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2/27/14: The Steelers have stayed relatively quiet this offseason. As per their standard, they do not generally go out and seek publicity nor do they chime in on who the want or do not want in the draft. The fact of the matter is that the Steelers have aged extensively in the past few years and have been lapped by the Bengals and Ravens. The core that earned them multiple Super Bowl rings is past their prime so the team must bring in new blood and teach them the Steeler way. That is not a knock on the team, it is simply the cyclical nature of the business. But if the past is any indication, they will have a new stock of talent over the next few years and be able to compete for championships again.
2/20/14: The Steelers have been the model of organizational stability for generations. Indeed, they have only had three head coaches in the past 45 years. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a former minority owner of the Steelers, but apparently he did not learn the lessons about stability. He is on his third head coach in the last 13 months. Showing even more consistency, the Steelers brought back former team great Joey Porter as a defensive assistant. Not only do the Steelers preach continuity, they practice it as well. Make no mistake, moves like this benefit the team in the long run and lure players to places like Pittsburgh.
2/13/14: This is a tough offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team is almost $10 million over the salary cap and does not have enough players on the roster to meet league requirements. The Steelers have managed around the salary cap for several years by coaching up mid-level guys. To be fair, it has been pretty successful. But they may have reached the end of the line at this point. That means that big names like Ben Roethlisberger or Antonio Brown may be cut this offseason. Cutting Big Ben seems like a stretch, but crazier things have been done in the NFL, so it would not be a total surprise.
2/6/14: Former Steelers guard Alan Faneca spent 13 seasons in the NFL, many of which were with the Steelers. When last checked, on an NFL roster that is, he topped the scales at over 300 pounds. That seems fairly typical for an offensive lineman, but over twice the weight of many of the top marathoners. Since he retired, Faneca dropped over 100 pounds. He also made a commitment to run a marathon. He did that recently and came in with a respectable time under four hours. He says he has always been good at conditioning, and this may be the ultimate proof of that.
1/30/14: The Steelers have lost running backs coach Kirby Wilson. He is heading to Minnesota to join the new staff being put together by new head coach Mike Zimmer. Two years ago, many people thought that he would be the new offensive coordinator for the Steelers. However, he suffered serious burns in a house fire and was not able to get the promotion, though he had been with head coach Mike Tomlin since 2007. In Minnesota, he will have the chance to work with the best running back in the league in Adrian Peterson, so that is always a plus. He will likely have more responsibility and possibly a raise as well, so this may be a great move for him.
1/23/14: The Steelers will have a new offensive line coach for the 2014 season. That man will be tasked with coaching the men who protect the Steelers' biggest playing asset - Ben Roethlisberger. It seems now that former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak may be that man. He met with the team last week about the position. Munchak is a hall of fame offensive lineman in his own right and certainly knows the ins and outs of the job. Munchak may be in the running for the Houston Texans line coach job as well. He also interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for a position, but the Browns are waiting for other candidates to be available before they announce a head coach.
1/16/14: While the rival Ravens are deciding what to with Terrell Suggs and their once-vaunted defense, the Steelers have a huge looming decision on QB Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is signed for two more years, but has a pretty big cap number and a relatively low (compared to other quarterbacks) salary. He will make just north of $12 million in 2014. There is always the chance that the two sides restructure the contract and extend him. On the other hand, Roethlisberger is getting on in years, which brings up the possibility of trading him to restock for the future.
1/9/14: It is not as shocking as the Colts coming back from 28 points down to beat the Chiefs, but the return of OC Todd Haley was certainly not expected in most circles. Actually, maybe that is more surprising to Steeler fans. Haley has famously squabbled with franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger about play-calling, formations, and the direction of the offense. Since it is much easier to change the coach than star quarterback, many thought that Haley would be out. But the Steelers seem intent on keeping continuity and they did finish the season well, so maybe that saved the job.
