#1 Cochran Sports Showdown: September 8, 2019 (Part 1)


GOOD EVENING EVERYONE, WELCOME TO A ROUND OF SOUND, BOY WE’RE GOING TO HAVE INTERESTING COMMENTS HERE TONIGHT. I DO BELIEVE IT’S THE NUMBER ONE COCHRAN SPORTS SHOWDOWN, I’M BOB POMPEANI. YOU SAW THE STEELERS, 33-3 LOSERS IN FOXBOROUGH, IT LOOKED LIKE THEY HAD REALLY NO PUSHBACK WHATSOEVER LIKE THE LIFE WAS COMPLETELY SUCKED OUT OF THEM IN THAT GAME. NEW ENGLAND PUT ON A CLINIC. WE’LL TALK ABOUT THAT AND GET INTO CHEST, ANTONIO BROWN. NO THERE. SHOULD THE LEAGUE HAVE INVESTIGATED HOW THIS WENT DOWN? WAS IT ORCHESTRATED? WE’LL GET INTO THAT AND MUCH MORE. BUT OF COURSE THE NUMBER ONE TOPIC RIGHT HERE ON THE NUMBER ONE COCHRAN SPORTS SHOWDOWN WILL BE THE STEELERS 0-1. NOW THEY COME HOME TO SEATTLE AND THERE WASN’T A LOT OF GOOD IN THAT GAME TONIGHT. YOUR PANEL LEFT TO RIGHT. WE HAVE ANDREW FILLIPPONI FROM THE PM SHOW ON 97.3 THE FAN AND ALSO HIS NATIONAL SHOW ON CBS RADIO. THEN YOU HAVE JASON MACKEY FOR THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES. HE’S IN THE MIDDLE. PAUL ZEISE FROM THE POST GAZETTE. ALSO HERE. AND SO LET’S GET RIGHT INTO IT. IS IT MORE OF A REFLEXION HOW BAD THE STEELERS ARE OR HOW GOOD THE PATRIOTS ARE? I’LL GO WITH THE LADDER, BOB. STEELERS, YOU KNOW, IF THEY HAD OPENED UP IN BALTIMORE AND GONE TO NEW ENGLAND, WE WOULD HAVE FLIPPED RECORDS RIGHT NOW. BUT INSTEAD THEY GO INTO THE LION’S DEN AND ALWAYS CHRISTIAN V. LIONS IN FOXBOROUGH, SLOPPY UNDISCIPLINED FOOTBALL. NEW ENGLAND SHOWED THAT THEY CAN DO IT. THEIR DEFENSE WILL BE DOMINATING THIS YEAR. BY THE WAY THE MOST PRODUCTIVE WIDE RECEIVER OVER THE LAST HALF DECADE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THEM IN WEEK TWO. THEY ARE BY A WIDE MARGIN INCLUDING KANSAS CITY IN MY OPINION NOW THE BEST TEAM IN THE AFC. I ALWAYS HAVE A VERY SIMPLE RULE AND THAT IS IN THE NFL IN THIS HAD ERA OF FREE AGENCY AND EVERYTHING ELSE, I DON’T OVERREACT TO THE FIRST TWO, THREE WEEKS OF THE SEASON. I KNOW THAT THEY WILL LOOK HORRIBLE TONIGHT, I GET IT. BUT ANYBODY THAT PICKED THEM TO WIN, THEY NEED TO HAVE THEIR HEAD EXAMINED. ARE YOU CLOSE TO NEW ENGLAND? WHY DID ANYBODY THINK THAT THEY WOULD WIN? ARE THE STEELERS CLOSE? I DON’T KNOW ASK ME SIX WEEKS FROM NOW AND I’LL TELL YOU. WE DON’T GIVE OPINIONS UNTIL WEEK SIX? NO HAD, I’M JUST SAYING. OKAY, THEY SHOULD STOP PLAYING THE SEASON. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. THAT’S NOT WHAT I ASKED. I SAID ARE THEY CLOSE TO NEW ENGLAND? RIGHT NOW THEY’RE NOT, BUT WHEN THEY GO UP THERE, THIS IS GENERALLY WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM. OKAY. THAT’S WHY I THOUGHT IT WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO PROVE IT WRONG. NUMBER ONE IT IS NEVER TOO SOON TO TALK ABOUT TIE BREAKERS. WHEN YOU’RE DEALING WITH NEW ENGLAND, YOU DON’T WANT TO PLAY IN THE PLAYOFFS BECAUSE THAT’S WHY IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE