Ray Fittipaldo's Steelers chat: 7.10.17
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Rick Woods
12:46
Any chance Mike Mitchell does not make the final roster?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:46
He's their starting strong safety. Of course he'll be on the roster barring an injury.
Gregor
12:46
JuJu seems to have a similar attitude to Hines. Would a team reach out to a former player to mentor/coach a player who plays the same style?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:47
I don't know if that would happen formally, no.
Steeler Nation Peasant 1963
12:47
Dropping LBs back 20+ yards in coverage has become a liability and stale imo. Do you think we'll see less of that or is the dead horse in for more abuse?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:48
I think you could definitely see more six DB packages this year now that Lawrence Timmons is no longer on the roster.
Steve
12:48
Can Ross Cockrell become the kind of man to man defender the Steelers are looking for and lock down the starting spot long term?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:48
If that was the case they would have signed him to a long-term deal by now.
Please not the same old
12:49
Do you think if the defense improves this year on getting pressure on the QB and playing man coverage through the year, that Tomlin and Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler will muff things up by again playing zone in the Playoffs?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:49
They played zone because they had no other choice in the playoffs. You can argue that's the front office's fault as much as the coaching staff.
RPJR
12:49
Hey Ray, Do you think it matters if the Steelers would benefit with a #1 or #2 seed regarding the Patriots? And of course there's still a Raiders team that was a Carr short of seeing what they could do in the postseason.
Ray Fittipaldo
12:50
I know the history from 2001 and 2004, but I still think home-field is something to shoot for. That being said, what better venue to exorcise demons for the Steelers than Foxboro? If you have a championship team you find a way to win anywhere.
Steeler Nation Peasant 1963
12:51
And do telll... What'd you have at the 1905 Eatery?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:51
You have to go to the bakery in the back to get the potato pies.
Tim
12:51
What is the ownership hierarchy after "Art Rooney II" ?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:52
If you're asking who will take over for Art II when he steps down, it will be his son Dan. At least that's the plan.
Gibby in Indy
12:52
A huge fan of Harrison but he seemed to run out of gas a lot earlier in the playoff games to me at least.  Did you see this too and do you think this is why they drafted Watt in the first round?
Ray Fittipaldo
12:52
He looked pretty good to me when he forced that holding call on Eric Fisher late in the game against the Chiefs.
12:53
Thanks for all the great questions this week. We'll do it again next week at the same time when we may or may not have resolution to the Le'Veon Bell story. Stay tuned.
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