Monday, September 29, 2014

Ryan Shazier Living Up To The Billing Early On

"In the NFL, many people like to analyze things earlier then they probably should. After all, people need something to talk about in between games. It is still very early in the year, but it looks like Ryan Shazier is living up to the billing. The first-round draft pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the best linebackers in the rookie class so far, and he does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

The biggest take away from Shazier’s play so far has been his activity every single play. He has a total of 17 tackles on the year so far, and it is clear that he is one of the most athletic players at his position. If he can continue to show a lot of range, he’s going to finish with some pretty solid numbers in his very 1st year.

Pittsburgh admittedly has a pretty old defense for the most part. They are trying to slowly change that, especially when you consider that it might be holding them back a little bit. Shazier could turn into one of the new faces of the franchise as the team gets back to its roots.

While he has been able to mostly have success early on in his career, there are some people who are a little bit critical of his inability to hold his own against bigger blockers so far. That is something that might just take some getting used to since he is still new to the NFL. He is also going to put on some additional muscle as he continues to age, so that is not really a long-term concern.

Overall, the only other inside linebacker in the rookie class who is coming close to his production is CJ Mosley for the Ravens. There are a few outside linebackers, most notably Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack, who are making some strong contributions in fantasy football to their defenses as well. This is a pretty good class at this position, but there might not be a better overall linebacker new to the league this year than Ryan Shazier."

I did not write this, but I agree with it totally! Shazier is going to be a beast.

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I'm Back

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, Steely McGnome has returned.

Just in time to comment on the stinker that was the Buccaneers vs Steelers game. 


I mean, honestly, way to waste your franchise Quarterback the past few seasons with some crap ass defenses. Yeah, it's the fault of the defense plain and simple. (penalties too, but I'm sticking to my guns on this). ZERO PRESSURE ON GLEENON! The hell. Just a week before they put the squeeze on Newton and couldn't get diddly squat on Gleenon. I know, 3 starters out but you put guys in a back up roll so because you think they could start if given the chance.

Get it together Pittsburgh!

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Steely's Last Stand

So earlier this I decided to retire this blog and then I kind of trailed off during the season. Showing that the retirement was the right choice. I'm just not into doing the predictions or my half-assed recaps. I'm really shifting my focus to just doing my t-shirts.

That being said, I have a few things to say about the state of the NFL.

You're constant rule changes suck and the fact that turnovers of certain kinds are not reviewable, just dumb.

Roger Goodell needs to go. Plain and simple. This Europe crap, expanding the playoffs, expanding the regular season, wanting to take away the extra point, moving the draft to mid-May, NO END OF THE YEAR SATURDAY GAMES!!!! He's taking the NFL into NASCAR territory, I no longer follow NASCAR (haven't in years) but they change how they crown a champion seemingly every year now. Do you want the NFL to be like NASCAR??? GET RID OF THE COMMISH!!!

I hope Peyton loses in epic fashion in the Super Bowl. Just retire.

I love the Richard Sherman rant at the end of the NFC Title game, it was great. Something the rival team players should be doing. Every fan talks that way about the opposing team, so happy a player did. The outrage from that was ridiculous. We all wanted that and you know it.

That's it for now. If I have any other NFL related rants they will be on my main blog -

Look at that, two links in there. Go me.

Oh, and if you're reading this and have a burning desire to keep this blog going I will have no problem making you an author on this site. I will retain the Admin rights since there's always a chance I may come out of retirement...

never know.


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Steely McGnome Predicts: Steelers vs Dolphins

I took a few weeks off in my final season, too much going on to worry about a blog I'm stopping.

But I'm back, Steelers dropped the ball last week against the Ravens. Now they get the Dolphins with former Steeler Mike "show me the money" Wallace.

Steelers 37

Dolphins 17

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hines Ward BECOME ONE: Episode 12 - Pre-Race Nerves

This is the 12th episode in the BECOME ONE series, it is the pre-race nerves haunting Hines, you know a two-time Super Bowl Champion. Guess those nerves will always be there.

I have to say, for Hines Ward to go out and train for the Iron Man competition is kind of crazy to me. Since there is no way I could do this. Now if it's a Mile Run, 100 foot swim, and 2 mile bike ride competition, I'm in. Actually someone set that up, make it happen.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Steely McGnome Predicts: Steelers vs Patriots

Steelers 27

Patriots 17

I mean who knows what's going to happen, both teams really aren't that good this season.

And what and the hell is the deal with the NFL scheduling the Steelers and Ravens games in the 4 pm slot when they're not playing. Dicks. 

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