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3/25/15: Not that it was ever really in doubt, but the Pittsburgh Steelers came to an extension agreement with franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben's new deal has about $61 million guaranteed, which includes a $31 million signing bonus. Overall, the deal is worth over $100 million for the five years. Most long-term big money deals are really only good for two or three years, but considering the Steelers loathe to change things around and Roethlisberger's success over his career, it is probably reasonable to think that the entire life of the contract will be honored or extended.
3/18/15: It was a bit surprising that the the Pittsburgh Steelers inquired about star cornerback Darrell Revis last week, but not surprising that they did not follow up on him, considering how much money he wanted. In other news, former Steeler linebacker Jason Worldis decided not to find a new team, and instead retired to pursue a life in the religious vocation. The team also released Brett Keisel, and his beard will be missed. Finally, the Steelers added depth to the tight end position by signing Matt Spaeth. Spaeth is not going to catch balls like Rob Gronkowski, but is a good blocker, which suits the Steelers offensive scheme better.
3/11/15: The Steelers will be eternally grateful for the contributions that Troy Polamalu has provided over the years, but it seems that the team would like to see him retire at this point. Polamalu may end up retiring, though his agent, Marvin Demoff, says that the veteran safety has not made up his mind yet. There is a financial element. He is set to count $8.25 million against the salary cap next season and the Steelers could save $6 million in cap space by cutting him after June 1. Then again, if Polamalu is not with the Steelers next season, he could end up following former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau to Tennessee.
3/4/15: No one doubts that QB Ben Roethlisberger will be re-signed to the Steelers and most believe that he will spend his entire career in the Black and Gold. However, he is due for a new contract, and that will cost the Steelers plenty. Pittsburgh is doing what they can to clear up salary cap space. One effort to do so included restructuring tackle Marcus Gilbert's contract, which free up about $3.75 million. The restructuring effectively kicks the can down the road, and at some point the Steelers will have to deal with it in another year.
2/25/15: Linebacker James Harrison is turning into a horror movie villain. He goes away but keeps coming back. And coming back again. He does not seem like he is ready to call it a career this offseason and will be heading to Arizona soon to work out. There is no guarantee that he will be with the Steeles next season. They may sign him to a veteran minimum benefit deal after March 10, but probably not before then. Another option is to follow his former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau over to Tennessee, but again, that will have to wait a few more weeks.
2/18/15: There may not be an opening line yet, but the NFL announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2015-16 season - the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, coinciding with this years Hall of Fame inductees. The NFL usually pits teams that have players going into the Hall of Fame. This year, Steelers (and Rams) running back Jerome Bettis and Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff are to be honored. The game will be on Sunday, August 9, 2015, and is a great chance to get a first peek at the teams as well as see some football legends in person.
2/11/15: The Steelers have had some legendary linebackers in their history, and that always seems to be a focus of the defense. With Dick LeBeau quitting as the team's defensive coordinator, linebackers coach Keith Butler was promoted to DC. The Steelers have now named two former linebackers as Butler's replacement. Joey Porter will take over duties for outside linebacker while Jerry Olsavky will be his counterpart for inside linebackers. Porter played outside linebacker for the Steelers from 1999 to 2006 while Olsavsky was on the field as an inside linebacker for the team from 1989 to 1997.
2/5/15: Pittsburgh fans may be forgiving for gnashing their teeth when former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount did not deny that he tried to get back to New England during an interview prior to the Super Bowl. Blount was released in November after he left the field prior to the end of a game against Tennessee. The Patriots picked him up off of waivers and he has become their feature back. So he actually ended up getting promoted by his actions. Many are claiming a conspiracy that got him to New England, though that ignores the fact that almost every other team had a chance to pick him up off of waivers before the Pats did.
1/28/15: Do not expect much to change around the Pittsburgh Steelers facility this offseason. That is not a knock on the Steelers, it is actually a compliment. The Steelers have been among the most stable and consistent organizations for generations, and they are traditionally a competitive team. As an extension of that the Steelers are not looking to change quarterbacks anytime soon. The team wants to sign Ben Roethlisberger to an extension. Big Ben is in the final year of his deal which will pay him $11.6 million. Expect a new deal to get done pretty quickly, and for Roethlisberger to finish his career with the Steelers.
