Steelers @ Panthers The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapup the preseason tonight in Carolina and the focus of many players including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on their week 1 showdown with the Baltimore Ravens. The key for the Steelers tonight is just getting out of Carolina healthy. Quarterback Charlie Batch will get the start for the Steelers, while Roethlisberger who has been redhot in the preseason, will sit this one out. Several key players such as Troy Polamalu are also possibilities to sit. Meanwhile, WR Jerricho Cotchery, OLB Chris Carter and CB Ike Taylor have already been ruled out for tonight’s game. Expectations are CB Cortez Allen and WR Emmanuel Sanders will make their first appearances of the preseason. The Panthers intend to play their starters for two series. Roster Buzz The final preseason game has some weight to final roster decisions but not a ton as several personnel decisions are already made beforeRead More »
Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher has expressed a strong desire to return to coaching in 2011 but the issue for Cowher is that there likely won’t be any viable options out there for him. Cowher is seeking the right situation, top dollar and total control. In reality, those kind of options just aren’t out there as teams are exploring cheaper options and going the assistant coach or college route. It was reported last week that the three teams on Cowher’s wislist are the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins. The Giants are bringing back Tom Coughlin taking them out of the running and the Texans are bringing back Gary Kubiak. Houston had been the team mentioned most prominently in Cowher’s inner circle.
Vic Carucci of NFL.com reports, the New England Patriots are primed to acquire Panthers star defensive end Julius Peppers in-exchange for the second round pick (34th overall) that the Patriots received in the Matt Cassel trade. According to the report, the two sides are hopeful to finalize a deal before the draft. Peppers would play opposite OLB Adalius Thomas The Patriots have already made major changes to their roster after an 11-5 non-playoff season.