, for the Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin, and the Steelers they aren't being judged by such lofty definitions When you look at the list of draft picks below, they've come up woefully short. While faith is having trust in the unseen, looking at those picks, you should have no faith that they can find a gem in the draft. As Steelers fans, let's hope the Steelers re-sign Brandon Boykin or get some help in free agency.
Secondary Draft Picks in Tomlin Era:
Year Rnd Name
2009 3 Keenan Lewis
2009 5 Joe Burnett
2010 5 Crezdon Butler
2011 3 Curtis Brown
2011 4 Cortez Allen
2012 7 Terrence Frederick
2013 4 Shamarko Thomas
2013 5 Terry Hawthorne
2014 5 Shaq Richardson
2015 2 Senquez Golson
2015 4 Doran Grant
2015 7 Gerod Holliman
Question: Should the Steelers look for wide receiver help in the NFL Draft or Free Agency?
Lance: With only having 4 picks in the first 150, and having very pressing needs on the defensive side of the ball, the Steelers will not look for WR help in the draft or in free agency. Colbert has all but admitted that the 2016 Draft will be a defensive one, and as dolefully a job as they've done in drafting secondary players, they've been quite the opposite in regards to the drafting and development of wide receivers. I have "faith" that Sammie Coates and Darius Heyward-Bey will play very well in 2016.
Question: If the Steelers have the choice between a first round DT like Billings or a first round CB like Alexander, which would you take and why?
Lance: I hate the NFL Draft and College Football. I know as a writer and podcaster for BTSC, I should love it, but I don't. Sorry Steelers Nation. With that said, I don't know either of these guys, but from a value perspective and given the Steelers secondary needs, give me a CB.
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