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Pittsburgh Steelers 1st-Round Draft Board: Who to Take and Who Not to Take Pittsburgh Steelers 1st-Round Draft Board: Who to Take and Who Not to Take
- May 06, 2014

With glaring holes throughout its depth chart, Pittsburgh rookies should have the opportunity to compete for immediate starting jobs and/or serious playing time at receiver, defensive end, cornerback, inside linebacker, outside linebacker and possibly even left tackle depending on when the Steelers address each position in this week’s three-day NFL draft. (more...)
Steelers Select Ryan Shazier at No. 15 Overall: Another Unwise Colbert B(Linebacker)A Pick Steelers Select Ryan Shazier at No. 15 Overall: Another Unwise Colbert B(Linebacker)A Pick
- May 09, 2014

After all it was clear that corner and receiver were the Steelers’ two biggest needs in this draft due to the lack of quality players signed at both spots beyond 2014 and just how important playmakers on the perimeter have become in today’s NFL. (more...)
Steelers Day 2 Draft Strategy and Value Board Steelers Day 2 Draft Strategy and Value Board
- May 09, 2014

They filled the latter on that list by drafting Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier to team with Lawrence Timmons in what should quickly emerge as one of the NFL’s better inside linebacker duos. On the plus-side, though, Pittsburgh can get a 1 st -round talent in the 2 nd -round to fill one of their other major needs in tonight’s NFL draft. (more...)
Steelers Get Dream Pick in Round 2, Followed by Mel Kiper’s Projected NFL Offensive ROY in Round 3 Steelers Get Dream Pick in Round 2, Followed by Mel Kiper’s Projected NFL Offensive ROY in Round 3
- May 10, 2014

The Pittsburgh brass wisely used the 46 th overall pick on Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt , the most natural, 5-technique 3-4 defensive end prospect in the entire draft. This guy is a playmaker who will touch the ball 5-10 times per game, capable of going the distance any time he gets free in space. He can serve as a No. (more...)
2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Recap and Redo 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Recap and Redo
- May 12, 2014

Specifically, the Steelers took three players possessing the size and physical skills to possibly become NFL starters down the road despite not being drafted until day No. 3 tight end. But if not this fall, Blanchflower could do so in 2015 after a year on the practice squad. Addressing Positional Need If you look back at my pre-draft mocks, I generally expected the Steelers to use their nine picks on a RB, WR, TE, OT, DE, NT, ILB, OLB and CB. (more...)
Ridiculously Early 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Projected Roster and Other Goodies (V 1.0) Ridiculously Early 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Projected Roster and Other Goodies (V 1.0)
- May 15, 2014

Keisel could still aid this team, which only has three defensive linemen on its roster with any real game experience. But belatedly going with a youth movement will hopefully pay off in the long-term. And finally they may decide to take a chance that no one else will sign Harrison, thus opting to see how Jones and Moats fare early in camp before possibly opting to bring back Harrison later in the summer. (more...)
A Chuck Noll story A Chuck Noll story
- June 14, 2014

Barry Foster ran for 190 yards against the New York Jets. I still remember it, especially since I had a cold and didn’t tell my mom because I REALLY wanted to go to the game — sorry, Mom). But when it’s a two-touchdown loss that pretty much ends your season, well that’s just a pisser. As we’re leaving and starting to walk down General Robinson Street just outside the stadium, we ended up getting stuck in the middle of a pile of people. (more...)
Hines Ward, his release and when it’s time to change
- March 01, 2012

As we found out on Wednesday afternoon, the Steelers are the ones making the decision, as Ward seems to still believe he has something left in the tank to offer an NFL team in 2012. He re-wrote the Steelers record book for wide receivers despite playing his prime years on a team that was a run-first offense and quarterbacked by players like Kent Graham, Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox. (more...)
Steelers Must Address Continued Offensive Line Woes Early in 2012 NFL Draft
- April 24, 2012

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh brass astutely re-signed free agent receiver Jerricho Cotchery and versatile offensive lineman Trai Essex, while adding veteran tight end Leonard Pope, who played under new Steelers’ offensive coordinator Todd Haley in 2011 with the Chiefs. (more...)
Steelers Lounge Podcast #70: Ernie Stautner Steelers Lounge Podcast #70: Ernie Stautner
- April 25, 2012

Also, can we have some money? Too soon?) Okay, for real: apologies for the unannounced hiatus. As I mentioned in the comments to Ted’s post Tuesday night, you know the excuses — work and family have consumed us, but we’ll try to do better (and if we don’t, we promise, we’ll go with you to couples therapy). (more...)
Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 NFL Mock Drafts (3 Versions)
- April 25, 2012

