Steelers “D” continues to show key signs of growth in win over Bengals


Steelers Grind Out win vs Bengals Through the first two games of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers on defense have found an identity. Stuff the run and bend but don’t break against the pass. Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards as the Bengals racked up 412 total yards but the Steelers kept the Bengals offense out of sync for much of the afternoon. Limiting the Bengals to 46 rushing yards forced Dalton to throw 54 times. The Steelers excelled again with their zone defense and were dominant in getting stops on third down as the Bengals went 4-16 on third down. For the second straight week, the Steelers performance on D had a lot to do with their scheme as Pittsburgh out-game planned Cincinnati. Ryan Shazier who was hobbled throughout the week with a knee injury, was a force in the middle of the field with a team-highRead More »

Tuesday Buzz Column: Players feeding off Mike Tomlin’s aggressive demeanor


Tuesday Buzz Column “We play to win.” That was Mike Tomlin’s answer to a question about the thinking behind having Ben Roethlisberger throw a 26-yard pass into the end zone on fourth and one in the first quarter Monday Night against the Redskins. Antonio Brown, of course, made the catch and the Steelers had a 7-6 lead on the Redskins. They completed a pass for a first down on fourth down prior to their second touchdown. Meanwhile, the Redskins’ coach, Jay Gruden was punting from the Steelers’ 41 and kicking field goals. That’s called playing not to lose. Mike Tomlin may not be the best game manager among NFL coaches but you have to give him credit for being aggressive. Nobody goes for two points as often as he does and he has the sideline demeanor of a guy who looks like he wants to be the one who willRead More »

Breaking down Steelers dominant night in all three phases


Steelers 38 – Redskins 16 The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a popular pick to get back to the Super Bowl for the third time in the Mike Tomlin era. In Monday night’s 38-16 victory over the Washington Redskins, the Steelers looked like the team many pundits see as the team to beat in the AFC. Did tonight’s win play into the belief that Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown are just too good to be shutdown that offsets the losses of key contributors on offense due to suspensions or injuries? For one night it was Le’Veon Who? Martavis Who? And what can’t get overlooked is how this offense is built to plug in just about any type of skilled player. Ben Roethlisberger shined in the win, going 27/37 for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception. Short, intermediate or long, Roethlisberger could make any throw he wanted. DeAngelo Williams rushedRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Surgery to make Dupree’s return for 2016 dicey?


The Steelers hopes of going back to the days of having their two starting linebackers be 10+ sack a season players isn’t going to come to fruition. Sorry Joey Porter. 2nd Year linebacker Bud Dupree who when on the practice field this summer never showed flashes of dominance, has been bothered by an abdominal/groin injury that makes sense for how he never looked right this summer. Dupree will be sidelined for multiple weeks and has been officially placed on injured reserve/designated for return, meaning he can’t play for the first eight weeks of the season. Whether Dupree does return this season could come down to whether he has surgery or not. Steelers officials

Tomlin, coaches eye challenge of coaching up young high pedigree talent in cornerback group


Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has always been the type of coach who is drawn to high pedigree players and a believer that he can be the one to coach them up the right way. Cornerback Justin Gilbert is the latest experiment for Tomlin and the Steelers coaching staff. The 8th overall pick in 2014, the Steelers also had Gilbert rated in the top-10 on the their board and Gilbert was one of two primary trade up candidates they planned to consider moving up for if he had fell out of the top-10. The other top target was WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Gilbert a complete bust with the Browns was acquired for a 6th round pick in 2018 on Saturday. Despite the off-field baggage and Gilbert’s inability to even be an adequate cornerback at the NFL level in two seasons, Tomlin couldn’t care less. He see’s this player as aRead More »

First-Team Offense Shines, Jarvis Jones flashes in Final Dress Rehearsal


Big Ben Torches Saints ‘D’ The comfort level Ben Roethlisberger has in running the Steelers offense is going to be a nightmare for mediocre and bad defenses. Good luck to them. The New Orleans Saints have a really bad defense and Roethlisberger chewed them up in playing just 19 snaps. Producing a 15 play, 74 yard opening scoring drive, Roethlisberger was flawless in running the no-huddle for 14 plays. The Steelers offense looked to be in mid-season form. 17 of the 19 plays saw Roethlisberger throwing the ball in going 12 of 17 for 148 yards and 2 Touchdowns. “It was a good night for us,” Mike Tomlin said. “It was good to get Ben some action and AB and Le’Veon and D-Will. It was a good collective effort that was needed. Among the Positive Developments: Tight end Jesse James who caught a 5 yard TD pass on the openingRead More »

Inside Buzz: Doubts continue to surround Le’Veon Bell


Inside Buzz Running back Le’Veon Bell was officially suspended on Friday for three games, having his suspension reduced by one game. Bell’s suspension was reduced from its initial length of four games as a result of a negotiated settlement between the NFLPA and the NFL. Bell officially missed three tests, one in December, one in January and one in April. “They tried to test me in December and January and I missed those tests,” Bell said in an Instagram post he later deleted. “I couldn’t get to the facility and get tested. They couldn’t come to me and get tested. That’s on me.” A Steelers source says Bell’s primary case in getting the suspension reduced was that the December missed test was while he was on injured reserve and in January Bell had proof of being out of town. However, a former Steeler tells us it’s near impossible to missRead More »

The Pirates Resurgence; Vick/Steelers; Vesey camp expands list


INSIDE BUZZ Wildcard Chase *1. LA Dodgers 65-52 (+3.5) *2. St Louis Cardinals 62-56 * Miami Marlins 62-56 Pittsburgh Pirates 60-56 New York Mets 59-59 Six weeks to go in the baseball season and the narrative has changed in a big way over the last week for the Pirates. A bridge season? No so much. The National League has so much mediocrity, there’s no excuse for the Pirates not to grab one of the final wildcard spots. The Pirates recent turnaround, 7-3 in their last 10 games, has also been a good run for management that had a bad PR week in the immediate fallout of the Pirates cost cutting trades. All three trade acquisitions at the Major League level, Felipe Rivero, Ivan Nova and Antonio Bastardo, are making immediate contributions. Rivero/Nova/Bastardo > Melancon/Liriano? Now it’s also not a stretch that ownership gets the best of both worlds. Cut salaryRead More »

Steelers – Lions 5 Takeaways


Steelers – Lions 5 Takeaways 1. Sammie Coates was one of the biggest storylines coming out of the always excruciating first preseason game. Coates has flashed star potential at times in camp and at other times looked everything of a second year receiver who never saw the field last season. The inconsistency and lack of mental awareness that plagued him in the joint practices this week, played out in Friday’s preseason opener. Coates fumbled twice, with one lost fumble. From a trust factor, Markus Wheaton will go into the season with a strong hold on the No. 2 receiver spot but Coates performance against the Lions shouldn’t be too concerning. He’s going to be hit or miss early in the season with the potential to be a big factor by mid-season if the consistency part of his game comes together. 2. The Steelers do little to no game planning forRead More »