JamesinNYC: How did Vince Williams do in your opinion? Saw on NFP he was one of their five up players.
Ed Bouchette: He had his moments. I thought he played his best game to date. Considering he was their second choice in the sixth round of the draft this year, he's done well quickly, as did seventh-rounder Kelvin Beachum as a rookie in 2012.
Taz: Hi Ed! Since Levi Brown went to IR without playing a snap, does that mean that the "conditional" selection the Steelers were going to ship to AZ is now an 8th round draft pick?
Ed Bouchette: I've been told it's virtually nothing, and the pick wasn't until 2015. I would think it's down to nothing nothing now.
kjacksonpgh: Hi Ed, are we again in search of another offensive tackle? Max Starks a possibility?
Ed Bouchette: No, because you can't have enough tight ends, at least if you are the Steelers. They signed Richard Gordon, another tight end and no offensive tackle. They now have four tight ends and three offensive tackles, unless you count Guy Whimper, who also is a guard.
Sam: Good Afternoon Ed, I'm not a fan of the head coach in NE, but I thought utilizing two pass catching TEs is a great idea. Then when I saw the Steelers having Miller, Spaeth, Paulson, and Johnson, I thought maybe the Steelers were going to up one on NE by utilizing three pass catching TEs. But, that has never materialized, let alone using two. Now that Johnson is out for the year, why stockpile more another TE when the OL seems the greatest need?
Ed Bouchette: Well, that sure was a long question. The Steelers have a fascination with tight ends, no matter their ability.
James: Ed: looking back, Steelers gave up a 3 up move up a few spots to get Shamarko? Wasn't that steep?
Ed Bouchette: It's too early to tell. They gave up a draft pick to get Troy Polamalu too. Let's give the guy more than a year to let us know if he was worth it or not. Polamalu did not start as a rookie either.
Chuck: nice picture! looking older and older with each pic you post.
Ed Bouchette: Let's see. That photo is five years old, so I should look younger in it. It's the same photo I've used the past three weeks here. I'm going to start using the Avatar of my daughter's dog.
Go Steelers!: Ed, the Steelers are sticking with the tackles they have, isn't this a big mistake? What if one gets injured?
Ed Bouchette: There's always Joe Long on the practice squad.
kjacksonpgh: Ed, I noticed that it seems when Ben follows the game plan with short quick passes the offense seems to flow. I have also noticed when Ben holds the ball for a big play it either turns into a sack or incompletion. Is there still some reluctance on Bens part to regress back to the old offense?
Ed Bouchette: Well, if the old offense is supposedly him nolding the ball for a big play and it, as you say, "turns into a sack or incompletion" then there should be reluctance on his part to "regress" back to the old offense, no? They want him to get rid of the ball more quickly and it looks as though maybe those first four games and those first 15 sacks in them were convincing.
Keithfromarizona: Did you learn anything new at Tomlins presser?
Ed Bouchette: Quite a bit. He's come down hard on the summersaulting into the end zone. There will be no more of it, he said. He hopes there will be more touchdowns, though.
kjacksonpgh: Ed the defense seems to get beat deep more frequently this year. Do you believe that is a direct reflection of the lack of our pass rush? Or is that old man age creeping up on our defensive backs?
Ed Bouchette: I think it's a combination of many things, including the lack of making a tackle by a young guy, Cortez Allen, on a 7-yard pass that turned into a 70-yard touchdown.
Guest: Is it me or is Dick Stockton the worst baseball announcer ever? I had to mute him after 4 innings he was so bad.
Ed Bouchette: I'm not sure because I've never heard you announce baseball.
Sam: Dear Ed, what are the chances the Steelers re-negotiate Levi Brown's contract and bring him to summer camp for a tryout?
Ed Bouchette: My favorite state, Blutarsky, 0.0.
Ed Bouchette: Stat, that is, not state
WRONG_ABENNIHANA_JAMESH: Ed: does Levi Brown on IR qualify for " Lemon Law "?
Ed Bouchette: He passed their physical, so I suppose not. They have to be smiling in Arizona, but they should not revel too much because the Cardinals are the ones who drafted him fifth overall and paid him the big bucks.
Keithfromarizona: with all the issues at left tackle, why have they not even tried to put Adams at right (where he was not bad), and try Gilbert at left?
Ed Bouchette: Marcus Gilbert is making progress at right tackle. It's the old coaching philosophy not to take one position and change two to try to correct it. Let's see how Kelvin Beachum does over there. I think he can be OK.
Tucson: How good are the Ravens this year
Ed Bouchette: They are neither above nor below the line, to use a Mike Tomlin phrase, at 3-3. They have disappointed themselves. They're not playing as well as they expected.
pbrady: What happened to the 6 linemen sets we saw before Pouncey went down. Are coaches just concerned about health?
Ed Bouchette: Beachum, who was used as the extra tackle or, officially, a tight end, is now the starting LT and I suppose they did not want to put anyone else out there. They used lot of tight ends on the end of the tackles in NY.
Tucson: Have the Steeler fans ever cheered when one of their players ever get hurt on the field during a game?
Ed Bouchette: No, just Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw years ago.
kjacksonpgh: Ed, the Bengals appear to be the front runner in the AFC North, but with a win over Baltimore is there a chance we may see a sign of life from the Steelers to turn this season around?
Ed Bouchette: Not only do the Bengals seem to be the front-runner, at 4-2 they are alone in first place. A win over Baltimore would make it two in a row and I suppose you could describe that as a sign of life. I wouldn't be counting the playoff checks just yet, though.
JamesinNYC: Abviously a lot can happen but what do you think the Steelers do at EOY with the 3 OT? Two are right tackles and one is a G or super sub in Beachum.
Ed Bouchette: I would have answered your question earlier but I've been trying to decipher EOY. I hate to beg off but as you noted it's early and they have 11 games to go. Let's see how they do at LT, whoever's out there, and how they do at RT, whoever's out there.
Scott in Dallas: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. What is the likelihood that this foot injury of Bell's is going to be a lingering thing throughout the season
Ed Bouchette: I thought he looked OK in London and not-so in New York, and I don't know that his foot is bothering him at all. What I think he needs more than anything is gametime. Remember, he's a rookie who had just 4 carries in the preseason and then did not play in the first three games of the regular season. His timing may be off.
Chooch: How did Cam Heyward grade out in his expanded role?
Ed Bouchette: Decent.
Keithfromarizona: I know left tackles do not grow on trees, but if another injury happens to ANYONE on the O line, we are - as the say - doomed. So why not hold some tryouts to see if anyone out there would be an improvement - or at least a backup
Ed Bouchette: How do you know they are not?
Ed Bouchette: Thanks for another great chat. I'm stopping early to pay my respects to an old friend who died Saturday, Marvin "Goose" Goslin. We worked together as students at IUP and I've known him for more than 40 years. He had one of the greatest voices for radio I've ever heard.
See you next Tuesday.
First Published October 15, 2013 10:11 AM