For Wednesday’s “First Name,” we check out Doug Whaley’s feedback about Ben Roethlisberger’s future with the Steelers.
There are Steelers aplenty on an all-time traditionally Black faculties and universities listing. Bruce Boudreau might wish to get again into teaching. A former Penguin is getting again in gear.
And Tiger Woods was apparently en route to fulfill a pair of high-profile NFL quarterbacks earlier than his automotive accident.
If you happen to consider Ben Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner — and it seems the NFL Community does — Ben Roethlisberger is coming again as Steelers quarterback subsequent yr.
As I wrote not too long ago, I at all times felt that Kevin Colbert’s “As we sit right here immediately, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers” quote learn extra ominous in print than it sounded on tape.
I mentioned on WDVE on the time of these feedback, I used to be 60% in favor of the idea that Roethlisberger can be returning to the workforce in 2021. Now I’m feeling even higher about that prediction.
Notice, I mentioned that I’m “feeling higher in regards to the prediction.” Not a lot feeling good in regards to the information.
I feel the most effective factor for the Steelers to do is reduce Roethlisberger and transfer ahead with their rebuilding efforts. Additionally, you’d now get one full yr of a have a look at Mason Rudolph to show your self proper or flawed on that choose. Or you can draft a quarterback within the first spherical if one you want turns into accessible.
However that’s simply me.
Really, no, it isn’t. Doug Whaley mentioned the identical factor this week on 93.7 The Fan.
The previous Buffalo Payments normal supervisor and former Steelers professional personnel coordinator additionally positioned the chances of a Roethlisberger return at “60% he stays, 40% he goes.”
And he agrees with my view of the prospect of remodeling Roethlisberger’s contract to maintain him round for one more yr.
“Sure. The Steelers may reduce Roethlisberger. The Steelers had been right here earlier than him. They usually’ll be right here when he’s gone,” Whaley informed the “PM Workforce” on Monday.
“Me personally, I’d say, ‘Thanks Ben, you’re the most effective, we wouldn’t have two Tremendous Bowl trophies with out you, you’ll be a primary poll Corridor of Famer, we’ll play within the Corridor of Fame recreation while you’re inducted, we could have you again to place you on the wall, however thanks to your service, we’re gonna should go in a distinct path for each of us.’”
I couldn’t agree extra.
Whether or not Large Ben comes again subsequent yr or not, I don’t see the Steelers as a playoff workforce. And I definitely don’t see them as a Tremendous Bowl contender. So one other season returning with Roethlisberger simply looks like pushing aside the inevitable change at quarterback and permitting the need for a easy retirement for Roethlisberger to supersede what’s finest for the long-term pursuits of the franchise.
Elsewhere in “First Name”…
In honor of Black Historical past Month, Landing Wire compiled a listing of the most effective gamers from HBCUs — or traditionally Black faculties and universities — in professional soccer historical past.
As anybody who is aware of the historical past of the Metal Curtain will inform you, Corridor of Fame scout Invoice Nunn famously mined the unheralded expertise of these colleges to construct the Tremendous Steelers of that decade. So it’s no shock to see a lot of these gamers included on the listing.
In addition to one famous person from the Nineties.
Will Bruce be again?
“Buffalo Bruce” Boudreau was at all times a favourite goal of Penguins fan mockery when he was the pinnacle coach of the Washington Capitals.
Ultimately he was fired after 5 years. He was employed and fired inside 5 years in Anaheim, too. Then after 4 years with the Minnesota Wild.
Now, The Athletic says he could also be considering making a return to the league with the enlargement Seattle Kraken.
Former Penguin Alex Galchenyuk is on one more workforce, his third since leaving the Penguins final February. He’s now with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He hasn’t practiced since being acquired in a commerce with Ottawa on Feb. 15. However now seems able to skate.
We’re discovering out extra particulars about that automotive accident which injured Tiger Woods. Shelly Smith of ESPN is reporting that Woods was en route to fulfill NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees and Justin Herbert for a scheduled photograph shoot when the accident occurred.
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