Cover 2 Schemes a concern for the Steelers offense?


Steelers expect Roethlisberger to bounce back “I had a bad day,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said regarding his play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. “I know everyone here has had a bad day, ” Roethlisberger added. Roethlisberger did have a bad day but he’s earned the right to have a bad day every once in a while. On Sunday Roethlisberger completed half of his passes (20-40) against the Cincinnati Bengals for 174 yards, one interception and a 51.5 passer rating. It was his worst game since a week 3 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. Roethlisberger claims he didn’t feel great from the first drive of the game. “Actually, at the beginning of the game I didn’t feel great, my arm didn’t feel good, whatever,” Roethlisberger said. “But the first drive we connected and went down the field. I had a scramble, hit a couple of completions and IRead More »

Steelers had a 71/29 pass/run ratio in loss to Cincinnati


By MARK MADDEN Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been a leading scapegoat in the aftermath of the Steelers’ disheartening 18-12 loss to Cincinnati Sunday. At first glance, I disagreed. I thought the Steelers should have used the no-huddle more. But when they did use it, it sputtered, and the no-huddle depends on the passing game being in sync, which it decidedly wasn’t. So Arians gets a pass. I also thought Arians mishandled the Steelers’ final possession by going deep twice. With 67 yards to cover, 1:49 left and a time out to work with, QB Ben Roethlisberger should have taken what the Bengals were giving for a few plays and made the field shorter. But when you look for a miracle and don’t get one, blame Jesus, not Arians. But I do blame Arians for abandoning the run too quick.

Thursday practice report: Parker to play every third series against Cincinnati


By Mike Bires Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports These are tough times for Willie Parker. Even now as he’s close to fully recovering from a nagging turf toe injury, “Fast Willie” isn’t sure how much he’ll be used the rest of the season. With Rashard Mendenhall running so well with the football, he’s firmly entrenched as the featured running back.

Clark remains undecided; Mendenhall working on ball security


Monday Practice Report By Mike Bires If Ryan Clark has already decided not to play in Denver, he and coach Mike Tomlin aren’t saying. On Monday when the Steelers returned to practice after their bye week, Clark refused to address his personal health issue to the media. The highly regarded free safety said, “I’ve got nothing else to say. Ask Coach Tomlin.” As a sickle cell trait carrier, Clark experienced severe health problems the last time the Steelers played at Invesco Field at Mile High. In a loss to the Broncos on Oct. 21, 2007, the combination of over-exerting himself in the game and low oxygen levels in the Rocky Mountain air caused Clark’s blood to negatively affect his spleen.

Mundy to make 1st career start against Denver?


Safety Ryan Clark will not make a decision on his playing status in Denver until next week. Internally a decision will be made by Monday when the Steelers return to practice. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has given his veterans the entire week off which is a first under Tomlin. As for Ryan Clark, it is very unlikely that he plays against Denver, despite the notion that he hasn’t made a decision. Clark has a sickle-cell trait which was aggravated by the high altitude in Denver during the Steelers – Broncos contest on October 21, 2007. Clark was hospitalized following the game and eventually had his spleen and gall bladder removed and lost more than 30 pounds. It took him nearly 3-to-4 months to recover. Ryan Mundy is under strong consideration to start in place of Clark against Denver. Mendenhall to remain primary ball carrier?

Polamalu practices with 1st-team defense; will play on Sunday


Friday Practice Report As expected, safety Troy Polamalu returned to practice today. Polamalu who sat out the past two practices, ran with the first-team defense and will play against the Minnesota Vikings. Polamalu returned to action last week against Cleveland and finished the game with 4 tackles and one interception. *Running back Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant for the second consecutive day. Mendenhall was limited in Wednesday’s practice with a sore knee and will make his fourth consecutive start at running back. *Running back Willie Parker was also a full participant and will backup Mendenhall Sunday afternoon. Parker who claims he consulted with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin about who will start this week, has drawn some criticism from

Mendenhall to remain starter, get bulk of carries; Reed will play against Minnesota


The Latest Steelers Buzz The Steelers head into their week 7 showdown with the 6-0 Minnesota Vikings having to deal with the distraction centering around kicker Jeff Reed but for now the Steelers will let the process run its course and Reed will play against Minnesota. According to Mike Tomlin, Reed has been given the benefit of the doubt compared to Santonio Holmes last year because Reed’s incident happened on a Sunday whereas Holmes was cited by police on a Thursday in the middle of a work week. At this point, the Steelers don’t anticipate Reed being suspended from them or the league. There won’t be a running back controversy this week. Mike Tomlin indicated today that

Roethlisberger throws for 417 yards and 2 TD’s in 27-14 win


Post-Game Analysis: Pittsburgh 27 – Cleveland 14 Ben Roethlisberger was 23 of 35 for 417 yards and two touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) amassed 543 total yards of offense en route to a 27-14 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger was spectacular throwing an NFL high in yards and tied Steelers hall of fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw for 31 career games with a 100.0 quarterback rating or higher.

Inside Look at the Steelers


Mendenhall to start against Cleveland *Ben Roethlisberger has emerged as one of the games top quarterbacks and it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Roethlisberger leads the league in completion percentage (73.8 %) and is second in the NFL in passing yards (1470). *I have always regarded Roethlisberger as a top three quarterback in the NFL but the main reason Roethlisberger has made that final step in his progression is his ability to check down to his running backs and tight ends. Heath Miller is on pace for a 93 catch season and running back Rashard Mendenhall has added another dimension for Roethlisberger in the passing game. In year six, Roethlisberger is seeing the field so well and he’s surrounded with a number of weapons. What’s intriguing to watch the rest of the season is that the Steelers passing game hasn’t even reached its potential yet. *Rashard Mendenhall will start atRead More »