Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: March 26, 2021 (Pt. 1)

KDKA's Rich Walsh and 93.7 The Fan's Paul Zeise discuss the sports topics of the day.

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RICH WALSH: Hey, nice to see you again.

PAUL ZEISE: Yep.

RICH WALSH: I'm back. I'm back. We're back here.

PAUL ZEISE: Thankfully. Hey, it's been a long, long time, but I appreciate it.

RICH WALSH: I went to Pebble Beach.

PAUL ZEISE: I'm happy.

RICH WALSH: I went to Pebble Beach. I had an excuse.

PAUL ZEISE: How was it?

RICH WALSH: It was awesome, unbelievable, best course I've ever played, unbelievable. It's everything that you would expect.

PAUL ZEISE: Did you shoot, like, 72, 73, there, or--

RICH WALSH: No, I shot 79. But I hit that par 3 over the ocean. It was, like, 100-- and shot 109 yards, and it played, like, 83. And I put it to, like, six feet. Missed the par putt, missed the birdie putt, but I still hit the green, which was nice.

PAUL ZEISE: Well, that's good. Yeah, absolutely. As for the whole thing with the quarterbacks, I mean, I think if you look at what the 49ers have done-- obviously, they're going up there to get a quarterback-- they can say whatever they want to say about how, you know, Garoppolo is their guy. But come on, we-- I mean, you know, you don't make a move like they made if you're not trying to go up there and get one of the quarterbacks.

In terms of the Dolphins, I mean, they wanted a receiver. They can still get, probably, the receiver they want at six as opposed to being at three. So they were able to trade back and get a few extra picks.

But I think the Steelers would be stupid to take a quarterback this year just because, A, they're probably not gonna get a game changer. They're not gonna get that franchise guy. And the other part of it is if they're going to use a first- or second-round pick on a quarterback, what's the reason that you brought back Ben? I mean, you have to draft with the idea that this is the year we're trying to win. So I think it would make no sense for them to take a quarterback.

RICH WALSH: I totally 100% agree with you. You need to draft an impact player like Harris, the running back, or an offensive lineman that can play right away-- I don't know, maybe an outside linebacker that could play right away, too.

I'm looking at those positions right now. Quarterback, for me, is off the board-- maybe if you get somebody, like, in like the third or fourth round. But what I wanted to get to here, what about the fallout with Garoppolo or Darnold? Could the Steelers-- do you think the Steelers would potentially be in the mix for one of those guys or try to even pursue one of those guys?

PAUL ZEISE: You know, I don't think so, and I'll tell you why. I just don't think that they want to give up the draft picks that it would take to get one of those guys. I mean, I don't know that you got to give a boatload of picks, but you're gonna have to give up some. And you're gonna have to give up something of value.

And I don't think the Steelers, you know, are gonna do that. I just don't think that-- that's usually not the way they operate. I mean, do you think Darnold is a guy that they think can be their next great quarterback? I just don't see them making a move for a guy like that.

And Garoppolo, I mean, the 49ers can say whatever they want to say. But it's pretty clear they're already looking to replace him.

RICH WALSH: Yeah, all right, speaking of picks, let's switch gears a little bit because Bucco season's almost here, and I have Bucco fever. I was just going over the stats of, you know, Kevin Newman, Adam Frazier, and Ke'Bryan Hayes. They're each batting, like, .900-- unbelievable, having an unbelievable spring, those guys.

They need pitching, though. But here's my big question to you. Look, you know, we're talking about draft picks. What were the Pirates' front office staff thinking? Like, none of their draft picks can even-- are even here. Cole Tucker-- who else is gone? All these guys, what were they doing?

PAUL ZEISE: Well, I mean, I think that's one of the reasons they're not here right now-- Neal Huntington, I mean. I think that's one of the reasons that he got fired is because he didn't draft, and they didn't develop players very well. I mean, if you look at what they have-- Shane Baz, you know, they tossed him into-- and Austin Meadows were two of their first-round picks. And they tossed those guys into that ridiculous Chris Archer trade.

You know, Reese McGuire, you know, who could be a real-- he could actually be a very important player for them if he were still here, they tossed him into the Liriano trade to get Toronto to take, you know, Liriano's contract off of their hands. You know, if you look at it, Cole Tucker is not gonna make the team, and neither is Will Craig.

I mean, Kevin Newman is gonna make the team and start, but he's the kind of guy they've been looking to try and get somebody better because he's more of, probably, a guy you want coming off the bench. So that right there in a nutshell is exactly why the Pirates are in the state where they're at. They just missed on too many draft picks.

RICH WALSH: Yeah, that's for sure. All right, let's continue the Bucco talk and the Steelers draft talk. That's all coming up next there. 412-575-2600 is the number. Get on the line right now-- answering your phone calls next.

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