How would Antonio Brown handle if Juju Smith-Shuster became Ben Roethlisberger’s top target this season and out-produced Brown? Two weeks into the season, we got our answer and it won’t go over well. Despite being targeted 17 times and having 9 catches for 67 yards, Brown was visibly unhappy from the second quarter on in the Steelers 42-37 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. Brown went on a tirade early in the fourth quarter on the sidelines as his frustrations were vented towards offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner as Brown got into Fichtner’s face. Later in the 4th quarter when Ben Roethlisberger scored a rushing touchdown to cut the Chiefs lead to 5, Brown was seen sulking in walking off the field after failing to celebrate with his teammates. Brown opted not to speak to reporters after the game and left with his agent. Just AB being AB? Pretty much.Read More »
Steelers – Chiefs: What We Learned The Pittsburgh Steelers got a quick introduction Sunday afternoon that this wasn’t Tyrod Taylor and the dink and dunk Cleveland Browns offense they were up against like in week 1. Led by a rising star in Pat Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs were a machine on offense from the get-go and the Steelers defense was as hapless as it can get. Starting with coaching, the Steelers didn’t have a chance in a 42-37 loss to the Chiefs. They were unprepared for defending the Chiefs elite passing attacking and surprise, surprise, admitted communication issues put the Steelers in a 21-0 hole. The Steelers offense willed this group back in the game with a 37 point performance, highlighted by a vintage Ben Roethlisberger outing, 452 yards and 4 touchdowns, but let’s not absolve that group from blame either. Similar to the Jacksonville playoff loss, it playedRead More »
Latest on Big Ben & More Injury Buzz Guard David DeCastro (hand fracture) and cornerback Joe Haden (hamstring) are among the Steelers inactives and officially out for Sunday’s tilt with the Kansas City Chiefs. B.J. Finney will start at guard and we’ll see a heavy dose of Cam Sutton at cornerback in place of Haden. Another notable inactive is Justin Hunter who played 51 of 84 snaps vs the Browns. 2nd Round pick James Washington saw an uptick in practice reps throughout the week and will dress as the No. 3 receiver. Ben Roethlisberger will wear a sleeve on his injured elbow and looked strong throwing the ball in warmups. The offense will have more playmakers in the rotation with Vance McDonald also back in the lineup.
The Steelers on Tuesday completely removed Le’Veon Bell from their official depth chart. Bell as expected is absent again Wednesday morning as the Steelers reported today for their 9:00 a.m. meetings. It will be a heavy dose of James Conner again in Sunday’s week 2 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. “We’re preparing to play this week with the guys that are here and working — James being central to that,” Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday. “I will not withhold information from you guys. If and when any of that changes, I’ll let you know. If it does not, my answer will remain the same.” As for Bell, he remains in Miami partying at nightclubs as the football world awaits his next move. The last chatter inside Steelers headquarters is that the best guess in the organization from top decision makers is Bell reports after the week 4 Baltimore game,Read More »
Key Takeaways from Tuesday Tomlin — Tomlin raved and raved about Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill and understandably so. “He’s just a talented player, one that has to be minimized because every time the ball snaps he’s capable of running through the end zone,” Tomlin said. “That’s reflective of not only his speed but his talent, and I think vision is an element of that. He’s a great open-grass football player.” With a quarterback now in Patrick Maholmes who can make any throw and gets the ball out so much quicker, Hill becomes that much more dangerous to defend. Where Tomlin dropped the ball, though, when discussing Hill was calling him an “awesome guy” after being around Hill for a week at the pro bowl. Guess Hill beating a woman must have slipped Tomlin’s mind. — Tomlin dropped the ball too on Tuesday when asked by Jacob Klinger of Penn LiveRead More »
Week 1: Steelers – Browns What we Learned The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns played to a 21-21 tie on Sunday afternoon. Of course to the Steelers who have Super Bowl aspirations, if felt like a loss. For the Browns who still haven’t won a game in 625 days and counting, the tie is being looked at a lot differently in those circles. Pittsburgh had won 80 straight games when leading by 14 or more points to start the fourth quarter, according to ESPN stats and information. You could write a book to go through the squandered opportunities the Steelers had in somehow not winning this game. Instead of rehashing how neither team deserved to win, here’s a big picture look at the Steelers coming out of week 1: 1. Another season, same lack of discipline issues are going to continue it appears. To go with a minus-5 turnover differential,Read More »
TIOPS Daily 5 *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. As Le’Veon Bell remains MIA, the situation now turns to Saturday. Does he finally report by 4:00 p.m. Saturday to collect his week 1 check and force the Steelers hand to pay him or not. This will be fascinating to watch if Bell actually reports before Sunday. The Steelers look weak if they cave in and don’t apply the 2-week roster exemption to Bell. With how vocal that locker room has been this week towards Bell, the organization has the perfect situation to make a statement and make Bell lose two paychecks. Here’s guessing if Bell shows up Saturday, though, Pittsburgh will pay him. As frustrated as the organization is, its easy to see them wanting to turn the page and not alienate Bell. 2. The San Francisco 49ers lost their No. 1 running and have over $35 million in cap space.Read More »
Tight end Vance McDonald has been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game vs the Browns. McDonald dealing with a foot injury, practiced on limited basis Wednesday but sat out Thursday’s practice and again on Friday. McDonald’s ability to stretch the field leaves the Steelers down another playmaker vs the Browns as they’ll already be down running back Le’Veon Bell. McDonald is the only Steeler listed on the injury report for Sunday. T.J. Watt who missed the entire preseason with a hamstring injury is a full-go as is Ramon Foster.
The Le’Veon Bell situation is going to drag on and possibly for multiple weeks. Things have been heading in the direction where Bell would not report to the team this week and his agent hinted further Wednesday that Bell could be away from the team for a while. Bell’s agent Adisa Bakari, speaking on SiriusXM radio said that the No. 1 priority for Bell is ensuing as little wear and tear as possible this season to preserve Bell for the massive payday his camp believes is awaiting him next year as a free agent. “You’re Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin, you have possibly a once-in-a-generation player for one more season. What would your plan be?” Bakari said implying the Steelers are going to run him until the wheels fall off. “I think Mike Tomlin said it best yesterday. He’ll get there when he gets there, and we’ll address those issuesRead More »
TIOPS Daily Five | Steelers Edition| (Rumblings, Musings, Opinions) 1. Are the Steelers getting played by Le’Veon Bell? “We are disappointed Le’Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates. Coach Tomlin and the coaching staff will continue to focus on preparing the players on our roster for our regular season opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns — Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said in a released statement on Monday. The Steelers believed this year would be the same with Bell in that he would report 8-9 days before the opener and there would be no drama ahead of week 1. However, things are drastically different right now. When sides failed to reach an agreement before the mid-July deadline, the Steelers brass privately felt talks were in such good-faith that Bell would be here by now but the communication from Bell and his agent towards anybody inRead More »