1/2/14: The Steelers got the raw end of the deal last Sunday. They did what they had to do in beating the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens and Dolphins lost, so all that had to happen was a San Diego loss to put them in the playoffs. KC missed a field goal against the Chargers, but the officials missed an obvious call with the Chargers stacked too many men on one side of the line. KC should have had another kick, but did not. San Diego won the game and is going to the playoffs. At least the Steelers can take some solace in that they improved throughout the season after a terrible start.
12/26/13: The Steelers did their best to play spoiler last Sunday by defeating the Green Bay Packers 38-31. Rookie running back LeVeon Bell scored on a one yard run with about 90 seconds remaining in the game for the go-ahead score. Pittsburgh benefitted from the Packers still missing QB Aaron Rodgers, who continues to be held out with a broken collar bone. The win boosted the Steelers record to 7-8 and gives them the chance to finish up at .500 for the year. Their season finale will be at home this Sunday against the Cleveland Brown, who are trying to finish with five wins on the year.
12/19/13: The Steelers rebounded from a disappointing loss at home (in the snow) to the Miami Dolphins in Week 14 to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 30-20 last Sunday. Antonio Brown scored two touchdowns in the matter of seconds in the first quarter - one by reception and one by punt return - to give lift the Steelers. The win improved their record to 6-8 on the season and keeps open the chance for a .500 season. The road does not get any easier though. The Steelers now face a road game against the Green Bay Packers (7-6-1), who are fighting for their own playoff appearance.
12/12/13: The Steelers desperately needed a win last Sunday over the Dolphins to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Considering they were playing the southern-most team in a blizzard, they should have had the advantage. However, Miami's rushing game was too strong and QB Ryan Tannehill threw three touchdown passes in the Dolphins 34-28 win. QB Ben Roethlisberger had himself a great game with 350 yards in the air and three TDs, but it was simply not enough. Pittsburgh now sits at 5-8 on the season and likely out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
12/5/13: Pittsburgh fell 22-20 to the hated Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night, putting their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. The loss dropped the Steelers to 5-7 on the season and they will probably have to win out the string and get a little luck on the way to get to the post-season. It was a rough night for place kicker Shaun Suisham. He started a routine field goal kick early and botched the attempt. He also tried to get too fancy on the onside kick at the end of the game and the ball never made it ten yards. Pittsburgh showed fight in the game as they came back from a 13 point deficit to make it interesting. However, if Suisham makes that field goal, then they may well have won the game.
11/28/13: Pittsburgh has roared back to life in recent recent weeks. After starting the season on a four game losing streak, the Steelers have won five of seven and are now a potential wild card candidate. Pittsburgh hammered the rival Browns 27-11 last Sunday. They were led by QB Ben Roethlisberger who threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers defense allowed only one touchdown and basically kept the Browns in check the entire game. The Steelers (5-6) face Baltimore (5-6) in the late game on Thanksgiving night. The winner will pull to .500 and have a shot at the playoffs.
11/14/13: The Steelers got a much needed win on Sunday as they defeated the lowly Buffalo Bills 23-10. But all is not right in Steeler-ville as reports surfaced that long-time starting QB and face of the franchise Ben Roethlisberger wants a trade out of Pittsburgh. That there has been numerous issues with offensive coordinator Todd Haley is not news, but this situation may be ready to reach a boiling point. The Steelers only have three wins on the season and there are likely to be changes once the year is played out. The smart money is on Ben staying while Haley is let go. Pittsburgh (3-6) hosts the Detroit Lions (6-3) on Sunday.
11/7/13: The Steelers remain mired in mediocrity this season as they continue to transition out of the old guard and into their next crop of starters. It was a tough one for the defense last Sunday as the Patriots routed Pittsburgh 55-31. The 55 points was the most scored in a game his season and has to give the team reason to doubt their defensive efforts. The good side, if there is one, is that the offense was effective. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns. Regardless, the Steelers have to improve on defense if they are going to improve at all.
10/31/13: The day just started wrong for the Steelers when visiting the Oakland Raiders last Sunday. Oakland QB Terrelle Prior ran for a 93 yard touchdown on the first play of the game, setting a record for the longest touchdown run for a quarterback in the history of the NFL. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 285 yards but one TD. Another TD to Heath Miller was overturned. The Raiders' defense was in Big Ben's face all day and that surely disrupted him. The Steelers must fix the protection quickly as they travel to New England this Sunday.
