#1 Cochran Sports Showdown: Sept. 3, 2017 (Part 1)

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RIGHT NOW, IT IS THE #1 COCHRAN SPORTS SHOWDOWN GOOD NIGHT ♪ GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE THIS IS THE #1 COCHRAN SPORTS SHOWDOWN I'M BOB POMPEANI

WE HAVE A LOT TO TALK ABOUT TONIGHT WHAT WILL HAPPEN? WE WILL DISCUSS ALSO THE PIRATES, GETTING RID OF ONE A CASIO WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE PIRATE SITUATION BUT THE NUMBER ONE TOPIC TONIGHT ON THE NUMBER ONE COCHRANE SPORTS SHOWDOWN WILL BE THE STEELERS

THE MADE FOR TRADES IN SIX DAYS AND ARE GETTING READY TO OPEN UP ON THE CLEVELAND BROWNS WE HAD JASON MACKEY HOCKEY SEASON IS ALMOST HERE WE HAVE TIM BEN'S, COLUMNIST FROM THE TRIBUNE REVIEW AND FROM THE ASSOCIATE PRESS, MR WILL GRAVES

LET'S GET RIGHT INTO THIS THE STEELERS MADE A LOT OF MOVES THEY ADDRESSED TITAN, SECONDARY, A LOT OF STUFF IS A SECONDARY BETTER THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR? IS A GOOD ENOUGH TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO THIS YEAR? CONSTRUCTING THE SECONDARY IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE IS HARD TO FIND, BUT WORTH LOOKING FOR I'M NOT SURE IF THEY ARE ABLE TO DO IT THIS TIME, BUT THEY DID THEIR BEST TO LOOK FOR THE RIGHT COMPONENTS

THEY'RE THROWING A LOT OF JUNK AT THE WALL TO SEE WHAT FITS THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THAT SINCE THE OFF-SEASON HOPEFULLY JOE HADEN IS BETTER THAN JUNK HOPEFULLY THE GUYS THEY PICKED UP FROM TAMPA BAY, THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT AND MOVING DECK 10 — TEARS AROUND OF THE TITANIC IF YOU WANT TO THERE'S SO MUCH UPGRADING TO DO THAT I DON'T KNOW IF THE SECONDARY IS SUPER BOWL WORTHY YET

I HAVE TO SEE, ESPECIALLY FROM JOE HADEN THAT HE IS STILL A PROBE BOWL CALIBER PLAYER FROM — PLAYER FOR ME TO FILL BETTER ABOUT THE UNIT, DESPITE THE EFFORTS IT MADE TO IMPROVE REMINDS ME OF WHAT THEY DID IN 2013 THEY TRADED AND BROUGHT IN MORAL AND THEY WERE ALL IN ANYBODY WHO WATCHES THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME LAST YEAR SAW WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS THEY COULD NOT CARRY — A ANYBODY

THEY HAVE GUYS THAT THEY HOPE ARE BETTER IN THE GUYS FROM LAST YEAR HAYDEN SHOULD BE AN UPGRADE IF HE IS HEALTHY THEY CONTINUE TO TINKER IN THERE SEEMS TO BE A MESSAGE THAT IF YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH, WE WILL FIND SOMEBODY WHO IS THE SCHEDULE IS SUCH THAT IT IS ALMOST LIKE A PENGUINS TYPE SEASON FOR THE STEELERS 16 GAMES IS THE PRESEASON

WILL MATTER IS WHAT HAPPENS IN JANUARY I THINK HAVE TIME TO BUILD A FINE CHEMISTRY, AND I THINK IT IS BETTER RIGHT NOW THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR A COUPLE COMMENTS TO MAKE IS JOE HADEN GOING TO BE THE BEST QUARTERBACK IN THE NFL? NO, BUT I THINK YOU'LL BE A MARKET UPGRADE THEY NEEDED AN UPGRADE

