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 »
Steelers acquire WR/KR Ryan Switzer The Pittsburgh Steelers today traded a 2019 fifth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for WR/KR Ryan Switzer. Pittsburgh also receives a 2019 sixth-round pick in the deal. Switzer, a 2nd-year pro, was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys (fourth round, 133rd overall). Switzer spent last season with the Cowboys, appearing in all 16 games and totaling six catches for 41 yards. A primary reason the Steelers surrendered a fifth-round pick for Switzer is his ability in the return game. A dynamic punter returner in college with 7 touchdowns at North Carolina, Switzer returned 29 punts for 256 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys in 2017 and averaged 25 yards per kickreturn. While this will be Switzer’s third NFL team already, you can pencil Switzer into the Steelers 53-man roster when they open the season vs Cleveland. “He’s a duel return man, a slot receiver,”Read More »
Steelers – Titans Takeaways Ben Roethlisberger completed 11 of 18 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown vs the Titans in what will be his only preseason appearance. Roethlisberger exited the game mid-way through the second quarter. Roethlisberger’s day was highlighted by a 32 yard touchdown strike to Justin Hunter who beat Titans DB Adoree’ Jackson deep for the score. While the Steelers first-team offense minus Antonio Brown/Le’Veon looked out of sync at times and couldn’t get a running game going, the Steelers out of the no-huddle went 80 yards in just a 1:45 on their lone scoring drive in the first quarter. The Steelers plan to run the no-huddle much more this season with Todd Haley gone as offensive coordinator. Roethlisberger and Haley often butted heads about Haley’s reluctance to run the no-huddle as much as Roethlisberger wanted. That won’t be an issue in 2018. MORE BUZZ The TitansRead More »
STEELERS QB’s SHINE in 31-14 Win Landry Jones | 4-4, 83 yards, 1 TD, 158.3 RTG Mason Rudolph | 7/12, 101 Yards, 85.8 RTG Josh Dobbs | 9/13, 91 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT The Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly believe Landry Jones is better than 80% of the backup quarterbacks in the NFL. At least that’s the message the Steelers put out when Jones was scheduled to be a free agent in 2017 and all indications are the Steelers still feel that way a year and half later. While in limited action, Jones shined in the Steelers 31-14 preseason opener win over the Eagles on Thursday night in connecting with JuJu Smith-Shuster for a 71 yard touchdown and going 4 of 4 for 83 yards on the night with a perfect 158.3 rating. Jones grasp of the offense and trust with the coaching staff is why Mason Rudolph has little shotRead More »