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Morning Java: It’s preseason … we’re talking ’bout practice

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

LANDOVER, Md. — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Tuesday column really likes Jonathan Dwyer as feature back. And not just because every other back the Steelers have is hurt right now.

Here’s some of what Dwyer had to say afterward in a cramped, quiet room …

Anyway, the Steelers’ offense laid an egg overall in losing to the Redskins. Alan Robinson and Ralph Paulk do all the actual work from down here.

All I’ll add before leaving the stadium tonight (this morning) is what should be obvious: It’s preseason. Sure, there are signs both encouraging and discouraging on individual, even team levels. But I was hearing all night from people complaining about strategy, too much running, not enough passing, etc.

Come on.

As Ben Roethlisberger acutely observed afterward regarding play selection, “We went out there on that first series just looking to establish the run.”

Exactly. It was a stage set up, essentially, for Le’Veon Bell. Had nothing to do with trying to roll down the field or open up the passing game or even scoring a touchdown.

Man, I hate writing stuff like that because it’s so obvious, but …

>> The Pirates’ bats SCORED THREE RUNS to beat the Padres, but Francisco Liriano took care of the rest. Travis Sawchik is in San Diego.

Here’s the rest of our baseball coverage.

Here’s Padres news from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Driving home overnight part of the way, the rest of the way today. Expect to be mostly out of commission, but I will find time at some point to write another column on the Steelers for Wednesday.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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