The news of the day, of course, is that quarterback Kordell Stewart admitted to the Post-Gazette that Coach Bill Cowher is threatening him with his job. Stewart handled the ensuing media mob with aplomb today, even going so far as to admit that he hasn't played up to standards. He did, however, cling to the faulty premise that only in Pittsburgh is the quarterback criticized so harshly. When long-time Stewart defender John Steigerwald mentioned to Stewart that Kurt Warner has thrown seven interceptions, Stewart responded with "Yeah, and he still has his job." Whatever. When Stewart lands in another city, he'll find out that it isn't just Pittsburgh. Sports fans everywhere realize that quarterback is the most important position in the world of team sports and that the scrutiny is justified.
On a positive note, Stewart had an outstanding practice Thursday. Frankly, back-up Tommy Maddox has been in a malaise of late on the practice field.
On another front, SteelCitySports.com sports writer Blitzburgh e-mailed and asked if I'd find out what Antwaan Randle El thinks of Indiana University defensive end/tight end Kris Dielman. Apparently, it's never too early to prep for the draft, eh Blitz? Well, here was Randle El's reply:
"How do you know about him? Man, he's the real-est player. He's the real deal. You never see him loaf. He's a ball player."
I asked Randle El if Dielman can play in the NFL.
"Yeah, he's going to play in the league. That's one you can depend on."
Is he Steelers material?
"I'd recommend him here. Definitely."
Questions anyone? Just e-mail me.
-- Jim Wexell