T.J. Watt’s preseason debut for the Steelers was so dominant (two sacks) that outside linebackers coach Joey Porter declared that Watt would start over the ageless James Harrison. Watt’s second preseason game, though, didn’t go as smoothly.
On Sunday, it was an uneven first half for Watt, who looked solid in run defense, but failed to make an impact as a pass rusher. He notched four tackles (two solo), including one for a loss.
It made for a funny moment because ESPN didn’t just show the clip on TV, and we learned Gruden had an iPhone instead of some flip phone.
Shots fired, bulletin board material posted, whatever else you want to call the two players’ interactions through the media. However, as much as I don’t blame the Jaguars for taking offense to Roethlisberger’s comment, his comments were based more on his own individual desire for redemption, not solely directed towards the Jaguars’ defense.
So to coach the Giants, he’d likely need to be traded and that’s possibly the most unrealistic part of it all. No coaching trade has happened since Jon Gruden was traded from the Raiders to the Buccaneers in 2002 and it’d be a messy end to a tremendous era in New England.
It would also cost the Giants a ludicrous price tag to get Belichick. According to the New York Daily News, it’d take three first-round picks to pull the Patriots coach away, which presents a couple significant problems:
We have a pretty good, balanced team. Sometimes these issues help you bring the team together, too.
Being an official isn’t for the fainthearted. When they get things right it’s taken for granted. They’re roasted whenever they do make a mistake. But they seemed to get more things wrong than usual this week.