These are not my dream scenarios, but are presented rather to provide an idea of what the Steelers may be looking for in each round and how their draft may unfold. 24 that could include Syracuse’s Chandler Jones, USC’s Nick Perry, Boise State’s Shea McCellin, or Clemson’s Andre Branch. 1 (16): OG David DeCastro, 6-5, 315, Stanford: If the Steelers have the chance to throw in their third-round pick to move up to take the most surefire star in the draft at their ... (more...)
2012 Steelers Draft, Round 1: Open Thread 2012 Steelers Draft, Round 1: Open Thread
- April 26, 2012

On Wednesday’s podcast, Gretz talked me out of Dont’a Hightower at 1.24, and Mike Mayock, during his live mock draft last night, has me leaning towards Cordy Glenn. (more...)
Luck Seems To Shine Steelers Way Again In First Round Luck Seems To Shine Steelers Way Again In First Round
- April 27, 2012

Credit to that goes to everyone in the Steelers’ organization from the coaching staff to the players to the front office to the Rooneys. But it would also be fair to say that the Steelers have gotten lucky a time or two, especially when it comes to the first round. (more...)
Great First Two Days of the 2012 Draft; Steelers’ Ideal Scenarios for Day 3 Great First Two Days of the 2012 Draft; Steelers’ Ideal Scenarios for Day 3
- April 28, 2012

But for Pittsburgh fans who have suffered through mediocre (at best) to horrendous offensive lines over the past seven seasons, the Steelers’ second-round selection of Ohio State tackle Mike Adams was just as exciting. Spence has amazing closeout speed and excels in pursuit in open space. Like Timmons, though, he is easily taken out of plays if a bigger offensive lineman can lock him up and does a poor job of shedding blockers. (more...)
Steelers Decide ‘Skill Position Players’ Isn’t Realistic Way to Protect Big Ben Steelers Decide ‘Skill Position Players’ Isn’t Realistic Way to Protect Big Ben
- May 01, 2012

Still, I ain’t complaining. We’ve whinged for years that the Steelers neglected the offensive line. I originally bought into Tomlin’s “there are two ways to protect the passer” philosophy, convincing myself that surrounding Ben with skilled playmakers would be just as effective as the more conventional approach of, you know, actually protecting the franchise’s best player. (more...)
The Yancey Thigpen redemption game: What was Mike Tomlin thinking? The Yancey Thigpen redemption game: What was Mike Tomlin thinking?
- December 23, 2013

What a jacket. On Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers lost on a nearly identical play, in a nearly identical spot, in the exact same end zone. Everything comes full circle. The Steelers didn’t get the ball (they recovered it, because they touched it illegally before it went 10 yards) but everything worked out exactly as planned as the Packers scored a quick touchdown and gave the Steelers an opportunity they may not have had if they kicked it deep. (more...)
View From 522: Steelers vs. Bengals View From 522: Steelers vs. Bengals
- December 22, 2013

It was also damn cold. Single digit wind chills. Windy. Just plain bitter cold. The type of cold that makes your feet feel like concrete blocks by the time you’re ready to go inside. 4) There was a play in the first quarter, I want to say it was the third down play before Antonio Brown’s punt return touchdown, that the Steelers defense had 12 players on the field and nobody noticed it. (more...)
View From 522: Are you serious? View From 522: Are you serious?
- December 30, 2013

Three weeks ago the Pittsburgh Steelers were done. They were 5-8. They needed about 500 things to happen to make the playoffs, all of them seemingly unlikely, including the most basic part of the equation: The Steelers winning three games in a row to end the season. (more...)
Everything is awful Everything is awful
- October 13, 2014

Two horrendous offensive performances later against two more bad teams, that is probably still true. It just makes the outlook for the rest of the 2014 season seem kind of … hopeless. Ben Roethlisberger is taking a lot of heat for his performance on Sunday — and he did not play well — but take a look at the play-selection in the first half when the Cleveland Browns scored their second touchdown to take a 14-3 lead. (more...)
View From 522: Steelers vs. Saints View From 522: Steelers vs. Saints
- December 05, 2014

So let’s get to it. The scoreboard says the Steelers only lost by three points, 35-32, in what looks like it could have been wild high-scoring game with two of the best quarterbacks in the league. His girlfriend and friends were trying to talk him down. Saints fan down in front of us told him to calm down, which led to the following exchange: Saints fan behind us: Did you hear what he said? Saints fan in front of us: Just let it go, man. (more...)