Ziggy Hood signs with Jacksonville


The Jacksonville Jaguars continue the overhaul of their defensive line, agreeing to terms with Ziggy Hood. Pittsburgh didn’t make much of an attempt to resign Hood who spent more time on his back than making plays during his five seasons with Pittsburgh. The 2009 first rounder never lived up to his billing and the Steelers entire 2009 draft class is gone. The 2008 and 2009 draft classes are reasons the Steelers have not made the playoffs since 2011. The loss of Hood and Al Woods could lead to the Steelers giving stronger consideration to resigning Brett Keisel who wants to return.

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 »

Thursday Practice Report: Roethlisberger looks to move on from Ward’s comments


Inside Pittsburgh Sports The Steelers hope to have closure with the controversy created this past Sunday by Hines Ward. That closure is possible now that Ben Roethlisberger has addressed the issue with the Pittsburgh media. Speaking before practice Thursday, the Steelers’ quarterback admitted that he was “hurt” by remarks made by Ward on the pre-game show before a 20-17 overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Ward in essence challenged Roethlisberger’s toughness for sitting out with what Ward described as “just a concussion.” “I told (Hines) I was just more hurt than anything,” Roethlisberger said. On Saturday when the Steelers learned that Roethlisberger wouldn’t play due to re-occurring headaches from a Nov. 22 concussion, Ward said he was frustrated. Ward was bummed out to be playing the hated Ravens without “Big Ben.” But imagine how Roethlisberger found out when he got the news. “Coach (Mike) Tomlin basically pulled me in hisRead More »

Position by Position Breakdown


The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for their final pre-season contest of the year (Thursday Night 7:30 at Carolina), a lot of questions have been cleared up over the last month of training camp and the three previous warm up games. But a few question marks remain. Tim Benz takes an inside look….position by position…. at where the Steelers roster and line-up stands now as opposed to the beginning of camp in Latrobe back on July 31st. QUARTERBACK: Ben Roethlisberger managed to avoid major injury and legal distraction up until now. Although it is clear Big Ben’s Achilles injury at the end of camp was a scare and cost him a pre-season tune up opportunity against Washington. Roethlisberger still claims the injury isn’t 100% and says he took a hit on it in the Buffalo game as well. But the injury “watch and wait game” is something we are all familiar withRead More »

Saturday Morning Practice: Timmons looks to play a starring role


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Lawrence Timmons now looks the part, but it remains to be seen if he can play a starring role. Timmons, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ No. 1 pick in 2007, has bulked up a bit and worked hard since then and is poised to replace Larry Foote as a starting inside linebacker for the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense. And it’s not a role that the third-year player takes lightly. “I know it looks like the job was handed to me, but it’s really not,” Timmons said. “I have to go out there and perform every day on the field, in practice and in the games, but that’s nothing I haven’t been doing for years. Playing football hasn’t changed that much for me.” After several minor injuries and limited production as a rookie, the 23-year-old Timmons played in every game last seasonRead More »

Reflections From Mini Camp


By Mike Bires PITTSBURGH – Publicly, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says we shouldn’t get too excited about off-season workouts. “It’s football in shorts,” he likes to say. By that, Tomlin insinuates that the real test begins in late July when the Steelers report to Latrobe for the dog days of training camp. That’s when pads go on and hitting begins. That’s when “real” football begins. Still, Tomlin loves the mandatory three-day minicamp held May 1-3 and the 14 sessions called organized team activities. It’s a chance to see all the new guys, particularly the 2009 draft picks. It’s also a chance to see a cast of returnees who have something to prove this season in more ways than one. With that in mind, here’s a look back at some hot topics from minicamp and a look ahead to the 12 remaining OTAs which resume May 19: