Two things about the Steelers-Rams game on Sunday night that I’m very upset about. The fake field goal that led to Steelers kicker Chris Boswell going down and re-injuring his right calf. But, that was the only thing I would get upset about, as it turned out, though.
The rest of it? I’m more confused than angry, which I hope is a good thing considering we’re only one day into the preseason and one more of the Steelers will see the field.
There are players and coaches — no matter their age or position — who are likely a little rusty in coverage situations, whether they are playing this season or for the first time. In that case, does it matter if you’re a center on this team or a receiver on the last one?
This may be one of the most chaotic situations you’ll find in sports — at any level, even one game’s make-up schedule when playoffs aren’t on the line — the usual NFL mantra of injuries is just that: a mantra. Players are injured and teams must make adjustments, even if the original plan to get the kicker playing longer has already been tossed out the window.
Of course, there are other kinds of injuries, like concussions, which are more and more the #1 cause of retirement these days, and not just in football.
So, as far as I’m concerned, you let the people who know, like doctors and trainers, do what they do the best they can, and the coaches keep calling plays. So it goes.