Farrior talks CBA, Lockout and league’s insistence on 18 game schedule


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — One day after the NFL’s regular season ended, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent an e-mail to about five million fans to reassure them that if both sides give a little, the league and players’ union would reach an agreement on a new labor deal. Goodell cited the U.S. economy: “A 10 percent unemployment rate hurts us all. Yes, NFL players deserve to be paid well. Unfortunately, economic realities are forcing everyone to make tough choices, and the NFL is no different.” The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement expires March 4, and a lockout appeared to be more probable than possible earlier this season. Now, some players believe playing next season is more possible but with concessions. Steelers veteran James Farrior said he knows how things are going to go, and was unfazed by Goodell’s somewhat back-door methods. “That’s what they do,” Farrior said. “They try to makeRead 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 »

Steelers notebook from Wednesday’s OTA


By Mike Bires Ben Roethlisberger’s health is always a big issue, even when he tweaks his knee at a voluntary off-season practice. Such was the case Wednesday when the star quarterback limped off the field at the Steelers’ indoor practice facility. After he was examined by a trainer, Roethlisberger watched the rest of practice. The injury wasn’t serious enough for trainers to wrap his knee. But “Big Ben” was limping as he left the field and headed into the locker room. Roethlisberger refused to speak to the media after practice. Likewise for coach Mike Tomlin, who has yet to meet with reporters after any of the organized team activities held so far. Although this injury isn’t believed to be serious, Roethlisberger will likely miss Thursday’s OTA. *** Speaking of Roethlisberger, he is scheduled to play June 12 in the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge at the Black Course at BethpageRead More »

Wednesday’s Super Bowl Notebook: Steelers became a close group in Tomlin’s 2nd season


Transition is not easy and that was clear when Mike Tomlin was named the Steelers new head coach¬†in 2007.¬†The Steelers got off to a 9-3 start in 07 but¬†some of the¬†team questioned Tomlin‚Äôs philosophy because of how attached a lot of the veteran players were to former head coach Bill Cowher. Established veterans like Alan Faneca and Hines Ward were pushing for Russ Grimm to become the Steelers head coach. In Tomin‚Äôs first season, he was very hard on his players. The team went through a tough camp and practices were much more intense than they were under Cowher. Mike Tomlin made it known that it was going to be his way and by the¬†end of the 07 season, the players began to realize that this was Mike Tomlin‚Äôs team. From the beginning, Mike Tomlin had the backing of his franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The key for any coach isRead More »

NFL: Tuesday’s Steelers practice report


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was at the Steelers facility today and on the practice field but Ben did not practice. Roethlisberger will not practice on Wednesday but he has not been ruled out for practice on Thursday. Very good news on that front. If Roethlisberger were to have a set back next week, the vibe I’m getting is the players are very confident with Leftwich at the helm for a game. Despite the loss to Tennessee in week 16, the Steelers have the swagger they had going into the 2005 playoffs. Mike Tomlin is keeping them very focused on their goal. There’s talk that the Steelers

Polamalu, Farrior and Harrison named to Pro Bowl


Safety Troy Polamalu and Linebacker James Harrison were named to the Pro Bowl as starters. Polamalu leads the league in interceptions with 7 and James Harrison ranks among the top 5 in sacks with 15. James Farrior was selected as a reserve. Farrior leads the Steelers with 112 tackles. Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter (17.5 sacks) was selected as a starter and Titans safety Chris Hope who was apart of the Steelers 2005 Super Bowl team was selected as a reserve. Alan Faneca was also named a starter Click Here for the Complete Roster I think Steelers fans will be upset with the Steelers only having 3 selections and I don’t blame them. The New York Jets had 6 selections which is absurd.