Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 11, 2019 (Pt. 1)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: September 11, 2019 (Pt. 1)


WE WISH THEM MUCH HAPPINESS. GET THE LATEST NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS ON YOUR PHONE OR AT KDKA.COM. NOW TIME FOR SPORTS. CALL US OR TWEET US. WE’VE GOT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT ON THE ISLAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. WELCOME TO ANOTHER EDITION OF THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. TWEET US. HEY, THERE’S A BIG FOOTBALL GAME IN TOWN THIS WEEK. IT’S THE STEELERS AND THE SEAHAWKS, KIND OF A REDEMPTION WEEK FOR THE STEELERS AFTER GETTING THEIR BUTTS HANDED TO THEM IN NEW ENGLAND THE OTHER DAY BY 30 POINTS. YOU’VE GOT TO BELIEVE THIS TEAM WILL USE THAT AS MOTIVATION MOVING FORWARD AGAINST A VERY TALENTED AND SEATTLE TEAM, A SEATTLE TEAM WE DON’T SEE TOO OFTEN HERE AT HEINZ FIELD. BUT WHETHER THEY GET TOGETHER, A LOT OF EXPLOSIVE PLAYS AND I ASSUME WE’LL HAVE THAT THIS WEEK BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT BEN ROETHLISBERGER FOR THE STEELERS AND YOU’VE GOT TO BELIEVE HE WILL BE MUCH BETTER THAN THE OTHER DAY AS THE WHOLE TEAM. I THINK THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING OPENER. IT’S NOT YOUR RUN OF THE MILL TEAM YOU SHOULD BEAT BY EIGHT, TEN POINTS. THIS IS A VERY GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM THAT HAS ASPIRATIONS TO GO DEEP INTO THE PLAYOFFS, JUST LIKE THEY DO. I THINK RUSSELL WILSON IS A VERY, VERY GOOD QUARTERBACK. WE TALK ABOUT THE GREAT QUARTERBACKS IN THE LEAGUE. HE’S ONE OF THOSE THAT YOU ALMOST FORGET ABOUT. I THINK THE THING THAT WOULD ALARM ME IF I’M A SEAHAWKS FAN, THEY GOT LIT UP LAST WEEK BY ANDY DALTON A LITTLE BIT. MAYBE THERE’S SOME OPPORTUNITY THERE FOR BEN ROETHLISBERGER AND THE PASSING GAME TO GET ON TRACK AND GET IT GOING. I JUST THINK, YOU KNOW, WE WATCHED WHAT HAPPENED IN WEEK ONE. A LOT OF TIMES, YOU KNOW, THERE’S AN EVENING OUT OF THINGS. YOU KNOW, LIKE, I DON’T EXPECT — THERE’S ALSO AN OVERREACTION. RIGHT. I DON’T ANTICIPATE THE RAVENS ARE GOING TO WIN BY 50 OR WHATEVER THEY WON BY THIS WEEK. I THINK THE TITANS ARE GOING TO BE WAY OVERVALUED THIS WEEK BECAUSE THEY WENT INTO CLEVELAND AND WON THAT GAME. I THINK THEY’LL COME BACK TO EARTH. AND THE STEELERS ARE A GOOD TEAM WITH GOOD PLAYERS. IT MIGHT TAKE THEM A WEEK OR TWO TO FIGURE IT OUT. THEY’RE DIFFERENT BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE THAT ONE SUPERSTAR RECEIVER SO THEY’RE TRYING TO FILL ROLLS WITH GUYS THAT HAVEN’T PLAYED BEFORE. AND THAT ONE SUPERSTAR RECEIVER WAS CLEARLY MISSED LAST WEEK BECAUSE AFTER SMITH-SCHUSTER DREW COVERAGE WITH THEIR DEFENSIVE BACK, GILMORE, WHO IS REALLY GOOD, NOT MANY GUYS STEPPING UP. I WOULD EXPECT THIS WEEK PAUL TO SEE STEPPING UP THERE. I WOULD EXPECT JOHNSON TO TAKE A BIGGER ROLE. HOPEFULLY THEY WON’T IGNORE THE TIGHT END SPOT. AND HE WAS INVISIBLE, NOT TARGETED AS MUCH, AND THAT’S A WEAPON THEY NEED TO USE. OH, THEY TALK ABOUT WE DIDN’T GET A COUPLE OF THIRD AND ONE, SO THEY DIDN’T DO IT. I’D LIKE TO SEE MORE RUNNING, MORE VANCE MCDONALD. AND I WAS KIND OF MESSING AROUND, WHY NOT PUT JOHNSON IN ANTONIO BROWN’S OLD SPOT AND JUJU — I DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET THAT. I’M SAYING SIMILAR TO ANTONIO BROWN’S AND THEN PUT JUJU BACK IN HIS NATURAL POSITION. I’M JUST SAYING, THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO, I THINK, TO JUST KIND OF MIX IT UP A LITTLE BIT WITHOUT GOING WAY OVERBOARD. YOU KNOW, I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT BENCHING GUYS AND ALL THIS OTHER STUFF. BUT YOU KNOW I THINK THE PASSING GAME WILL GET ON TRACK THIS WEEK. I KNOW IT SOUNDS CRAZY, BUT I ACTUALLY THOUGHT THE DEFENSE WAS OKAY. THEY WEREN’T GREAT, BUT THEY WEREN’T — I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT. I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF THEY’RE GOOD, BUT THE THING ABOUT IT, THEY WERE IN BAD SITUATIONS ALL NIGHT. THEY WERE ON THE FIELD IT SEEMED LIKE THE ENTIRE GAME. I ACTUALLY THINK THE DEFENSE WAS GOING TO BE OKAY. I HOPE SO. I KNOW IT SOUNDS CRAZY, BUT WATCHING THAT GAME, THERE WAS ENOUGH THAT I SAW WHERE I SAID IF THEY CAN BUILD ON A COUPLE THINGS HERE, THEY’RE GOING TO BE OKAY. I SAW THE OPPOSITE. I SAW GUYS TAKE THEMSELVES OUT OF PLAYS, CROSSING PATTERNS THEY WEREN’T READY FOR. ALL OF THAT IS CORRECTIBLE. THEY BETTER FIGURE IT OUT. THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING, VERY CORRECTIBLE IF YOU WATCH FILM. THOSE THINGS ARE EASY TO CORRECT. WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, THERE HAVE BEEN YEARS I’VE WATCHED THE FIRST GAME AND SAID THESE GUYS THEY’RE NOT ATHLETIC ENOUGH, THEY’RE NOT STRONG ENOUGH, THEY’RE GETTING BLOWN OFF THE BALL. I DIDN’T SEE THAT. I SAW A WHOLE BUNCH OF MENTAL ERRORS THAT I THINK ARE EASY TO CORRECT. I SAW IT DIFFERENTLY. I SAW THE DEFENSIVE LINE, I THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO WIN THAT BATTLE UP THE MIDDLE. THEY DID NOT. COMING UP PITTSBURGH STATE, THE 100th AND MAYBE LAST MEETING FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG. IT’S A SHAME. PENGUINS START IN TWO DAYS. PLUS A FIGHT IN THE PIRATE CLUBHOUSE. IT’S ALL COMING UP. THIS IS THE ISLAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL ON THE CW.

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