Asked and answered: September 6

John Roeback of Altoona, Pennsylvania: Regardless of position, who are the Steelers’ three best offensive men of all-time? I’m thinking of Alan Vanica, Mike Webster, and Leon Cersei.
Answer: At least the first two names on your “List” are in the Hall of Fame. But Leon Cersei? Searcy’s Steelers career included only 48 regular season games, and he wasn’t even voted into the Pro Bowl as a result of what he did for the franchise before leaving as an unrestricted free agent for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Have you ever heard of someone named Dermontti Dawson, who not only happened to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame but also played over 48 regular season matches with the Steelers? In fact, beginning with the 1989 season, Dawson put on a streak of 167 consecutive regular seasons for the Steelers, during which streak he was voted for the All-Pro first team six times in a row.

In Bill Quayer’s first season, 1992, the team used a No. 3 pick on NT’s Joel Stead, who struggled as a rookie and was eventually replaced in the starting lineup by unrepentant rookie Gary Howe. When the training camp opened in 1993, Stead was still struggling, and the Steelers began to fear he was going bankrupt. But after a stint at St Vincent’s College that summer, he left the Steelers on a trip to Barcelona for a pre-season game against San Francisco, which was the start of the season and part of the NFL series at the time. During joint practice in Spain, Steed dominated C Jesse Sapolo, a veteran and rookie on four of the 49ers’ Super Bowl winning teams. As those practices continued, and then season preparation began, the Steelers’ scouts came to the conclusion that Steed wasn’t a bust and his sudden and dramatic improvement/re-emergence deserved to be attributed to the fact that he wasn’t going against Dermontti Dawson every day in practice. Steed went on to be voted into the Pro Bowl in 1997.

Here’s another thing: When Meryl Hogg signed with the Chicago Bears as an unrestricted free agent in 1993, one of the first things his new team asked him was to explain how the Steelers would run football, because the Chicago coaches wanted to implement it. Things in their own attack to improve the running attack. Hogg told the story of being in a conference room in Chicago and sketched a play on the goal line that the Steelers used frequently and with great success at the opponent’s goal line. When he drew it and showed the middle breaking the ball, coming out of position and pulling around the end to lead the run into the end zone, one of the Bears coaches told him, “We don’t have a center that can pull, let alone knock it down at the goal line.” Hogg replied, “So you can’t run football like the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

RONALD DAVIS of AURORA, CO: Joe Haden is still available, and there have been rumors he is talking to the Steelers about signing with them. It would be a great acquisition for the Steelers. What situation could the Steelers sign him with?
Answer: I don’t think there is a realistic situation the Steelers would sign on to. Let me start by saying that I admire Joe Haden, and have respected everything about him from his play to the way he behaves as a professional and teammate. But Haden is 33, and I don’t think it would be wise for the Steelers to sign a player of that age before the start of a regular season when that player isn’t even in an off-season program or training camp or participated in any pre-season games. From Haden’s perspective, I don’t think he’d be too interested in a backup role as an insurance policy, and with Ahkello Witherspoon, Levi Wallace and Cam Sutton in the back corner, Haden wouldn’t be a starter. Based on these factors, I think the best thing for both sides is to remember their time together but forget about trying to reunite.

Kevin D’Angelo of Laurel, MD: When a player is signed to a team’s coaching staff, can other teams sign that player on their 53-player roster during the season? If so, is the team that lost that player compensated?
Answer: Players on the coaching team can be signed by another team on its list of 53 players, but a coaching team player is not required to sign with that other team. If a team signs a player from the coaching team of another team, that team is obligated to keep the player in its active list for at least three consecutive weeks. A team that loses a player from its coaching team to the active roster of another team does not receive any compensation.

Jim Riggle of Howard, Ohio: In the September 1 issue of Q&A, I got asked about the details of the bloody picture of giant gamers Giants Title with the definitive answer being John Baker as the man responsible. Can you tell us about John Baker’s career?
Answer: Having completed his college career in Central North Carolina, 6-foot-7, 279-pound John Baker was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the fifth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. Baker played four seasons with the Rams, Then one season in Philadelphia with the Eagles, five with the Steelers, and ended up in Detroit in 1968 with one season playing with the Lions. During Baker’s career (1958-1968), the NFL did not recognize sacks as an official statistic, and thus no official sack statistic in his career. But websites like have gone back in time to review old game movies and come up with a number in the bag category for gamers in the pre-1982 era, which is when the NFL officially began identifying and tracking game movies. sack statistics. According to, Baker finished 5 bags for the Steelers in 1963, 12.5 in 1964 (one of which was a YA Tittle play), 10 in 1965, 3.5 in 1966, and 1 in 1967, for a total of 32 inches . 62 matches with the team.