1/21/15: It seems like there is some confusion in Pittsburgh these days about the departure of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. The team maintains that LeBeau resigned. Other reports indicate that he was forced out. LeBeau is among the most respected DCs in all of the NFL and it will not take him long to find new work. He was handicapped this season with a roster full of veterans aging fast and young guys in need of development. The current rumors are that LeBeau will be going to Arizona to work under former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Bruce Arians since the Cardinals lost their DC, Todd Bowles, who is the new head coach of the New York Jets.
1/14/15: Steelers fans have been calling for the head of offensive coordinator Todd Haley for the past three years, or at least until Pittsburgh went back to back games with six passing touchdowns in each back in October. However, everyone seemed to like defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, even when the Steeler defense struggled. So it is a bit surprising that the Steelers announced that LeBeau resigned, though the coach has said that he is not retiring. There is a good chance that he will be a defensive coordinator somewhere else next season, or even, possibly, maybe as a head coach himself.
1/7/15: The expectations were a bit lower in Pittsburgh this past season as the team rebuilds its aging defense. However, the Steelers surprised most people by winning the brutal AFC North, which set up a home playoff game against the rival Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately, the Steelers simply did not have enough in the tank to overcome Joe Flacco and his mastery of playoff football. Statistically, QB Ben Roethlisberger had a decent game, but he was far from perfect in a practical manner. He even apologized after the game for not playing well enough. But this season was successful, overall, and shows that the Steelers have something to build on in the future.
12/3/14: It was a tough weekend for most of the AFC North, with everyone except the Bengals losing. The Steelers fell 35-32 to the visiting New Orleans Saints in a game that was not even that close. For some reason, the Steelers have struggled with lower tiered NFC South teams - they also lost to Tampa at home earlier in the season. The loss dropped Pittsburgh to 7-5 on the season and a game and a half behind the Cincinnati Bengals. But they do have a chance to cut into that lead this Sunday when they head west to Cincy.
11/19/14: The Steelers kept pace with the rest of the AFC North by rallying to beat the Tennessee Titans in the Monday Night Game last week. Pittsburgh went up 10-0 quickly, but the Titans took a 24-13 lead into the fourth quarter before the Steelers added two more touchdowns to win 27-24. Running back Le'Veon Bell was the star of the game, rushing 33 times for 204 yards and a touchdown. That did not sit well with LeGarrett Blount, who got zero carries and left the field before the game ended. The Steelers are now 7-4 as they head into their bye and everyone in the division is at least two games over .500.
11/12/14: Well this is almost inexplicable. The Steelers trounced the last two teams they faced, the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens (two very good teams) and QB Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns in each of those games. Then the Steelers somehow lose to the terrible New York Jets by a score of 20-13? The Jets jumped on top early then played good defense for the rest of the day. Big Ben had a bunch of yards (343) but only one touchdown and two INTs. The running game did nothing with a combined 36 yards on the day. The Steelers dropped to 6-4 and will play the Monday Night Game at Tennessee this week.
11/5/14: The Steelers embarrassed the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago with Ben Roesthlisberger throwing six touchdown passes. That had only been done a few times in history, and Big Ben became the first player in NFL history to do it twice in a row last week against the arch rival Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers improved to 6-3 with the 42-23 win. The Steelers actually scored in only the second and fourth quarters, but put up three touchdowns in each. WR Antonio Brown had another huge game with 11 catches for 144 yards and a score. The Steelers take their act to the New York Jets on Sunday - maybe seven this week.
10/29/14: The Steelers may have shown everyone that OC Todd Haley's offense does work with this team by blowing out the Indianapolis Colts 51-34 on Sunday. QB Ben Roethlisberger had a career day (and made some fantasy football owners very happy) with 522 yards passing, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Five Steeler wide receivers had over 50 yards receiving with Antonio Brown and Heath Miller each topping 100. Defense was optional, but the Steelers sent a message to the league that they have a powerful offense. Pittsburgh hosts the rival Baltimore Ravens on the Sunday Night Game.
