Joe Haden, Steelers, Jeff Hartmann discussed on Pushing the Odds with Matt Perrault
I wouldn't expect much from benny's now if he makes it interesting jeff hartmann behind the sealed cartons here. I'm pushing the odds. So when you look at the defense obviously. Tj watched had just an incredible star to nfl career but who else has flashed here in training camp. Defensively pittsburgh. well. I mean. I think if you're looking at outside linebacker at dallas highsmith Last season he came in and look good spelling depre- or what he can rush from both sides and now this year everyone expected that big sophomore. Jump and that's exactly what he has provided us for now granted. It's a small sample size and it's a pretty season but in my opinion you can glean something from the preseason regards to you are dominant. Even if you're going up against the backup you're gonna make them look silly and that's exactly what he's done. I think he's going to be an impact player. Everyone thinks that you know was alcohol free. How's it gonna impact tj. I think alex is with an melvin. Ingram let's not forget about him. He's healthy and looks really good. they're going to be able to counteract you know in kind of replaced by decree as a combination. I think the past russia's still going to be unbelievable you you figure to it'll be back hayward Lulu upfront you throw in. Devon bush is going to be back at inside linebacker. They took up. Joe schober the secondary solid outside of the fact. That you know steven delton spot is going to be vacated that they're not sure what they're gonna do their In my hilton spot. Those spots are still in the secondary kind of up-for-grabs other than that. I think the defense could be even better than last year. What concerns you on this roster. What part other than the offensive line is there. Another area that you're concerned about for the steelers. Yeah it's dead opposite corner of joe haden we know. Joe haden is joe haden an opposite him. You have to ask yourself. Who's gonna take that steven nelson role so they signed camps dot to a two year contract off season. They like what he brings extremely versatile former dime baecker in packages and now. They're not sure going to be the outside. Is he gonna move in to the interior for the dime like he typically has. Who's gonna fill the nickel spot. I the quarterback position On i it's just a glaring concern right now on the defense side of the ball i again. It's not so much that i think it's going to be a weakness or an achilles heel for dealers it's just it's just not decided yet and it's going to be one of those camp out. It's going to go all the way through friday night when they go to carolina. Jeff you mentioned carolina on friday. The steelers are one of the two teams them and the cowboys who will play the traditional all traditional four preseason games. This is number four for them on friday. Any idea what the plan is going to be. They're going to play anybody of note on friday. I wouldn't be shocked if players like on the offensive line gets more repetitions together Some exact manner that i mentioned only played twelve th now in week three for the steelers week to the nfl. Preseason he played twelve snaps. Before coming out i would imagine they want to at least get him a couple of hearings a couple of tries to get him reactivated But other than that. I wouldn't expect to see ben rothlisberger. I wouldn't expect to see a joe haden cam hayward and if it's patrick some of the other ones that have been given off the first two preseason games. I wouldn't expect it mike. Tomlin has been very mum on this. He's not willing to say then is going to be out or ben is going to play. He's he's always saying we're just gonna take the time you know the coach so i'm not sure what's going to happen. I wouldn't bank on any stars playing if they do for very long on friday night. Jeff the steelers have their bye week seven. Those first six games for the pittsburgh steelers one. How do you feel about it in to. What's a realistic number of wins for pittsburgh. In the first six the first aka everyone talks about the way this ends on the steelers schedule rightfully. So it's kinda like a murder israel to me. It's a that just makes the first x that that much more important They have to play the six games. Well i would say that. They have to be foreign to at worst in my opinion after the first six and that's not easy. It's a tough schedule this year If it can be four to at the by fans should be happy and then they should be ready to go for a post by But then again steeler fans and you talked to bring up the by at all. They're gonna talk about twenty twenty by got all screwed up because of the titans and they're going to say well who knows when to buy we'll be so that's true too but ultimately i think that foreign to three in three would be tough to come back from But you know what it you just never know. I mean i always point to last season with the dallas cowboys. That game in dallas is really going to be you know dak prescott versus denver office. You know what happens with back and that game completely changes so Looking at the schedule. I think that i have to take advantage of it. Baltimore minnesota tennessee. Kansas city cleveland. Baltimore is the last six that you're referencing. That's going to be really really hard if you go into it the top. How do they end the year in those final six games. Well the way that they've been ending seasons under the mike tomlin regime last season's especially the way twenty twenty ended if they could just be five hundred zero six. I think that most you let's say you have that. I i like it. We'll take it and hopefully the rest of the season good enough that that's good enough for a playoff spot You know if you get better than five hundred. I think you're your clicking your heels and you're extremely happy but we all understand that fans and it's not gonna be easy that is a really really tough has civil it'd be interesting to see how that plays jeff great stuff man. They've coming on really procedure. Time all right thanks having gift hartman j hartman underscore pit. He's the senior editor writer. Podcast host for behind the steel curtain dot com joining us here on the progressive guests. Line drive progressive. Save an average seven hundred dollars.