Steelers playoff hopes sacked by lowly Browns


Steelers lose fifth straight game Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin promised changes following the Steelers embarrassing 27-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders in week 13 but Thursday night it was more of the same as the Steelers playoff hopes were dashed by the 2-11 Cleveland Browns. The Browns handed the Super Bowl champions their fifth straight loss, defeating the Steelers 13-6 for their first win against Pittsburgh since 2003. The win for Cleveland was their Super Bowl, while barring an foreseen miracle, the Steelers title defense is all but over before the playoffs even started. After a 6-2 start, the Steelers stunning collapse in the second half of the season has happened at the hands of three of the worst teams {Oakland, Cleveland, Kansas City} in the AFC, who have a combined record of 9-28. “We’ve found new and different ways to not rise up at critical moments andRead More »

Wednesday Notebook: No linebacker controversy in Pittsburgh


Starting in place of Lawrence Timmons Monday night, inside linebacker Keyaron Fox led the Steelers with 9 total tackles including 8 solo tackles against the Broncos Fox drew praise from head coach Mike Tomlin following the game and again on Tuesday at Tomlin’s weekly press conference. “Guys like James Farrior and Keyaron Fox really created a lot of disruption,” Tomlin said. Even though neither guy registered a sack, they created disruption. They broke the pocket down. Guys did a nice job complementing that with solid coverage on the back end, and as the evening wore on we were able to gain a significant advantage in that regard.” There is some thought around the Steelers that Keyaron Fox is a better fit for the Steelers system, playing a Larry Foote kind of role but the coaching staff doesn’t see it that way and neither do I. According to sources, when healthyRead More »

NFL: 49er’s mystery team in on Brady Quinn?


The National Football Post reported last week that a mystery team put a first-round pick on the table in exchange for quarterback Brady Quinn It is being speculated that the mystery team may be the San Francisco 49er’s. Reports have indicated Browns head coach Eric Mangini is not a fan of Brady Quinn and wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The Giants are believed to be close to acquiring Edwards before draft day.

NFL: Mangini announces open quarterback competition for Browns


Questionable moves continue for the Cleveland Browns under new head coach Eric Mangini. There has been speculation that Mangini isn’t very high on young quarterback Brady Quinn and today that notion became true According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, The open quarterback competition between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn officially has begun, Browns coach Eric Mangini said at the NFL owners meetings this morning. The Plain Dealer reports, the prospect of trading one still exists, Mangini said he met with both quarterbacks prior to coming here and explained they will have an open competition for the starting job in 2009. “I talked to both of them about that and was very clear,” Mangini said. “I said if they have any questions they can come and see me. In terms of the competition and their opportunities. That’s what I told them. They understand that.”