Let's get to it:
JERSEY UPDATE: The Steelers will be wearing their white jerseys with gold pants for today's game in Buffalo against the Bills.
ISRAEL PICKHOLTZ FROM JERUSALEM, ISRAEL:
How big a favorite is Sean Davis for the Joe Greene Great Performance Award?
ANSWER: The Joe Greene Great Performance Award is given annually to the Steelers' rookie of the year. If I had a vote, which I do not, I would cast it for Artie Burns. That's a personal opinion based on cornerback being such a difficult position, plus the fact Burns has more tackles, more interceptions, and more passes defensed than Sean Davis. But Davis still has time to make up some ground before the ballots are cast and the winner is announced.
SILVIO BARTOLO FROM JOLIET, IL:
Why do the team captains not wear the "C" on their jerseys? Are they optional? If so why did the Steelers opt out of wearing them?
ANSWER: NFL teams that already have a logo on the front of their jerseys do not also have to designate their captains with a "C." Makes the front of the uniform too cluttered, is the thinking.
KENNETH HAGGERTY FROM REYNOLDSBURG, OH:
If the Steelers win the division and play in the playoffs, what are their chances of having a home playoff game.
ANSWER: One-hundred percent. All division-winning teams open the playoffs at home, whether it be in the Wild Card Round or in the Divisional Round after a bye.
DON O'CONNELL FROM STATE COLLEGE, PA:
Is the Steelers Christmas Day game going to be simulcast on another channel?
ANSWER: Nothing is official as of this writing, but since NBC is the national network involved in the NFL's Christmas Day schedule, I'm guessing the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate – WPXI – will pick up the NFL Network broadcast of Ravens at Steelers.
RENORVIO HOLLOMAN FROM PITTSBURGH, PA:
Did we sign another cornerback, and if we did is Artie Burns' job in jeopardy?
ANSWER: On Dec. 7, the Steelers signed Brandon Dixon to the practice squad. Not the active roster. He is 5-foot-11, 203 pounds. He played his college football at Northwest Missouri State and entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft choice of the New York Jets in 2014. He also has spent some time with the Saints. All due respect to Dixon, but he is as far away from Artie Burns on the depth chart as he could be.
GREG KLAPKO FROM OWOSSO, MI:
I have noticed more Steelers defensive players checking their wristbands for defensive plays/formation. Is this new? I do not recall defensive players wearing the wristbands before. Maybe I just didn't notice. Do you believe this is assisting the defense improve its communication?
ANSWER: It's a relatively new twist to a procedure that's been in place to help the offense for a long time. It makes a lot of sense on a lot of different levels for defensive players to wear the same kind of informational wristbands as offensive players. For example, at a home game the Steelers defense is being subjected to the same level of crowd noise as the opposing offense, which can make verbal communication dicey. And wristbands also eliminate the need for detailed player-to-player communication once the call is received from the sideline, because those wearing the wristband can pass the call along.
DON FAUB FROM CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, PA:
What do players like Martavis Bryant and others who are suspended for part or all of an entire season do for income? Especially if they have no other job skills besides football.
ANSWER: No idea. That issue is totally the responsibility of the individual.
The Steelers prepare for the Week 14 matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
FRANK FERRI FROM COZUMEL, QUINATANA ROO, MEXICO:
Besides players, are coaches and staff, such as yourself, also subject to drug testing and disciplinary action by the NFL?
ANSWER: How do you think I got stuck doing four Asked and Answereds a week?
JAY ALLEN FROM BUFFALO, NY:
This is not so much a question, but rather advice that would be great to pass on to Coach Tomlin. In the case of a last second play and your team is down by a touchdown or less and you are out of Hail Mary range, I think it would be advantageous to remove all offensive lineman from your formation and replace them with all the fastest and most athletic players on your team. This would allow your team to continue to lateral the ball and always have a threat receive the ball. Every time I see a play like this, I always shake my head when a big offensive lineman gets the ball and fumbles around with it.
ANSWER: I'll get right on that.
DAVID OROCHENA FROM POTOMAC, MD:
Gotta ask: why is Antonio Brown asking people to address him as Ronald?
ANSWER: Gotta answer: Don't know; don't care.
STEVE MATTHEWS FROM PLATTSBURGH, NY:
Not a question per say, but wanted you to know that when reading your response to the last item from your Asked and Answered on Dec. 8, I laughed out loud. Appreciate you making this gloomy day better. Thanks for everything and enjoy the Holidays.
ANSWER: Thanks for the sentiment, and right back atcha.
MATTHEW HUNT FROM BELVIDERE, IL:
No question, but I would like to say to keep up the good work, your article is a joy to a lifelong diehard Steelers fan like myself. Shout out to all my family in Connellsville, PA. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Bob.
ANSWER: Thanks, and those things will be made infinitely more possible by a win today over the Bills.
THAD SPREG FROM MAKAKILO, HI:
What do you want for Christmas?
ANSWER: To be your next-door neighbor every winter. My wife could be packed in 15 minutes.