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, the biggest talking point around the NFL was the video during Monday Night Football when New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was mic’d up for the game and was caught on film stating he was “seeing ghosts” when he was facing the stifling New England Patriots defense.In case you haven’t seen the clip yet:When it comes to being a quarterback in the NFL, there isn’t much which is more damning than a quarterback stating they are “seeing ghosts” on the football field.For those who don’t know the terminology Darnold is using, I should stop here and say Darnold isn’t referring to seeing Casper the Friendly Ghost on the football field, but how had been under such duress throughout the game he was seeing things which simply weren’t there. Feeling pressure when he actually had plenty of time to throw, things like that.In the week following Darnold’s comment, former NFL quarterbacks have chimed in stating how this is something every quarterback experiences at some point or another in their career. And how it isn’t an indictment of Darnold as a quarterback moving forward in his young career.Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph was asked about “seeing ghosts” this week leading up to the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field, and here was his response.“In my dreams, I think. No. You see it every week. Defenses are extremely hard. It’s hard to put up points, and it’s hard to get explosive plays. I think our offense is moving in the right direction. “I think we’ve got a lot of guys in this locker room that are starting to really rally together and starting to gel after a lot of new pieces were put together in this puzzle. I think we’re really comfortable playing together and for each other, and I’m just excited to get back out there with the guys on Monday, then continue to push, and try to get right back in. I think we’re in the mix right now, and keep stacking wins.”Rudolph feels the Steelers offense is improving, and moving in the right direction Womens James Conner Jersey
, but what exactly would have to happen for this improvement to start this Monday night?“I think you’ve got to have balance, and I think, in the offense, there’s going to be days where there’s chances and opportunities to push the ball down the field, and then there’s going to be opportunities to take what the defense gives you. That’s been a point of emphasis for us, but we’ve got a lot of guys that can go do and can make those plays for us. They’ve made those plays for us in practice the last couple of weeks. I feel really comfortable with about where we are moving forward in that area, and I think you’re going to see a lot more explosion and guys stretching the field moving forward.” Rudolph said.Rudolph is returning to the lineup for the first time since he was knocked out of the Week 5 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter. Will their be rust? Will Rudolph be gun shy after Earl Thomas’ huge hit which left him motionless on the Heinz Field turf?“I don’t think so. I think there has been a little rust, but I have at practice which is understandable.” Rudolph said. “I think just getting back and not really working out, going through that full practice with the ones, but I don’t think I’ve missed much. I don’t think I’ve skipped a beat. I think we’re really starting to gel well as an offense, and I’m looking forward to Monday. I think it’s a special group, and we’re ready to kind of get right back in this hunt and start trying to make a run.”Rudolph laughed when asked about being gun shy the next time he is on the field and has the chance to deliver a pass with a pass rushing bearing down on him.“No. My dad’s a linebacker. My brother’s a defensive end. A lot of times I wish I could have more contact in the game because I truly love it. That’s kind of the backyard player that I am. So I’m not going to be gun shy at all. If anything, I’ll be seeking it out, contact T. J. Watt Jersey White
, earlier in the game to get the rust back and know what it feels like to get hit.”Let’s hope the offensive line doesn’t allow too much contact on Rudolph in Week 8, and with that the Steelers’ offense provides a convincing win over the 0-6 Dolphins in prime time. Before I start my written rant, and believe me when I preface that this is going to be a signature “BAD” one, let me get two necessary disclaimers out of the way first.The author does not (in any way, shape or form) condone the sorry excuse of alleged football play that was perpetrated by a group of men known as the Pittsburgh Steelers on the fourteenth evening of November in the year dated 2019. Although some of the poor performance may have been the result of headhunting by their Cleveland-based opponents, their collective pale imitation of a professional football play was an assault to the viewer and Steeler Nation as a whole.Any offense taken by a member of the fan base, the organization and the media that recognizes as their own the NFL franchise that is still saddled with a nickname that is the surname of the legendary founder that the club so infamously abandoned and synonymous with the color of fecal matter...is purely intended. Wait! Hold on. Decorum and human decency implores that I back off a bit, but only a smidge, from Disclaimer No. 2. I recognize that some members of the fan base that I am a part of do not always adhere to acceptable standards and the finest forms of behavior. We’ve got some knuckleheads too. And I realize that there are good people, including my daughter’s fifth-grade teacher, that are long-suffering fans that aren’t displaying the ill-behavior that has been on record in the days since the (much more than a) mistake by the lake of that Thursday.With that business out of the way, shall we proceed?For those of you that chose to let your eyes scroll down, welcome aboard. For those that didn’t and have instead chosen to flood the inboxes of BTSC’s extraordinary editor Jeff Hartman and SB Nation...let me know how that works out for you.Dear Cleveland Fan,The football world understands that you are a frustrated band of fanatics that have no idea what it is like to witness winning football. Your last pigskin title was 55 years ago in 1964. Back then you guys were “the Bell of the Ball”. There’s no denying your rich history T. J. Watt Jersey
