Ryan Shazier out vs Rams


STEELERS – FRIDAY PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Friday that second-year inside linebacker Ryan Shazier is out for Sunday’s game at St. Louis, which means that veterans Vince Williams and Sean Spence get a chance to fill Shazier’s considerable cleats against the Rams. “We have some capable guys, and it’s the next man up attitude here,” linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. “We’ve got Vince Williams, and we’ve got (Sean) Spence. More than capable guys.” Shazier’s performance against San Francisco last week was dominant, as he rattled the 49ers for 15 total tackles, including 11 solo, one dazzling 17-yard sack, three stops behind the line, one quarterback hurry, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Shazier’s 22 tackles are the fourth-best in the NFL through two games. “Ryan had an outstanding game, and it’s been great to watch him grow and make those plays,” Spence said. “I’m really oneRead More »

The Steelers are finally Ben Roethlisberger’s ‘Team’


STEELERS – THURSDAY PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t too long ago that the Pittsburgh Steelers were known primarily as a strong defensive team with a solid running game, but that perspective certainly has changed in recent years. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wideout Antonio Brown and a bevy of skill players leading the way, the Steelers have morphed into an offensive juggernaut that leads the NFL in total offense after just two games. Roethlisberger and the Steelers are second in passing yardage to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, but Brown is unparalleled with 18 catches for a league-best 328 yards (18.2 average) and two touchdowns. “Ben really has developed over the years, and that’s a testament to all the hard work he’s put in and his smarts,” Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster said Thursday. “And every team has to look at him first as a playmaker. You have to accountRead More »

Steelers – Wednesday: Rams talented d-line susceptible to splash plays


STEELERS – WEDNESDAY PITTSBURGH — Thanks to Ben Roethlisberger’s passing prowess, the Pittsburgh Steelers lead the NFL in total offensive yardage through two games, 18th in rushing and second in passing. This week’s opponent, the St. Louis Rams, are 18th in total defense. They are 10th against the pass, but a whopping 30th against the run, as only two teams have allowed more than their 153 yards per game on the ground. “I believe the majority of that comes on a handful of plays, but that’s how it is when you’ve got guys rushing the passer like they do,” Steelers center Cody Wallace said. “They get into the backfield and make some plays, but you also can give up a few. And that’s what they’ve done in the opening two games.” Steelers offensive guard Ramon Foster believed that some of the success of the Rams defensive line has also workedRead More »

Steelers – 49ers Post Game Buzz & Analysis


STEELERS – 49ERS POST GAME BUZZ PITTSBURGH — This was more like it for the Pittsburgh Steelers, more the way that they wanted to play and the way they believed they could play. Sure, they gave up some yardage and points, but they easily outscored the San Francisco 49ers, 43-18, Sunday at Heinz Field. And that’s probably what they’ll need to do for the remainder of the season. “I expect us to win downs in situations, and we did,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “We did what we were capable of. … We didn’t develop a new personality (in the red zone). I just think that we executed better on offense and defense.” Ben Roethlisberger led the offense with 369 yards passing (21-for-27) and three touchdowns, while Antonio Brown tallied nine catches for 195 yards and one score. DeAngelo Williams ran 20 times for 77 yards and the three TDs.Read More »

Steelers crush 49ers, 43-18, with dominant performance in all phases


STEELERS 43 – 49ERS 18 PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger threw for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns, and DeAngelo Williams ran for three scores to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 43-18 win against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger’s top target was Antonio Brown, who tallied nine catches for 195 yards and one touchdown. Roethlisberger completed 21 of 27 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns, while Williams ran 20 times for 77 yards and the three scores. The Steelers had two nice passing plays during their opening drive, but too many penalties, including a 15-yard personal foul on a late hit by Cody Wallace, thwarted it. Roethlisberger hit Brown for a 28-yard connection to convert a third down. Markus Wheaton also had a 19-yard catch. It was the 400th reception in Brown’s young career, the 74th straight game that he has had a catch.Read More »

Steelers – Friday: Secondary Shakeup Continues


PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers secondary shakeup continued this week, as second-year cornerback Ross Cockrell joined the mix. Cockrell, a Duke product and fourth-round pick by the Buffalo Bills last year, played seven games for them before being released. He was signed by the Steelers just five days before their game against the Patriots and did not play, but Cockrell has been in the thick of things this week. “I did run with the ones most

Steelers – Thursday: Dupree heading in right direction


STEELERS – THURSDAY PITTSBURGH — Bud Dupree’s statistics from his first NFL game were rather modest, but the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 1 pick was among the few bright spots for a defense that still has a long way to go this season. And Dupree showed that he should have a bright future as a pass-rushing outside linebacker after dropping New England quarterback Tom Brady for a loss, pressuring him and securing two solo tackles. Still, the Steelers lost to the Patriots, 28-21, last Thursday night. “The sack was good, but we were focusing on getting a win,” Dupree said. “And that didn’t happen. But getting my first sack, that definitely was something I’ll remember. And I’m glad I got it out of the way in my first game.” Sure, Dupree missed some plays and assignments as well, including a huge pass from Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski, but heRead More »

Steelers – Wednesday Report


STEELERS – WEDNESDAY PITTSBURGH — DeAngelo Williams preferred to watch the WWE’s Monday Night Raw this week, instead of the Pittsburgh Steelers next opponent on Monday Night Football, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be prepared to face the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at 1 p.m at Heinz Field. “Their defense, they fly around to the ball and do a great job as a unit,” Williams said Wednesday after practice. “They play the game as a total team defense. And that’s something that we’ve got to account for going into Sunday’s game. We know they’re going to fly around and also stay in their gaps. They’re a very disciplined defense, so we’ve got take what they give us.” Williams took the New England Patriots for 127 yards on 21 carries last week, but inexplicably was taken out of the game once the Steelers approached the goal line. That’s when theRead More »

Steelers – Monday: Boykin expected to be part of plans in week 2


STEELERS – MONDAY PITTSBURGH — Cornerback Brandon Boykin has played in every game since the Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the fourth round during the 2012 NFL Draft. And he certainly played for his new team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, during their game at New England last Thursday night. But it was all on special teams. There were no defensive snaps for Boykin, and that was a first for the fourth-year player as a pro. “You always want to play more, and you definitely want to get on the field in general,” Boykin said Monday. “But that wasn’t the case last week. I don’t know why or what the deal is or the reason was for that, so I really can’t answer that question. You’ll have to ask the coaches about that.” The Steelers sent a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 2016 to the Eagles to acquire Boykin right after trainingRead More »

Steelers – Friday: Players react to communication problems, other issues in Week 1 loss to Pats


STEELERS – FRIDAY PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t want to blame their 28-21 loss Thursday night at New England on Patriots shenanigans with the club’s headsets, but they all believed there were communications difficulties on both sides of the ball that contributed to the defeat. “We had problems with communication for the most part of the game, just getting lined up with personnel, getting the defense called in,” linebacker James Harrison said. “The biggest issue was getting the call from upstairs, so it could have contributed to some of it. But we still missed tackles and couldn’t get off on third down. They executed in the red zone, and we didn’t.” Outside linebacker Terence Garvin was approached about his lack of red-zone execution, allowing Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski to get open in the end zone from close range, but inside backer Vince Williams felt the need to speakRead More »