10/24/13: The Steelers and Ravens rivalry is not as important as it was a few years ago, or even last year for that matter - but it is just as fierce and a win against the archrival always is rewarding. Pittsburgh came out on top 19-16 in the latest episode. Neither offense was particularly strong, but the Steelers were able to run the ball effectively. Rookie running back LeVeon Bell ran for 93 yards and QB Ben Roethlisberger added 25 on top of only 160 yards in the air. But this game was decided by the kickers, who posted 23 of the 35 combined points in the game. The Steelers have a chance to get to 3-4 this Sunday when they travel to Oakland (2-4).
10/17/13: The Steelers finally joined the ranks of teams with a win by defeating the New York Jets 19-6 last Sunday. That leaves only the New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only winless teams remaining this season. The Steelers defense allowed only two first half field goals while QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for a solid 264 yards and one touchdown. Antonio Brown had 86 yards receiving and Heath Miller, who is just now returning to health, added 84 more. The Steelers climbed to 1-4 with the win. They head home to host the arch rival Ravens (3-3) this Sunday.
10/10/13: Pittsburgh did not lose this week, but that is because they had their bye week after returning from their game against Minnesota in London, England. Hopefully, the team took the time to get healthy, put their running game in order, and fix up some holes on defense. Some speculators are proposing trading franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger in exchange for draft picks to help the team rebuild. That is not likely to happen, but reporters often need something to talk about. The Steelers return to action in Week 6. They head to the Big Apple (actually, New Jersey) to face the surprising New York Jets.
10/3/13: The Steelers suffered yet another loss last Sunday, but this time it was in London with all of England watching. It was a heartbreaking loss to the Vikings (their first win of the year). The Steelers rallied from 20-10 halftime deficit to make it interesting. They were driving for a touchdown as time expired before Ben Roethlisberger was sacked and fumbled to seal the game for the Vikings. The 0-4 start is the team's first since the 1960's. Le'Veon Bell did make his debut, so there is a glimmer of hope in the near future. Pittsburgh gets a week to regroup as they have a bye in Week 5.
9/26/13: QB Ben Roethlisberger was the only quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in Week 4, yet the Steeler still lost. Pittsburgh was featured in a Monday Night Game against the Chicago Bears, and despite the offensive fireworks not seen from the team this season, lost 40-23. The Bears defense scored two touchdowns, and that wasa the real story. Steelers WR Antonio Brown had a big night, though. He had nearly 200 yards receiving and two touchdowns - so he should not be upset this week. The Steelers are winless (0-3) on the year and now travel to London to face the also 0-3 Vikings.
9/19/13: While it is not as bad as the Tampa situation, life in Pittsburgh is only good for the Pirates right now. The Steelers offense and offensive coordinator Todd Haley may have irreconcilable differences at this point and be heading for a divorce. Haley's offense and play calling is fairly rigid, and does not allow QB Ben Roethlisberger to do what he does best - buy time and and improvise. Even wide receiver Antonio Brown even reportedly got into a heated sideline discussion with Haley. This may be a lost season already for the Steelers, who host Chicago in the Sunday night game.
9/12/13: Steelers fans may not want to read this, but they are already aware of the situation. Pittsburgh lost their season opener to the Tennessee Titans 16-9, and it only got that close thanks to a late touchdown. Steelers' running back Isaac Redmon was benched after a couple fumbles, but returned to the game when Stevens-Howling tore his ACL. Pittsburgh re-signed Johnathan Dwyer earlier this week - but they clearly need rookie RB Le'Veon Bell to return from injury. The Steelers now face the Cincinnati Bengals in the Monday Night Game for a shot evening up their record.
