Roethlisberger eyeing balanced offense in return to team


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger, dressed casually in a Pittsburgh Steelers shirt and sweat pants, appeared to be calm and well-prepared, as he addressed the media Monday upon his return to the club after a four-game suspension. Roethlisberger arrived at the UPMC Sports Complex at noon, had quick workout and spoke with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. He spoke for the first time in a month about four hours later. “It’s good to be back here at the facility, especially with my teammates, getting to see coaches and be around my teammates,” Roethlisberger said in an opening statement. “I’m just excited to get back and get focused on football, focused on this year and trying to get to Dallas (for the Super Bowl).” The Steelers have a bye this week, but held team meetings Monday and will practice Tuesday through Thursday. The club gets the weekend off before returningRead More »

NFL Draft Blog: Steelers select Florida Center Maurkice Pouncey


April 22, 2010 Steelers select Maurkice Pouncey The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Florida center Maurkice Pouncey with the No. 18 selection in the NFL draft. 49ers select Mike Iupati The San Francisco 49ers have selected offensive guard Mike Iupati with the No. 17 overall selection. 9:11 p.m. Pouncey over Iupati? Word out of Steelers headquarters is that the team has Maurkice Pouncey rated higher than Mike Iupati. Steelers are very high on both players. Bryan Bulaga is also now surprisingly in play but the pick will likely be Pouncey.

Roethlisberger getting unwarranted criticism due to close ties with Bruce Arians; Steelers speak to Al Everest


All Ben Roethlisberger did this season was throw for a career high 4,328 yards, that included 26 touchdowns and a 100.5 quarterback rating. However, the two time Super Bowl winning quarterback has seen his reputation take a hit. First it was a teammate questioning his toughness and courage and then Roethlisberger was brought into the Bruce Arians fallout by some of the media. After a false report came out that Bruce Arians was going to be relieved of his duties, some of the media who are not fans of Arians or were looking to do some damage control, claimed that Ben Roethlisberger threw a “hail mary” and saved Bruce Arians job at the 11th hour. Soon after we found out Mike Tomlin was never close to firing Bruce Arians and had all intentions of retaining Arians but that hasn’t stopped some of the criticism towards Roethlisberger regarding his close tiesRead More »

Roethlisberger named Team MVP


An argument can be made that Ben Roethlisberger should have been the Steelers’ Most Valuable Player in 2007. But there’s no debate this year. “Big Ben” is the man. On Thursday, Roethlisberger was named MVP by a vote of his teammates. “To me, of all of the awards I have ever won, being a team MVP voted on by your teammates and a team captain are probably two of the most special awards that I could ever win,” Roethlisberger said. “This means more to me than any other award. It tops them all. It was touching. I had to hold back some emotions when Coach (Mike Tomlin) said it.” Two years ago, Roethlisberger had an MVP-type season when he re-wrote the team records book by throwing 32 touchdown passes and compiling a 104.1 pass rating. But instead of Roethlisberger, the Steelers chose outside linebacker James Harrison, who had an outstandingRead More »

Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Decade Team (2000-2009)


By Mike Bires Even if the 2009 Steelers don’t make the playoffs, it’s been a special decade for the Black & Gold. It’s the second-best decade of football since the franchise was founded in 1933. Only the “Steel Curtain” dynasty of the 1970s produced a better 10-year stretch. Think about all the outstanding players who’ve played for the Steelers during this decade. Jerome Bettis and Alan Faneca will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu could also make it to Canton someday. We’ve seen the great tradition of linebackers continue with the likes of Jason Gildon, the Steelers’ all-time sack leader, and Joey Porter, James Farrior and James Harrison. This week, nose tackle Casey Hampton was named to the Pro Bowl for a fifth time. We witnessed the end of Bettis’ remarkable run in Pittsburgh and Willie Parker’s amazing success story. ParkerRead More »

Woodley elevating his game in second half of the season


By Mike Bires One reason why the Steelers can be dangerous if they get into the playoffs _ and that’s still a big if _ is the possibility of Troy Polamalu lining up again at strong safety. But another reason is LaMarr Woodley’s continued rise toward stardom. Right outside linebacker James Harrison, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, received nationwide claim the past two seasons for the havoc he’s wreaked on opposing defenses. But last year in the playoffs, Woodley, the Steelers’ left outside ‘backer, had a six-to-one edge over Harrison in sacks. “He’s been that kind of guy since he’s been here,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Woodley. “His rookie year, he came on late in the year. Late last year, he was playing good football. He’s a guy that’s on the rise at the appropriate time and that’s what makes him a good player.”Read More »

Steelers 23- Ravens 20


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — There were no onside kicks or any other sleight of hand needed to help the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. With a slim, three-point lead to protect late in the fourth quarter, the Steelers’ defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Baltimore Ravens in a 23-20 victory Sunday afternoon at Heinz field. “It’s huge to stop them the way that we did, and it’s just going to build our confidence going into next weekend,” Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior said. “Hopefully, this effort will carry over, and the other teams will do what they need to do and we can get into this dance. That’s what we want to do.”

Post-Green Bay Judgements: Roethlisberger delivers


Roethlisberger saves Steelers *Great players deliver in clutch situations and Ben Roethlisberger did exactly that as the Steelers franchise quarterback threw for a team record 503 yards and saved the Steelers season with a 19 yard game winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace as time expired. Roethlisberger’s heroics against Green Bay was one of the greatest quarterback performances in the history of the game (10th to be exact) as Roethlisberger became the first quarterback to throw for 500-plus yards in a win since Boomer Esiason in 1996. Roethlisberger’s game winning pass has given the Steelers life, after driving the Steelers 86 yards on 11 plays for the Steelers winning score that included a 4th and 7 and 3rd and 15 conversion. The drive quickly drew comparisons of Super Bowl XLIII “It was obviously pretty reminiscent of the Super Bowl, ” Steelers center Justin Hartwig said. Tomlin makes rightRead More »

Ryan Clark among players whose focus is not where it should be


After a 2-6 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed pride in 2006 when they finished 6-2 in their final eight games that included a overtime victory of the Cincinnati Bengals in their regular season finale. In the midst of a five game losing streak, that’s the big question surrounding this years team. Do they have it in them to finish on a high note? Mentally it doesn’t look like it Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark went on a tirade following practice on Wednesday, criticizing the fans and media for what Clark claims to be is harsh coverage of the players. Clark went as far as calling the media turds as frustrations are brewing in the Steelers locker room. “You watch the Eagles, you watch the big plays given up, and I started checking other media outlets and you don’t hear the things about them in their media that you hear aboutRead More »

Tomlin must fix dissension in the locker room


Steelers lack a team concept There continues to be signs that there is a locker room divide among the Steelers veterans. It’s a problem for the Super Bowl champions that is not going away. According to former NFL executive Michael Lombardi, “Too many players have their own agendas and not enough of a team concept. There’s a problem among the players, and the Hines Ward/Ben Roethlisberger problem has not gone away despite the Ward apology. Expect changes.” Hines Ward questioning the courage and toughness of Ben Roethlisberger has had a reeling effect on this team. As NBC analyst Rodney Harrison {former teammate of Brady’s} said two weeks ago, “If Tom Brady had a hangnail, never would any of the guys question Tom Brady.” How to fix the dissension in the locker room falls on the shoulders of head coach Mike Tomlin. I’m a strong Mike Tomlin supporter but he didRead More »