STEELERS TO WIN THE GAME THERE. OR AT LEAST LOOK GOOD, BOB, BE COMPETITIVE. IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO BEAT THEM LAST YEAR. I’M TALKING ABOUT AT FOXBOROUGH GIVEN THIS SEASON WHAT THEY’RE DOING. ALL RIGHT, AYE SON, WHERE IS YOUR TAKE ON WHERE THEY ARE AND IS THIS MORE OF A REFLECTION FOR THE STEELERS OR NEW ENGLAND? I WOULD AGREE WITH ANDREW. MORE OF A REFLECTION OF WHERE THE STEELERS ARE RIGHT NOW. I’M NOT GOING TO SAY THEY WILL BE LIKE THIS FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON, BUT IT’S PROBLEMATIC OR TROUBLESOME OR SOMETHING THAT THEY WOULD START AS SLOW AS THEY DID AND THIS TEAM WILL BE A HECK OF A LOT FOR HAD. WE COULD EVALUATE IT BASED ON WEEK ONE THAT I GET WHAT PAUL IS SAYING. ASK ME IN SIX WEEKS. WE’RE NOT IN THAT POSITION THAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A GRADE OR A COMMENT BASED ON WHAT WE SAW TODAY. I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND HOW YOU RENDER THIS VERDICT HERE TONIGHT. AS LONG AS THEY HAVE TO PLAY THE IMPORTANT GAME IN NEW ENGLAND, THEY WON’T WIN. BUT THEY WERE SO ILL PREPARED TONIGHT. IT WASN’T JUST GETTING DEEP. IF THEY WERE PLAYING THE BILLS TONIGHT AND THAT HAPPENED OR THE JETS TONIGHT AND THAT HAPPENED. IF THEY WERE PLAYING THE BROWNS TONIGHT AND THAT HAPPENED, THEN IT WOULD BE A LOT MORE CAUSE FOR ALARM. NO DOUBT, PAUL. AND THAT IS THE POINT. THAT YOU KNOW WHAT SOMEONE ELSE COULD BEAT THE PATRIOTS AND THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE TO PLAY. THAT’S THE ONLY WAY TO GET THROUGH THE AFC IS IT NOT? OR THE PATRIOTS LOSE A COUPLE OF GAMES. SHORT OF TOM BRADY GETTING INJURED, WOULD FEEL YOU EVER PICK THE STEELERS TO GO UP THERE TO WIN? UP THERE? NO. THAT’S A PRETTY BIG TAKEAWAY FROM WEEK ONE. IT’S A TAKEAWAY SINCE 2001. AGREED. AGREED. OKAY, WELL THEN TONIGHT WAS A CONFIRMATION BIAS FOR YOU AND ME. THAT’S ONE THING I WILL SAY, ANDREW. THAT I COULD SEE. I THOUGHT THE STEELERS COACHING STAFF HAD A HORRENDOUS NIGHT. I THOUGHT IT LOOKED LIKE THE OTHER COACHING STAFF WAS PLAYING CHESS AND THEY WEREN’T EVEN PLAYING CHECKERS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE PLAYING. I COULD GO THROUGH SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS THAT THE COACHING STAFF TO ME. AND HERE IS THE OTHER THING. IF THIS HAD TEAM IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO TRY AND WIN GAMES BASED ON BEN ROETHLISBERGER JUST CHUCKING THE BALL EVERYWHERE AND NOT DOING ANYTHING AT ALL TO ESTABLISH SOME RESEMBLANCE OF A CONSISTENT RUNNING GAME, THEY WILL BE SADLY, SADLY DISAPPOINTED. I GIVE MORE CREDIT TO NEW ENGLAND. YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT THAT. BUT JASON, LET ME GO OVER TO YOU ABOUT THIS NOW, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THIS IS ONE GAME OUT OF 16. THAT I THINK PAUL’S POINT IS ACCURATE. YOU NEVER KNOW HOW IT WILL WORK OUT. BUT IF I WERE TO ASK