FIRST TAKE | Stephen A 'goes crazy' Carolina Panthers def. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 3

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNFfd617xP4"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]all been under center which i cannot stress enough he does not do he does not turn his back to the defense but he did do it a few times on about a third of the snaps and that was encouraging all of that said encouraging is about as far as i'll go because not only were they playing backups this is still a very bad offensive line so while we can say yeah ben roethlisberger looked a little bit more comfortable and his arms looked a little bit better i'm still not going to get excited about this offense i anticipate it being average at best yeah i think roethlisberger already had his bounce back year he came off a catastrophic injury and they won as a quarterback he won he went 12 and three and a lot of people scoff at quarterback records i'm not one of those people i think there's a very strong positive correlation between who you run out at quarterback and and the record of your team like tomlin is the reason that they have never been under eight and eight he's just too competitive he's like incapable of going under eight and eight but okay without roethlisberger they won eight games the year before with roethlisberger they won 12 and he played in 15. and by the way he did it in a in a really interesting way to me which is like by being a different kind of quarterback than he'd been generally like throughout his career he's a guy hold the ball and scramble to take a hit and all that stuff and instead he's getting the ball out super fast and and i thought especially early in this season really well but the problem is as you said mina bad offensive line they also you know can't block for the run right and so because you know roethlisberger is not throwing the ball down the field the defense is already playing up making the run even worse making it harder for roethlisberger it's a vision cycle and so they kind of fell apart at the end of the season one thing i'll say is what was it was late late in the season against the colts remember they came back on the colts and roethlisberger was kind of airing it out down the field a bit and i was thinking oh look at this maybe there's something there except we saw the attrition get to him over the course of the season so the offensive line's still not better i don't care if you draft a running back got nothing to do with anything if you can't lock for him even if you put more of an emphasis on that maybe it'll improve marginally i don't i think roethlisberger just asked should can he have a comeback season a bounce back season he just had a bounce back season reinventing himself are we asking him to get even better than that at the age of 38 when fundamentally things on the team haven't changed i would be skeptical max i do not agree with you drafting a running back in najee harris a guy we know who is a three down back uh gave a lot of production to alabama won a national championship yes that makes a difference now what does drafting a running back like naji harris does it forces the organization it forces some pressure to make them lean on naji harris a little bit take the ball out of big ben's hands a little bit more now that's the first point second point i have is last year going into this season big ben was trying to groom a young receiving corps right you look at deontay johnson who i think is going to be a star one day you look at chase claypool who i think is going to be a star one day and then you look at james washington these guys were plagued by drops drops and not being consistent now those guys are seasoned have a year under their belt they're going to come in and be better and you got to look at this right here you got to look at this max when you look at big ben look at his over overall in his career he's always had a guy as a number one receiver that he can just throw the football up to and count on them either catching the football or being incomplete plexicloverus you had heinz ward then you had uh antonio brown you had mike wallace some pretty good one right you had emmanuel sanders last year i think was the first time he didn't have that and i think ben took it upon himself just to throw things up a little bit more try to make more plays himself and it caused him as interception mina before you get on him about this because i see you champion at the bit and i know you want to i need to get back to you because you gave me encouraging and that's a little too vague for me mina what is encouraging me in terms of translating to wins or playoff success for this yeah so the defense is going to be fine there's some question marks in the secondary this is still a very good front seven loved the ingram signing tj watt is awesome incredibly underrated defensive defensive tackle group um they're going to be a top top 10 to 5 unit the offense just needs to be average for this to be a playoff team they're not going to be better than the ravens in the browns though candidly but if the offense is at least average they can compete that's what i mean by encouraging but frankly i don't see the offense being any better than that because harry as much as i love naji harris in college one of my favorite running backs in a while he ain't running anywhere behind that offensive line i don't care how good he is i don't care if he's the second coming of adrian peterson nobody is getting yards behind that offensive line when they get hit in the backfield and the skill players heard you slandering them yes i know they had some drops last year chase squiggle was getting wide open down the sideline the problem was ben roethlisberger couldn't throw it more than 15 yards so defenses were cheating up roethlisberger didn't get worse as the season went on defenses realized he wasn't going to test them downfield doesn't matter who your skill players are juju is also excellent in the slot tough tough yards after the catch if ben can't deliver the ball if he doesn't last year you saw him getting it out 2.2 seconds faster in the nfl they're not going to go anywhere and that's not on them that is on ben roethlisberger in the office that's why i brought up the colts game mina because i thought they were when you say the word encouraging there were some encouraging signs about roethlisberger's arm in that game and i do think that um him talking about like i said i felt good but i don't know what like he did he didn't really know what good felt like compared to this year that's encouraging and i'll say one more thing um in harry's defense it's something that villanueva said on his way out the door which stuck with me because i hear this from guys who played in the league if you de-emphasize the run because you're not good at blocking for the run then the run gets worse talk about a vicious cycle so i do think there's probably that's why i said marginal with naji harris there's some kind of marginal benefit to drafting a guy like that mina not just because of what he can do but because of the resources you now put into into organizing your team a little bit more in that direction and i i just want to go matt canada the offensive coordinator is going to be just as helpful to the run game we talk a lot about pre-snap motion those jet sweeps and we talk about how those help the quarterback in terms of giving them man versus zone indicators what they also do and harry you know this they get linebackers out of their fits because they're twisted up by the misdirection that will help naji harris if ben is willing to lean into that aspect of the offense it'll help an offensive line that is subpar by any measure and i'll add to that menu one thing i want to tell you and max one thing i want y'all to understand about offensive line in the nfl you probably have about five or six units in the nfl that are solid all the rest of them are average trust me so i think they're going to be able to make it work with this offensive line when you say average do you mean that's because they're solid in four spots but you got one weakness that gets exploited or do you mean you don't have upper end production on your blind side so they're going to take advantage of that like when you say average what makes them average i'll say average you have about two guys who are solid that you can count on that's what i mean by by average all right not good that's the you know but but listen [Music] you<br><!-- wp:image {"id":1776,"sizeSlug":"large","linkDestination":"none"} -->rn<figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img class="wp-image-1776" src="https://en.videoencontexto.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FIRST_TAKE__Stephen_A_goes_crazy_Carolina_Panthers_def_Pittsburgh_Steelers_Week__gNFfd617xP4.jpg" alt="FIRST TAKE | Stephen A \'goes crazy\' Carolina Panthers def. 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FIRST TAKE | Stephen A 'goes crazy' Carolina Panthers def. Pittsburgh Steelers Week 3

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