It is hard to prepare for the Olympics when you have to train every day four years. For Simone Biles and other gymnasts who were training for the Olympics but had to deal with something worse. Dr. Larry Nassar is being charged with sexual assaulting over 100 girls while being the sports medicine doctor with US Gymnastics and Michigan State University. Nassar is already facing 60 years in prison for child pornography charges. Victims were court reading statements and Biles wrote her statement on Instagram. US Gymnastics has moved the training site from the Karloyi Ranch in Texas where the incidents took place. Why these crimes were not reported before? US Gymnastics were looking the other way and Michigan State University didn’t take these charges seriously. Some many lives are hurting and Nassar is looking at spending the rest of his life in prison.
Todd Haley is no longer the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That announcement was made today By Head Coach Mike Tomlin. Before he worked with the Steelers there was success with both the Arizona Cardinals, and the Dallas Cowboys. While in both places he had blowups on the sidelines with Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin in Arizona and Terrell Owens in Dallas. Haley had a lot of success with the Steelers for six years. However, he had a contentious relationship with Ben Roethlisberger. There was an incident at Tequila Cowboy’s at New Year’s Eve involving him and his wife. Now the question is who will replace him as offensive coordinator and whether it will be from inside the organization. Some people think it will be either offensive line coach Mike Munchak or quarterback coach Randy Fichtner. Munchak turned down a second interview and an opportunity to become head coach of the Cardinals. Either man would be a good choice and the transition would be a smooth one.
The Steelers were the center of the attention for the past several months. However, two trades by the Pittsburgh Pirates have gotten a lot of attention and criticism. On Saturday, Gerrit Cole was traded to the Houston Astros for several prospects. Cole will give the defending World Champions an additional starter to go along with Dallas Kuchel and Justin Verlander. Monday, the man who was the franchise since 2009 Andrew McCutchen was traded to San Francisco Giants for prospects. McCutchen will give the Giants some power in their outfield. Pirate fans are upset about these trades because it shows that they don’t want to win. Only time will tell if these trades will give the fans a right to complain about Bob Nutting.
It was one of the most disappointing loss in Steelers history. There have been reports that some of the limited partners have talked to Art Rooney II and wanted to have Mike Tomlin removed as Steelers head coach. The divisional playoff loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars cost the Steelers a chance to get a rematch at the New England Patriots, plus going to the Super Bowl. Tomlin has made some mistakes as far as clock management and preparation for games. However, Tomlin has never had a losing season and rebuild the team on the fly after the 2012 season. If Tomlin was let go by the Steelers teams would be lining up to hire him as a head coach. There should be some changes with coaching staff but not with the head coach.
Here are my picks for the Conference Championship game.
AFC: New England beat Jacksonville
NFC: Philadelphia beat Minnesota
There was a lot of reasons that the Steelers lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 45 to 42. The Steelers rushed the ball for 83 yards total. The defense gave up 109 yards and 3 touchdowns to Leonard Fournette and 8/14 in third downs. There was no pass rush and sacks on Blake Bortles. Jacksonville was the more physical team and it showed. The Steelers gave up 2 turnovers and it led to 14 Jacksonville points. There was questionable play calling especially on two fourth down calls. Ben Roethlisberger played a great game throwing for 469 yards and 5 touchdowns. Antonio Brown had catches for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns. There will be changes on the roster and on the coaching staff next season. During his post game press conference, Roethlisberger announced he will be back for 2018.
The Jacksonville Jaguars embarrassed the Steelers in week 5 with a 30-9 victory at Heinz Field. The Steelers defense have to stop their Jaguars running game and force Blake Bortles to throw the ball. They let Leonard Fournette gain 181 yards rushing and that can’t happen again. The Steelers offense have to establish the running game because the Jaguars defense is susceptible to the run. Le’veon Bell has to run the ball for over 100 yards and catch the ball out of the backfield. Ben Roethlisberger has to have great protection from the offensive line and a healthy Antonio Brown will have to make some plays. Special teams need a big play either a block kick or big return for a touchdown. The Steelers will make the big plays and will get a win in the AFC Divisional Playoff. Kickoff is at 1:00 P.M next Sunday at Heinz Field.
Here are my picks for the NFL Divisional Playoff games.
AFC: New England beat Tennessee Pittsburgh beat Jacksonville
NFC: Philadelphia beat Atlanta Minnesota beat New Orleans
Here are my NFL Wild Card Playoffs predictions.
AFC: Kansas City over Tennessee Jacksonville over Buffalo
NFC: LA Rams over Atlanta New Orleans over Carolina
There were several starters that were inactives, but the Steelers still won over the Cleveland Browns 28 to 24. Landry Jones threw for 239 yards and a touchdown. Stevan Ridley had a great game rushing for 80 yards and a touchdown. Juju Smith-Schuster had and amazing day 9 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown, plus a 96 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The defense had 6 sacks and 2 turnovers. Despite the win there were some mistakes. Chris Hubbard had 4 bad snaps a fill in center, and they took a field goal off the board after a offside penalty but Roosevelt Nix was stopped on fourth and goal. Jones forced a pass over the middle that intercepted by the Browns Jabrill Peppers. The Steelers have the second seed in the AFC and have a bye week. Their divisional round playoff game will be at Heinz Field Sunday January 14th at 1:00 P.M. against an undetermined opponent.