Steelers Free Agency Report: Gay weighing four options, close to decision


GAY CLOSE TO DECISION Steelers cornerback William Gay is getting close to making a decision on his future. Gay who visited the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos this week, tweeted tonight that he is done taking visits for now. Gay has multiple offers on the table, according to an NFL source. While the Steelers are a longshot to retain Gay, they have remained in contact with agent Jerrold Colton throughout the free agency period and have interest in resigning Gay. However, the team won’t pay much to keep him and if Gay returns to the Steelers, he’ll be leaving money on the table after making $735,000 (including signing bonus) last season on a one year deal. Gay though has yet to rule the Steelers out who would like to retain him for depth purposes on a two or three year deal. The Steelers have high hopes for CortezRead More »

Post-Green Bay Judgements: Roethlisberger delivers


Roethlisberger saves Steelers *Great players deliver in clutch situations and Ben Roethlisberger did exactly that as the Steelers franchise quarterback threw for a team record 503 yards and saved the Steelers season with a 19 yard game winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace as time expired. Roethlisberger’s heroics against Green Bay was one of the greatest quarterback performances in the history of the game (10th to be exact) as Roethlisberger became the first quarterback to throw for 500-plus yards in a win since Boomer Esiason in 1996. Roethlisberger’s game winning pass has given the Steelers life, after driving the Steelers 86 yards on 11 plays for the Steelers winning score that included a 4th and 7 and 3rd and 15 conversion. The drive quickly drew comparisons of Super Bowl XLIII “It was obviously pretty reminiscent of the Super Bowl, ” Steelers center Justin Hartwig said. Tomlin makes rightRead More »

Tuesday Practice Report: Ike Taylor and William Gay took plenty of reps with the first-team defense


By Inside Pittsburgh Sports PITTSBURGH _The mood these days in the Steelers’ locker room reflects the team’s state of affairs. “Gloomy,” tackle Willie Colon said. A four-game losing streak and a 6-6 record is obviously reason for disappointment. So, too, is the announcement from coach Mike Tomlin that he may shake up the lineup. But according to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it’s time to move past Sunday’s embarrassing 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders and start focusing on getting back on track.

Steelers being exposed as losing streak reaches four


The Steelers losing streak extended to four games Sunday afternoon as the Steelers suffered yet another stunning loss, this time to the Oakland Raiders and a journeyman quarterback who didn’t have a job at the start of the regular season. Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradkowski threw 3 fourth quarter touchdowns including a 11 yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy with nine seconds remaining as the Raiders stunned Pittsburgh 27-24. The Steelers went ahead 24-20 on Ben Roethlisberger’s 11 yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward with 1:56 remaining, only to have Gradkowski and the Raiders go 10 plays and 88 yards for the game winning score. The loss puts the Steelers (6-6) in serious danger of missing playoffs, after winning the Super Bowl for a second time in four seasons. The offense stumbled for the most part in the first three quarters but delivered in the fourth quarter when it counted andRead More »

Steelers title hopes will depend on a healthy Troy Polamalu


Polamalu expected to be okay The Pittsburgh Steelers received a scare Sunday afternoon when Troy Polamalu left the game after only one series in Pittsburgh’s 18-12 loss to Cincinnati. Polamalu under-went an MRI on Sunday but the Steelers received good news as the MRI went well. Polamalu is expected to only be sidelined for 1-2 weeks at the most, barring a coaches decision for Polamalu to miss further games. With the 2-7 Kansas City Chiefs on the Steelers schedule, Pittsburgh will be very cautious with Polamalu this week as he likely won’t play. When Polamalu is out of action, the Steelers are a totally different team. There is no way around it. If Polamalu’s nagging knee injury continues to be a problem, one major concern for the Steelers is the lack of playmakers they have in their secondary.

Inside Look at the Steelers: AFC still goes through Pittsburgh?


Inside Look at the Steelers The Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers had fallen somewhat under the radar after a 1-2 start, but not anymore. Winners of five straight and on the heels of a dominating 28-10 victory over the Denver Broncos, the AFC still goes through Pittsburgh. What do all of the true AFC Contenders (Indianapolis, New England, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati) have in common?; a franchise quarterback. The Steelers offensive attack has the ability to match their top counterparts in the AFC and the vibe around the team is that the Steelers offense is not even close to reaching their potential. We know what Ben Roethlisberger brings to the table but running back Rashard Mendenhall is getting better every week. What was impressive about his outing Monday night (155 yards on 22 carries), was his patience and ability to hit the open holes. Roethlisberger has the most weapons around him thanRead More »

Steelers Training Camp: Position-by-Position Analysis


By Mike Bires For the past 12 days, the Steelers have been hard at work trying to build the foundation for another championship team. The process continues Thursday with the first of four pre-season games. Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Steelers shape up at this stage of training camp: QUARTERBACK Barring the signing of Michael Vick (very unlikely), everything is set. Ben Roethlisberger has clearly established himself as an elite QB with two Super Bowl titles in his first five pro seasons. As far as the battle for the back-up job, it’s still Charlie Batch. That may change pending the performances in the pre-season games. But Dixon has done nothing at camp to threaten Batch’s hold on No. 2. As far as Vick, who’s shopping for a team after his 23-month prison term for his role in an illegal dog-fighting operation, his name has been linked to theRead More »

Wednesday Morning Practice: Roethlisberger throws 3TD’s in Redzone Drill


Broken Coverage The Steelers secondary had a tough time staying with the club’s receivers in a coverage drill, as quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon were pretty sharp from start to finish. In the 11-on-11, team red-zone drill, Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes: to Santonio Holmes, Shaun McDonald and tight end Dezmond Sherrod, while Batch had one to McDonald. In the coverage drill, wideout Steven Black beat

OTA Notebook: For the Steelers, spring semester is over


By Mike Bires For the Steelers, spring semester is over. They went through their last of 14 scheduled organized team activity workouts on Thursday, and coach Mike Tomlin was ecstatic about what he’s seen in recent weeks. “We just put the finishing touches on what has been a very productive OTA session for us,” he said. “I thought we had a successful off-season from a teaching standpoint. We provided guys with plenty of opportunities to get reps and learn. Guys who needed rehabilitation got that. “As we sit here today, all-in-all, it was a pretty productive off-season for us.” Even though the majority of the regulars from last year’s Super Bowl team attended all or most OTAs, it’s the newcomers and a handful of younger players who got the most out of these practices. It was a time to watch draft picks like first-rounder Ziggy Hood, who’s making the transitionRead More »