Steelers 23- Ravens 20


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — There were no onside kicks or any other sleight of hand needed to help the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. With a slim, three-point lead to protect late in the fourth quarter, the Steelers’ defense rose to the occasion and stopped the Baltimore Ravens in a 23-20 victory Sunday afternoon at Heinz field. “It’s huge to stop them the way that we did, and it’s just going to build our confidence going into next weekend,” Steelers inside linebacker James Farrior said. “Hopefully, this effort will carry over, and the other teams will do what they need to do and we can get into this dance. That’s what we want to do.”

Ryan Clark among players whose focus is not where it should be


After a 2-6 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed pride in 2006 when they finished 6-2 in their final eight games that included a overtime victory of the Cincinnati Bengals in their regular season finale. In the midst of a five game losing streak, that’s the big question surrounding this years team. Do they have it in them to finish on a high note? Mentally it doesn’t look like it Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark went on a tirade following practice on Wednesday, criticizing the fans and media for what Clark claims to be is harsh coverage of the players. Clark went as far as calling the media turds as frustrations are brewing in the Steelers locker room. “You watch the Eagles, you watch the big plays given up, and I started checking other media outlets and you don’t hear the things about them in their media that you hear aboutRead More »

Tomlin must fix dissension in the locker room


Steelers lack a team concept There continues to be signs that there is a locker room divide among the Steelers veterans. It’s a problem for the Super Bowl champions that is not going away. According to former NFL executive Michael Lombardi, “Too many players have their own agendas and not enough of a team concept. There’s a problem among the players, and the Hines Ward/Ben Roethlisberger problem has not gone away despite the Ward apology. Expect changes.” Hines Ward questioning the courage and toughness of Ben Roethlisberger has had a reeling effect on this team. As NBC analyst Rodney Harrison {former teammate of Brady’s} said two weeks ago, “If Tom Brady had a hangnail, never would any of the guys question Tom Brady.” How to fix the dissension in the locker room falls on the shoulders of head coach Mike Tomlin. I’m a strong Mike Tomlin supporter but he didRead More »

Thursday Practice Report: Mundy to start at free safety?


By Mike Bires Ryan Mundy claims he does not know who’s starting at free safety Monday night in Denver. But it could be him. A second-year pro who attended Woodland Hills High School in suburban Pittsburgh, Mundy has been seeing extensive time with the first-team defense at practice this week. At least one Steeler defender said Mundy will make his first career start when the Steelers play the Broncos. “Nobody has told me anything yet,” Mundy said after Thursday’s practice. “So we’ll see.” Whether it’s Mundy or 10th-year pro Tyrone Carter, it appears more and more that the Steelers will have a different free safety at Invesco Field at Mile High. Ryan Clark, who experienced a serious health scare the last time the Steelers played in Denver, has yet to announce his intentions. But speculation suggests that Clark won’t play. Because he’s a sickle cell trait carrier whose blood isRead More »

Week 9: Mike Tomlin Press Conference


Mike Tomlin Press Conference Coming off their bye week, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a Monday Night showdown in Denver against the 6-1 Broncos. Pittsburgh lost their previous meeting (07) in Denver 31-28 and have not won in Denver since the 1990’s. Denver leads the All-Time series 16-9-1 and Pittsburgh has lost two straight vs Denver. The Broncos are coming off of a 30-7 loss to Baltimore which ended their perfect record. Despite playing on the road, the Steelers open up as 3 point favorites. Mike Tomlin held his weekly press conference today and the hot topic again today was safety Ryan Clark. Tomlin indicated for the second consecutive game that Ryan Clark has received medical clearance to play in Denver but no decision has been yet, and Ryan Clark has yet to determine whether he is willing to play. According to Tomlin, a decision will be made later in theRead More »

Clark remains undecided; Mendenhall working on ball security


Monday Practice Report By Mike Bires If Ryan Clark has already decided not to play in Denver, he and coach Mike Tomlin aren’t saying. On Monday when the Steelers returned to practice after their bye week, Clark refused to address his personal health issue to the media. The highly regarded free safety said, “I’ve got nothing else to say. Ask Coach Tomlin.” As a sickle cell trait carrier, Clark experienced severe health problems the last time the Steelers played at Invesco Field at Mile High. In a loss to the Broncos on Oct. 21, 2007, the combination of over-exerting himself in the game and low oxygen levels in the Rocky Mountain air caused Clark’s blood to negatively affect his spleen.

Day 8: Steelers are no strangers to rule changes brought about by their agressive style


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers are no strangers to rule changes over the years brought on by their aggressive, physical style of play, and the NFL came up with one again this year. There was the head-slap rule to stop the Steel Curtain’s defensive line from beating up their opposing offensive linemen on their way to sacking the quarterback, and then there was the 5-yard chuck rule instituted because monstrous cornerback Mel Blount would tie up a wideout at the line and he had no chance to get into his pattern. Now, there’s the Hines Ward Rule, aptly named for Steelers wideout Hines Ward, who can change a game equally as well with his run-blocking ability as he does as a pass-catcher. And the main play that precipitated the rule came against the Cincinnati Bengals and rookie linebacker Keith Rivers. “There’s really no intent now inRead More »