IF IT'S ONE THING I LEARNED FROM THE PRESEASON IS JUST THAT ROSS COCKRELL WAS NOT GOING TO CUT IT I THINK THE HAYDEN IS HEALTHY ENOUGH TO COMPLETE HE GOT IT THAT WITH THE CLEVELAND BROWNS AND DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO GET OUT IN THE FIELD I LIKE HIS STYLE I LIKE WHAT HE WILL ADD TO THIS MIX

HAVING HIM OPPOSITE ARTIE BURNS ON THE OTHER SIDE, IT IS BETTER THAN IT WAS LAST SEASON ADDRESSING THAT POSITION, THEY DON'T NEED MUCH IN THAT POSITION THEY FELT IT DIDN'T HAVE A CLEAR-CUT NUMBER ONE BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT ANY OTHER POSITION, THAT THEY MAY HAVE LEFT UNATTENDED, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I WOULD NOT SAY UNINTENDED, BUT I WOULD SAY IT WAS ODD THAT THE RUNNING BACK, YOU'VE GOT A GUY WHO HAS NOT PLAYED A PRODUCTIVE BIT OF FOOTBALL AND EIGHT MONTHS YOU JAMES CONNER, GREAT KID, GREAT STORY, BUT HE HAS NOT STAYED HEALTHY IN THE OFF- SEASON

HE HAD SOME INJURY PROBLEMS OUTSIDE OF THE PIT I DO THINK THAT WAS A CURIOUS DECISION TO ONLY KEEP THOSE THREE GUYS IF I WAS WIND PICK ONE SPOT, THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IT, BUT OTHERWISE, I THINK THAT THEY'VE DONE THE BEST THEY CAN DO AND I YOU JUST HAVE TO SEE IF IT WORKS THREE POSITIONS OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS, THEY'VE TRIED IT HAS WORKED OUT THE DARIUS GRAHAM LAST YEAR

ANOTHER TRYING TO GIVE McDONALD THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT WITH DAVIS WE WILL SEE WITH JAMES CONNER THE OTHER ONE I WOULD SAY IS INSIDE LINE MY — LINEBACKER WITH A SIDE — TRIED TO SIGN DANTE HIGHTOWER, BUT HE DECIDED TO STAY WITH ENGLAND YOU CAN OVEREMPHASIZE GOING AFTER THE SECONDARY, SUE HERSELF THE BACKEND HERE

I DON'T THINK THE POSITION FITS THAT MOLD THEY TRIED OTHER AREAS BEFORE THE SECONDARY, BUT IT DID NOT WORK OUT WITH THOSE POSITIONS I THINK HE CAN FILL OUT HIS OF THE HAPPENS I DON'T THINK IT WILL GET TO THAT, BUT I THINK THEY COULD DO THAT BUT I'M WITH TIM ON THE PREVIOUS POINT

THE ADDITION THAT WORRIES ME IS INSIDE LINEBACKER IF THERE HEALTHY AND PLAY EVERY SNAP, GREAT BUT IF NOT, I LIKE TYLER, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF I WANT HIM TAKING THIS ALL SEASON LONG WITHOUT HIM, WHO IS A GOING TO BE? I THINK THERE PRETTY MUCH THIN INSIDE REMEMBER BEING ON A STORY LAST MONTH AND DISCUSSING HIGHTOWER

IF THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO GO OUT AND GET HAYDEN AT THIS LATE DATE, THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO GET McDONALD'S CELERY ON THE BOOKS THEY WEREN'T ALL IN ONE POT THE CITY DIDN'T WORK OUT, SO THEY'RE GOING TO GO OVER THERE I'M SORT OF OKAY WITH THAT IN THIS LEAGUE, IT IS ON — IMPOSSIBLE

YOU HAVE TO PICK OUT WHAT YOUR STRENGTHS ARE AND HOPE YOUR WEAKNESSES AREN'T SO BAD THAT THEY COST YOU GAMES THINK THEY'VE DONE THAT FOR THE MOST PART IF THE OFFENSE IS HEALTHY, THEY SHOULD SCORE ENOUGH POINTS IF THEY GIVE UP 310 YARDS PASSING, SHOULD MATTER IT IS DONT'A HIGHTOWER A BETTER PLAYER? AT THIS POINT IN HIS CAREER? I THINK IS A BIG-TIME PLAYER, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF HE'S FOR WHAT THE — THEY NEED, I THINK THE DROP OFF BETWEEN HIM AND COCKRELL IS BIGGER THAN HIGHTOWER WOULD BE OVER VINCE WILLIAMS

