The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Miami Dolphins 30-15 Sunday at the Hard Rock Café, oops I meant School of Hard Knocks/Hard Rock stadium. They not only were manhandled and discombobulated by the “fish” they were totally embarrassed by the “Miami Vice” crew.
There is an old saying that goes something like this: “the chickens have come home to roost.” What exactly do those words imply? Well as far as I am concerned the chickens appear to have come home to “poop” as opposed to roost, you diggg……
Professional football is a violent game, played by violent men and every team should perhaps have a competent and confident surrogate hanging out in the wings in prepared and ready to step in just in case a principal or 1st string player goes down. The Steelers have a 1st string, possibly 1st ballot hall-of- fame quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger was injured with a little more than eight minutes remaining in the 1st half.
Roethlisberger explained how the injury came about. “it actually happened before I threw the ball,” he said. “I don’t know how it happened, just felt something funny in my knee.”
Ben Roethlisberger has spent more than a decade, running around ducking linebackers, defensive linemen and laser focused defensive backs all with one objective. Getting him out of the game. They all realize that arm tackles are “poo-poo, la-la” efforts that will produce questionable results because if you allow him to get loose, he will certainly; “cook your goose.” But just as important to the Black and Gold, when he suffers an injury, the Steelers “turtle doves” will generally land in the frying pan, way before Christmas. Those Cornish Hens smell so good in the oven. Remember Michael Vick and remember Dennis Dixon. These were two journeymen quarterbacks that would have given the Steelers more of a legitimate shot to compete until “Big” Ben’s return. Remember the dog lovers that drove Mike Vick out of town? Can PETA please send us a backup QB? The chickens have come home to roost. Well if your memory is foggy consider this.
The Steelers still have games against the New England Patriots, the Dallas Cowboys, two games each against AFC North divisional foes, the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. Talking about dog fights! The Steelers have lost to Philly Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz, and have to face another rookie QB Dak Prescott, when the Dallas Cowboys ride into town on November 13th. By the way Prescott will not be cowering in fear at the prospect of facing the “Steel Curtain” because hey, Pittsburgh is playing like a “baby blanket and also because on Sunday past Prescott and his teammates galloped into Lambeau Field and lassoed the Green Bay Packers and sent them “packing.” Prescott is a rookie QB. Oh so sorry, I already mentioned that. Landry Jones is a four year player and has not won as many games as Dak Prescott,. Did I mention that he has guided the Cowboys to a 5-1 record while supposedly “subbing” for the Cowboys “starting QB Tony Romo? The farmer turned the light on in the henhouse and caught the fox with feathers around his mouth. He asked the fox, “are you stealing my chickens?” The fox answered: “no just helping you count them, that’s all.”
The Steelers need to draft or trade for not one but two quarterbacks to stiffen the competition behind “Big” Ben for times such as this because as well all know; “we should never put all of our eggs in one basket.”
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