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What's the rush?
October 13, 2008 - Buck Frank
Don't believe sports media people who say they don't like to gloat when they're right about a prediction. It's only human nature -- by the way, my upset special this week was the Jaguars over the Broncos. (Notice, I didn't mention that I picked the Jags over the Steelers the previous week).
Some media people are better than others at resisting the temptation to gloat. I listened to ESPN Radio for just a few minutes today and heard Colin Cowherd saying he picked the Cardinals over the Cowboys and Jason Whitlock yelling, "I told you so,' about something else.
I usually resist the temptation because I know in this business you're wrong many times, too. But, now, I'll give in and go back to two years ago when the Steelers were getting ready to play the Oakland Raiders and Ben Roethlisberger was coming off a concussion suffered the previous week. I'll relate that to this week's game against the Bengals, but first, here's a column I wrote three days before that Steelers-Raiders game.
The following article appeared in the Mirror on Oct. 26, 2006:
One week off won't hurt Big Ben
By Buck Frank
Roethlisberger started against the Raiders that Sunday and stunk up the joint, single-handedly losing the game for the Steelers with many critical interceptions while their defense dominated. They lost again the following week to Denver, fell to 2-6 and were pretty much finished for the season. They ended up 8-8 and out of the playoffs.
Later, then offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt admitted the Steelers should have rested Roethlisberger against the Raiders.
I bring this up because the Steelers are expected to have at least two players, running back Willie Parker and defensive end Brett Keisel, available to play against the Bengals this Sunday after both sitting out multiple games with injuries. Again, I ask, what's the rush?
The Steelers have been fine on the defensive line without Keisel, and Mewelde Moore showed he at least could be given another start at running back. Plus, the Steelers are playing the Bengals -- the 0-6 Bungles -- and have a two-game lead in their division. Even without Parker and Keisel, they have more talent than the Bengals.
Another week off for both Parker and Keisel could not only help in securing a full recovery, but it could also help keep them -- especially Parker -- extra fresh for later in the year.
At the very least, they could activate them and use only if necessary.
Those are just my thoughts ... did I mention I picked the Jaguars over the Broncos?