Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: October 9, 2019 (Pt. 1)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: October 9, 2019 (Pt. 1)


RIGHT NOW IT IS THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. PITTSBURGH’S BEST SPORT SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. CALL US OR TWEET US. WE GOT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. ON THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. THANK YOU FOR TUNING INTO THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. MAYBE THE BIGGEST IS MASON RUDOLPH AND DEVLIN HODGES WHO WILL BE THE STARTER ON SUNDAY AT LOS ANGELES AGAINST THE CHARGERS. IT IS AN IMPORTANT GAME FOR THE STEELERS. THEY HAVE WINNABLE GAMES COMING UP. THIS IS A MUST WIN. OBVIOUSLY HE MUST WIN FOR THE STEELERS. I THINK THERE CHANCES IMPROVED GREATLY IF MASON RUDOLPH CAN BE THE STARTER ON SUNDAY. THAT IS MY OPINION. YOU MAY DISAGREE. MASON RUDOLPH DID A LOT OF WORK WITH THE SCOUT TEAM AND WAS LIMITED IN PRACTICE. TOMORROW’S KEY WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHETHER WOULD OFFER HODGES WILL GO, IF RUDOLPH TAKES SNAPS I THINK HE WOULD PLAY. OTHER THAN THAT, HE COULD BE THE BACKUP OR PAXTON LYNCH WILL BE SIGN TO THE ACTIVE ROSTER TO BE THE BACKUP. RIGHT NOW THE STEELERS ARE IN TROUBLE. THE STEELERS HAVE MANY PROBLEMS. THEY ARE DOWN TO THEIR THIRD QUARTERBACK. THE FOURTH QUARTERBACK. JOSH DOBBS. ANY TEAM IN THAT SITUATION IS REALLY IN TROUBLE. THE STEELERS ARE REALLY IN TROUBLE. IT IS HARD TO BEAT PHILIP RIVERS ANYWHERE. THEY LOST TO HIM LAST YEAR. NOW YOU GO OUT AND PLAY AT THE WEST COAST AND MAY HAVE A RECORD OF 4-20. THE LAST WIN WAS CHARGES IN 2015. IT COMES DOWN TO THE CONCUSSION PROTOCOL. ISN’T MASON RUDOLPH STILL AT THAT STAGE? ONE OF THE HURDLES, HE HAS TO PRACTICE. IF YOU CONSIDER TODAY A PRACTICE WITHOUT ANY HOST PRACTICE PROBLEMS, THAT COULD BE ONE OF THOSE BENCHMARKS. HE IS STILL TECHNICALLY IN THE PROTOCOL. IT IS STRICTLY A HEALTH CALL. I GUESS THIS WHOLE WEEK WILL KIND OF SHAKE THINGS OUT. I AM LOOKING AT TOMORROW’S PRACTICE. IF YOU DON’T SEE MASON RUDOLPH PRACTICE OR GET FIRST TEAM WRAPS, THERE IS NO SHOT. DO YOU HAVE ANY CONFIDENCE THAT DEVLIN HODGES COULD WIN THIS? NO. I DON’T. HE THROWS IT ALL OVER THE PLACE. HE IS ABSOLUTELY FEARLESS. I LIKE THAT ABOUT HIM. I LIKE WHAT HE DID IN THE PRESEASON. THIS IS REAL NFL AND HE IS MAKING HIS FIRST NFL START ON THE ROAD AGAINST PHILIP RIVERS. I DON’T LIKE HIS CHANCES. FEARLESS COULD ALSO EQUAL FOUR INTERCEPTIONS OR MORE. LET’S NOT FORGET, IF IT WAS NOT FOR A DEFENSIVE HOLDING, HE WOULD HAVE HAD ONE AT A KEY MOMENT IN THE LAST GAME. HE LOOKS RESOURCEFUL AND HE LOOKS LIKE HE KNOWS WHERE TO LOOK. THESE GUYS ARE SO INEXPERIENCED . I INCLUDE MASON RUDOLPH. THEY OFTEN DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE READING. WHEN THE PLAY GETS GOING THEY DON’T KNOW WHERE TO LOOK. MASON RUDOLPH HAD HIS FIRST START, I THOUGHT HE PLAYED OKAY. I AM SURE HE WENT INTO THE FILM ROOM AFTERWARD AND SAW PLENTY OF INSTANCES WHERE HE THOUGHT, WHY DID I DO THAT? WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS TEAM LAST YEAR, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE STEELERS AND CHARGERS GAME, THEY HAD A SIGNIFICANT LEAD, THE STEELERS. THEY BLEW IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE A VETERAN QUARTERBACK WHO ADJUSTED AT HALFTIME IN THE STEELERS DID NOT ADJUSTS. WE WILL SEE NOW IF THEY HAVE AN ANSWER. THEY SPENT THE WHOLE OFF-SEASON FIGURING OUT AN ANSWER. IT WILL BE INTERESTING. THE CHARGES GET THE RUNNING BACK. IT IS A TOUGH TASK. I ACTUALLY PICKED THE STEELERS TO WIN IN SAN FRANCISCO. THE COULD HAVE WON THE GAME. IF IT WAS NOT FOR JAMES CONNOR FUMBLE. I THINK YOU HAVE TO GO WITH HISTORY AND HOW BAD THEY PLAYED ON THE WEST COAST. THEIR BACKS ARE AGAINST THE WALL. I WAS LOOKING UP-TO-DATE UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT QUARTERBACKS. WARREN MOON, KURT WARNER, JEFF GARCIA, TONY ROMO. THEY WERE NOT GOOD IN THEIR FIRST WEEK. THEY NEED TO BE GOOD IN THE FIRST WEEK AND MAYBE THIS IS WHERE THE 10 FIRST ROUND PICKS OF THE DEFENSE CAN COME INTO PLAY. THE INJURIES CONTINUE. NOT ONLY WITH THE STEELERS BUT UPTOWN WITH THE PENGUINS. THERE ARE INJURIES EVERYWHERE IN PITTSBURGH. WE WILL TALK ABOUT ALL OF THAT AND MORE COMING UP NEXT ON THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. GIVE US A CALL 412-575-2600. WE WILL BE BACK IN A COUPLE OF MINUTES.

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