In this episode: Mike Munchak Departs Family is thicker than football. Five years after he arrived to coach the offensive line, Mike Munchak departs for the same position in Denver, having molded the Steelers offensive line into the #1 rated line in the NFL. Shaun Sarrett steps into the role, having served as assistant offensive line coach in 2018. He previously was an offensive assistant with the team from 2012-17, working mainly with the offensive line. Morgan Burnett Ready To Move On Citing his desire to return to his natural position of safety instead of the dime linebacker role he played with the Steelers, Burnett said he would like to be released from his contract. Burnett missed four of the first six games of the season due to injury, recording 30 tackles and six pass deflections in a subpackage role over 11 games. Art Rooney Interview The AR II year-in-review interview was chocked full of his perspectives on 2018 and next year’s season. He pointed to a less-than-stellarkicking game and a negative turnover ratio as the primary factors contributing to a poor outcome in 2018. We talk about AR II’s thoughts on Mike Tomlin, Big Ben, AB and Le’Veon. You’ll also learn how influential the Steelers Outpost is as we discuss the AR II’s thoughtto have someone assist Mike Tomlin with challenge calls (listen to SOP 74). Circus Maximus We’re still waiting for AB’s Big Interview, but AR II disagrees that the Steelers were in cultural disarray this year, saying "It's nonsense. We didn't achieve our goal of winning the division but we finished half a game out and had a lot of opportunities to get there." In a case of history repeating itself, take a look atBob Labriola’s pieceon the drama of the 1977 season. Oh… and note that he wrote this in the midst of the2017season! (All you need to do is change the “7” to an “8” to adjust to the latest drama.) Can AB Catch Jerry? Jerry Rice has given AB a lot of support in the weeks since the falling out between Brown and the Steelers. AB has more than hinted that he’d like traded to the 49rs. Why? Could it be that he has aspirations of overtaking the definitive receiver of the modern era?
Emmanuel Sanders was on NFL Game Day week and he had a whole bunch to say about his buddy Antonio Brown. Teryl Austin comes home to Pittsburgh to assume the role as the Steelers Senior Defensive Assistant and Secondary coach. Tomlin still has a gap to fill on the staff: Clock Manager
Rob Paul and AJ Marchese breakdown the hot start of the coaching carousel going team-by-team talking about the new head coaches. After that they breakdown the wild Wildcard weekend and look at if any of last weeks winners can turn their momentum into a trip to the championship game with a Divisional round preview!
As Alfred Hitchcock once said, "What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out?" And certainly with Antonio Brown there is never a dull moment, which was reinforced by Jesse James who said "Ah man, we are — Kardashians.” The thought that Pittsburgh, a town with its share of troubles and one that has shown resilience in the face of adversity, has a wide receiver who just got a 4-year, $68 million pay day makes you wonder why AB's not getting more heat than he is. We talk about the prospects of seeing AB in 2019 and what it does to our prospects if the Steelers have had enough of him. Change is in the air with the ousting of Joey Porter. Who's next? And - is the architect of the most effective unit on the team, the offensive line, Mike Munchack promoting himself to a new team next year?
Deck the halls with Rob Paul and AJ Marchese as they jingle you all the way around all the NFL action from Week 16!
Steelers 28 Saints 31 This was a body blow. This game was starting to give you the belief that the Steelers could sustain a run into the playoffs by taking it to the Saints in the Super Dome. Of course that hope was extinguished as we entered into the final phase of the game with some costly turnovers, but elements of the demise emerged early in the game with letdowns on defense and some agonizing (and questionable) penalties.
Rob Paul and AJ Marchese are back to tell y’all about every game from Week 15 in the NFL! Do you trust the Cowboys? Is the Saints defense going to keep carrying them? Are the Chargers the scariest team in the AFC? All of these questions are asked and answered and many more!
Battling the history of five straight losses to the Patriots, the Steelers achieved redemption in a surprisingly low-scoring affair. While there's always something to criticize, this is a victory to be celebrated, to be savored for the rare vintage it has become. In this episode: 1. Throwback Dirty Steelers Win 2. Give Tomlin Credit 3. Offense - new role players 4. Defense - pressure and learning to tackle 5. What Happens Next?