9/4/13: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers got some good news this week: star tight end Heath Miller passed his physical and was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. This means that he is clear to practice and play with the team. He may not play right away, but it looks like the Steelers felt that he would be ready before the mandatory six week mark to bring him back. Miller tore his ACL last season and has been out since. One move made to clear a roster spot for Miller was releasing running back Johnathan Dwyer. That should leave LeVeon Bell and Isaac Redmon as the primary backs for the season.
8/29/13: Many teams were concerned about the health of linebacker Jarvis Jones before the draft in April. Jones left USC due to spinal stenosis, but then went on to a great career at Georgia. The Steelers selected him in the first round, but he is already hurt. The linebacker suffered some internal bruising in the preseason game against Kansas City. The early diagnosis is positive, but the team will have to take it easy with the young man for the next few weeks. There is no time table for his return yet, but hopefully it will not be too long.
8/22/13: The Steelers hate to think they are rebuilding, but that is exactly what they are doing. They still have Big Ben as their quarterback, and they will likely have a better than average defense this season. There must be some concern at running back and wide receiver though. LeVeon Bell is supposed to be the starter, but has been limited with injuries. WR Mike Wallace is gone, so Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders must pick up the slack. In truth, it is tough to figure out how good this team can be this year. They will be a competitive team, but the AFC North is good all around, so it is anyone's guess.
8/15/13: We all know that at one time wide receiver Plaxico Burress was one of the best in the game at his position. His big size made him a great red zone target, and he was almost unstoppable. Of course, there was the gun incident that landed him in prison for over a year. He is still trying to make a comeback, and returned to the team that gave him his first chance - the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unfortunately for Burress, he may have trouble just making the roster. Burress tore his rotator cuff in practice and may be out for the entire season, and possibly for his career.
8/8/13: The legacy of the starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers is long and legendary. This has been historically a grind it out, tough rushing attack team. Great players like Jerome Bettis and Fast Willie Parker donned the black and gold and led the team to success. Even recently, Rashard Mendenhall did a satisfactory job at the position. But this is a new era and the team does not have that feature back like in years past. Rookie Le'Veon Bell may be the next great one, and he has looked good thus far. However, no one is ready to anoint him the starter now.
8/1/13: The Steelers are hoping for a better relationship between QB Ben Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley this coming season. Last season was the first time the two had worked together and their differences on play calling and schemes was a hot topic in the Steel City. In year two, it may not get too much better. Big Ben still does not agree with all of Haley's play calling, and this has the making of being very detrimental to the Steelers offense - particularly while the defense is trying to rebuild itself after losing several key play makers in the offseason.
7/25/13: Perhaps the biggest question for the Steelers as they head into training camp is what the rushing game will look like. The team is renowned for a power rushing attack since, well, forever. But the team is switching to a zone blocking offensive line technique to spur running the ball to the outside. The current offensive line is not geared for this so there are questions as to how effective this method will be. The team will likely lean on Le'Veon Bell for the bulk of the carries, and he too is an unknown at this point.
7/18/13: The Pittsburgh Steelers are upset that a Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field last month generated several arrests and trash, and now publicity. The are even more upset now because the group that operates the parking structures around the stadiums have gone pubic with their response, which could harm the possibility of future concerts at the stadium. The team has more pressing matters. They have lost big pieces of their offense with Rashard Mendenhall going to Arizona and Mike Wallace going to Miami. The team needs some young guys to step up and fill the void.
7/11/13: With all the upheaval of long-time stars in the AFC North, the Steelers are looking for more out of linebacker Lawrence Timmons. The Steelers lost leaders like linebacker James Harrison and defensive tackle Casey Hampton in the offseason, and need Timmons to assume a bigger roll with the team. Timmons had a strong season last year with 106 tackles, three interceptions and six sacks, but now he needs to lead the youngsters as the Steelers try to rebound from an unspectacular 2012 season where they missed the playoffs and watch the rival Ravens win the Super Bowl.
7/4/13: The running back situation in Ptitsburgh is anyone's guess. Gone is former starter Rashard Mendenhall. He missed most of last season to injury, The team's top two rushers last season were Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redmond. The Steelers also drafted Le'Veon Bell in the second round, and he may well be the starter. However, there should be plenty of carries for Dwyer and Redmond. Redmond has taken his craft seriously. He has shed 10 pounds, worked on conditioning, and adheres to a strict diet. The offseason work may pay off for him (and the team), which needs a steady running attack this season.