10/22/14: If you only caught the last three minutes of the first half of Pittsburgh's Monday Night Game against the Texans, you may believe they are a championship contender. The Steelers lived up to their potential in that time, scoring 24 points including three touchdowns in about 90 seconds. Pittsburgh pushed their incredible Monday Night winning streak to 16 games - their last loss being in 1991. While the Steelers may have been average for the other 57 minutes, they did enough to beat Houston 30-23. They are now 4-3 on the season and host the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday..
10/15/14: Six games into the season and it is fair to wonder if the Pittsburgh Steelers are regressing a bit. The team lost at home to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers a few weeks back and did not put forth much of an effort on Sunday while visiting the rival Cleveland Browns. The Steelers were able to move the ball fairly effectively - LaVeon Bell had 82 yards rushing and Antonio Brown had 118 yard receiving. But they could not put the ball into the end zone and lost 31-10. Pittsburgh is now 3-3 on the season and will host the Houston Texans on Monday night.
10/8/14: Getting a road game in Jacksonville is a pretty nice reward for the Steelers. They got to have a road game that would almost assuredly be a win. And it was. 17-9. The Steelers defense was the real star of this game, limiting the Jags to just three field goals on the day and less than 60 yards of total rushing offense. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh offense gained nearly 400 yards. The only down sides were the four sacks allowed and the lack of points for so many yards. Those things can be improved. As for the Steelers, they are now 3-2 and head to Cleveland this coming Sunday.
10/1/14: This Steelers team is getting pretty difficult to read. They have looked pretty good in their two wins, but have really struggled in their two losses. They fell to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 on Sunday to even out their record. Pittsburgh took a 17-10 lead into halftime and even led by seven going into the fourth quarter. But the offense failed them at that point and the Bucs scored a touchdown with only seven seconds remaining in the game to get the win. It should get easier this Sunday. Even though it is a road game, they are up against the winless Jaguars.
9/24/14: We are a long way from saying the Steelers are back to having a dominant defense and being able to bully opponents around, but their 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers indicates that they are on their way back. The Steelers relied on what they traditionally do best - strong defense and a sound running game to overpower Carolina. They were up only 9-3 at the half, but put together four second half touchdowns to whither away their opponent. It was a bloody game and both teams saw some costly injuries, but the win pushed the Steelers to 2-1 on the season. Pittsburgh is back home on Sunday to host Tampa.
9/17/14: Hopes that the Steelers defense was improved over last year seem to have been flushed away as the team gave up 26 points to the Baltimore Ravens in a loss last Thursday night. Neither QB was great, but Big Ben had more success than Joe Flacco - throwing for 217 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Wide receiver Antonio Brown continued his strong play with 90 yards receiving and 10 yards on the ground. In the end, though, it was not enough and the Steelers fell to 1-1 on the season. Next up, Pittsburgh is on the road for the Sunday Night Game against the Carolina Panthers.
8/28/14: It has been a rough week for the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise. Their top two running backs, LeVeon Bell and LeGarrett Blount, were charged with possession of marijuana just before the third preseason game. Both played in the game, but the entire team was off. They lost 31-21 to the Philadelphia Eagles, despite the starters playing late into the preseason game. Bell and Blount will likely face discipline from the league - though that may not happen until next season. Lost in this is that the defense could be surprisingly good, especially since they are not playing a strong offense in most of the first half of the season.
8/21/14: The Steelers have high hopes for their first round pick from last May - Ryan Shazier. The long term hope is that he is the future backbone of another legendary era of defense in Pittsburgh. In the short term, the team wants to see what he can do. They got their first look of Shazier in game action last Saturday against the Buffalo Bills in the Steelers second preseason game. Shazier was everything that was promised. He made 11 solo tackles, deflected a pass and even had an interception with a 27 yard return. Several players were impressed with his pass coverage, which will make it much more difficult for opposing teams to take advantage of Pittsburgh's secondary this season.
