Steelers Training Camp: Position-by-Position Analysis

 

By Mike Bires For the past 12 days, the Steelers have been hard at work trying to build the foundation for another championship team. The process continues Thursday with the first of four pre-season games. Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Steelers shape up at this stage of training camp: QUARTERBACK Barring the signing of Michael Vick (very unlikely), everything is set. Ben Roethlisberger has clearly established himself as an elite QB with two Super Bowl titles in his first five pro seasons. As far as the battle for the back-up job, it’s still Charlie Batch. That may change pending the performances in the pre-season games. But Dixon has done nothing at camp to threaten Batch’s hold on No. 2. As far as Vick, who’s shopping for a team after his 23-month prison term for his role in an illegal dog-fighting operation, his name has been linked to theRead More »

Tuesday was like Christmas in June for the Super Bowl Champions

 

By Mike Bires According to Ryan Clark, Tuesday was like Christmas in June. That’s what he said after receiving a stunning piece of jewelry commemorating the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sixth Super Bowl championship. “You have a bunch of grown men acting like little kids,” said Clark, the Steelers’ starting free safety. “It’s kind of like Christmas. You beg your parents, you know what you’re going to get, but you never know how excited you’re going to be until you open up that box.” Early Tuesday evening at a private ceremony in the East Club Lounge at Heinz Field, members of the 2008 roster reveled as they got their rings symbolic of their 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. The ring features six large diamonds that surround the Steelers’ logo. That logo is formed with yellow, red and blue stones and is surrounded by 32 small diamonds. OtherRead More »

Steelers notebook from Thursday’s OTA

 

By Mike Bires “Big Ben” was back on the job Thursday. Just one day after injuring his left knee at an organized team activity workout, Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice. Obviously, the tweak or bruise he suffered Wednesday was not serious. Roethlisberger, the Steelers’ star quarterback, did wear one of those black rubber sleeves on his knee. But he showed no signs of pain or discomfort like he did when missing the second half of Wednesday’s OTA. Neither Roethlisberger, coach Mike Tomlin or anyone from the Steelers’ media relations staff would comment on the injury. *** Max Starks doesn’t want to talk much about his upcoming wedding, but his teammates keep hounding him about it. One of the Steelers wrote on the locker room bulletin board, “Only 23 days left in Max’s life as he knows it.” “I’m getting a lot of ribbing over it,” the mammoth left tackle saidRead More »

Steelers notebook from Thursday’s OTA

 

By Mike Bires Mendenhall impressive in OTA’s If there’s been one player who’s stood out most so far at the halfway point of OTAs, it might be Rashard Mendenhall. It’s only “football in shorts” as coach Mike Tomlin calls off-season workouts. Still, Mendenhall has been impressive in the first seven of 14 allowed organized team activity workouts. The running back taken in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft seems fully recovered from a broken shoulder that ended his rookie season in a Week 4 win against the Baltimore Ravens. “I feel good. My shoulder feels normal,” he said. “It’s great to be out here taking handoffs, running routes and being part of this offense.” Big things were expected after the Steelers took Mendenhall, who turned pro after his junior year at Illinois, with the 23rd overall pick of the draft. He was expected to team with scatback WillieRead More »