The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Dolphins Preview With Jason Lieser, Injury Report, Playoff Picks & More

Season 7, Episode 64 of The Terrible Podcast is now up and in this Friday show, David Todd and I start things off by talking about talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers injury report ahead of their Sunday Wild Card game against the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins have a few key injuries of their own heading into Sunday’s game so we go over those before getting hard and heavy into what we expect to see from the Steelers on both sides of the football this weekend.

We go over what happened in the last game between the Steelers and Dolphins as it relates to how running back Jay Ajayi was able to rush for over 200 yards and why we think that won’t happen again on Sunday at Heinz Field.

David and I move on to give you our picks for the other three Wild Card games that will take place this weekend.

In the second half of this Friday show David and I are joined by Jason Lieser, who covers the Dolphins for the Palm Beach Post. As usual, we get insight on the Steelers upcoming opponent from our guest as well as a prediction for the game. If you are not doing so already. Pleased follow Jason on Twitter at @JasonLieser and make sure to read his reports online here.

We close out the show by predicting the outcome of the Steelers wild Card game against the Dolphins.

As always, several other smaller talking points are mixed in throughout the show that are not highlighted here in this post.

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  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Does no Ladarius Green affect your predictions?

  • srdan

    Good discussion on inactive but Green settles it for you.

  • srdan

    Nah man. Think about it, we are playing at home with a HOF QB in the playoffs. Vegas isn’t budging their line. Nobody panics about Greens availability like people on this board. There are plenty of players there to get it done. Think about what we were getting it done with last year. And our opponent is inferior this week.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Tend to agree; need a big game from Le’Veon which means good offensive line line play. Defense needs to shut down their running game and/or early scoring by offense to make Moore try to catch up in the air.

  • Applebite

    “OMG! Dave & Dave declined to mention how great Jay Ajayi truly is?! They have no idea how great he is, they’ll be shocked come Sunday!”- Omar Kelly

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I normally wait until I finish the whole podcast to post but too many things I don’t wont to forget so I had to throw it on pause.

    1. I think the reason some view this as a significant dropoff year for William Gay is because we are not seeing the big splash plays we have seen the last couple of seasons. In fact, I would bet my house there is a 99% chance that is what it is. Think about it, what sticks out in peoples minds for a CB and their play more than INT’s and particularly ones that come with a 6 attached to them.

    2. Dave Bryan this is more specifically to you, but I think you are putting WAY too many eggs in the different player basket. All week you have talked about how it was Williams instead of Shazier, Golden instead of Davis, etc etc. I don’t think I need to point out to anyone the type of games Williams was having when he was starting, one of which included a 16 tackle performance if I remember right. I know Shazier has become the golden boy of the defense but lets not forget that as disruptive as he is, he misses almost as many tackles as he makes and overruns a lot of plays. And as you have pointed out, he hasn’t exactly been great in coverage either. So is it really worth pointing out that it is Shazier over Williams? I don’t see it. I think Williams is 100% as good as Shazier vs the run if nothing else. Shazier will give your more disruption but as often as not, he isn’t finishing that disruptive play.

    Then when we move onto the safeties, how many tackles have Mitchell and Davis missed this year? I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t initially a big Davis fan and that he is really come on. So he is less of a concern for me, but is it really (as we sit here today) a significant upgrade in the box over Golden or Dangerfield? Both of those guys have had some good games starting for us as well. And don’t even get me started on the oft overrated Mitchell. 2 games straight he hasn’t given up on TD’s because he was outmanned.

    I don’t want to get into a debate about who is better than who or anything like that, but I just want to throw out there that you seem to have an over abundance of confidence in certain personnel differences that I am just not seeing. Can that make a difference? Sure. But that is something I wouldn’t be betting my house on.

    3. To David Todd (and this is a minor point), I don’t think it is splitting hairs when we talk about Bell being 1st team all-pro vs Zeke. I get your overall point that often times it is, but here I don’t think it is even debatable. To put it in perspective, what would your over under be on how many GM’s take Bell over Zeke to start a team? And leave the drug history aside for this specific topic.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if even Jerry Jones would ultimately take Bell over Zeke. Obviously you would never find that out lol.

  • SteelersDepot

    If you can’t see a big difference between Shazier and Williams and Davis and Golden, God help you. Yes, we all know you hate Mike Mitchell as you have made that clear 50 times.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Come on now Dave, after I made the post and started listening again DT brought up the same concerns I did with Shazier and you agreed with him. So if we are talking about stopping Ajayi and Shazier is a missed tackle machine, what is the difference when it comes to him and Williams? You have said many times (and I agree with you) that Williams is a great downhill player. So in this particular instance, why should we be that much more confident in Shazier?

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you should start Williams over Shazier, I just don’t think you have the right of it when you keep harping on the difference in personnel being so big.

    As for Davis, I already said he is playing much better. My point is, how much better than Golden against the run specifically, has he actually been? Again, not saying Golden should start, but you act like we went from JV guys to pro bowlers when really we went from starter capable to better starters, but with some significant flaws at times.

    Your whole response to me is just lazy to be blunt with you, but especially with Mitchell. Does my not liking Mitchell change the fact that he gave up 2 TD’s the past 2 games and is 3rd or 4th on the team in missed tackles?

    You didn’t even address a single point I made. It is a bit frustrating given how much you bash Twitter responses and you give an equally bad effort here.

  • srdan

    Davis and Golden bring different things to teh run game. If you put them both in space Golden is better at tackling, but Davis is better at attacking the runner. He is more explosive. I think the same applies to the Williams argument.

    I think Shazier and Davis play against the pass gives them an obvious advantage on getting on the field. And that is what the league is now. So I guess your argument makes sense vs a run heavy offense, what’s the difference?

    And yes, it was a lazy post by him but he is running the site on the eve of the playoffs.

  • Shawn Celestine

    Uhh that Jason guy irritated me and the end of the podcast. He clearly didn’t study the Steelers enough to see how much the defense improved.

  • Lambert58

    Miami guy: “The Steelers are just kind of OK. The Dolphins are just kind of OK. There are really only two great teams in the league this year.” David & Dave: *crickets* “Uh….” lmao

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Thank you. I think the problem is most of the time when you compare a backup to a starter people immediately think you are calling them equal or whatever and that is kind of what happened here.

    Of course there is a difference between Shazier and Williams. One is the fastest defensive player in the league, and the other is a thumper. My point was simply, given the context of the conversation and past performance, is it really that big of a difference having Shazier over Williams when it comes to stopping Ajayi? If there is, I haven’t seen it.

    As for coverage, I don’t think that is why Shazier sees the field more. He really isn’t that good in coverage. He sees the field more because he the better overall player with the higher ceiling. Again though, we are talking specifically about a team who ran all over us and having a guy like Shazier who misses a lot of tackles vs an RB like Ajayi who breaks a lot of tackles isn’t something I am thinking is much of an improvement over having Williams in.