Welcome to Paul Zeise’s weekly mailbag, where the Post-Gazette columnist and 93.7 The Fan radio host answers your questions about sports, life and everything in between. If you want to ask Paul a question, tweet him @paulzeise or email him at [email protected] This feature will run each Wednesday, so you have a whole week to submit questions.
Let’s get started:
Matt Prostko, Austin, Texas: Is Vance McDonald really an upgrade over [Jesse] James or just depth?
Zeise: To hear some people around here talk, the Steelers just picked up the second coming of Kellen Winslow. Here is a good article from the San Francisco Chronicle that gives you a reality check about who the Steelers just picked up. He sounds like an injury-prone underachiever who has a bad case of butter fingers. He was drafted to be the next great tight end. He hasn’t been anything close. I suppose a change of scenery could help but he is in his fifth season, but if it hasn’t happened yet, is it realistic to think it ever will? If you listen to Mike Tomlin, it is clear he hasn’t been happy with the play of the tight ends this preseason. McDonald adds to the competition and will have a chance to win the starting job but that isn’t a guarantee.
Joe Haden is available, and the Steelers should be interested.
Joe Haden has a real shot at joining the Steelers, and that makes sense
John in Robinson, @Hey_Men_412: Who gets cut with the McDonald Trade? Grimble, James or Johnson?
Zeise: They went with four tight ends last season and it won’t shock me if they do it again this season and keep all four. Johnson can play like an H-back/fullback, and the Steelers use enough two tight end sets that there are enough snaps to go around.
David Catanzaro, @djcatz2: Any chance the Pirates go to a 6-man rotation in September if Glasnow is called up?
Zeise: I don’t think so, but it isn’t the worst idea in the world. It will be interesting to see how many players the Pirates call up in September considering both the Class AAA and Class AA teams are going to be engaged in the playoffs for their respective leagues. Often teams will leave key players with their minor league clubs instead of calling them up in September to enable the teams to have a legitimate chance in their playoffs. Glasnow needs to come up, but he is the ace of that staff in Indianapolis. Yet he is a valuable piece of the Pirates’ future, and they should do everything in their power to give him as many Major League starts as possible. It would hurt the Indianapolis Indians chances to win a championship, but that shouldn’t be the goal of an organization.
Harold Zags, Johnstown, Pa.: You wrote about Bill Nunn being snubbed for the Steelers Hall of Honor. Are there any other players you think should be in ahead of some of the players picked?
Zeise: The most significant thing Walt Keisling did as Steelers coach was cut Johnny Unitas and he was 30-55-5 as Steelers head coach. The fact that he is in this first class and Bill Nunn, Hines Ward and Bill Cowher are not (not too mention Rocky Bleier) is absolutely ridiculous. Kevin Greene didn’t need to be in this first class, either. I know he is a Hall of Famer, but they left Bert Bell off (and he was with the team for six years between being coach and co-owner, so he was eligible) so Greene could have waited. Go poll 1,000 Steelers fans and ask them who had a greater impact and was more important to the Steelers history, Ward or Greene. If it isn’t 1000-0 Hard than someone in Greene’s family got in on the vote. The face of those Steelers defenses during the early and mid 1990s was Greg Lloyd, not Greene, whose best season was with Carolina. Greene and Keisling should wait, and Nunn, Cowher and Ward should be in.
Matt DiCicco, @DiciccoMatt: Steelers secondary continues to look bad and Revis still out there…. who calls first?
Ryan Shazier, right, celebrates after an interception during last season’s AFC divisional round playoff game in Kansas City.
Ryan Shazier may be the MVP of the Steelers’ defense
Zeise: The news breaking this morning is that the Steelers are in the hunt for Joe Haden. I’d say that probably means they have no interest in Revis. They could have already pursued Revis and didn’t.
@Pro4ManceNorm: Has Joe Starkey ever offered to make you a Cornish Game Hen on his George Foreman Grill?
Zeise: No, but even if he did I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’ve learned never to get happy about anything Joe promises to give you unless you have it in hand. He once offered me a ticket to see Art Garfunkel then pulled it back the day of the show!!