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The Pittsburgh Steelers played Russian Roulette with their experienced starters and won.
For the most part. Let's see how bad the safety of Sean Davis is. And the thumb of linebacker Bud Dupree. At least Mike Tomlin did not give a serious diagnosis to either player after the Steelers defeated the Tennessee Titans 18-6 in a preseason game on Sunday night.
Teams like the Houston Texans (Lamar Miller, ACL) and the New York Jets (linebacker Avery Williamson, ACL) were not so lucky.
Ben Roethlisberger and most offensive regulars from Steelers recorded three series and scored a touchdown on the third attempt.
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At least, I think they did. Based on that dreadful NBC camera angle, "Mean" Joe Greene and Mel Blount could have played, and I could not have said it.
Even if the network did not take advantage of this abomination, I would not have done it anyway. I had a very good view of the game anyway. I watched it with my fingers, covering my eyes with each pressure and holding my breath to see if every player had survived unscathed.
So that was all? Have you done enough to "break the rust"?
I doubt it.
I always laugh at this excuse to use appetizers in the preseason: "cut off rust". We talk about teams that are rusty when they jump off at weeks or a week off before the playoffs.
So, if rust forms after 13 days, which can affect four quarters of high-season football, how can three preseason series eliminate eight months of inactivity?
This is old-fashioned exaggeration. There is no intellectual connection there. The risk of a game ending a star's season is not worth the reward for a quarter of mindless action.
On the basis of this weekly comparison, much of the rust could return before the game against the New England Patriots anyway, to open the season one week from Sunday.
If there was ever a year for a reason The Steelers had a lot to do with the starters in the preseason, that was it. The receivers are reconfigured, the team should want to see how Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell run after the offensive linemen of the first team, and the developing nickel and cents look for the defense is best suited to many repetitions before you face Tom Brady in the opener.
But it looks like the Steelers starter will need about as much time in the preseason as any other year.
Do not coaches and managers usually want to shorten the preseason because they are so hungry for live replay by lesser-known players to determine the reason for the list?
Why should you spend time on something? Is it the "real" reason to perform four preseason games, to assess the depth and to collect the experience of young players?
Here's the problem: When there is a perceived advantage, players and coaches are encouraged to use it.  Everytime. For what if they do not do it? Someone else will do it.
And God help us if Team X gets three series for its start quarterback in August and your team does not. Then what? If these two teams compete against each other in December, the difference that occurred four months ago will affect or nullify the game.
Please in this temptation. And players with strong competition always want to go to the field to improve their skills.
For this reason, it would be wise to remove the option for coaches and starters from the table. Get rid of the preseason and play the games like the college kids. Or shorten the preseason to two games, so that the coaches above all the Kaderletzter can rate.
Or set a cadence restriction system for the preseason, as is the norm in regular season, and force the coaches to prioritize this exercise.
The Steelers are lucky. It seems they enjoyed both worlds last night. Good repetitions and good health.
I hope that in 2020 they will not bother tempting fate.
Tim Benz is a contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter . All tweets could be posted again. Unless otherwise stated, all e-mails are subject to publication.