8/14/14: The Steelers drafted center Maurkice Pouncy out of the University of Florida a few years ago and it has been a roller coaster ride ever since. No one doubts his on-field abilities - he is among the better centers in the NFL. But the off-field decisions and actions of Maurkice and his twin brother Mike (with the Miami Dolphins) have led to a lot of trouble. Maurkice now faces battery charges for an incident at the Pouncey twins birthday party a few weeks ago. Knowing the Steelers aversion for bad apples, it may not be too long before they decide to go in a different direction.
7/31/14: The Steelers are one of the more conservative franchises in the NFL. They are known for defense and running the ball. For keeping coaches around for decades instead of months. And for developing talent rather than splurging on free agents. They did make a somewhat sizeable free agent move in the offseason by signing safety Mike Mitchell, formerly of the Carolina Panthers. Unfortunately, Mitchell started his first Steelers training camp on the PUP list (along with running back Alvester Alexander). Mitchell is expected to play a key roll on defense, specializing in coverage and paired with Tory Palamalu.
8/7/14: Steelers owner Art Rooney II is, as few may know, the Chairman of the NFL's Stadium Committee. While he is probably not going to ask Pittsburgh for a new stadium any time soon, it looks like he will try to help out Mark Davis and the Oakland Raiders in their quest for new venue. Davis made a trip to San Antonio a couple of weeks ago and toured both the Alamo Dome and potential new stadium sites. Rooney is being pragmatic about the situation and recognizes that something will have to happen soon because Oakland cannot continue to play in their current stadium.
7/24/14: While the Steelers have a perception of being a ground and pound franchise, their history tells a different story. Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann were a dynamic passing threat in the 1970's and Ben Roethlisberger is quite accomplished as well. The team took to more no-huddle formations in the second half of last season, earning a 6-2 record. That type of fast-tempo offense looks to continue this season as well. This scheme allows the offense to catch the defense out of position more often and can also lead to less sacks. And keeping Big Ben upright is very important to the success of the team.
7/17/14: The Steelers have high hopes for third round pick Dri Archer. The versatile offensive weapon admitted recently that he did not know what his role would be but expects to have a big year. Head coach Mike Tomlin was a little more specific, claiming that Archer will see time at both running back and wide receiver during the year. As a running back, he is behind Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount on the depth chart, so he may just be a change of pace guy for this season. He also could see time returning kicks, making him a nice all-purpose weapon for the Steelers in 2014.
7/10/14: About one minute after the NFL draft, every team proclaims that they had a great selection process and got all the guys they wanted. Of course, if it were actually true that everyone hit a homerun on their draft then there would be 32 teams that were always 8-8. But the Steelers somehow managed to get Dri Archer in May and they may have some exciting plans for him. He is a running back and was picked in the third round. He is also incredibly fast and brings the same kind of home-run threat that former Steeler Willie Parker used to bring. He can also catch the ball, so there is even the possibility of lining him as a receiver, similar to what the Rams used to do with Marshall Faulk.
7/3/14: A recent survey named the Steelers as the "most likable team'. That conclusion was brought on by their penchant for developing players and doing things the 'right way'. As well as being a pretty successful franchise. The Steelers hope that history of developing players holds true this season with outside linebacker Chris Carter. Carter is entering his fourth season and is looking to make the jump to star. Carter has been a backup to this point but may get the chance to start this season. He would follow in the footsteps of Jason Worilds, James Harrison and Clark Haggans as the OL who went from backup to key player.
6/26/14: The funeral for Steelers' legend Chuck Noll was last week in Pittsburgh and many of his peers and players came out to pay their respects. One notable absence was fellow Steelers' legend, QB Terry Bradshaw, even though he was in town at the time. Only Bradshaw knows if it was a snub or not, but he has also been getting some reaction for his criticism of Peyton Manning - referring to him as they guy you want if you want to lose a Super Bowl. Noll brought a dedication to excellence and class to the hapless Steelers (in 1969), and it is disappointing to see one of his biggest stars behave in such a manner.
