On this edition of Thursday Night Tailgate our guests are: former Steelers Offensive Lineman John Malecki, former Jets DB Victor Green, Pittsburgh sports TV & radio host Paul Alexander and former Broncos & Falcons RB Gene Lang. Plus former Patriots Pro Bowl RB Tony Collins joined us to go through our 5 Star Picks of the Week and check out our Spotlight on the Positive segment to hear which players are doing great things in their communities.
John Malecki - We got John's feedback on the antics from Vontaze Burfict and the Cincinnati Bengals again last Sunday vs. the Steelers. He talked about how the Bengals implode leads directly to Steeler victories. He also shared stories of some moments that he retaliated when he played in college at Pitt. We also talked about his custom furniture fabrication business (check it out on his site www.johnmalecki.com), and what's next for him.
Tony Collins - We went through our 5 Star Picks of the Week for Week 16 in the NFL season with Tony.
Victor Green - Victor shared his thoughts on his alma mater the University of Akron and the direction they are headed under Head Coach Terry Bowden. We also got his thoughts on the Jets situation including whether they should focus on developing Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg or if they should bring in a free agent QB over the off season. He also talked abou tthe difficulty of dealing with new coaching staffs every few years and his memory of his first pick 6 which came off Drew Bledsoe and the 90 yards pick 6 he had on his first game facing the Jets after they cut him and he went to New England.
Paul Alexander - We talked with Paul about the legacy of great broadcaster in Pittsburgh including Myron Cope, Lanny Frattare, Bill Hillgrove and others. We also talked about it being Ravens week in Pittsburgh and what that means and the Steelers need to develop another offensive threat besides Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. I also got Paul's thoughts on why Mike Tomlins struggles with math and anything having to do with numbers.
Gene Lang - As a former member of the Broncos, we got Gene's insights into the frustrations that led to a postgame meltdown between the Broncos defense and offense last week. He added that those guys make so much money that they should be happy all the time. We also got his thoughts on his alma mater LSU and Offensive Coordinator Ed Orgeron taking over as Head Coach plus his thoughts on star players now deciding to sit out Bowl games. Lastly Gene shared what he might do if he ever saw Jerry Glanville again, after Glanville made them do 2 a days 6 days a week.