Barring a surprise development, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to retain Keith Butler as defensive coordinator for the 2019 season. Butler has been informed by head coach Mike Tomlin to prepare for the upcoming senior bowl, sources close to the situation say, and Butler has been part of regular meetings with the staff, including having a voice on the next hire for a linebackers coach. Butler has one year left on his contract.
Antonio Brown “likely” to be traded this off-season from the Steelers has now reached the stage where it’s beyond just media speculation. It’s going to happen! Art Rooney II said today in an interview with Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette that it’s “hard to envision” Brown being on the roster by training camp and said “all options” are on the table. Another tidbit from Rooney that stands out — Rooney saying the salary cap ramifications will not “box” the team in when it comes to potentially moving Brown.
As former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis mulls his options for the 2019 season, that includes front office opportunities, the Pittsburgh Steelers have held preliminary discussions with Lewis about a role in the coaching staff, sources tell TIOPS. Lewis is not being sought to become the Steelers defensive coordinator in 2019 but has been eyed to join the staff in a consultant/specialist role to help oversee a number of areas on the defense.
The first coaching casualty thus far for the Steelers is Mike Tomlin’s close friend and former Steeler great Joey Porter. Porter today has been fired after five years on the staff. “I have informed outside linebackers coach Joey Porter that we will not renew his contract. These are difficult decisions when it comes to someone like Joey who has meant a lot to this organization as both a player and coach. I want to thank Joey for his coaching efforts over the past five years on our defensive staff. We wish him the best in his future coaching career.” — Mike Tomlin statement
Main takeaways from Mike Tomlin’s Wednesday Press Conference: 1. Tomlin, as expected, was on the defensive about the Antonio Brown fake knee injury, calling it a real injury to obviously protect the Steelers from league discipline, though, it became clear by Tomlin’s comments that even if he was telling the truth and the team thought Brown had an actual injury at one point, the team obviously became fully aware by Saturday morning that the injury was pretty much made up by Brown when Brown went AWOL and skipped the scheduled MRI on Friday. 2. As the press conference dragged on and by the time it ended, it became clear Tomlin and the Steelers have finally reached a breaking point with Brown and a trade is very much going to be in play as it should be. 3. The mystery remains we’re the Steelers really going to try to hide thisRead More »
Trading Antonio Brown has to become a reality Chemistry matters when you want to be in the Super Bowl discussion and the Steelers have none of it. Egos have brought this team down year after year and it continued in 2018. Steelers teammate: “Embarrassing . . . Worst I’ve ever seen.” Antonio Brown benched for game after he skipped practices all week https://t.co/wVzJIjeP6d via @PittsburghPG — Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) January 1, 2019 Football is the ultimate team game. Things have finally reached the point where the Steelers brass has to look in the mirror and come to the realization that superstar talent isn’t winning out against the drama and division in the room these certain individuals are creating. That’s where Antonio Brown comes into play. Mike Tomlin is getting a ton of heat for not being able to control Brown, but the reality is Kevin Colbert is the one whoRead More »
Ravens 26 – Browns 24 (F) 1st and 10 at the Ravens 39 yard line with a 1:20 left in the 4th quarter, the Cleveland Browns were driving and had the city of Pittsburgh on the edge of their seat in that Cleveland might actually get the Steelers to the playoffs……. Three straight incompletions by Baker Mayfield, though, including missing a wide open Jarvis Landry on an 8 yard out on 2nd and 10, doomed Cleveland as Mayfield would be picked off by C.J. Mosley on 4th and 10 as Mosley delivered a 26-24 Ravens win and crushed the Steelers playoff chances. Eliminated from winning the AFC North, Pittsburgh’s only chance at making the playoffs is for the Colts-Titans to tie tonight on SNF.
Chris Boswell’s disastrous 2018 season is over. Boswell has been officially placed on injured reserve with an unspecified injury, the team says. Kicker Matt McCrane has been signed and added to the 53-man roster. We have signed K Matt McCrane to our 53-man roster, and have placed K Chris Boswell on the Reserve/Injured List. MORE: https://t.co/esKe9l5lPs pic.twitter.com/dge9K12qPl — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 28, 2018 McCrane has been released by the Raiders and Cardinals this season. McCrane has made 5 of 9 field goals, including all five extra points.
The Pittsburgh Steelers 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints was as crushing as it could get. The Steelers backed themselves up against a wall with so many inexcusable losses to the likes of Oakland, Denver, the collapse against the Chargers to tying Hue Freaking Jacksons Cleveland Browns in week 1, that what the Steelers showed these last two weeks is what made the loss to New Orleans so devastating. This team is good enough to win a Super Bowl, especially in this AFC. How could you not watch this team yesterday against the NFC favorite in their barn and not think that. In a year where there is no dominant team in the AFC and each contender having a number of flaws, this is setting up as the biggest missed opportunity in the Tomlin/Colbert era. We can debate for days whether the game stolen by the refs, but theRead More »