Post-Game Buzz: As Steelers finish 8-8, Foote believes he’s put enough on film this season to return in 2013, if Steelers want him


POST-GAME BUZZ By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers secured a 24-10 season-ending victory against the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field by running the ball hard, passing it efficiently and forcing turnovers on defense, things they didn’t do consistently throughout a year that ended with an 8-8 record. That mark wasn’t good enough to qualify for the AFC playoffs, and it was the second time in four seasons that didn’t happen for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “Obviously, we’ve experienced some professional disappointment in the big picture,” Tomlin said during his post-game press conference. “But in the small picture, we had a game to play today, and a game to prepare for today and win. (So), it was a good winning note for us and a good team effort.” There were contributions from several players on both sides of the ball, but none were bigger than Cortez Allen.Read More »

Steelers Post-Practice Report: Redman takes over 3rd down role; Big Play Wideouts; Sophomore Jinx for Sanders?


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — With starter Rashard Mendenhall battling sore ribs and third-down back Mewelde Moore out with an MCL sprain in his left knee, second-year player Isaac Redman could carry the load for the Pittsburgh Steelers running game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday at Heinz Field. “I’ve been working with Mewelde all year as the third-down back, but I’ll pretty much have all of it this week,” Redman said.

Steelers – Tuesday: On lack of aggressiveness defensively, where has Timmons explosiveness gone & offensive road woes


Steelers – 49ers Fallout — The Pittsburgh Steelers know they squandered a tremendous opportunity last night and you could see it on Mike Tomlin’s face today during his weekly press conference. Tomlin is taking a lot of heat for poor clock management and how he didn’t step in and take Ben Roethlisberger out of the game in the 4th quarter when things were out of reach. “He’s a competitor and I’m not going to deny those guys those opportunities,” Tomlin said today on Roethlisberger’s gutsy performance. “I think his teammates have an appreciation for that and that’s how we’re built.” Tomlin said today that “he never considered” taking Roethlisberger out of the game. [instory] — Offensively, the Steelers moved the ball against San Francisco but what’s been a common scene on the road is the inability to capitalize and put points on the board. The Steelers had drives of 51Read More »

Steelers – Tuesday: Turnover trend has to Change


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line woes notwithstanding, there are several other issues that need to be addressed as well. The Steelers have just 257 rushing yards, 3.3 yards per carry, while allowing 298 rushing yards, a whopping 4.6 yards per run. They have scored two touchdowns on the ground and allowed two as well. Those numbers need to be turned around for the Steelers to continue to be successful. Speaking of stats that need to be reversed. Turnovers have been hugely lopsided against the Steelers this season, so it’s actually a miracle that they’re 2-1 with 10 turnovers by the Steelers and just one for them. “And this is why it’s concerning,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday during his weekly press conference, “because we’re not doing a good enough job of protecting the ball, and we’re not doing a good enough job of gettingRead More »

Roethlisberger enters the playoffs as a different quarterback on the field


By Tim Benz It’s Steelers/Ravens: Round 3. So pick your cliché! “Throw out the records…It’s Armageddon…What else do you need to say…It’ll all come down to turnovers…” Well, if we threw out the records, they wouldn’t be in the AFC Championship game. It’d be a pre-season game. If it’s Armageddon, then next week’s likely trip to New England becomes a bit anti-climactic, doesn’t it? And if there is nothing else to say, then this would be a pretty short column So let’s pay attention to the turnover thing. And that’s actually a positive point when it comes to the Steelers, particularly Ben Roethlisberger. The Steeler quarterback has thrown a meager five interceptions in his twelve starts this year. In fact, his lone pick since November 14th came against these Ravens during their Week 13 match up. That’s an astonishing one interception in 231 pass attempts. Keep in mind, he’s sameRead More »

Ravens – Steelers Week: Mike Tomlin Presser Notes


By Dale Grdnic PITTSBURGH — As expected, the Baltimore Ravens dominated the discussion during Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s press conference Monday, as the two AFC North opponents meet Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Heinz Field. “It’s great to be back in the single-elimination tournament,” Tomlin said. “Of course, it’s also great to be part of the remaining eight teams. Our goal, like everyone else’s, is to move on to the field of four. “I feel good about the work that we’ve done to this point preparing for this opportunity. The Ravens, we’re familiar with them, and they’re familiar with us. So, nothing much has changed since the last time that we played them.” Since the NFL merger in 1970, the Steelers have never lost to a divisional opponent in the playoffs. They are 8-0 against those teams, and the Steelers also are 8-1 in their last nine wild-card orRead More »

Mike Tomlin Press Conference News and Notes


By Dale Grdnic LATROBE, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Steelers ended nearly three training camp weeks Thursday the same way it began, with a press conference by Mike Tomlin, and the fourth-year head coach discussed various topics heading into the club’s second preseason game with the New York Giants Saturday at 7 p.m. in the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The main thing Tomlin wanted to accomplish during camp was to finish strong, not coast into this weekend, because much more must be accomplished at home. The Steelers leave for New Jersey Friday and begin preparation for the final two preseason games Monday at the UPMC Sports Complex. “It’s just due diligence,” Tomlin said. “It’s something that you think about or at least you concern yourself with a little bit as a coach during this time of year because when you change location and change routine it’s a naturalRead More »

Pro Day buzz: Tomlin spends two days in Gainesville, scouting, meeting with draft prospects


Florida Pro Day When Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin attends a Pro-Day it’s big news and Tomlin spent Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in Gainesville, Florida, meeting with draft prospects. Tomlin attending Florida’s pro day including Tim Tebows exclusive workout sparked speculation that quarterback is on the Steelers radar in the early rounds with Ben Roethlisberger’s legal troubles looming. However, according to multiple team sources, that is not the case. Tomlin and his staff were in Gainesville meeting with draft prospects not named Tim Tebow. While the Steelers came away impressed with Tebow, they did not meet with Tebow during their visit. On Tuesday, Tomlin and his staff met with linebacker Brandon Spikes. The meeting was confirmed by Spikes agent Terry Watson who informed me of the meeting on Tuesday. We can also confirm that Tomlin and members of his staff met with top cornerback Joe Haden, safetyRead More »

Steelers Buzz: No more coaching changes expected


Following the firings of special teams coach Bob Ligashesky, offensive line coach Larry Zierlein, and the retirement of QB coach Ken Anderson, no more coaching changes are expected. Wide receivers Coach Randy Fichtner, running backs coach Kirby Wilson, linebackers coach Keith Butler and tight ends coach James Daniel have been informed that they will be retained along with assistant special teams coach Amos Jones. Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau will return for at least one more season, while assistant head Coach/Defensive Line coach John Mitchell will return. Mitchell is the front runner to replace Dick LeBeau as defensive coordinator, if 2010 is LeBeau’s last season. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was informed on Wednesday that he would be retained. Arians has one year remaining on his contract. The one coach in question has been secondary coach Ray Horton but all indications at this point is that Horton will be retained. Steelers headRead More »