, but recent lore hasn’t been that great for you all. The last time the Browns experienced a playoff victory was after the 1994 season in the Bill Belichick era. January 5, 2003 was your last playoff appearance. Both of those quests for an unreachable Super Bowl berth ended in the Steel City. Which stinks for you because from the inception of the rivalry in 1950 to 1970, the Browns dominated the team from 133 miles away to the tune of 34-9. But then, like Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi, the student became the teacher. Case in point, the Pittsburgh Steelers are 37-7-1 against your franchise since they eliminated from the postseason for the first time 25 seasons ago. So, that could be the reason for your inferiority complex.In the seasons since their last playoff appearance, the Cleveland franchise has a record of 79-187-1 with one second, two third and 13 last-place finishes in the AFC North. In that same span, the hated Steelers have a record of 171-95-1 with seven first-place, five seconds, four thirds and no last-places finishes in that same division. So naturally, there’s lots of sources of your hatred and intense jealousy.Naturally, with all of that ineptitude Jerome Bettis Jersey White
, you are going to get the opportunity to right the ship with early picks in the NFL Draft. In fact, from 2012-2018, the Browns had 13 first-round selections. Those picks included No. 1 overall selections in 2017 (Myles Garrett) and 2018 (Baker Mayfield). Plus, the team made bold trades recently for the likes of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. and picked up quality free agents like Olivier Vernon and Sheldon Richardson to bolster their team. So you would think that they could muster-up a better record than 5-6. But in the past three weeks, the Browns have won three-straight against Buffalo, the Steelers and Miami. With that, you’d think in the manner that you as fans are celebrating, that they have already won the Super Bowl. I appreciate your excitement. You’ve been starving for it. People should be happy for you and, in a way, I was. The Browns should be the darlings of the league. But it all got ruined with the manner that you have all conducted yourselves in the wake of the events of November 14. We all know what occurred. We shouldn’t have to rehash it, but you all have conveniently suffered from some sort of selective amnesia. You only want to remember the victory, which is fine. But you refuse to acknowledge the dastardly acts that your team perpetrated on and off the field. But your behavior was poor as well. It all started with (former first rounder and disappointment) Phil Taylor shouting “F@%& Pittsburgh) from the PA system to start the game. You all thought that sophomoric act was pretty cool. Plus, don’t get me started on the “Kareemland” signs. The headhunting and dirty hits that led to concussions to JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson, who was bleeding from his ear as he was carted off the field. But the reason for my rant is the “Pittsburgh Started It” t-shirts. If you shell out money for that blatant lie printed on fabric and wear it in public James Conner Jersey White
, then you are nothing but a portrait of delusion. First off, why is your coach calling blitzes three plays in a row with very little time left? It’s because they wanted to embarrass Pittsburgh. But what they did was embarrass you all and themselves. You and the national media have all forgotten that Myles Garrett bodyslammed Mason Rudolph to start the whole melee. You think his suspension is unjust, because it happened to one of your players. I have no problem with Maurkice Pouncey getting suspended. What he did, while fiercely loyal, was against the rules. He even said afterwards that he was protecting his player and (although he appealed) would accept any punishment coming his way. Garrett did not. Instead, he resorted to defamation to reduce his suspension. After the game, Baker Mayfield expressed that Garrett should have not done that and put the team in a bad position. I gained more respect for Mayfield at that juncture. Why can’t you all follow his lead? Instead, you are victim shaming No. 2 and now striking Mason Rudolph piñatas with a helmet and making a joke out of this entire situation. Now you are wearing “Free Garrett” T-shirts. I’m not suggesting that you turn your back on one of your players, but why are you making him out to be a victim of persecution and labeling him as a folk hero? Instead, admit that it was an unfortunate and unacceptable incident and quit making excuses for it. e very forgiving on Sunday when the teams meet in the rematch a mere 17 days later. I implore them to act with decorum. In conclusion, we can create a better society without enabling and excusing poor behavior. Be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. Act like you’ve been there before. Sincerely.Bryan Anthony DavisP.S. Take a look at the photo at the top of this page. Maybe instead of blaming Pittsburgh, maybe your summoning of Beelzabub started this whole thing.