Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones (3) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Pittsburgh, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones (3) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Pittsburgh, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Sky is falling, the Sky is falling!  That’s what many in Pittsburgh seem to be crying out after the Steelers have dropped their first two pre-season games.  Yes….Pre-season games.  The games that mean all of nothing, zip, zilch, nada mixed in with a big dose of who cares?

Calm down Pittsburgh. Seriously.  The outrage I’ve seen surrounding the 0-2 start is amazing to me. Especially the shear anger and disdain towards Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones.

I get it, he threw four picks in one half against the Eagles….in the pre-season.  Those four picks mean, nothing, zip, zilch, nada and who cares?  Why the anger? Why the clamoring for the Steelers to go sign or trade for a different backup?

Do you really expect Jones to be Big Ben?  C’mon Pittsburgh, you know better.  Do you really expect Jones to even be himself when Tomlin, rightfully so, isn’t playing Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell, DeAngelo Williams and LaDarius Green (due to injury for Green)?  You expect success?

You think there is a better available backup?  Who?  You think they should trade an asset to grab a guy who might start a couple of games if Ben gets hurt?  C’mon Pittsburgh, where is your football IQ on this one?  You KNOW better.

The Steelers believe in Jones as a 2nd QB and so do I. He proved last year he has what it takes to be a BACKUP in the league, a guy called on in emergency duty. Stop expecting Ben, who’s one of the best in the business, it’s not fair to compare Jones to that.

Furthermore, chill out on the pre-season losses guys.  Did I mention the guys who are NOT playing? Ben isn’t playing either by the way, because the games mean nothing, zip, zilch, well you get the idea.

Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association http://www.steelnationassociation.com– Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at mike@steelnationassociation.com.

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