6/27/13: This is not a news flash, but the Steelers have been known throughout the Super Bowl era as a strong defense year in and year out. Last season was a down year for them defensively as the core group of veterans got older and slower. The team believes their defensive success lies in the secondary, which means it depends on Troy Palamalu. There is no question that Palamalu is still a top player, but age and injuries have taken a toll on him. He is not the feared beast he was a few years ago. The real question is if the corners and safeties can develop and help out.
6/20/13: Steelers' safety Ryan Clark says that he wants to remain in Pittsburgh, and he wants a contract extension to do so. He is 34 and entering the last year of his deal. He is still playing at a very high level, but his age, combined with the organization's desire to get younger, may leave him out of the mix after the season is over. He would like to get a deal done before training camp, though there has been no movement on that side. The Steelers may want to see what they have in young Shamarko Thomas as well.
6/13/13: The Steelers' back up QB, Bruce Gradkowski, is a Pittsburgh native, and is thrilled to be working out with the starters in OTAs for his hometown team. Gradkowski is not the starter, but Ben Roethlisberger is still recovering from knee surgery. This is BG's first season with the Steelers, and the first time that we won't see Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch come out an replace Big Ben when he predictably gets injured. Roethlisberger has only played all 16 games one time in his nine year career. But Gradkowski needs to watch out. Landry Jones was selected in the fourth round and may make a run at the backup position.
6/6/13: Scary news out of Pittsburgh this week as offensive tackle Mike Adams was stabbed. He is recovering and the stabbing missed all organs - he is expected to make a full recovery and be back for training camp. Apparently, three men were trying to steal his truck from in front of his residence. Adams confronted the men and was attacked. Additional details are unavailable. This is a terribly unfortunate incident and all thoughts are for his full recovery in the very near future. It is fortunate that it was not worse, but this type of violence is unacceptable.
5/30/13: The national media has a habit of taking a small comment and blowing it out of proportion in order to create a controversy. That seems to be the case when Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said that the young gun quarterbacks in the league did well last year but more time is needed to see if they are going to be all time greats. He actually complemented the young guys, but he is right. One year does not make a career, and now defenses have had time to study Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, and RG3, which will make that style of play more difficult in the future.
5/23/13: It will be curious to watch what the Steelers do with Landry Jones. Jones was the first QB drafted by the Steelers since 2008. The job is certainly Ben Roethlisberger's for the time being - no one is doubting that. But Big Ben is 31 years old and has taken enough beatings to be 40. He has not played a full 16 games in years. Individually, these facts could be dismissed. However, when taken together it gives one pause to consider that Big Ben may only have a year or two left in the Steel City. Pittsburgh is a traditional club, and may let Landry sit a year or two before casting Roethlisberger off.
5/16/13: Pittsburgh needed some salvation this year, and this past draft class may have hit that. Long time Steeler Ryan Clark said that he was very happy with the draft and that they filled the holes they needed to fill. There were some high profile spots that needed addressing in running back, wide receiver, and defensive line, and the Steelers may have hit home runs on all three. Pittsburgh muddled through last season and missed the playoffs. Cincinnati is a legitimate team. The Browns are rising and Baltimore is the defending champs. Pittsburgh needed to get better to compete in the AFC North.
5/9/13: The Steelers cut veteran outside linebacker, and former defensive player of the year James Harrison in the offseason after Harrison rufused to restructure his salary. Harrison signed with the Bengals (for less money than the Steelers offered). Pittsburgh then drafted outside linebacker Jarvis Jones as his replacement. Jones does not claim to be Harrison, but says he admires Harrison's style of play. He will not compare himself to Harrison until he earns that right on the football field. Jones has some big shoes to fill, and the team beleives they got their man to do that.
