Wildcard Sunday: Steelers – Browns Top Storylines to Watch

 

Steelers – Browns — TOP STORYLINES TO WATCH — — No Coach, No Practice, No Chance? — A covid outbreak has put the Cleveland Browns in uncharted waters for a franchise appearing in his first playoff game since the 2002 season. No head coach, little to no practice time, ect. The Pittsburgh Steelers enter tonight as a six point favorite, but all week they’ve been penciled in by many as already advancing to the divisional playoffs. Pundits and the local media have chalked tonight up as being potentially one of the worst if not the worst playoff loss in Steelers history, were the Steelers to stumble at home against the Browns. For all that’s going on with the Browns, it’s still shocking so many are taking that route. It’s something how two quarters against the Colts in Week 16 just wiped out what we were seeing for the previous 5-6Read More »

Rumors: Release or Extension for Big Ben in 2021?

 

Release or Extension for Big Ben in 2021? The Pittsburgh Steelers brass has been operating for several months under the mindset that an extension for Ben Roethlisberger after the 2020 season was going to be inevitable compared to the alternative of being released or retired. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported prior to Monday Night’s game that Roethlisberger has all intentions of returning in 2021 and that’s how the Steelers internally have been operating. However, has the last couple weeks completely changed the situation? It’s a valid question as the Steelers brass see’s what everyone else see’s right now.   If the rest of the season plays out like the last couple weeks and Ben Roethlisberger holds firm on wanting to return in 2021, it’s a dire situation for the Steelers. Bring back a fading 39 year old Roethlisberger and be forced to extend him, the only option at the Steelers disposal ifRead More »

Latest Steelers Buzz: Old, Slow And Over?

 

Can Big Ben deliver any kind of resurgence? The signs and flaws were all there, but a mere five to six weeks ago, no one could have imagined the Steelers, while an 11-3 football team by record, having this many concerns and problems as a football team. The betting money on the Steelers is them losing out for the rest of the season. That’s how bad things have gone south for them and it has all started with No. 7 behind center. Old, slow and over? The 38 year old Roethlisberger just looks finished as a football player. The TD/INT ratio surely doesn’t give you that belief. The eye tests says it all. Watching Roethlisberger even in the warmer stages of the season, there were clear red flags with his deep ball and passes 15+ yards where once the cold weather was upon us, the Steelers getting the ball downRead More »

WK 2: Top Performers from Steelers – Broncos

 

Steelers 26 – Broncos 21 (F) *T.J. Watt – Unblockable with 4 tackles, 2.5 Sacks *Mike Hilton – Best blitzing nickel back in football? | 8 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL | *Ben Roethlisberger – Got away with some bad ones but made two big time throws under pressure in TD passes to Chase Claypool, Dionate Johnson. | 29/41, 311 Yds, 2 TD, 1 INT | *Chase Claypool – Gamebreaker just two games in with 84 yard TD reception | 3 Rec – 88 Yds, 1 TD | *Diontae Johnson 8 receptions for 92 yards, including GW TD reception. Targeted 13 times

Key Developments: What We Learned from the Steelers 26-16 Week 1 Win

 

— Opponent Aside, there was a lot to like from the Steelers 26-16 Week 1 win over the New York Giants — Among the Key Developments: Big Ben All the Steelers need for them to be a team in the AFC that other teams fear is for Ben Roethlisberger to be a top-15 caliber level quarterback this season. Roethlisberger’s days as a borderline top-5 QB in the league are over, but after some early jitters and struggles to feel for the pocket in quarter one, Roethlisberger looked quite good for coming off the major injury he had and playing a live game for the first time in a year. 21 of 32 for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns, the Week 1 opener was kind of what to expect moving forward. An efficient move the chains passing game that is going to be oftly dangerous inside the 35-yard line. Slinging theRead More »

Team leaders were unaware of Villanueva plans

 

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin claims publicly he gave the blessing for LT Alejandro Villanueva not to honor Antwon Ross and instead honor Alwyn Cashe but Villanueva to go against what the rest of the team planned and did was news to the team leaders in that room. “Honestly, I wasn’t aware of it,” Cam Heyward said today.” Ben Roethlisberger was in the same boat. “I didn’t know about Al’s choice for the back of his helmet,” said Roethlisberger. “That’s his choice.”

Tomlin: Our ‘bell cow’ is James Conner

 

Many have wondered if this will be the year that Mike Tomlin embraces a true Running Back by committee, similar to the New England Patriots. Don’t count on it. “Our bell cow is James Conner,” Mike Tomlin said today furthering cementing that Conner remains the Steelers lead dog in the backfield.

David DeCastro long-shot for Week 1?

 

The burning question for the Steelers entering week 1 is the health of all-pro guard David DeCastro. Limited all camp, Mike Tomlin again on Tuesday was vague about DeCastro’s status for Week 1. “We didn’t work David on bonus [Monday],” said Tomlin. “I know he’s excited to get back with his teammates as soon as possible.”

On Cam Heyward’s massive deal, Shrewd familiarity signings

 

Heyward will have zero impact on Watt, Fitzpatrick getting monster deals The Pittsburgh Steelers signing defensive end Cam Heyward to a massive five year, $75.1 million extension that includes $65.6 million in new money came down to the Steelers at the end of the day deciding that on and off the field Heyward was just irreplaceable. The deal from a yearly average standpoint is the highest for a defensive player over 30 in NFL history. Again, this was a massive deal for the Steelers to make. The Heyward Deal was proof again that the Steelers will always step up to the plate and pay market value to keep their stars long-term when both parties actually want to make a deal. The exception being Le’Veon Bell who the Steelers internally believe was never going to sign a long-term deal. There’s certainly risk in dishing out this type of deal to aRead More »