Inside Conditions…Opening ‘slayed’

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Velasco started 16 games last season for the Tennessee Titans, 13 at center and three at left guard. However, the Titans signed center Rob Turner in free agency and drafted another on the fourth round this year and released Velasco. Although the Steelers have not yet announced any signings, agent Brian Ayrault confirmed Velasco has joined the team.

The Post-Gazette earlier reported that halfback Jonathan Dwyer would resign with [the Steelers]” Oh where, oh where has Max Starks gone, gone? Oh where, oh where can he be? See folks, some years some players may resemble garbage but when catastrophe comes calling, garbage may turn into gold. Let’s suck it up boys and girls.

In an article published by espn.com in September 2004 titled, “Rookie steps in for injured Maddox” then Steelers co-captain offensive lineman Alan Faneca had this to say when he was asked if it was exciting to play alongside then rookie first round draft choice Ben Roethlisberger. “Exciting?” Faneca replied to a question with disbelief in his voice, “No, it’s not exciting. Do you want to go work with some little young kid who’s just out of college? Everybody’s got to do a little more,” the All-Pro offensive guard said. “Everybody’s got to help out, got to do a little more, do a little extra, take that extra step, put the extra work in this week and rally around him and help out.”

“It’s a learning process for him. He’s a No. 1 pick, he’s fresh out of college and that’s the big thing. He’s throwing in a new offense. … He has to learn that, too, so there’s a lot to soak in. It’s like every play you get better, you see things, you start to realize things, how a play works, how defenses react to it. It’s just a process.”

Look, Maurkice Pouncey is out for the year, finished, kaput. But as former president Nixon used to say when the going got tough, “let me make one thing perfectly clear; I did not have sex with that woman.” No, I have the wrong commander-in-chief.

My point is everyone that I speak with in and out of the media has some cockeyed theory as to how and why a teammate could hurt another member of the team even if it was an accidental injury. The Pittsburgh offensive philosopy has been questioned by all. But ya know what? With the offensive line and the wide receiver corps being suspect; the short to medium passing game may be the only thing that may work for the team offensively.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not going to have the time to “tiptoe through the tulips” dilly-dallying around, whistling Dixie because with the shape of Pittsburgh’s offensive line, they will be whistling for a timeout as they cart their 100 million dollar quarterback off the field. Let’s be real; the Steelers O-line has been less than stellar every since “Big Red” (Alan Faneca) departed the Steel city for “Gotham city.” But one thing for certain and two things for sure the Pittsburgh Steelers are rarely caught with their trousers down because as everyone should know by now, almost no organization in the world of sports plans and executes a corporate game plan better than the Pittsburgh Steelers.

 

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