5/2/13: After many great seasons, the Steelers are showing their age and were forced to pick for need this draft. They took hard hitting Jarvis Jones from Georgia with the 17th overall pick, and he looks like he was born to play on the vaunted Steelers defense. Pittsburgh took running back Le'Veon Bell from Michigan State in the second round, presumably to fill the role of Rashard Mendenhall. They will not be able to replace wide receiver Mike Wallace as easily, but did select Oregon State's Marcus Wheaton in the third round. Also, they grabbed Oklahoma QB Landry Jones as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger.
4/25/13: Everyone knows that the Steelers need to replace wide receiver Mike Wallace, who took his talents to South Beach when he signed with the Dolphins (though Dolphins Stadium is about an hour away from South Beach). So draftniks are speculating that Pittsburgh will take a wide receiver at the 17th pick. Trouble is that St. Louis needs a wide receiver (more than anyone else in the league), and they pick 16th. The top two WRs are Tavon Austin from West Virginia and Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee. Austin is a fast, small slot receiver, while Patterson is the big body needed in the red zone.
4/18/13: Emmanuel Sanders became the first restricted free agent in three years to receive an offer sheet, when the New England Patriots tendered the wide receiver. The deal was only for one year and $2.5 million dollars - which is short and cheap in the world of major professional sports. Sanders was a third round pick out of SMU in 2010. He signed the offer sheet a week ago, but the Steelers matched the offer by the deadline. Pittsburgh may need him this season to help replace Mike Wallace who signed with the Dolphins as a free agent.
4/11/13: The Steelers have a lot of holes to fill on their roster - at least QB is not one of them because there is nothing available this year. First and foremost, the team must replace former defensive player of the year, and a man who simply instills fear in the opposition's offense, James Harrison. After that, the Steelers need a legitimate running back. They had success with Jerome Bettis, 'Fast' Willie Parker, and even Rashad Mendenhall. They are all retired or out west (or both). So it makes sense that there is speculation that the Steelers draft the best running back in this year's draft: Eddie Lacy from Alabama.
4/4/13: There is no denying that the Steelers have lost a lot of their roster this off season such as James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall. Head coach Mike Tomlin knows that the next season may be a tough one as the Steelers try to cut payroll and get younger. He also realizes that it is part of the business and the risk they took by not turning over their roster much for the past several years. They did win a couple Super Bowls and even went to another, so it has to be considered a worthwhile investment.
3/28/13: The Steelers announced they would not bring back defensive lineman James Harrison last week, which was somewhat of a surprise around the league. Harrison was an undrafted free agent out of college that got on with the Steelers practice squad, made it to the big club, and eventually was named the NFL's defensive player of the year. As with any big time move, the word is starting to leak about what really happened behind the scenes, and apparently the Steelers organization was concerned with Harrison's attitude and how it may affect the team during the next season.
3/21/13: The AFC North may have a new flavor in 2013. After years of being dominated by the Steelers and Ravens (with the occasional Bengals team sprinkled in every now and then), the division may be about to undergo a wholesale change. Pitt has lost some key players like running back Rashad Mendenhall, leading receiver Mike Wallace, and all around defensive wrecking machine James Harrison. The team is also trying to balance salary cap considerations while the Bengals have stayed in tact and the Brown look much improved. It will be a very interesting season for the AFC North.
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3/14/13: As expected former Steelers leading wide receiver Mike Wallace quickly found a new home. Wallace was considered the top WR in free agency this year along with Greg Jennings, and spent little time before signing the Miami Dolphins. The Steelers have some salary cap issues right now, so they are trying to restructure contracts and shed pricey veterans, which included five time Pro Bowler James Harrison. The team did resign linebacker Larry Foote and aging wide receiver Plaxico Burress, but are expected to make more moves in the coming weeks to get under the NFL salary cap.
3/7/13: What's old is new again in Pittsburgh. Cornerback William Gay was drafted by the Steelers and played for them from 2007-2012, when he left for Arizona via free agency. One year in the desert was enough for the Cardinals, as they released Gay in a salary cap move. Speculation quickly surfaced that Gay may re-sign with the Steelers, and indeed he did. Now the future is uncertain for pending free agent Keenan Lewis. Gay allowed only one touchdown last year and played at a top level on a top defense - just that the Cardinals offense was historically bad.
