By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
DENVER — Brief and to the Point …
>> My Friday column picks the Broncos to beat the Steelers on Sunday night for one dominant reason.
(It’s that I never miss on predictions!)
>> Derek Wolfe, the Broncos’ defensive end who had a great camp after being a second-round pick, grew up in Lisbon, Ohio — not far from Youngstown — “surrounded by Steelers fans.” But he told me yesterday he loved the Packers instead.
“I hated the Steelers. Maybe it was Brett Favre. Maybe I just wanted to be different.”
The Big East co-defensive player of the year at Cincinnati has certainly stood out so far, forcing Denver coaches to find him playing time on an already strong line.
>> Pitt’s football team is somehow performing below an unquestionably low talent level. There’s a ton of blame to go around.
But the bottom line is that it’s painfully evident the season is going nowhere.
So why shouldn’t Paul Chryst get the younger players involved — if legitimately ready — and start looking ahead to the ACC?
Why not bench Tino Sunseri?
I understand he makes a convenient target, just as I understand it’s uncool to be critical of college players. But Tino’s had all kinds of chances, all kinds of starts, and it can’t be open for debate or opinion anymore that he hasn’t gotten a whit better.
I’m not being mean. It’s there for all to see.
Pitt has a terrible line but has Rushel Shell — who looked interesting early last night — and a nice running game. Couple good receivers, too.
Start Chad Voytik.
Forget the redshirt. There’s no reason to envision Voytik as some megastar four years from now. A better QB will be recruited in the interim. There’s no point saving him for anything. This is going to be his team next year, so Chryst might as well give him and the team the best chance next year.
Either that, or he can continue making embarrassing decisions like sending Sunseri back onto the field down 31 points with three minutes to go.
>> Did Sunseri become the first quarterback in history to pass for a touchdown and a field goal?
>> Mike Shanahan is a nice receiver for Pitt. You wouldn’t know it from this game. All he did was get open all night and thoroughly ignored by the quarterback.
And yes, that was Shanahan underneath the uprights that Sunseri split with that pass to end the first half.
>> The Pirates have 26 games left, and 17 are against teams with losing records. The Cubs are up this weekend, and there are three more with the Astros.
Ask me, and that absolutely should factor into fair expectations for this team.
So, playoffs or bust, right?
>> Yesterday’s chat transcript can be found here.
I have something to add to the slate soon. I’ll let you know Tuesday.
>> Oh, and I’ll be on TribLIVE Radio today at noon.