Steelers’ Seven Shots – Sunday, July 16, 2017

Every Sunday during the offseason I plan on recapping for you seven items related to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the rest of the NFL that may have fallen through the cracks the past week that should be worth your time to read. This weekly feature will be entitled “Steelers’ Seven Shots.”

Shot #1 – Former NFL quarterback Babe Parilli passed away on Saturday at the age of 87 and while he never played for the Steelers during his long professional career, he did coach for them in the early 70s. In fact, he was the team’s quarterbacks coach and the first one that Terry Bradshaw ever had. Ron Lippock interviewed Parilli some time ago and he talked a lot about his time with the Steelers.

Shot #2 – Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown celebrated his 29th birthday last Monday and below are his top 10 plays from last season.

Shot #3 – As you would probably imagine, the Steelers three playoff games last season are currently ranked in the top 20 most-watched sporting events in the United States for the first half of 2017 and all three are in the top seven at that.

Shot #4Missi Matthews of spent last week out in Arizona documenting the offseason training of outside linebacker James Harrison and even decided to try acupuncture. Her segment about Harrison really should be an entertaining and educational one and I assume it will debut sometime during training camp.

Shot #5 – A Twitter follower sent me this podcast interview that Steelers legend Joe Greene did with John Clayton earlier in the offseason and I had yet to hear it. It includes some great stories.

Shot #6 – Here’s an interesting stat from the middle of last season on Steelers cornerback William Gay that Pro Football Focus released on Twitter this past week.

Shot #7 – Finally, it looks like Saint Vincent College has the Steelers practice fields ready for the start of training camp.

T-minus 2 weeks… #steelerscamp @steelers

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  • Jacob

    It seems that William Gay is too often underappreciated

  • Ace

    Get rid of Gay! He is old and taking a spot away from Golson and Allen and Sutton and and and. Nice stat, thanks for that Dave. I can’t recall what your view is on Gay being the man in the slot?

    Gay will be the nickel starter week one and I’m all for it. Good to have his IQ and big play ability out there with them pups on D.

  • Rob H

    Major bonus points for having a clip of Missi Matthews half naked this week!
    Definitely the highlight of the article, and miles better than the obligatory PFF stat!

  • Craig M

    The Parilli interview was great insight into coaching the game now and back in the day. Thank you for this article- the knowledge helps in being objective/ understanding of the changes that have occurred to the game/ players/ coaches. P.S. except for the grouch. 🙂

  • James Lee

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am more excited for this season to start than any others in the past. Best O in the game and it really feels like the D is united this year. If everybody plays to their potential and injuries are limited… Patriots who?

  • Steve

    The needles being placed in Missi’s back don’t look like fun.

  • Steve

    Really enjoyed the “Joe Greene” interview. Joe said “Consistency is the key and beating lesser foes by the Steelers back then was always done”. Now if Tomlin could get this down and win the games that we should and not have letdown weeks. This all goes back to heaving the team ready to play.

  • AndyR34

    How many times has Alex watched the video!!!! LOL!

  • IndianaCarson

    What makes your comment so funny is that it is probably true. But then again, Alex works so hard for this website, he deserves to have some rewards for his efforts.

  • AndyR34

    I totally agree. Love his work…and Matthew…and Dave…and, etc., etc.

  • Mark Stouffer

    Honestly, the Steelers didn’t really have any let down losses this year, except for maybe Philly, and they always beat the Steelers at their place. The losses were to both 1 seeds in the playoffs, a playoff team that started a six game win streak for them (Dolphins), and a division rival on the road with Ben coming off an injury.
    Tomlin’s had let down losses before, a lot, but not really any last year.

  • Steve

    What about the Ravens loss and the Cowboy loss? Both games were winnable, especially when the Defense collapsed at the end of the Cowboys game after pulling ahead with less than 2 minutes to go in the game. That was a tremendous loss IMO especially in front of your own crowd at home.

  • Mark Stouffer

    Those losses were definitely let downs in the sense of disappointment. I don’t think I left my house the rest of the day either game. But I think for the Cowboys game, the Steelers still played well as a whole, just couldn’t finish. That’s not really a let down as much as a gut blow.
    As for the Ravens, the Wallace TD was I think a fluke, the secondary played well otherwise. And the special teams, yeah, I agree Danny Smith had a piss poor day. But I think the primary reason we lost was the offense struggling to get back into rhythm with Ben coming back, and the Steelers haven’t won his return from injury game since 2011, and that was the Browns, so really since 2005. I don’t think any of us liked the result, but I think we were mentally prepared for the loss. Except for the special teams.

  • Steve

    Ben was like a light switch against the Ravens. In the second half he threw 20+ times and was hitting everything he threw. The 1st half Ben couldn’t hit the side of a barn. The Cowboy game was a Big let down. I live in Dallas and know.