2/21/13: Pittsburgh has a long tradition at excellence at the running back position. From Franco Harris to Jerome Bettis to Slick Willie Parker, the team has made the running game the focus of their offense for decades. Then 2012 happened. Starter Rashad Mendenhall was injured much of the year. Backups Johnathan Dwyer and Isaac Redmon had their moments, but all in all, no one could really carry the load. It showed with an 8-8 record. Now the Steelers are juggling the salary cap and there is little chance that all three will be retained. The team may be better off just drafting a new starter and signing one as a backup.
2/14/13: Many Steelers players and fans believed that the Ravens could never win the Super Bowl with Joe Flacco as the quarterback. Well, that was wrong. It hurts to miss the playoffs when you have a talented team. It is worse when your arch rival wins the whole thing. However, as usual, there are no major shake-ups or reorganization within Steelers camp. The team knows they under performed this past year, and the loss to San Diego is particularly stinging. But the Steelers will be back. And if history tells us anything, they will be back with a vengeance to prove they are the super-power in the AFC North.
2/7/13: Wide receiver Mike Wallace is likely to leave Pittsburgh in search of big money that that Steelers will not commit. The team does not seem too concerned with losing their biggest deep threat to free agency, and perhaps that is because offensive coordinator Todd Haley's offense is not centered around the bomb. It is set up behind short quarterback drops and quick throws to open receivers who can make plays with the ball in their hands. Pittsburgh has two of those in Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. Therefore, the team may not be searching for 4.3 burner in free agency or the draft.
1/31/13: You can't teach speed. And wide receiver Mike Wallace has plenty of it. However, that may not be enough for the Steelers to try to keep their leading receiver. Wallace will want a big contract - typical of many talented players - and the Steelers are not known for giving those out easily. There is not a lot of fast number one wide outs in free agency this year, so the Steeler may cut him loose. One good landing place would be St. Louis, who is in desperate need of a fast number one to stretch defenses and give Sam Bradford someone to throw to.
1/24/13: About ten years ago,the NFL instituted the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and general manager positions. It was named after Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney who was instrumental in getting the rule implemented in 2003. The Steelers hired Mike Tomlin as coach after Bill Cower resigned. Now there are calls to expand the Rooney Rule to all coaching hires. Reevaluating the rule is particularly timely since Lovie Smith was fired after a 10-6 record and no minorities were hired for the eight head coaching positions made available this season.
1/17/13: The Steelers have one of the strongest and most respected organizations in all of pro football, and they proved it again this past week. Pittsburgh's running attack was uncharacteristically weak this year, particularly because starter Rashad Mendenhall was injured for much of the season. Chris Rainey got some action, but that will not be the case next season. Rainey was arrested in Gainesville, Florida for hitting his girlfriend and the Steeler promptly cut him. Rainey was also arrested while at the University of Florida for stalking his then-girlfriend and sending her a text message threatening to kill her. He was suspended at the time, but coach Urban Meyer reinstated him prior to the Florida-Georgia game that season.
1/10/13: The Steelers are known throughout the league as the model of consistency. While seven teams that missed the playoffs went ahead and fired their coaches (and in some cases, their GMs too), the Steelers did not panic. They understand that stability at the top is essential for long term success and happily retained Mike Tomlin. It also does not hurt that he has two Super Bowl appearances and one title. Yes the Steelers had a down year, but as injuries heal and some younger players assume more and more key roles, expect Pittsburgh to rise again soon.
1/3/13: Pittsburgh beat the rival Cleveland Browns 24-10 on Sunday, ending their season without a playoff appearance. The Steelers ended up at 8-8, and never really got in sync all season. There may be some changes in store, particularly in the defensive personnel. While the Steel Curtain has been a top unit for a number of years, they have gotten old and need some youth. Likewise, the Steelers could never establish a running game with Rashaad Mendenhall injured for most of the year. Unlike most other underachieving teams, the Steelers pride themselves on stability, meaning that head coach Mike Tomlin is not in danger of losing his job.