On Baker’s Day, NFL players took off-season jobs to make ends meet, and during his career John Baker spent his spare time working as a youth counselor with the Raleigh Police. Baker’s NFL career included 11 seasons with four different teams and 131 games played. He passed away on October 31, 2007 at the age of 72.

According to an obituary written by Ed Buchet that appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “After retiring from professional football,[Baker]was the first black person appointed to the North Carolina Parole Board, where he served for eight years until he was elected mayor in 1978, becoming the county’s first black to hold this position.He served in Wake County for 24 years, and after being defeated by former highway guard and friend Donnie Harrison in the 2002 elections and again in 2006, was still addressed as “Sheriff Baker” “About Raleigh… Among other community work, Mr. Baker helped raise $27,000 in scholarship money and founded the Sheriff’s John Baker Charter School for incarcerated offenders to continue their education… His late father was Raleigh’s first black police officer. City Hall of Fame ( in October 2007), but Mr. Baker was too ill to attend after suffering a stroke earlier in the year.”

ROBERTA CAMPBELL FROM PORTAGE, IN: I could have sworn I saw someone had picked up a Tyler Vaughns broadband receiver, but I haven’t seen his name since. Do you know what’s going on with him?
Answer: At this point, Tyler Vaughns has canceled the waivers and is able to sign with any team he’s interested in, either as a member of a 53-man roster or coaching squad.

JOE MENCICI FROM SAVANNAH, GA: From what I can tell it looks as though Mike Monshak is not currently in the NFL. Given the state of the offensive line, do you think the Steelers should try to bring him back?
Answer: Mike Manchak and his wife wanted to be close to their daughter, husband, daughter-in-law, and niece who live in Los Angeles, which is why he left the Steelers to accept a job at the Denver Broncos in 2019. If you could figure out a way Pittsburgh is closer to Denver and Los Angeles From hours on a plane, Monshak may be interested in returning to Pittsburgh for offensive line training. Or maybe because he entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick and got a first-round draft pick, pick the money for 12 seasons, then immediately moved on to NFL-level coaching, rose to the head coach level where he got the head coach money For three years, he received NFL pensions as a player and coach, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and can make signings at card shows for big sums, perhaps not interested in returning to Pittsburgh to be an assistant coach. If Mike Monshak is interested in a coaching assistant job in the NFL, he will have one before I have time to finish writing this answer.

JASON FATTORI OF TAMPA, FL: I’ve been a Steelers fan since the ’70s, and always love to keep up with the news from training camp and pre-season. Tyler Vaughns showed great instincts, anticipation, and hands in pre-season. I definitely thought he would at least make up the coaching team. Do you have any information about him you could share that kept him off the team?
Answer: Making the Steelers roster as a wide receiver this summer is a very difficult task, even though the team lost three of its top five players to the position during the sabbatical. Just a few padded drills at boot camp, Deontay Johnson, Chase Claepool, George Pickens, Calvin Austin III, and Gunner Olchowski were about to make the list. This led to the creation of five wide receivers, the team was not going to hold more than six, and the sixth team had to be a player capable of making a real impact on the special teams. Of course, injuries are a factor, but the Steelers have been very lucky in that area. Once Miles Boykin emerged as a first-class gunner in Punt while representing himself well in attack, this was the difference maker. I don’t think there was anything necessarily lacking in Foggs as far as another player (Boyken) winning the position.

Daniel Arbalo from Los Angeles, CA: I’ve noticed that Larry Ogongobe and Dan Moore Jr. were wearing the number 65 jersey during pre-season. How do you decide who will wear #65 in the regular season?
ANSWER: Since Dan Moore Jr. has more seniority when it comes to playing for the Steelers, he will have the first choice in 65th place. Perhaps Larry Ogongobe can convince Moore to drop 65th, but in the end it will be Moore’s choice. In a way or another. Based on the fact that a depth chart released yesterday showed Ogunjobi would wear No. 99, Moore’s choice was to stick with No. 65.