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 »
As expected the representatives for James Harrison and the Pittsburgh Steelers have begun discussions on a long-term extension for the star linebacker There hasn‚Äôt been any leaks yet on the numbers being discussed but it‚Äôs believed Harrison is seeking $20 million in guarantees. An Inside Look at previous deals top Linebackers have signed the past two years. In 2008, New York Jets signed Calvin Pace’s to a six-year, $42 million deal (about $20 million guaranteed). Pace, 27, recorded 80 tackles and 7 sacks in the first year of his 6 year deal. In 2007, the Miami Dolphins signed Joey Porter to a 5-year, $32 million deal ($20 million guaranteed). Porter, 31, recorded 47 tackles and 17.5 sacks in 08. Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby, 27, (119 tackles, 4 sacks) seeking $20 million guaranteed) Harrison, 30, had 101 tackles & 16 sacks in the regular season for the Steelers. Pace, PorterRead More »
A lot of buzz going around right now that the Tennessee Titans will be the team that comes to Heinz field for the NFL‚Äôs Thursday night season opener in 2009. The San Diego Chargers are believed to be the second choice at this point. The opportunity will be presented to the Baltimore Ravens for a rematch of the AFC Championship game to open the 2009 season but it is likely that they will decline like the Denver Broncos did in 06. Steelers 2009 Schedule Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions An Inside Look at players who will be entering the final year of their contract in 09. Who will receive an extension and who likely won’t Harrison to commandRead More »
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.