Steelers DB Shamarko Thomas wraps up the Bills Steve Johnson at Heinz Field on Sunday.
Gerry Dulac: OK, let's get started. Fire away....
fiddy5: Based on your gut feeling, will Jarvis Jones develop into the next great OLB here?
Gerry Dulac: Based on what I'm told, yes. Based on what I see at times -- and i emphasize, at times -- yes. But I still need more convincing before I'm ready to label him that. Jones needs to get stronger, first and foremost, and even he acknowledges that. He has to get stronger to be able to do something other than just run around a tackle. But he is explosive and you've seen how he can be disruptive, though that was in the preseason. I think he has the potential to be very good. Great? We'll see.
JPEEZY: The Ian Rapaport report surely got people around here in an uproar. He never said his "Steelers Source" was actually employed by the Steelers. Rumor is that it was a local media guy that fed him the info.
Gerry Dulac: When someone says a "Steelers source," they usually mean someone connected with the team. It's usually not someone merely with knowledge of the team. And it was not a local media guy who fed him the info.
Br7: Am I the only one amazed at how many people can believe a report that was based on what a "source" that "thought" might happen?
Gerry Dulac: I doubt you're alone.
steven: What are the odds the Steelers take a Plaxico Burress type of 6'5 WR with their first pick in the draft?
Gerry Dulac: They better be good. The guy doesn't have to be 6-5. But he needs to 6-2 to 6-3, preferably the latter, and about 220 pounds. I have just the giuy, and I have been advocating this selection for the past two weeks -- Mike Evans of Texas A&M. He's 6-3, 220 and a redshirt sophomore who is eleigible for the NFL draft. Go check out his numbers and video and what he did against Alabama. But they will have to have a high selection to get him, if he decided to enter the draft.
soft serve: Do you believe ANY of the Ian Rapoport report? Any time is see "sources believe" I cringe.
Gerry Dulac: Yes I do. I know portions of what he said to be the same as several things I was told. He just chose to treat them/react to them differently.
The Chief: Do you see a 10-6 or 9-7 record winning the AFC North?
Gerry Dulac: I still think 10-6 will win the division, and I still think it will be Cincinnati. Look at their last 4 games. The first two, they blew big leads against Buffalo and Detroit, but still won the game at the end. Against Miami and Baltimore in the most recent two, they came back from big fourth-quarter deficits to tie the game and force overtime, even though they lost., In each of those four games, they showed the character you look for in a football team. That's why I like them.
teddyballgame14: IF the Steelers were to draft Jadaveon Clowney with their first pick next year. Would they make him the next Brett Keisel/Aaron Smith? Or, would they convert him to a pass rushing outside LB? How successful do you think Clowney would be transitioning to OLB in the NFL?
Gerry Dulac: They won't. And they shouldn't., I could be wrong about this, but I think Clowney's stock will drop after the combine and he won't be the marquee pick some people think he is.
Spirit Sniper: Does Ian Rapoport owe us an apology similar to the one issued by CBS' 60 minutes? I think his Big Ben-ghazi story relied on a faulty source, just like the 60 Minutes story, don't you?
Gerry Dulac: Absolutely not.
Jim in VT: What is the likelihood that Felix Jones will be phased out of running game in favor of Dwyer? From Tomlin's comments at the presser, he appears to be trusted again.
Gerry Dulac: I think the likelihood is very good. and it should be, based on what Dwyer has done and what Felix Jones hasn't done. And, yes, Dwyer is out of Tomlin's doghouse. For now.
hansel: Have Tomlin or Colbert talked much about Landry Jones? i was shocked they used a 4th round pick on a 3rd string qb, when there are so many holes elsewhere. this seems like a waste of a pick.
Gerry Dulac: No they haven't, and I agree with you. Let's me give you a little background: The Steelers were going to draft a quarterback on the fifth round this year, and it was looking as though it would be Zac Dysert of Miami of Ohio, Ben's former school. As it turns out, they did use their fifth pick on a quarterback, but it was on the fourth round after they picked up an extra pick to draft Shamarko Thomas with a trade. That tells me they had a higher grade on Jones than a fourth-round pick and thought he was too good to pass up in the fourth round. Does that mean they view him as Ben's possible successor? I don't think so, but you never know.That being said, I agree. I didn't have any problem with them drafting a quarterback on the fifth round. But taking one on the fourth round, when you can still find good players who can help you, was ill-advised for a team that needs an infusion of young talent. But I will just caution you that there is a method to their madness. trust me.
LeisureSuitLarry: Will Ramon Foster play this weekend, or are the Steelers playing games with the injury report?
Gerry Dulac: I don't think he will play. He has a grade 1 high-ankle sprain and those injuries are usually 10 days to two weeks minimum. But you never know.
hansel: Is Pouncey as good as his reputation? he had a good rookie year, and immediately became "the best center in the game." is he a top 2 or 3 center? or just a pretty good center?
Gerry Dulac: The opinion appears to be universal from those who know -- he is deserving of his reputation and accolades after just 3 years.
hansel: What are the best and worst parts of covering the Steelers that most people are unaware of?
Gerry Dulac: Eating with Ed.
Jack Tripper: Will the Steelers and Roethlisberger work out an extension in the offseason?
Gerry Dulac: Even though this is the time they would normally do that -- with two years remaining on his existing deal -- I would be a little surprised if they would do it this year because of their cap situation. Of course, they could always structure the deal so Roethlisberger wouldn't count as much against the cap next year as he would if they didn't sign him to a new deal. But, based on the Joe Flacco deal, the price of paying a quarterback, especially one with two Super Bowls victories, has gone way up. At a minimum, Roethlisberger is going to want $75 million over three years. And do the Steelers want to pay that?
Gerry Dulac: That's going to do it for today's chat. Thanx for the questions.
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