LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES AT RUNNING BACK For a team that ranked 29th in the league last year at 3.7 yards per rush,
With James Harrison locked up, the Steelers focus has now turned to Left tackle Max Starks. The two sides have been in negotiations since March but talks have yet to reach the serious stages. Starks is due 8.451 million for the 2009 season, the average of the top five highest-paid tackles in the NFL. The Steelers want to get that cap hit in the $5.5 million range but the difficult task is giving Starks enough guaranteed money to satisfy him as he is due a guaranteed salary of $8.451 million this season. Talks will pick up later this week according to sources with the Steelers and the Steelers would love to get a deal done by the middle of May. Negotiations with tight end Heath Miller will begin
A lot of buzz going around right now that the Tennessee Titans will be the team that comes to Heinz field for the NFL‚Äôs Thursday night season opener in 2009. The San Diego Chargers are believed to be the second choice at this point. The opportunity will be presented to the Baltimore Ravens for a rematch of the AFC Championship game to open the 2009 season but it is likely that they will decline like the Denver Broncos did in 06. Steelers 2009 Schedule Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions An Inside Look at players who will be entering the final year of their contract in 09. Who will receive an extension and who likely won’t Harrison to commandRead More »
Photo courtesy of SteelCityHobbies The Pittsburgh Steelers held their victory parade in downtown Pittsburgh today. Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau deserve a lot of credit for the team’s success on the field but Kevin Colbert deserves a lot of credit for constructing a Super Bowl champion. The Steelers got minimal production from their 08 draft but Colbert make key draft picks in 07 such as Lawrence Timmons, William Gay who didn’t make much of a impact in 07 but were unsung players on the 08 team. I doubt there are many fans questioning the team drafting Lawrence Timmons now. He’s going to be a special player next year. 2007 Second round pick LaMarr Woodley who has 8 sacks in four career post-season games is developing into one of the games top linebackers. The Steelers 07 draft class is looking very good. In 2006 Colbert moved up seven spotsRead More »
Perfect throw. Perfect catch. That‚Äôs all can say about the what might be the greatest drive in NFL history. Ben Roethlisberger’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left gave Pittsburgh a thrilling 27-23 victory over the Cardinals, capping off a 78 yard drive with 2:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger, Holmes guided the Steelers to their 6th Super Bowl title. Roethlisberger among the games great players
Super Bowl XLIII Outlook The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals Clash in Tampa tonight for Super XLIII. The Steelers come into the game as seven point favorites while the Cardinals are in¬†familiar territory as the underdog in Super XLIII. The Cardinals who finished the regular season 9-7, winning the NFC West division had to go through the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles to reach Super Bowl XLIII. Pittsburgh the AFC North division champs beat the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round and beat the Baltimore Ravens for the third time this year in the AFC Championship game 23-14. The Steelers who have reached the Super Bowl for the¬†second time in four years, will be¬†vying for their 6th Super Bowl title.
Steelers 35 – Chargers 24 Willie Parker rushed for 146 yards & 2TD‚Äôs and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 181 yards and 1 touchdown as the Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers 35-24 to advance to their third AFC Championship game in five years. The Steelers controlled the ball for 14:43 in the third quarter which set the tone for the second half as the Steelers led 21-10 at the end of the third quarter. With 12:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, Gary Russell‚Äôs one yard touchdown run capped off a 2 play ‚Äì 49 yard drive to put the Steelers up 28-10. The Chargers¬†got within 11 but the Steelers responded like good teams do and Willie Parker sealed the game with a 16 yard touchdown run that resulted in a 9 play ‚Äì 73 yard drive. The Steelers outgained the Chargers 342 ‚Äì 290 and controlled the line ofRead More »
Mike Tomlin held a 5 minute media session today which isn’t rare on Thursday’s but Tomlin did address Willie Parker’s controversial comments from Wednesday. Tomlin is clearly not happy about what Parker said. Tomlin responded to Parker’s comments by saying Parker didn’t care about running behind two tight end sets when he was leading the league in rushing last year. Tomlin also made a reference that he walks past 5 Vince Lombardi trophies when he goes to work, not 5 rushing titles. Tomlin also addressed the team as a whole about Parker’s comments, not Parker individually. Bruce Arians who usually talks to reporters for 25-30 minutes on Thursday’s told the media that he was told not to speak today.
Since Willie Parker has returned from his injury, he has been calling for the Steelers to run the ball more. Today Parker complained that the Steelers are too predictable. Following practice Parker had this to say: “We bring in two tight ends now, without a fullback, and they know what’s coming. “I don’t know what it is but it’s not been effective.” Parker leads the Steelers in rushing with 597 yards but the offense has been more effective with Mewelde Moore. Insiders Take: Under Mike Tomlin the Steelers are no longer a power running team. Willie Parker needs to get with the picture that the Steelers are moving more towards a West Coast style of offense and they don‚Äôt have the offensive line to pound the ball like it‚Äôs 2005. It‚Äôs becoming a common theme with Parker on Wednesday‚Äôs to express his displeasure with the offense. Bruce Arians has deservedRead More »