2017 Primer: Super Bowl Aspirations and Sense of Urgency with Big Ben Window Closing surround Steelers

 

Steelers feel sense of urgency with Big Ben window closing When Ben Roethlisberger dropped his bombshell retirement talk last January on 937 The Fan, many in the Steelers organization just kind of brushed it off as ‘Big Ben being Big Ben.’ Several months later the Steelers have a different view after a number of discussions with Roethlisberger. The Steelers belief that the window with Big Ben is closing can be seen with their increased activity to bolster the roster in recent weeks. Pittsburgh always takes care of their own and that continued Saturday by dishing out a $61 million contract to Stephon Tuitt, but as Roethlisberger has entered mid-30’s, the Steelers have been in the past as being too conservative in not adding enough outside talent. That changed in August. Pittsburgh had a desperate need to add a No. 1 cornerback and landed Joe Haden with 3 year, $27 millionRead More »

Steelers involved in a Cornerback Conundrum on whether to go the inexperience route

 

Steelers Cornerback situation in flux The Pittsburgh Steelers believe they have the most talented team they have had since the 2010 team that went to the Super Bowl and lost to Green Bay. Good arguments can be made they are the clear cut second best team in the AFC. We all know about the talent on offense, but on D, the Steelers feel great about the upside of Bud Dupree/T.J. Watt as starters at the outside backers, with the organization believing Ryan Shazier could be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate if he can stay healthy this season. A healthy Cam Heyward and improving Javon Hargrave on the D-line see’s a more impactful unit but why the Steelers are likely going to be that team that could beat anyone while also lose to anyone is because of the secondary. With Ben Roethlisberger nearing the end of his career, thisRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Will coaches sit Bell in week 1? Tuitt progressing towards deal & More Buzz

 

Latest Steelers Buzz The Steelers communication with Le’Veon Bell’s representation over the last week has had the Steelers believing Bell would report early next week and prior to the fourth preseason game. Bell, though, appears to be planning to take a few more days before reporting. Bell responded to a tweet Tuesday night asking when he will report by saying ‘9-1-17’. That would be nine days before the season opener and the Steelers only having one padded practice (Sept 6) that Bell could participate in. Bell who has appeared in just one season opener due to suspensions and injuries, could potentially be taking himself out of the mix to miss another season opener by reporting too late. The Steelers, sources say, have communicated with Bell that not reporting prior to the start of next week’s practices ahead of the fourth preseason game could put him in jeopardy to dress forRead More »

Landry Jones is locked in as the No. 2 QB for 2017

 

Steelers – Giants Fallout What we learned from Josh Dobbs in his preseason debut? Despite talk outside of Pittsburgh that some around the league believe Dobbs could be the Steelers No. 2 this season, Landry Jones is too well liked by Steelers coaches and management where he’s in no danger of being pushed, even if Dobbs were to put together a Dak Prescott type preseason. Jones is locked in as the No. 2 behind Ben Roethlisberger for the 2017 season. There’s no question about that and Friday night’s preseason game also proved that. But, that doesn’t mean there’s isn’t some intrigue with Dobbs. Dobbs went 8/15 for 100 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in his NFL debut. He was sacked 3 times for 22 yards and posted a QB rating of 56.9. He had a horrific start to the game against a very good Giants front-four that man-handledRead More »

Steelers cut ties with Ladarius Green

 

The Ladarius Green era is over in Pittsburgh.   Entering the second year of a four year, $20 Million contract, Green was cut loose today due to a failed physical. Green appeared in just six games last season and the signing ends up being a bust due to the Steelers failure to investigate Green’s concussion issues during the 2015 season as a member of the San Diego Chargers. It’s a disappointing situation for all parties involved as the Steelers believed they found a unique deep threat from the tight end position and long-term replacement for Heath Miller in Ben Roethlisberger’s final years. It is now all for nothing and Pittsburgh missed out on a deep tight end class in the 17 draft.

Steelers already seeing red flags with Martavis Bryant?

 

Steelers already seeing red flags with Martavis Bryant? The unwritten rule in the NFL is that unless you’re a star player, you better be showing up to VOLUNTARY workouts. Martavis Bryant learned last Wednesday he was officially reinstated by the NFL and it was outlined what he needed to do moving forward. Why isn’t a player who was suspended for a full season in Pittsburgh yet for phase-2 of off-season workouts? He’s yet to take care of business, that’s why. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert appeared on 937 The FAN Tuesday afternoon with the Cook and Poni show and talked at length of Bryant not yet being in Pittsburgh. He said all the right things but you can still get the gist of the situation that the Steelers have their doubts with Bryant. “No

Draft Buzz: Steelers have hit on needs, high upside talent and character

 

Steelers Draft Buzz The Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 1 stuck to their ‘need board’ with the selection of outside linebacker T.J. Watt, while Rounds 2 and 3 of the draft saw Pittsburgh go with a mix of taking the best player available as was the case with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and needs in adding cornerback Cameron Sutton and running back James Conner in Round 3. Drafting 30th overall is always unpredictable but the Steelers, notably head coach Mike Tomlin, were keen on adding a pass rusher whether they stood at 30th or moved back. Even with the likes of Takk McKinley off the board, Steelers coaches loved McKinley, it was no surprise the Steelers selected Watt. “He’s worthy of the pick,” Mike Tomlin said of Watt at No. 30. “Boy, we are excited about the potential upside and growth given the short length of time he’s played the position,”Read More »

Dan Rooney left an incredible mark on the city

 

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney died at the age of 84 on Thursday, the team announced. Rooney who pretty much ran the Steelers from his late 20’s on, left an incredible mark with the city of Pittsburgh and the NFL. He will not just be remembered as a great owner but most importantly a great human being. How unique was Dan Rooney as an owner? Over a 45 year span beginning in 1969, he would only hire three coaches. Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin. Rooney was officially named Team President in 1975, though, he was running the organization for several seasons before that, starting with the Noll hire in 1969 after Joe Paterno turned down the job and was the Steelers first choice. With four Super Bowls under his belt at the time, in 2000 Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Two years laterRead More »