While perusing SI.com yesterday, I noticed a new feature from Jerome Bettis (co-authored by SI's Adam Duerson) called "Bus Stops". But the headline of his debut is what really grabbed me: "Bus Stops: Fox's job in jeopardy; Steelers defense in big trouble". The John Fox was not so surprising. But the Steelers' defense in big trouble? I'd say they took a major hit, because Tyrone Carter on his best day will never be Troy Polamalu. However, I don't know if I'd ever go as far as saying a Dick LeBeau defense was in big trouble.
So the Bus reeled me in. I clicked on the story. Now keep in mind that many accused Bettis of a less-than-intriguing take on the league during his stint on NBC, never really having an impact outside of his initial comments about Bill Cowher. But apparently he decided to discard the memo that any former Steeler must only talk glowingly about his former team in the media. Witness:
One more reason Pittsburgh's in trouble: these Steelers are a mediocre running team on their best day. I don't think they've reached a panic situation quite yet because the Titans don't allow anyone to run the football on them. But there are serious problems.Bettis goes on to criticize Frank the Tank, the O-line, and the front office for not addressing the O-line, and I think they are all valid criticisms. I was a little shocked by his blunt assessment of the team, especially his old backfield mate Parker. But the honesty? It was refreshing. I'd rather hear what he really thinks as opposed to someone like Merrill Hoge picking the Steelers to win every week for the last five years or so.
Willie Parker: I haven't seen much from him. Rashard Mendenhall: I haven't really seen him, period. One thing I have seen is Mewelde Moore making plays. And I think the little guy's going to get more of those opportunities as the Steelers continue to grow into what I think will be more of a passing team in 2009.
Bus Stops: Fox's job in jeopardy; Steelers defense in big trouble [SI.com]
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