YOU WHICH SIDE OF THE BALL CONCERNS YOU MOST, OFFENSE OR DEFENSE. TO ME IT’S A SLAM DUNK OFFENSE. I THOUGHT THAT OFFENSE SEW HADED ME NOTHING TONIGHT AND I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THAT BEHIND JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER. NOW IF SOMEONE TAKES HIM AWAY BASICALLY WITH GILMORE ON HIM AND NO ONE ELSE, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE OTHER GUYS? DO THEY HAVE ANSWERS? POMP I SHARE YOUR CONCERN ON THE OFFENSE, BUT I’M NOT READY TO DIVORCE MYSELF FROM THE DEFENSIVE CONCERNS EITHER. I DIDN’T THINK THAT THE DEFENSE WAS GOOD WHATSOEVER TONIGHT. AND WHAT TOM BRADY DID, YES, HE HAS DONE THAT TO HIM AND A LOT OF PEOPLE AND CROSSING ROUTES AND ALL THE OTHER STUFF, UNABLE TO COVER HIM. BUT I DON’T KNOW. I FEEL LIKE WE’RE PICKING TWO VERY UGLY THINGS TONIGHT. DONTE MONCRIEF WAS PROBLEMATIC AND THERE ISN’T MUCH THERE ON EITHER SIDE. I THINK THAT’S THE OTHER THING MAYBE BECAUSE OF THE OFFENSE, THEY WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW, THAT THE STEELERS, THEY NEED TO REEVALUATE THE WAY THEY GO ABOUT THE PRESEASON WHEN THEY’VE GOT THIS MANY. THAT WOULD BE THE TOPIC. I AGREE WITH YOU. I WAS GOING TO SAY IT LOOKED LIKE AN OFFENSE THAT IS DISJOINTED AND REALLY NOT ON THE SAME PAGE, BUT I KEEP GOING BACK TO THE SAME THING AND I SAID IT LAST YEAR THAT THEY NEED TO FIND A WAY TO INCORPORATE JAMES CONNER IN THE RUNNING GAME AND TO REALLY GET THAT THING GOING. AND AGAIN, I’M NOT SOME 1970s FOOTBALL GUY. I’M JUST TELLING YOU WHEN THE STEELERS, WHEN BEN ROETHLISBERGER IS AT HIS BEST, IT IS WHEN HE CAN MIX THINGS UP AND THEY ARE NOT ONE DIMENSIONAL. WHEN THEY BECOME ONE DIMENSIONAL, YOU KNOW, HE DOESN’T BELIEVE THAT ANYMORE. HE AVERAGED 42 PASS ATTEMPTS A GAME LAST YEAR. THEY PHILOSOPHICALLY BELIEVE THE SHORT PASSING GAME IS THE SAME THING AS THE RUN GAME AND IT’S NOT. THAT IS JUST THERE ON THAT. I AGREE. LOOK, THERE WILL BE TIMES THIS YEAR, BOB, WHERE THEIR BIG THREE ON OFFENSE, BEN, CONNOR, JUJU LOOKED BETTER THAN THEY DID AGAINST NEW ENGLAND. THEIR DEFENSE STILL NEEDS TO PROVE TO ME THAT IT COULD TRAVEL AND GO OUT ON THE ROAD TO BEAT A REALLY GOOD QUARTERBACK OR A REALLY GOOD OFFENSE. BUT WE DIDN’T SEE LAST YEAR. OBVIOUSLY IT DIDN’T YIELD ANY FRUIT TONIGHT. WE HAVE TO GO TO A BREAK, BUT WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE MAN IN NEW ENGLAND AS TOM BRADY WANTS HIM TO LIVE WITH HIM FOR A WHILE. THIS IS A WEIRD WEEK. BUT FOOTBALL SEASON AS YOU FOE IS UNDERWAY. I ASK YOU TO PICK UP A NEW NUMBER ONE COCHRAN CHEVY NOW AND BE READY FOR THE TAILGATE PARTIES. AND IT IS AMAZING, BY AT LEAST THOSE SPECIALS THAT WILL NOT BE THERE FOR TOO LONG AND THE BEST OFFER OF THE SEASON FOR ALL BIG NAMES. NOW ONLY AT THE NEW NUMBER ONE COCHRAN SPORTS SHOWDOWN. YOU CAN VISIT COCHRAN CHEVROLET.COM. MORE STEELERS TALK COMING UP NEXT.

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