Thursday’s Steelers Buzz: LeBeau feels Wilson and Williams are ready for time in base defense


THURSDAY’S STEELERS BUZZ By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said he really didn’t know how the Cincinnati Bengals were using James Harrison this year, primarily because he has been studying that team’s offensive performers. However, when asked about his own young linebackers, LeBeau was effusive in praising players such as Kion Wilson — who will start in place of injured veteran Larry Foote — and rookie sixth-round pick Vince Williams. “I think our young backers are very alert people, and I think we probably have a little more depth there than we’ve had in some years,” LeBeau said Thursday. “But with Larry going down, we’re definitely going to need it. Again, they’re just young players, and they’re just learning what to do. “But I think they’ve all made great progress to this point, and they’re probably going to get some OJT (on the job training)Read More »

Steelers – Thursday: James Harrison talks suiting up against Steelers on Monday night


STEELERS – THURSDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — James Harrison never was as gracious with Pittsburgh Steelers media as he was when speaking with them Thursday morning as a first-year member of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers visit Cincinnati in a Week 2 NFL matchup Monday night, and Harrison said it’s just another game for him. The media told him they believed the game against his former team meant a lot more. “That’s for you all to say,” Harrison said. “I’m telling you what it is, and you can believe what you want. But I can only tell you what it is. I can’t change your thinking process.” Harrison occasionally dropped into pass-coverage with the Steelers, but he primarily was a pass-rusher during his Steelers heyday (2007-12) with 60 sacks during that span and 64 overall to rank about the franchise leaders. With the Bengals, Harrison plays off the lineRead More »

Wednesday’s Steelers Buzz


Wednesday’s Steelers Buzz By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers No. 1 pick Jarvis Jones watched a lot of film on James Harrison and what he did as the team’s right outside linebacker this past season. But don’t try to make comparisons between Jones and Harrison, who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers opponent this Monday night. “Me and James are two different players,” Jones said. “He’s vicious. Strong, way stronger than I’ll ever be. And he’s physical. I’m not saying that I’m not physical, but we’ve just got two different styles of play. I think I use my hands a lot more than him. He’s more just legs and upper-body strength. He likes to overpower people, but I’m just more … not finesse, but I like to do my steps and use my hands and more technique. Harrison’s just a beast. “I can’t say what he does,Read More »

Steelers – Tuesday: The Latest Buzz out of Mike Tomlin’s Presser


STEELERS – TUESDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — As Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday to open his weekly press conference, this was the start of a busy week for the team. So, we’ll get all the highlights from the 20-minute session: *First, Tomlin addressed the previous game, which he said wasn’t all bad. “In the midst of it, as miserable as it was, at times, we had our opportunities,” Tomlin said. “We didn’t, of course, capitalize on them. I thought we were an explosion play or two away from really being in the game. There were a couple balls that we threw down the field at we weren’t able to convert. Obviously, I thought we had an opportunity at the onside kick. “We had a couple balls tipped up in the air defensively that fell harmlessly to the ground on third-down stops. Then, their punter had a greatRead More »

Steelers – Titans Locker Room Reactions & Analysis


STEELERS – TITANS REACTIONS By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — It would have been difficult for the season to begin any worse for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who lost offensive captain Maurkice Pouncey and defensive leader Larry Foote to season-ending injuries and then dropped a 16-9 decision to the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. Pouncey, the only true center on the roster, suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee due to a careless play by guard David DeCastro. The Steelers signed center-guard Cody Wallace one week ago, but he was deactivated for the game. So, multi-purpose lineman Kelvin Beachum had to play center. Foote, a veteran inside linebacker, suffered a torn right bicep. Both his injury and Pouncey’s will need surgery to repair the damage. Pouncey’s replacement will be determined this week, while Kion Wilson replaced Foote Sunday and could continue in that role. Rookie inside linebackerRead More »

Steelers – Thursday: Woodley’s play likely to dictate if coaching staff goes through with a regular OLB rotation


STEELERS – THURSDAY By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — Among the many tidbits from Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s press conference this week were his plan to start Jason Worilds at right outside linebacker, but substitute rookie Jarvis Jones for him and some point and rotate Worilds with left outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Worilds was happy to be starting, but he didn’t seem to be thrilled with Tomlin’s game plan for the outside linebackers. “Who wants to come out? Nobody wants to come out, you know?” Worilds said. Woodley wouldn’t discuss the rotation situation.

Bubble players Jones, Moye and Baxter look to secure roster spots with one last impression tonight vs Panthers


Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin noted with limited practice time this week going into the final preseason game Thursday night, this is the final chance for some players to “state a case” for themselves. With outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (AC sprain in chest), running back Le’Veon Bell (right mid-foot sprain), tight end Heath Miller (right knee) and running back Isaac Redman (stinger) declared out this week and the starters playing as little as possible, backups will be the focus when the Steelers take on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. “We obviously have a lot of backs that we need to sort through, and we know what (Redman) is capable of,” Tomlin said. “So, we’re going to look at some of those others, like Stephens-Howling, Jonathan Dwyer and, of course, the newly acquired Felix Jones. But that could be said about a lot of positions.”Read More »

Tuesday’s Steelers Buzz: Lack of scoring, RB and 0-line issues isn’t phasing Tomlin


TUESDAY’S STEELERS BUZZ By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — For those concerned that the Pittsburgh Steelers, 0-3 so far in the preseason, are headed for a disastrous 2013 regular season it’s crucial to note that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expressed none. “I’m so worried,” Roethlisberger said with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. “Can’t you see it on my face? It’s the preseason, and we’re taking this time to work on things and get better, but we’ll be ready to go when it’s time.” The Steelers’ general lack of scoring and limited ability to run the football during the opening three preseason games are what makes fans fret the most, but it didn’t seem to bother Coach Mile Tomlin Tuesday. “I like where we are from a development standpoint in ’13,” Tomlin said. “I don’t worry about our past rankings. That’s really irrelevant as we build this team. … We’ve doneRead More »

Improvement on offense and defense from Steelers marred by special teams breakdowns, penalties


PITTSBURGH — A special teams breakdown and glut of penalties marred improvement on offense and defense and cost the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 26-20 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the third preseason game Saturday night at Heinz Field. A questionable horse-collar tackle by rookie linebacker Vince Williams kept the game-winning drive alive by the Chiefs, who also got an 18-yard run by backup quarterback Chase Daniel on third-and-long to get into scoring range. Daniel passed to Rico Richardson for 15 yards and the game-winning touchdown after converting a fourth-down play. The penalty by Williams gave the Steelers nine for 98 yards in the game and 243 yards in three preseason games. A nice drive by the offense, along with two tremendous stops by the defense, helped the Steelers secure a 10-0 early lead during the first quarter. Shaun Suisham kicked a 28-yard field goal to cap anRead More »

Thursday’s Steelers Buzz: Don’t hold your breath on Steelers opening up offense vs Chiefs


THURSDAY’S STEELERS BUZZ By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — For those waiting for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense to open up in preseason Game 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday night, don’t hold your breath. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger expected some things to improve, but nothing different will be on display. “You always want to win every week that you play, but that being said the ones coming up in a couple weeks are a little more important,” Roethlisberger said. “They’re a real good defense, and they’re going to present our offense with some different looks that we haven’t seen in a while. “(So), there will be a big difference working on red zone and third down and things like that, because we hadn’t been doing that and got caught in situations that we were not quite prepared for.” Roethlisberger also commented on an area that has been a lightning rodRead More »