By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
>> The Wednesday column lays it all on the (defensive) line.
Well, mostly. Bottom line is that the Steelers have options up front that they aren’t using for some reason.
>> What you won’t see, as the column briefly mentions, is anything remotely resembling a change in Dick LeBeau’s scheme, least of all the 3-4 foundation.
And if you doubt that, hear Troy Polamalu on the topic …
If Polamalu and the Steelers are right, wonderful. But they’ll have to show it through performance. They’ll have to illustrate that a defense built upon aggressiveness, blitzing and dynamic one-on-one play can still work with this particular group.
Because the fact is that so far that hasn’t been the case.
>> One final time, here’s the podcast of yesterday’s radio show, featuring an opening rant about the NHL owners’ greed, a MUST-listen interview with the Pirates’ Neil Walker, and a look ahead to Steelers-Eagles with Trib beat writer Alan Robinson.
Also, here’s the video of the opening rant.
>> The Pirates’ player payroll for 2012, the amount actually paid out as accounted by Major League Baseball offices, is $61,375,000. That’s the highest in franchise history. Anyone throwing out any other figure is not getting it right. This is official and verified.
This also is the number that matters. Not opening-day payroll. That’s a projection for a one-day roster that changes many times over.
>> Heading over to the yard one final time for the year.
If the Pirates lose, I’ll have completely nailed my preseason prediction — the morning of the April 5 opener, right here on this very blog — of 79-83.
So there’s that.