Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 24, 2019 (Pt. 2)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 24, 2019 (Pt. 2)


THEY HAVE CINCINNATI. THE TEAM WILL BE OFF ON SUNDAY. AT THIS POINT YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. SOME PEOPLE HAVE TWEETED SAYING, THEY SHOULD HAVE SIGNED JESSE JAMES. NO. DETROIT WAS WILLING TO DO IT. JESSE JAMES WILL TAKE THE MONEY. IT WAS LIKE $25 MILLION. THE STEELERS WERE NOT GOING TO DO THAT. THEY HOPE NOT TO DO THIS. THEY HOPE TO KEEP McDONALD ON THE FIELD. IT IS ANOTHER OF THEIR MANY PROBLEMS. I GOT A TWEET TONIGHT. HE HAPPENS TO BE A BLOGGER IN SAN FRANCISCO. HE SAID AFTER WATCHING THE FILM , MASON RUDOLPH WAS TERRIBLE. HE LOOKED LIKE A FRIGHTENED BACK UP. TO WHICH I REPLIED, HE IS A ROOKIE. BUT I DON’T THINK HE IS FRIGHTENED. HE HAD TWO TOUCHDOWN PASSES AND ONE WAS RIGHT ON THE MONEY. THE OTHER ONE HE LOCATED THAT JOHNSON WAS OPEN. WHERE DID YOU SEE FRIGHT? IT IS A GOOD DEFENSE IN HIS FIRST NFL GAME. HE MADE IT SOUND LIKE IT WAS SQUARED. I DISCOUNT THAT TWEET. I WOULD POINT OUT THAT MASON RUDOLPH THROUGH FOR MORE TOUCHDOWNS AND YARDS THAN BEN ROETHLISBERGER DID IN HIS FIRST START. BE THAT AS IT MAY, HE DID LOOK LIKE HE WAS RUSHING THINGS AT TIMES. HE LOOKED LIKE HE WAS LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT TIMES. HE THREW A BAD BALL THAT WILLIAMS INTERCEPTED. OVERALL, I THOUGHT HE WAS OKAY. FOR A FIRST GAME. I DID NOT THINK HE WAS FRIGHTENED. HELLO, HOW ARE YOU? WHAT I WANT TO DO ADDRESS WAS , THE RUNNING BACK POSITION. JAMES CONNOR. GOING BACK TO LAST YEAR, THIS WAS THE SECOND FUMBLE IN A CRITICAL SITUATION. HE IS NOT ABLE TO HOLD ONTO THE BALL. THERE IS ALSO, HE GETS INJURIES. I THINK THE RUNNING BACK POSITION IS A PROBLEM. I WANTED TO SEE WHAT YOU THOUGHT. I THINK THE NUMBERS INDICATE IT IS SO FAR. I WOULD ARGUE THEY HAVE NOT COMMITTED TO IT THE WAY I WOULD LIKE THEM TO. IF I WAS TO FEATURE THAT RUN. AND TRY TO FORTIFY BY MORE REPETITION AS THE GAME GOES ON. I THINK JAMES CONNOR IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY THINKING ABOUT PROTECTING THE BALL. I THINK HE CAN GET THE JOB DONE. I HAVE NOT LOST CONFIDENCE. HE NEEDS TO BE BACK TO WHAT HE WAS DURING THE MIDDLE PART OF LAST YEAR. HE IS AN EXCELLENT TALENT. JAMES CONNOR. YOU CANNOT FUMBLE. HIS FUMBLES HAVE BEEN COSTLY. IT COST THEM A GAME IN CLEVELAND, DENVER. AND LAST WEEK . YOU WILL NOT BE A STARTING RUNNING BACK IN THE NFL VERY LONG IF THAT IS WHAT YOU WILL DO. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SAMUELS WORKED IN. HE DID NOT GET A TOUCH AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS STRANGE. I DON’T THINK IT IS SO MUCH THE RUNNING BACK POSITION AS IT IS THE OFFENSIVE COACHES. THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN RUNNING THE BALL. BUT THEY SHOULD. THE STEELERS CONSIDER A PAST TWO OTHER SIDE OF THE FIELD LIKE A RUN. TO THEM, THAT IS THE RUNNING GAME. IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY. I AM NOT SAYING IT IS WORKING. HELLO. I DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU YOU GET THAT PITTSBURGH IS ONE OF THE TOP OFFENSIVE LINES IN FOOTBALL. YOU ARE GUILTY OF THIS, YOU KEEP SAYING THAT TOMLIN HAS A WINNING RECORD. ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO WIN? NO QUESTION. THEY HAVE UNDERACHIEVED AS A COACHING STAFF. ONE PLAYOFF WON AND SEVEN YEARS. NO ONE SHOULD BE GUARANTEED A LIFETIME JOB FOR COACHING. VINCE LOMBARDI LEFT. I THINK TOMLIN IS A GOOD COACH. IT IS TIME FOR HIM TO MOVE ON. THEY WILL NEVER WIN ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP. I DISAGREE. I THINK MIKE TOMLIN IS ONE OF THE BEST COACHES IN THE NFL. YOU ONLY NEED TO LOOK UP HIS RECORD. IF HE HAS A LOSING RECORD THIS YEAR, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME IN 13 YEARS. YOU THINK HE SHOULD BE FIRED AFTER ONE LOSING RECORD IN 13 YEARS? I WOULD REMIND YOU THAT CHUCK NOLL AND BILL COWHER HAD THREE LOSING SEASONS IN A ROW AND WERE NOT FIRED. BILL COWHER GOT AN EXTENSION. I WOULD LOOK AWFULLY FUNNY. THEY ARE THE WAY THEY BELIEVE IN COACHING, A STABILITY FACTOR. I UNDERSTAND. IT HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT MAKING THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR. THERE ARE THINGS THAT WERE WORKING INTO THAT. THIS YEAR, I DON’T THINK THE COACHING HAS BEEN GOOD. I DON’T THINK ANYTHING HAS BEEN GOOD. THIS IS A SEASON A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY COULD WIN A DIVISION, INCLUDING ME. I DID NOT THINK THE BROWNS WOULD BE THAT GOOD. THIS DIVISION IS 3-9 RIGHT NOW. THERE IS A LOT OF FOOTBALL LEFT. THEY HAVE CINCINNATI COMING, THEY HAVE BALTIMORE COMING, THEY WILL NOT STOP TRYING. IF THEY WIN THOSE TWO GAMES, THINGS LOOK DIFFERENT. AND YOU ARE ONLY FIVE GAMES INTO A 17 WEEK SEASON. I WOULD BE PATIENT. I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO RUSH TO JUDGMENT. HELLO. WHEN WILL MIKE TOMLIN GET ON THE HOT SEAT? I THINK RIGHT NOW THE COACHING STAFF IS ON THE HOT SEAT. HOW HOT DO YOU WANT IT TO BE? IT IS HOT. IT SHOULD BE A LOT MORE. WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION? WHAT DO YOU WANT? YOU WANT PEOPLE TO LOSE THEIR JOBS? IN TIME, COORDINATORS COULD LOSE THEIR JOB IF THINGS DO NOT GET BETTER. THAT WOULD BE THE FIRST STEP IN A COACHING CHANGE . I DON’T THINK IT WILL INVOLVE MIKE TOMLIN DURING THE SEASON. IT IS ALWAYS SOMEBODY ELSE’S FAULT. NOT HIS. TODD HALEY GOT BLAMED. WHY DOES HE NOT CATCH ANY HEAT AT ALL? DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENT? MY COMMENT IS THE ROONEY’S INDICATED THEY HAVE LESS CONFIDENCE IN MIKE TOMLIN THIS TIME AROUND WITH HIS CONTRACT. HE GOT A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION. THAT IS A VERSION OF THE HOT SEAT. RELATIVELY SPEAKING, HE IS ON THE HOT SEAT. THIS IS PITTSBURGH. WE DON’T TEND TO PANIC ABOUT COACHES. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO SHOW ME THE NFL COACH WHO IN THE SPAN OF TWO YEARS COULD WITHSTAND THE LOSS OF LE’VEON BELL, ANTONIO BROWN IN RYAN SHAZIER. THEY HAVE NOT ADEQUATELY REPLACED RYAN SHAZIER YET. WHICH OF THOSE HAVE THEY ADEQUATELY REPLACED? NO ONE. WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY ANTONIO BROWN , THEY GOT AS MUCH OUT OF HIM AS THEY COULD. IT IS OVER. WHEN HE IS GONE, THERE IS NO DOUBLE-TEAM ON JUJU SMITH- SCHUSTER RIGHT NOW. OVERALL, NO. THAT MEANS THERE IS A GUY LEFT. IN MOST CASES HE GOES TO THE BOX. THAT MAKES IT HARDER ON THE RUN GAME. I CHALLENGE YOU TO LOOK AT GAME TAPE. YOU WILL SEE THE RUN GAME OFFENSIVE LINE IS NOT DOING ITS JOB EITHER. MAYBE BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN EXTRA GUY IN THE BOX. YOU COULD COUNTER AND SAY THAT IS TOMLIN’S FAULT. ULTIMATELY, EVERYTHING IS HIS FAULT. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THIS REALISTICALLY.

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