After the first turnover in the 49ers game, Mason Rudolph hit his check down instead of throwing it down the field to an NFL open Vance McDonald.
Rudolph's passes against the Bengals traveled, on average, 3.5 yards in the air. It worked against Cincy. They ain't playing the Bengals on Sunday night.
Part of the reason that Rudolph didn't take many shots is because Randy Fichtner didn't want to risk a turnover. Mason also has had opportunities (like in the Niners game) to push it down the field, but neglected.
I don't think we will see Devlin Hodges have the same problem.
I was impressed, like Mike Tomlin, with Hodges anticipation on Sunday. On the Diontae Johnson catch/fumble, the Ravens blitzed and Duck let the ball go before Johnson even went into his break. That type of timing can make up for him not having the biggest arm.
It also showed me that he's not afraid. Against the Chargers, the Steelers have to "play to win" not play "not to lose."
LET THE DUCK CHUCK *quack* LET THE DUCK CHUCK *quack* LET THE DUCK CHUCK *quack*
If the Steelers play conservatively, they will lose. So give the kid a shot and see what he's made of. Live by the sword and die by the sword.
Duck's not going to live in his fears. The Steelers coaching staff shouldn't, either. LET. THE. DUCK. CHUCK.