12/27/12: A lot of people felt that if the Steelers could just get into the playoffs, then they would have a shot at the whole thing. They just could not get into the playoffs. The Steelers lost for the fifth time in six games, after starting the season 6-3. Many are questioning whether it is the beginning of the end for the team that won two Super Bowls in four years, as their core players are aging quickly. The final nail was a 13-10 loss to the upstart Bengals on a last-second field goal. With nothing left to play for except pride, the Steelers return home to face the Cleveland Browns in the final game of the season.
12/20/12: The Steelers went to Dallas in a rematch of some of the most memorable Super Bowls in NFL history, and this game did not disapoint. Pittburgh ultimately fell 27-24 in overtime in the best game of the weekend. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns, but his lone pick, in OT no less, gave the Cowboys the ball at the Steeler 1 yard line. The loss drops the Steelers to 7-7. They are not dead yet, but are in desparate need of a win Sunday against the Bengals to keep their falling playoff hopes alive.
12/13/12: Fresh off a stirring upset victory over the arch rival Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers were feeling good about hosting the struggling San Diego Chargers. The Steelers got back injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and were ready gain some ground on the Ravens. But the Steelers were upset by the visiting Chargers, as Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes. San Diego got up early, and Pittsburgh was never able to rally and get back in the game. It was a tough day for the AFC North, as only Cleveland won. The Steelers now must travel to Dallas to face another team fighting for their playoff lives, with the loser likely being out of contention.
12/6/12: Not many people gave the Steelers much of a chance against the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens last Sunday, particularly with Big Ben Roethlisberger still injured. 37 year old veteran backup Charlie Batch was sent in to save the day, and he did, notching a dramatic 23-20 victory against the Steelers' arch rival. Batch led the Steelers to 10 fourth quarter points in the come-from-behind victory, and kept Pittsburgh's playoff hopes alive until Big Ben is back in action. The Steelers host the struggling San Diego Chargers this Sunday with a chance to improve to 8-5 on the season.
4/12/12 In the 2012 NFL playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell victim to Tim Tebow's magic and were quickly eliminated from the postseason. Despite their early exit, the Steelers remain one of the strongest units in the AFC and look to return in 2012 stronger than ever. Although it will be difficult to top their 12-4 finish in 2011, there's no doubt that we're in for another season of fierce battles between the Steelers and their nemesis, the 2011 AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens, in what has quickly become one of the most heated rivalries in the league.
There is no team in the AFC that can match the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers considering they are the only franchise to win six Super Bowls. The Steelers have also made the AFC Championship on seven other occasions, making them the most successful team in NFL playoff history. The Steelersâ€™ stadium, Heinz Field, is perfectly located along the Allegheny River, with beautiful views of the city, as well as the field. Get Steelers tickets to enjoy a game in a beautiful stadium and with perennially successful team.
Steelers Tickets News June 2011
With the future of the 2011 season uncertain, the NFL has been attracting some pretty negative press this spring. Pittsburgh Steeler's news, however, seems to have been particularly bad. The NFL recently implemented a rule that punishes players who make illegally hard or aggressive hits. This rule, to the embarrassment of the franchise, has been nicknamed the "steeler's rule" in honor of the team's notoriously hard-hitting players. In addition, there has been speculation about star Hines Ward retiring and the NFL network top 100 players list was released, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger only ranked number 41. Finally, there has been speculation about the Steelers picking up the infamous criminal wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Still, none of these pieces of news should do much to change ticket prices this early in the year.
Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets - The Players
The Steelers have produced some of the best players in NFL history. To be mentioned in the same sentence as Franco Harris, Terry Bradshaw, "Mean" Joe Greene and Lynn Swann is an honor. Current players including Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall can make their own legacy if they make it back to the Super Bowl and win. Ben Roethlisberger already has two rings, one coming in his rookie season. He has gained the respect of the city but needs to keep up his charisma and will to win if he wants to be known as one of the greatest Steelers quarterbacks of all time.
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