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: Yeah.

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. I'm happy.

RICH WALSH: I went to Pebble Beach. 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 you're there, or--

RICH WALSH: No, I shot 79. But I hit that par 3 over the ocean. It was like 100-- shot 109 yards, and it played like 83, and I put it to, like, six feet. Missed the par putt, missed that 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 don't-- 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 it being at 3, 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 going to get a game changer. They're not going to 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, the ball-- 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 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 out a boatload of picks, but you're going to have to give up some, and you're going to have to give up something of value. And I don't think the Steelers are going to do that.

I just don't think that-- that's usually not the way they operate. I mean, do you think Donald 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 [INAUDIBLE] season's almost here, and I have [INAUDIBLE] fever. I'm just going over the stats of, you know, Kevin Newman, Adam Frazier, and Ke'Bryan Hayes. They're batting like-- each batting like 900, unbelievable, have 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, [INAUDIBLE]. You know, they tossed him in too, and Austin Meadows were two of their first round picks. And they-- they tossed those guys into that ridiculous Chris Archer trade.

You know, Reese McGuire 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 going to make the team and neither is Will Craig.

I mean, Kevin Newman is going to 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 [INAUDIBLE] 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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