WALLACE HORTON FROM HYATTSVILLE, MD: Do you think we should reevaluate how we evaluate tight edges? I see good-looking young players all over the league, but we never seem to be able to put any of them together.
ANSWER: Since the Steelers made Heath Miller No. 1 in the NFL draft in 2005, they drew seven narrow ends – three in the seventh round, three in the fifth round and one in the third round. You don’t get the tight end you’re talking about to choose the position of the draw stages where the Steelers chose them. General Manager Kevin Colbert was head of the human resources department in 2005, as he is now, so he knows one when he sees him. It̵
BUDDY POWELL FROM FORT MYERS, FL: I want someone to explain to me how TJ Watt didn’t get the Defender of the Year award?
ANSWER: I can explain why TJ Watt did not receive the NFL 2020 Defensive Player of the Year award: He did not receive it because the winner has not yet been announced. The NFL will announce the winner as part of its NFL honor program, which airs the night before the Super Bowl. Everyone can choose someone as their defensive player of the year, but the winner of the only reporting prize will not be known until the night before the Super Bowl.
MARGARET LONGAZEL FROM BOCA RATON, FL: I believe most football fans agree that Jim Brown is Cleveland’s best player of all time. What is the Steelers’ overall record for the Browns during his career in Cleveland?
ANSWER: Let me just start with this: There is no rational argument against Jim Brown being the greatest player in the history of the Cleveland Browns franchise. However, in the 18 games against the Browns during Jim Browns’ nine-year career, the Steelers were 6-12.
CAL SABO FROM ACRON, OH: If Matt Feiler is strong enough to play, will he make him play properly to help the running game?
ANSWER: If Matt Filer is strong enough to play, I don’t believe coach Mike Tomlin will make a few moves to adjust his return.
JC LARKIN FROM GALATIN, Tennessee: Do you know of Super Bowl-era teams that have chosen to use a special team strategy using two different kicks with different skill sets? After seeing Matthew Wright’s accuracy in his NFL debut (s) and his record career for that accuracy, wouldn’t it be worth considering a team that kept a “can’t miss inside 50 yards” kick together? with a boom who can be relied on to handle the launch?
ANSWER: In addition to committing extra space to the daily kicker list for a second kicker, you are also proposing to separate two seats from the 53-member kicker list and a space to limit the salary of two kickers. It is not efficient use of resources at all. And if you’re actually proposing to use Matthew Wright to handle field goals within 50 yards and withdraw Chris Boswell to start, I sleep well at night knowing you don’t have decision-making power with the Steelers. “Wright’s record career for the aforementioned accuracy” led him to convert 77.5% of his field attempts during his stay in Central Florida, with a one-year best score of 85.7%. The percentage of Boswell’s career in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE is 88 percent, and he is 15 to 15 over his career in the playoffs.
MIKE HOLT FROM JACKSONVILLE, FL for the most part only positions won in training camp battles?
ANSWER: When Jack Lambert reported on his rookie training camp at St. Vincent’s College in the summer of 1974, there was no place for him in the starting lineup. There were several Pro Bowl players outside Andy Russell and Jack Ham outside, and midfielder Henry Davis was voted Pro Bowl after the 1972 season. But since 1974 was a strike and veterans were on the picket line when the camps opened, the recruits received a wide view in early summer. Lambert was used as Ham’s backup, but shortly after the veterans began pouring in early in the preseason, Davis suffered a neck injury in the penultimate game of the preseason and Lambert was moved to midfield. Davis had to retire due to injury, and Lambert never left the starting lineup.
MARK WAKELEY FROM DENTON, Texas: Do statistics for players and teams continue during the playoffs or are they separate? If TJ Watt gets two sacks against the browns today, does his total increase to 17? If not, why keep them separated?
ANSWER: Both team statistics and individual player statistics are separate for the regular season and playoffs. The total number of TJ Watt bags for the 2020 season is 15 and will remain at 15, regardless of what he does in this category during the playoffs. The NFL keeps them separate because it’s the fairest way to do it, because not every player gets the opportunity to add to their statistics through additional playoff games.
SCOTT BUCHANAN FROM OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA: I don’t know what the appropriate term is for the game, but many teams use this little appeal to a running runner who gets it just as he passes the quarterback. If it is muted, is it a pass or an incomplete pass?
ANSWER: If the ball moves forward when it is transferred from the quarterback to the runner / receiver, it is an incomplete pass.
PAUL MARINACIO FROM FRANKLIN LAKES, New Jersey: If a team decides to go for a 1-point conversion after a touchdown and they (for example) mute the click but end up scoring or running, are they awarded one or two points?
GUY COURTNEY FROM FREDERICKSBURG, VA: I haven’t heard anyone say anything about the last game of the game, but do you think the Steelers deliberately missed the 2-point conversion to avoid taking a pointless game in overtime?
ANSWER: I don’t think the Steelers did anything deliberate to avoid overtime in this 2-point game, but you may want to consult with game officials who have ignored a fairly obvious penalty for passing disruptions when a defender of Browns came on Chase Claypool’s back and made contact before the ball arrived. Maybe they wanted to avoid overtime.
AL ALVAREZ OF LEXINGTON, KI: Attempts to score on the field are measured by where the ball is kicked. Why are points not measured by where the player is in contact with the ball?
ANSWER: Why does a touchdown cost six points and a field goal three points? Why is 10 yards for the first drop? Why do teams get three halves in half? The answer to all these questions is the same: Because this is the rule. Just.
JOE CURRY FROM MANASSAS PARK, VA: It is reported that Alex Van Pelt will take on the duties of calling the game into play this Sunday. Will he make all the decisions for a head coach during the game, or will any of the other coaches be appointed head coach in this game?
ANSWER: I work for Pittsburgh Steelers and Asked and Answered appears on Steelers.com. What the Cleveland Browns are doing to their coaching staff is neither my interest nor my concern.