Football


Charlie Batch is no longer an NFL quarterback … and hasn’t been for quite some time
- November 25, 2012

By doing this they acknowledge the reality that a situation may in fact come up during the season that will force him on the field. That situation was Sunday during what turned out to be a 20-14 Steelers loss in Cleveland, a game that was probably the worst three hours of football any NFL fan outside of Cleveland has ever had the displeasure of watching. (more...)
View From 522: Steelers vs. Redskins
- November 01, 2012

We call it The View From 522 (because that’s where he sits). When you really stop and think about it Sunday’s 27-12 win for the Steelers was a pretty bizarre game. Has been for three years, still is today, and should be for a few more years into the future. But he’s an unrestricted free agent after this season and unless the Steelers slap the franchise tag on him he’ll be eligible to hit the open market where there will be no shortage of teams lining up to sign ... (more...)
Our Pets Heads Are Falling Off
- October 13, 2012

They haven’t won a game away from Heinz Field since Week 17 of last season against the Cleveland Browns, a road losing streak that has now been extended to four games. The Steelers did, and they got whammy’d. Some facts to consider: - Teams that go for it on fourth-and-seven from outside of the 20-yard line convert, on average, 43 percent of the attempts. (more...)
View From 522: Steelers vs. Eagles
- October 10, 2012

We call it The View From 522 (because that’s where he sits). Driving to the game on Sunday I told my brother that one of two things was going to happen: Either the Eagles were going to play the exact same type of game they had played over the first four weeks of the season (tight, close, and right down to the wire) and their luck would run out, or they would play their best game of the season and steamroll the Steelers. (more...)
View From 522: Steelers vs. Jets
- September 17, 2012

We call it The View From 522 (because that’s where he sits). It was a beautiful day in Pittsburgh on Sunday. I don’t want to be the guy that starts with the nonsensical overreactions after two weeks of football, but here is the one thing I haven’t liked about the Todd Haley offense through two games (and that is an admittedly absurd statement to start off with): The desire to hand the ball off to Isaac Redman every first down and allow him to plow into the line for ... (more...)
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Projected 53-man Roster and Other Goodies (V. 4.0)
- August 31, 2012

With all the various Steelers who are nursing injuries that may sideline them for week 1, and Pittsburgh a strong possibility to claim a released player or two from other squads due to injuries and/or a lack of talent in the second half of the Steelers’ preseason roster at several positions, it is unlikely anyone can accurately project the squad’s 53-player opening-day roster at this point. (more...)
Steelers Win The Game Against Panthers, But Lose Spence, Brown And Golden
- August 30, 2012

Personally, I wish that the proposed two-game preseason had been enacted this year. We’d possibly still have a healthy David DeCastro, lost to a knee injury last week against the Bills, and maybe we’d still have a healthy Sean Spence, lost to a knee injury tonight against the Panthers. (more...)
2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Projected Roster and Other Goodies (V 3.0; Worilds on PUP)
- August 24, 2012

As we have wrote since the end of last season, this is the weakest the bottom half of the Steelers’ training-camp/preseason roster (players 45 through 90) has been in nearly a decade, which is why picking the team’s final 53-man roster is not only less worrisome than usual, but may even be fruitless at this juncture. (more...)
Steelers Lounge Podcast #74: Willie Colon
- August 21, 2012

Gretz recaps his view from 522, reiterating that he’s not all that concerned with the lack of depth at running back. On the other side of the ball, JJ laments the reality that Chris Carter could very well be the opening-day starter as well as the possibility that Jason Worilds could begin the year on the PUP. (more...)
Eagles 24, Steelers 23: Preseason Game 1
- August 09, 2012

But you don’t care about any of that. You care about the individual players, who stood out, who didn’t, and which players broke rule No. 1 of preseason football and had to leave the game with an injury. He touched the ball quite a bit and even though it didn’t always result in a huge play, it always seemed to be exciting. After one preseason game the Todd Haley offense seemed to deliver on a lot of its promises, at least as it relates to a lot of short, quick, high ... (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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
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...)
View From 522: Steelers vs. Browns
- December 19, 2011

I mean even more than usual. I’ve really been slacking on these this season, I know, and I apologize. But it’s been hard to find time to squeeze them in during the week and, making matters worse, during Thursday’s game against Cleveland I realized my camera battery wasn’t charged so I don’t even have any random pictures of obscure or random jerseys. (more...)
Steelers Lounge Podcast #64: 49ers Preview – Jeff Hartings
- December 16, 2011

Either way, Gretz and I talk about Gatorade baths, Big Ben’s ankle, the playoff race and Deebo (in a shocking development, Harrison’s suspension was denied; we recorded this Thursday night but worked from the assumption that, you know, Harrison’s suspension would be denied). (more...)