Seven games in the Pittsburgh Steelers have taken control of the AFC North after a 29-14 win over the Bengals Sunday evening. The Jacksonville loss seems so long ago the narrative has changed so much in two weeks that Pittsburgh has gone from a drama filled team with an aging quarterback to now primed to be in the thick of things for the No. 1 seed. While the Steelers are still filled with a ton of drama on a week to week basis and that isn’t going to change, for the second consecutive year the Steelers are one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC. ……………And for the second straight week the Steelers have to deal with the headache of Martavis Bryant…….. Once his trade demand after the Ravens game got leaked last Sunday night after the Chiefs win, Bryant was given a gift from his teammates in howRead More »
Steelers – Chiefs What We Learned Oh my how the narrative changes with this Steelers club. In a game that was reminiscent of the playoff matchup last January, Pittsburgh on defense created numerous matchup problems for the Chiefs until the 4th quarter. Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt were dynamic 1-2 punch on the interior. Tuitt made his mark against the pass and Heyward against the run. Tuitt had 4 pressures against Alex Smith and Heyward was unstoppable against the run, owning Chiefs left guard Bryan Witzmann. Tuitt and Heyward set the tone in laying the blueprint for a dominant day on D, until the Chiefs finally figured things out before it was too little too late. Steelers coaches finally stopped being so stubborn and let James Harrison loose late in the game and he gets a game deciding sack to force a 4th and 18. Harrison had 3 tackles, 1Read More »
The Pittsburgh Steelers 19-13 win was important from the standpoint of changing the narrative. But, what isn’t going to change is drama surrounding the club on a week to week basis as the many egos in that room can’t get out of their own way. Hours after the win, NFL network reported wide receiver Martavis Bryant frustrated with his role, officially requested a trade. The report was later confirmed by ESPN, citing sources who said the request came “weeks ago.” Bryant came out on twitter last night trying to do damage control. Where the truth stands is the Steelers privately are not denying a trade request was made. One Steelers source says Bryant met with Steelers coaches following the Bears loss to express his displeasure with his role and then following the Ravens win, Bryant took it one step closer and through his agent and the proper channels
Will James Harrison actually dress Sunday and get on the field? After playing only seven snaps this season and a healthy scratch the last two games, Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler says Harrison will play vs Kansas City. How much Butler wouldn’t specify except that Harrison will be seen. “It’s always good to have James Harrison when you’re playing Kansas City and let their offensive tackle (Eric Fisher) see him,” Butler said. Harrison with 81.5 career sacks (79.5 as a Steeler) has had no opportunity this season to add to his total. Why might the coaches actually give Harrison some looks on Sunday? He had 6 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 stuffs, and 2 QB hits in the Steelers 18-16 playoff win over the Chiefs last January. Harrison also drew a holding penalty on LT Eric Fischer during the Chiefs 2-pt conversation that would have tied the game.
Ben Roethlisberger’s 5 interception game Sunday afternoon that included 2-pick 6’s, had Roethlisberger sarcastically after the game wondering if he “still has it”. Most telling on Roethlisberger was the comments coming from the Jaguars locker room where the Jaguars said Roethlisberger looked flustered, old and tired. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “We were showing him multiple looks. He would go to first look, third look, man, and he would get flustered trying to make one of those miraculous Big Ben plays,” Jaguars safety Barry Church told Joe Starkey of the Post-Gazette. Malik Jackson of the Jaguars was also quoted in the column saying Ben looked a little older. “You could definitely tell he’s a little older and he was getting a little tired,” Jackson said as Roethlisberger threw the ball 55 times.
Jaguars 30 – Steelers 9 The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) are an improved club but they are not that improved where they should have came into Pittsburgh and smacked the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) in the mouth for a 30-9 Jaguars win. What today’s loss for the Steelers should do is finally end the non-sense that Pittsburgh has one of the best offenses in football. More often than not this group underachieves and that has continued in 2017. Most concerning for the offense is that there’s now been enough tape dating back to last season where Ben Roethlisberger’s days as an elite quarterback are likely over. Roethlisberger who at times this season has looked like a quarterback closer to retirement than not, had a dreadful day. The 35 year old was picked five times and threw 2 pick-6’s in 4 attempts during the third quarter to sink the Steelers. Roethlisberger was 33Read More »
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger almost retired this past offseason and one of the biggest reasons why is he can’t stand ‘today’s’ player. It’s not hard to connect the dots on who one of the main culprits is that bothers Roethlisberger to no end. He let it all out this morning during his appearance on 937 The Fan which is always pure gold from Roethlisberger. “He got upset because he was open, which I can understand, sometimes that happens. It’s not like I intentionally missed him, it’s not like I intentionally didn’t throw it to him,” Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. “I was doing what my reads tell me to do, I don’t even want to say I made a mistake, because I was reading the side I was supposed to read. It’s just unfortunate that it happened, and it’s unfortunate that he acted and reacted that way.” The most strikingRead More »
Bears 23 – Steelers 17 (OT) The biggest storyline out of a pitiful performance from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon wasn’t muffing a punt and having a field goal blocked in the first half or getting gashed on the ground for 220 yards or the offense putting on a pathetic performance based on the opponent. It was the Steelers deciding not to participate in the National Anthem. The Steelers protested the actions of Donald Trump by making a statement of staying in the locker room during the National Anthem of Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Chicago Bears. Mike Tomlin and a few coaches stood alone on the sidelines while Alejando Villanueva was the only player to stand for the anthem on the field. So what came to the decision to bail on the anthem? “It wasn’t my decision,” Tomlin said. Tomlin was then asked about Villanueva being the only playerRead More »
Latest Steelers Talking Points — It’s only two games but Cam Heyward might finally be living up to that $59 million contract the Steelers dished out in 2015. Heyward had one quarterback pressure and four hurries vs the Vikings and has been unstoppable against the run. Getting the type of explosive push he’s possessing through two games, I’m not sure we’ve ever seen from him. This is a man on a mission after seeing his 2016 season cut short. And Heyward’s not even the Steelers best defensive end. That honor and Steelers coaches will agree goes to Stephon Tuitt. If Tuitt gets back healthy soon and Heyward can maintain this level, look out. As for Tuitt, he went from just nine days ago to potentially being lost for the season to now having a shot at playing this week in Chicago. “It’s a lot better, the confidence in it isRead More »
Latest Steelers Buzz Will James Harrison become part of the Steelers defense in 2017? Harrison was a force for the Steelers down the stretch in their run to the AFC title Game last season. After the Cowboys loss to fall to 4-5 and the Steelers season spiraling out of control, the change to Harrison in the starting lineup played a big part in transforming the defense. Circumstances have changed quickly in 2017 as Harrison might as well been inactive vs the Browns and Vikings. Through two games the Steelers are getting to the quarterback better than have in years with 12.5 sacks. T.J. Watt is a more impactful player than Steelers thought he would be this early and Harrison’s not going to be given a chance to take away Watt’s reps. The 2016 version of Harrison was still pretty good and things appear to set up perfectly for Harrison toRead More »