Le’Veon Bell’s lack of commitment on display in lead-up to Jags game Among the pressing off-season questions for the Steelers is whether Le’Veon Bell is worth all the trouble and should the Steelers strongly consider allocating the $14-$15 million next season it will cost to tag Bell again and put that money elsewhere? Finding a long-term replacement for Ryan Shazier and adding another legitimate starting cornerback opposite Joe Haden are bigger priorities than anything with the Steelers current window open on the tail-end of Ben Roethlisberger’s career. You can also put an upgrade at free safety being a top priority. To fill some of those holes, the Steelers are likely going to have to spend and maybe big to make this a more complete roster. If the end of the season showed anything, it’s that Vince Williams is nothing more than a backup player when Shazier isn’t out there toRead More »
Todd Haley is officially out as the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator. As the writing has been on the wall for weeks that the Steelers were moving on from Haley, the team informed Haley this morning he won’t be offered a new contract. Haley has often had strong backing from Steelers owner Art Rooney II who made Tomlin fire Bruce Arians after the 2011 season and pushed Tomlin to hire Haley in 2012. Steelers ownership then gave Haley a three year extension in August of 2014 with the Steelers coming off back-to-back seasons of missing the playoffs and ranking 20th and 21st in offense during that span. The backing of Steelers ownership, though, wasn’t enough for Haley to keep his job this time around as Mike Tomlin was given authority weeks ago to make a change after the season. The Steelers under Haley went 3-4 in seven postseason games with theRead More »
A testy Mike Tomlin declined multiple times to say whether Todd Haley would be back next season and most telling from Tomlin was when he was asked if he felt Haley and the offense did a good job this season….. Tomlin had every opportunity to say ‘yes’ and he even had no comment to that. The expectation for weeks in team circles
Jaguars 45 – Steelers 42 The Jacksonville Jaguars went into Heinz Field, made the Steelers chase the game from minutes into the first quarter and punched their ticket to the AFC Title Game with a 45-42 upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many felt there was no way a Blake Bortles led team could come into Pittsburgh and knock off the heavy favorite Steelers. When you have a defense as talented as the Jaguars have and you are more prepared and better coached as the Jaguars were, an upset is always in play. How big of a hole did the Steelers put themselves in? The Jaguars jumped out to a 21-0 lead, 26:31 into the game and pushed their lead to 28-7 on a Telvin Smith 50-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter. When you have Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown who can make specialRead More »
AFC Playoff Field 1. New England Patriots 2. Pittsburgh Steelers 3. Jacksonville Jaguars 4. Kansas City Chiefs 5. Tennessee Titans 6. Buffalo Bills — The AFC Playoff field is set and the Pittsburgh Steelers entering the playoffs as the No. 2 seed with a first round bye have three possible opponents for the Divisional Round in the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans or Kansas City Chiefs. Pittsburgh will next play on Sunday, January 14 at 1:05 p.m., while New England plays next on Saturday, January 13 at 8:15 p.m., advantage New England who for the second straight year would get the extra day off were the two favorites in the AFC meet again in the AFC Title game on Sunday, January 21. Wild Card Round Saturday, January 6 Tennessee @ Kansas City | 4:20 p.m., ESPN Sunday, January 7 Buffalo @ Jacksonville | 1:05 p.m., CBS
This marks the 4th time Brown has won the award, winning in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Brown who was in the discussion as being the NFL’s Most Valuable Player prior to suffering a calf injury vs the Patriots, has 101 receptions for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. Brown is currently 1st in the NFL in yards and 2nd in receptions.
Steelers 34 – Texans 6 The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a first round bye in convincing fashion with a 34-6 win over the Houston Texans. In what could have been a marquee matchup were Deshaun Watson not out for the year and the Texans were healthy on ‘D’, the Steelers looked everything of a team headed to a first-round bye, while Houston looked everything of a 4-11 team. Position by position the Steelers put on the type of performance that showed more signs this group has figured it out in no longer playing down to their competition. The offense minus Antonio Brown did what they wanted against a depleted Texans D. Ben Roethlisberger was 20/29 for 226 yards with 2 touchdowns and a 115 QB rating. Juju Smith-Shuster led the way in the passing game with 6 receptions for 75 yards, including a 49 yard TD. Martavis Bryant had a secondRead More »