Bedlam in the Pros
A TulsaWorld columnist made the argument that Mason Rudoph could start for Pittsburgh before Baker Mayfield does for Cleveland.
Ben Roethlisberger is a 36-year-old quarterback who has fought knee, shoulder, head, foot, hand, finger, thumb and rib injuries. And that’s since he got out of bed and stretched.
I’m on record as predicting Rudolph will supplant Landry Jones as Roethlisberger’s backup. If he doesn’t, something has gone wrong.
The Steelers drafted Rudolph one year after drafting quarterback Josh Dobbs to unseat Jones. That is admitting a terrible mistake, and also believing that Rudolph can fix that mistake.
So it’s a race, then: Does Roethlisberger get hurt before Browns starter Tyrod Taylor gets demoted? [TulsaWorld]
While it’s highly probable (darn near guaranteed) that Baker will start first, the extent of Roethlisberger’s injuries is definitely alarming. And that he was brought in to put Steelers’ leadership at ease is equally encouraging.
Surviving the Gauntlet
While I don’t agree with the take that 8-5 is the ceiling for the 2018 football team, how much the last five games of the season will define the team is spot on.
The last five games are going to be crazy tough. OSU will host Texas after the bye but an improved Texas team catches this rebuilding Cowboy team and beats them for the first time since 2014. Following a tough loss, the Cowboys bounce back and beat Baylor on the road before the iron gauntlet where they play Oklahoma, West Virginia and TCU. Best-case scenario (IN MY OPINION) they go 1-2 during the final three games.
That puts this “rebuilding” year at a final record of 8-5. I’m sure many Cowboy fans will want to sharpen their pitchforks, but I see this season a lot like the 2014 season for Mike Gundy. [Heartland College Sports]
Texas (at this point) is a pick em’, playing after a bye will only help. OU, West Virginia, and TCU will be where the hay is made.
OSU and NCAA Notes
Congrats to the former Cowboy who looked great in his first serious outing since having Tommy John (h/t to Nick for catching)
— Angels (@Angels) May 15, 2018
Ubben is exactly right. Bowlsby needs a second home in Phoenix.
Big 12 would be wise to begin cuddling up to Arizona, Arizona State with expansion in mind before leagues begin negotiating their new TV deals. The fissures in the Pac-12 have never been wider. https://t.co/O8vMdnx5Io
— David Ubben (@davidubben) May 15, 2018
State of affairs going into the final weekend.
— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) May 15, 2018
This man will get paid this summer.
This is it. This is the Peak Smart box score. pic.twitter.com/AWjxt8fJKd
— Ryan Bernardoni (@dangercart) May 16, 2018
Join Mike B’s summer book club.
— Mike Boynton (@thacoachmike) May 15, 2018
What You Missed on PFB
- Rudolph and Washington made some plays during rookie camp, got some attention
- Recruiting talk – looking at the future of the defensive tackle position
- Spencer Sanders part three – great thought on recruiting rankings
- A couple of Pokes are trying to make the world team in Minnesota
- Jason Witten thinks Dez Bryant will fit on another storied franchise