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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mid-week thoughts

You can feel the excitement surrounding Ben Roethlisberger's return in the Steelers' locker room, particularly among the offensive players.

This is a team that has thought all along that it was pretty goood - as Max Starks told me, they have a cockiness, even without Roethlisberger.

© Outside of the return of Roethlisberger, there's not a lot of buzz around the Steelers this week.

They expect to beat the Browns because that's what they do – with the exception of a 13-6 loss in Cleveland last season.

The Browns have made some moves to get better, but they're still the Browns.

© I spoke with Doug Legursky and he's taking his starting role in stride. He still looks at the right guard position as belonging to Trai Essex and hasn't been told by the coaching staff otherwise.

© Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians told reporters today that rookie Emmanuel Sanders will be active instead of fellow rookie Antonio Brown and will return kicks.

Sanders is the more polished receiver between the two, though Brown is the better return man.

But the Steelers feel that with Roethlisberger back, they want the more polished receiver available.


adamg said...

Even the round mound of sound, Mark Madden, is showing up for the big re-debut!

jim said...

i can actually say i hate mark madden and i dont hate many people. anyone who makes their paycheck talking, should atleast not sound fat. it takes serious commitment to sound like a fatass and he's done it. have some self respect. it's like he always has a 6 inch hoagie stuffed in his cheek.

adamg said...

Reportedly BR once helped Madden's mother into the house she shares with her son. The mom apparently has trouble getting up and down steps. Madden was asleep when his mother came home and BR wound up helping her into the house and sitting with her until her son woke up, went downstairs and found them chatting at the kitchen table. Since then, Madden has been BR's biggest fanboy.

Anonymous said...

5 - wide baby!