Ben Roethlisberger is calling for the no-huddle offense early and often. Ben is also calling for the Steelers to run quicker and shorter routes. Most notably Santonio Holmes. The Steelers have Holmes running too many deep routes but that may change with the no huddle offense. Look for Holmes to be Roethisberger‚Äôs primary target on quick slants and quick outs. The Steelers need to get him involved in the offense more on short quick throws and let him use his playmaking ability for gaining yards after the catch Gary Russell is expected to get 6-8 touches Sunday night. Sean McHugh will see some time at fullback. Mewelde Moore may have his biggest impact in the passing game against the Jaguars. The Steelers have worked extensively this week on using Moore out of the back field on dump offs. Mike Tomlin has been very high on Darnell Stapleton for some timeRead More »
Parity is in the air this season. You can make a argument for six-eight teams right now that could be considered the best team in the AFC. That is how wide open the AFC is right now. Last year San Diego, New England and Indianapolis were a step ahead of the rest. That is not the case through the first four weeks of the season New England (2-1) lost Tom Brady and they are no longer the force they were last season. Indianapolis (1-2) has struggled defensively and their offense hasn‚Äôt found their groom. I wouldn‚Äôt write them off just yet but their clearly not the team they use to be San Diego at (2-2) remains one of the most talented teams in the AFC but defensively they have struggled to keep opponents off the scoreboard. Something about Phillips Rivers rubs me the wrong way and I‚Äôll go on theRead More »
The Pittsburgh Steelers head to Jacksonville this weekend in a game that looks very similar to last year‚Äôs AFC Wild Card game between the two squads. No Willie Parker again, injuries to the offensive line again and the team is missing one of its best defensive lineman again. Will we see a different result this time?
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Najeh Davinport. Davenport who was released in June after the Steelers additions of 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall and Mewelde Moore, will be counted on until Willie Parker returns to action. Davenport failed to land another job and there was minimal interest in Davenport around the league. Mike Tomlin indicated today at his press conference that the team will sign two running backs. The Steelers have had discussions with others but there has been no confirmation that the Steelers are bringing in another back for a workout. Running back Gary Russell is currently on the practice squad
Week 5 PC Notes Steelers still exploring candidates when it comes to running backs. Tomlin would not mention any names but said the Steelers will sign two running backs by the end of the day. Najeh Davenport is expected to sign this afternoon according to Ed Bouchette. Injuries Out Mendenhall ‚Äì Shoulder fracture ‚Äì to have surgery relatively quickly Brett Keisel ‚Äì Calf Casey Hampton ‚Äì groin Willie Parker ‚Äì knee sprain Carey Davis ‚Äì questionable ‚ÄìTomlin said Davis felt a lot better today Andre Frazier expected to play.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were awful in the first half. Everything that could have went wrong for the Steelers in the first half did go wrong. The Ravens were the more physical team and were beating the Steelers in every category. Despite numerous injuries Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers rebounded in the 2nd half scoring 20 points (including OT) to survive a scare from Baltimore Ravens and improve to 3-1 on the season. Post-Game Quick Hits In the first half the Steelers were in disarray. The Ravens had them confused and Roethlisberger wasn‚Äôt making smart decisions. The turning point of the game was the Steelers running the no huddle and Jarret Johnson’s personal foul penalty in the third quarter that jump started the Steelers comeback. Roethlisberger adjusted in the second half making quick decisions to off-set the Ravens blitz
Coming into week 4 the Steelers were ranked 30th in the league for plays of 20+ yards. The Steelers have only 5 plays of 20+ yards, the same number the lowly Kansas City Chiefs had going into week 4. A offense that fields dynamic players such as Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker and Santonio Holmes should never be mentioned in the same breath of the Kansas City Chiefs.