Latest Steelers Buzz: Lean Hodges & Here’s Why


Mike Tomlin putting on a coaching clinic Somehow, someway Mike Tomlin has his football team in the final wildcard spot with five games to go. Say what you want about Tomlin’s game management but crisis management is a pivotal trait to succeeding in the NFL and he’s put on a coaching clinic this season. Not only are the Steelers miraculously 6-5 with their quarterback situation and injuries, they’ve won five of six and since week 2, have suffered just one loss by more than four points. They’re doing all of this with an horrific offense that’s also getting dud seasons from two of their most important offensive players in Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner who have been unreliable on the field as the No. 1’s, have had costly turnovers late in close games, and are currently injured. What Tomlin is doing this season as one Steelers source says is stickingRead More »

Maurkice Pouncey suspended 3 games


The National Football League moved swiftly in levying suspensions to multiple players: — Browns DE Myles Garrett has been suspended for the rest of the 2019 season. The league indicates the suspension is a minimum for the 2019 season and could expand into the 2020 season. — Steelers OL Maurkice Pouncey was hit with a three game suspension. —- Browns DL Larry Ogunjobi suspended one game.

On Myles Garrett, Pittsburgh Still Being Relevant at 10-Game Mark & Mason Rudolph getting Exposed


Steelers – Browns Fallout What I witnessed Thursday night might have been the most arrogant, cockiest 3-6 football team I’ve ever seen in the Cleveland Browns. You would have thought the Steelers were going up against a 9-0 football team destined for the Super Bowl. For the Browns part, the better team on the field on this specific night got the ‘W’. They set the tempo on the first drive of the game and legally/illegally physically punished the Steelers. But, everything about the Browns actions and performance Thursday night showed why they are now just a 4-6 football team instead of being a 7-3 team and right on the Ravens tail for the division lead. They’re a badly coached team with a bunch of maniacs on the field who think they are better than they are that kept Pittsburgh in the game with 8 penalties for 121 yards. They’re alwaysRead More »

Stat Sheet as ugly as the eye test


Steelers by the Numbers in 21-7 Loss to Browns QB Mason Rudolph | 23-44, 221 Yards, 1 TD, 4 INT, 36.3 RTG RB Jaylen Samuels | 5 Car – 26 Yards RB James Conner | 5 Car – 10 Yards (Left GM Injured) WR James Washington | 3 Rec – 49 Yards WR Juju Smith-Schuster | 2 Rec – 21 Yards (Concussion) WR Diontae Johnson | 2 Rec – 17 Yards (Concussion) TEAM STATS 3rd Down Efficiency | PIT 2-11 4th Down Efficiency | PIT 0-3 Turnovers | PIT 4 – CLE 0 Yards Per Pass | PIT 3.7 | CLE 5.7

The Donte Moncrief era in Pittsburgh is over


Donte Moncrief’s career as a Pittsburgh Steeler: 4 catches for 18 yards with a long catch of 11 yards. With strong expectations of being the No. 2 receiver this season, Moncrief dropped the ball in weeks 1 and 2, then never got another opportunity from the coaching staff to re-establish himself. Once L.J. Fort got released by the Eagles, the compensatory process in the NFL then made it a lock that the Steelers were going to release Moncrief before week 10, which begs to wonder if it also played a part in Moncrief rarely getting another shot, despite James Washington doing nothing to solidify the No. 3 receiver spot.

Stephon Tuitt out for the season


Brutal News for the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night as star Defensive End Stephon Tuitt has a torn pec and will be out for the season, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports. Tuitt, 26, was having the most dominant season of his career, wrecking havoc against the run and was an instrumental force in the Steelers showing signs of potentially evolving into an elite defense this season.

Tomlin on Hodges: He has a moxie, savvy about him


The preparation is underway to get Devlin Hodges ready to start vs the LA Chargers and one thing Hodges has shown since Latrobe is that he’s not scared to wing it. “He has an awareness, moxie, savvy about him,” said Tomlin. “I like his demeanor. I like the steady-eddy attitude, approach. Fearless-ness is good,” Tomlin said of Hodges.

Mason Rudolph in protocol, Jaylen Samuels out a month


Seat getting hot for special teams coach Danny Smith? Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin cited the kickoff game for the second time in three days as a primary reason the Steelers came out on the losing end against the Ravens. “Field Position in first half set the stage,” said Tomlin. “I thought their kickoff team was significant with Tucker. Hanging the ball. We had difficulty because of his talents. We worked on a long field a lot. Tomlin downplayed the injury to Mason Rudolph being a reason the Steelers came up short. Tomlin cited “five pre-snap penalties on offense and defense” being right up there with the field position game as a key area that hurt the Steelers with Tomlin calling the pre-snap penalties “below the line.” INJURY BUZZ *”Mason Rudolph in concussion protocol. In building yesterday. Doing fine with communicating,” said Tomlin. There was no speculation from Tomlin thatRead More »

Steelers see some Jesse James in newly acquired TE Nick Vannett


With Vance McDonald dealing with a shoulder sprain, the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday night agreed to trade a 2020 5th round-pick to the Seattle Seahawks in-exchange for tight end Nick Vannett. The 26 year old Vannett who is a free agent at seasons end, has 47 career receptions and 4 touchdowns. In 2018 Vannett had a career high 29 catches for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns. Through three games this season, Vannett has 3 catches for 29 yards. What the Steelers like of Vannett, a third round-pick in the 2016 draft, is that he has some Jesse James to him, though, the move has drawn immediate criticism with the 0-3 Steelers surrendering another 2020 draft pick.

The Optimist Angle: 8-8 Season still more likely than a disaster 4-12 type season


The stats don’t lie. An 0-3 start to the NFL season is almost always a death sentence for NFL teams. Especially for ones without a franchise caliber QB behind center. Only six teams have made the playoffs since 1980 after an 0-3 start with the 2018 Houston Texans being the sixth team to it. While Mason Rudolph is capable of keeping the Steelers competitive in games as he showed vs the Seahawks in week 2 and the 49ers Sunday afternoon, unfortunately for the Steelers Rudolph is no DeShaun Watson. There’s every reason to think the Steelers are done and they probably are, but in a conference filled with mediocrity with little separation after New England and Kansas City, there’s reason to still have some slight optimism that a 2013 type situation is going to be in play where Pittsburgh could get to around 8-8 and at least be in theRead More »