6/19/14: The Steelers franchise is in mourning after the passing of legendary Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll last weekend. Noll was only 37 when he was hired by the team, which, until then had never even won a playoff game. He drafted, developed and coached the teams that would make up the Steelers dynasty in 1970s. His players included Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Franco Harris and Jack Lambert. He retired in 1990, but certainly left his mark on the organization. Bill Cowher succeeded Noll and current coach MIke Tomlin followed Cowher. Perhaps one of the reasons the team has been so successful is that they allow their coaches to run the program with the stability to do so in the long-term.
6/12/14: The Steelers finally look like they are really trying to evolve their offense into the more passing friendly and up-tempo NFL of today. While they are not the team that is famous for grinding out rushing yards at every opportunity that they may be perceived to be, they still seem a bit behind the curve. QB Ben Roethlisberger claims they will run more no-huddle offense this coming season. It will not be the base offense, but close to it. The team is already working on it in OTAs, which is much sooner than normal for the franchise. Perhaps that will help them score more points in the defensive AFC North.
6/6/14: It came out last week that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was initially not happy with the Steelers draft. He has since taken a second look and respects the history and success of the franchise and is at piece. Big Ben likes big receivers and perhaps Derek Moye is a candidate for that role. Moye is 6'6 and played in seven games last season. He is hoping to improve and keep his job. He may well be the big target that Roethlisberger wants, and even showed that with a touchdown catch last season against the Bengals. One advantage, he is at least four inches taller than any other Steelers receiver.
5/29/14: Could two prodigal sons be returning to the Steelers? Apparently it is possible as both James Harrison and Santonio Holmes want to return. Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor claims he has spoken to both of them and they want to come back to where they had their greatest success, including Super Bowl wins. Holmes spent the last few years in the circus, also known as Rex Ryan's Quarterback-less New York Jets and would probably want to catch balls that are thrown with a reasonable amount of skill. Harrison was with the rival Bengals last season, but that did not work well for him. As nice as it would be to see those guys in Black and Gold again, the Steelers do need to worry about getting younger and better.
5/15/14: Pittsburgh never tried to do anything splashy or fancy in the draft, which is how they usually operate. In the first round, they selected linebacker Ryan Shazier out of nearby Ohio State. Defense has always been the bread and butter of this team, so going with a linebacker that may one day be a centerpiece of the team was really no surprise. The Steelers are also said to be working with QB Ben Roethlisberger on a long term deal, which both sides seem to want to happen (and keep Big Ben as a Steeler for life).
5/8/14: The Pittsburgh Steelers are among the best in the NFL at identifying hidden talent, then developing that talent into all-pro material. It was not too many years ago that the James Harrison was on the practice squad. He learned and developed, and the next thing anyone knew, he was the defensive player of the year. They may be doing the same thing with Steve McLendon. If you have not heard of him yet, then you probably will soon. McClendon may be ready for a bigger role in the defense, and, if past history has anything to say, that is bad news for the rest of the AFC North.
5/1/14: Any way you cut it, the Steelers have a lot of needs heading into the draft next week. But they are not in as bad of shape as many may believe. They were seventh overall in the AFC last season, which may be good enough to earn a playoff spot in the near future. The defense is aging, but not decrepit yet. QB Ben Roethlisberger is only 32 and has a few more good seasons left. Leveon Bell had a solid rookie campaign, so running back is in decent shape. But the Steelers could use some help catching the ball, so tight ends and wide receivers may well be at the top of their draft board.
4/24/14: The Pittsburgh Steelers have built dynasties on the backs of lower round draft picks who may have been overlooked, but the Steelers coaching staff was able to turn into stars. They may have had the same hope with 2013 seventh round pick Nick Williams, a defensive end. Unfortunately for Williams, he suffered a terrible knee injury toward the end of last year's preseason, and was out the entire year. Now he has recovered and is working his way back into playing shape. He is thankful that the Steelers kept him around and could develop into the next great Steelers pass rusher.
4/17/14: Pittsburgh has missed the playoffs for the past few seasons. If you listen to some media who need a story, then it may be believed that head coach Mike Tomlin will be out of a job if they miss for a third time. That is not likely considering the team has had just three head coaches since 1969, including Tomlin. But the Steelers look like they are trying to revive their defense through the draft this year. Just last week, they hosted linebackers Ryan Shazier (Ohio State) and Jordan Zumwalt (UCLA), as well as safety Deone Bucannon (Washington State), all on the same day.