SATELLITE YOUR PERCEPTION OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PRESEASON, VERSUS WHAT WAS BEFORE THE PRESEASON WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT STU WOULD — THE STEELERS A CONTENDER BUT WHAT YOU THINK AFTER WATCHING FOR PRESEASON GAMES? A MORE BULLISH ON THEM? I WAS MIFFED AT HAVING TO WATCH TWO MORE PRESEASON GAMES AND I SHOULD HAVE WHAT — HAD TO WATCH IT DOESN'T CHANGE MY WIN TOTAL AT ALL I'M RIGHT WITH YOU ON 12 OR 13 WINS

I THINK BOTH OF THEM ARE ATTAINABLE I THINK WILL BE THE ONLY TEAMS LEFT STANDING IN THE AFC I'M USED TO THE HOCKEY TALK HERE [ LAUGHTER ] NOTHING HAS CHANGED WITH ME THINK THEY'RE ONE OF THE BEST TEAMS OUT THERE

THE QUARTERBACK UPGRADE WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH I WOULD BE 12-4 TO START TRAINING CAMP I WILL DROP IT DOWN TO 11-5 FOR THE SEASON THINK IT'S BECAUSE I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME QUESTIONING THE SECONDARY THE DEFENSE, BUT MY BELIEF WAS THAT THE DEFENSE AS A COLLECTIVE UNIT IS GOING TO BE BETTER THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR, WHAT IS WHY I FELT CONFIDENT TO SAY THEY WOULD BE ONE OR TWO GAMES BETTER BUT IT IS PRETTY CLEAR TO ME, AND IT IS CLEAR TO ME THROUGH THEIR ACTIONS OF WHAT THEY DID WITH THE SECONDARY AND ALL THE MOVES THAT THEY MADE THAT THEY ARE NOT HAPPY WITH WHERE DOES AND THEY ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT IT, SO IF THEY ARE UNCERTAIN, I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD BE, TOO

I WILL BUMP MY PREDICTION DOWN ONE DAY I THINK THERE 11-5 LIKE LAST YEAR THEY WILL WIN DIVISION I THINK 13-3 HAS TO BE MINIMUM FOR THEM THEY DIDN'T MAKE THESE MOVES TO WIN THE DIVISION TO GET TO THE PLAYOFFS

THEY MADE THE MOVES TO BEAT THE PATRIOTS THE ONLY WAY TO BE TO THE PATRIOTS AS TO NOT SCREW AROUND IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER LIKE THEY DID LAST YEAR I THINK THEY USED THESE MOVES THERE HUNDRED % RIGHT THEY DID WITH THE PATRIOTS IN MIND

BUT THEY ALSO HAVE IT IN MIND FOR THE OTHER 15 GAMES THE REGULAR SEASON I THINK THEY WERE ALARMED BY WHAT THEY HAD SO FAR IF YOU LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE, IF THE BEES ARE HEALTHY, THAT IS THE FLOOR FOR THEM I THINK THEY COULD BE 15-1 I THINK THE PATRIOTS GAME COULD DECIDE THE HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE FOR THE PLAYOFFS

THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GO UP THERE AND WIN THAT'S LIKE THAT IF YOU PLAY THEM HERE, IT IS A DIFFERENT GAME IT IS CRITICAL, BUT WITH ALL THE OFFENSE, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO MASK ANY PROBLEMS THEY HAVE A DEFENSE STEELERS ARE CERTAINLY ALL IN

THEY WANT TO WIN A SUPER BOWL WHEN WE COME BACK, WE WILL TALK WHAT THEY'RE DOING OR NOT DOING THAT'S NEXT ON THE #1 COCHRAN SPORTS SHOWDOWN TO GO AWAY, PIRATE TUXES NEXT THE #1 COCHRAN SPORTS

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