4/10/14: Back in the 2009 draft, the Oakland Raiders stunned everyone by selecting Darius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick. The logic behind the pick was that he was the fastest guy in the draft and then-owner Al Davis wanted speed. He had five unremarkable years in Oakland and played decently for Indianapolis last year, especially after Reggie Wayne was lost for the season to an injury. The Steelers picked him up for a bargain price this offseason. He is not the kind of player to replace Mike Wallace, but he is still fast and can stretch the field. Even as a decoy, he can help open up the Steelers' offense.
4/3/14: It is pretty obvious to all NFL observers that the Pittsburgh Steelers need to get younger. They suffered last season with an aging crew and inexperienced backfield, and that hurt them in the standings as they missed the playoffs for the second straight year. They added a young veteran last week in signing running back LeGarrett Blount. Blount had a terrific rookie season in Tampa before losing his job to Doug Martin. He played well down the stretch last season with the Patriots, who opted to let him leave. Now let's see what he can do in the Black and Gold.
3/27/14: The Steelers have missed the playoffs for the last two seasons and have not made the Super Bowl since 2010. While many teams would love a down streak like that, Pittsburgh fans are accustomed to more success. So there has been some talk about the team firing head coach Mike Tomlin if they miss the playoffs for a third consecutive year. That really does seem like the media trying to make up a story in the slowest time of the year. The Steelers have had three coaches since 1969 (by comparison, the Brown have had three coaches since January 2013). The team is rebuilding right now, and Tomlin has earned the right (and the rings) to stick around for a lot longer.
3/20/14: The Steelers clearly want to continue with as much of the roster that made them successful for so many years as they can. Indeed, this is one of the better run franchises in all of sports, but even the Steelers are not immune to cap casualties and age. The team lost James Harrison last season to the Bengals and Lamarr Woodley this season. They were able to retain the services of cornerback Ike Taylor. Taylor took a huge pay cut from over $7 million to under $3 million to stay with the Steelers. Whether or not he can contribute at a high level remains to be seen, but it is nice to see guys stick around.
3/13/14: It looks like the long-time safety and dandruff shampoo spokesman Troy Palamaulo has reached sacred cow status in Pittsburgh. Troy (and his luxurious hair) has spent their entire careers with the Steelers, all 12 years. He has lost a step and is certainly not the player that helped win two Super Bowls and get to a third. He also has a pretty big contract. Yet the Steelers are staying loyal to him and say they are not going to release him. What is more likely is that the Steelers will try to restructure his contract to help out with their salary cap limitations heading into the 2014 season.
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
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Pittsburgh Steelers Past Games Schedule and Pittsburgh Steelers Scores
|Jan 3, 2015||AFC Wild Card Game: Baltimore Ravens - Pittsburgh Steelers||30 - 17|
|Dec 28, 2014||Cincinnati Bengals - Pittsburgh Steelers||17 - 27|
|Dec 14, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Atlanta Falcons||27 - 20|
|Dec 7, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Cincinnati Bengals||42 - 21|
|Nov 30, 2014||New Orleans Saints - Pittsburgh Steelers||35 - 32|
|Nov 17, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Tennessee Titans||27 - 24|
|Nov 9, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - New York Jets||13 - 20|
|Nov 2, 2014||Baltimore Ravens - Pittsburgh Steelers||23 - 43|
|Oct 12, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Cleveland Browns||10 - 31|
|Oct 5, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Jacksonville Jaguars||17 - 9|
|Sep 21, 2014||Pittsburgh Steelers - Carolina Panthers||37 - 19|
|Sep 7, 2014||Cleveland Browns - Pittsburgh Steelers||27 - 30|
|Aug 21, 2014||Preseason: Pittsburgh Steelers - Philadelphia Eagles||21 - 31|
|Aug 16, 2014||Preseason: Buffalo Bills - Pittsburgh Steelers||16 - 19|