Daily Archives: November 27, 2011
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette spends a moment with Vinnie & Cook and he gives us the latest on Ben Roethlisberger’s broken thumb, and whether it may affect him heading into the Kansas City game.
He dives into Hines Ward’s future, and tells us where the Steelers really stack up in the AFC.
Ed also gives us a complete analysis of where this team sits at the bye week, and what subplots to watch as the rest of the season unfolds.
Catch Ed Bouchette Tuesdays at 1:00pm with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan!
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Andrew Fillipponi is once again joined live at Nakama by Steelers safety Ryan Clark.
Ryan’s favorite part of the bye week is that he cannot be fined for his dynamic hits. Ryan is traveling to Louisiana to be a dad. It’s tough to completely get away from football during the bye.
Ryan relates a conversation that he had with an official to the effect that they will throw a flag on a play if it is close to being illegal.
Ryan hopes that his LSU Tigers get a shot at another championship.
William Gay stepped up against the Bengals and proved his reliability.
Ryan finds Keisel’s beard more impressive than Troy’s hair. Women do not know what they want. You cannot judge a book by its cover. Andy Dalton still has a lot to learn.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93.7 The FAN to talk about his expanding role on the team.
It has appeared as though Cotchery is replacing Hines Ward in a number of formations, and he told us what that feels like, and how Ward has been there helping him along the entire time.
When asked where he seems himself on the depth chart, Cotchery said he just views himself as another guy trying to help the team win, and Mike Tomlin creates an environment where everyone feels important does what they’re asked to.
We also talked about the offense running the no huddle, and how Jerricho enjoys running that form of the offense, and why the Steelers having an elite Quarterback makes it easier to run.
We wrapped things up with Cotchery discussing whether or not the Steelers view themselves as the team to beat in the AFC.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Former Pitt Quarterback and Kansas City Chiefs backup Tyler Palko will get his first start in the NFL this week after starter Matt Cassell went down with an injury. He joined Bob Pompeani Saturday on 93-7 The Fan to talk about it.
Palko has worked hard throughout his career and now he finally gets his chance. This is not an easy start for him as it will be this Monday night against the New England Patriots. He then moves on to play the Pittsburgh Steelers next week in Kansas City.
But Palko is excited for the challenge and looks forward to playing against some really good teams and defenses.
The former Panthers QB is surrounded by western Pennsylvania receivers in Kansas City (Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston), and he enjoys the local connection and hopes to be able to get the ball to them as much as possible.
For the entire interview, click below:
Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Bob Pompeani, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, NFL, Pitt Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Quarterback, Tyler Palko
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s a bye week for the Pittsburgh Steelers; but for a couple members of the team, this Sunday meant a day of giving back to the community as they handed out turkeys and all the fixings to 100 families in need.
It was all part of the Dignity & Respect program at the Rankin Christian Center, it’s where Steelers safety Ryan Mundy grew up.
“I’m just giving back,” said Mundy. “This is the school district that I grew up in. It’s always good to get out and give back and interact in the community.”
Mundy brought a buddy along with him – another hometown kid who grew up to play for the Steelers – backup quarterback Charlie Batch.
“We’re just trying to do our small part to help out the families throughout the holiday season, and it’s really a small token of appreciation,” said Batch.
It’s part of an effort to provide 100 needy families with turkeys and all the trimmings. Holiday dinners they may have gone without.
“It just relieves a burden that a lot of people face and they don’t know how they are going to pull it all together and make a beautiful meal for their families,” said Ondrea Burton, of the Dignity & Respect Campaign.
Besides getting a Thanksgiving dinner, the needy families also got some Steelers autographs.
The Rankin Christian Center provides a variety of services to families in need.
Filed under: Local, News, Steelers Tagged: Charlie Batch, Dignity & Respect Campaign, Needy Families, Paul Martino, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rankin Christian Center, Ryan Mundy, Thanksgiving
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Baltimore Ravens took back first place in the AFC North from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday with a 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Pittsburgh previously held a 0.5-game lead over both the Ravens and Bengals going into the weekend, but Baltimore’s win coupled with Pittsburgh’s bye pushes the Steelers back to second in the division.
Baltimore has complete control over the division at this point, owning tiebreakers over the Steelers and Bengals. The Ravens have yet to lose an AFC North game, meaning it’s their division to lose.
The Steelers will need help in order to win the AFC North in the form of at least one Baltimore loss the rest of the season. The Ravens’ schedule is relatively light the rest of the way, aside from a Thanksgiving night matchup against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday and a season-ending game at Cincinnati — both would be playoff teams if the playoffs started today.
Pittsburgh has games against Cincinnati (Dec. 4) and San Francisco (Dec. 19) as well. Those two opponents could decide the division between Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
Here are the current AFC North standings with six weeks remaining in the regular season…
AFC North Standings:
Baltimore Ravens — 7-3 overall, 3-0 division
Pittsburgh Steelers — 7-3 overall, 1-2 division
Cincinnati Bengals — 6-4 overall, 1-2 division
Cleveland Browns — 4-6 overall, 0-1 division
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Post Gazette Beat Writer and 93.7 Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette was on The Fan Morning Show for his weekly Monday morning chat.
Topics included Hines Ward’s demotion, Cortez Allen’s promotion, and also who is expected to suit up against the Kansas City Chiefs coming off the bye week.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker Lamarr Woodley were both limited in Monday’s practice.
Roethlisberger suffered a broken thumb in the Steelers win against Cincinnati last Sunday. He has already announced the thumb won’t hamper his ability to play this week against Kansas City.
Roethlisberger wore a splint on his right thumb in practice with a glove on top and likely will play with a glove on his throwing hand the rest of the season or until his thumb is fully healed. He took snaps in the shotgun and participated in individual drills.
Woodley appears a bit of a long shot to play Sunday night against the Chiefs with a hamstring injury. He participated only in solo drills. Woodley has been out since the second half of Pittsburgh’s 25-17 win against New England Oct. 30.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is expected to address both players and their statuses today in his weekly press conference, along with any other injury news. He’ll also preview the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tomlin’s press conference can be hears live on Sports Radio 93-7 The FAN.
Kansas City quarterback Tyler Palko isn’t the only Chiefs starter tonight with ties to the Steelers and Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming a bye week and will travel to Kansas City this weekend to take on the Chiefs.
Pittsburgh is tied with the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North Division with a 7-3 record. However, Baltimore holds the tiebreaker after sweeping the season series.
Last week, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced that he had suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand during the team’s 24-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Roethlisberger said he is planning to play and head coach mike Tomlin confirmed that he will during his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon.
On Monday, Roethlisberger practiced in a limited role. He did take snaps out of the “pistol” formation, which is a shorter version of the shotgun to try and protect his hand.
According to Tomlin, he will play and most likely won’t be included on the injury report.
Troy Polamalu suffered a rib injury against the Bengals as well. He was a limited participant in practice last week, but Tomlin fully expects him to play this weekend.
LaMarr Woodley’s status is up in the air however. His status will be determind by how he progresses in practice this week.
Kansa City officially put starting quarterback Matt Cassel on injured reserve Monday after he sustained a hand injury.
On Monday night, Tyler Palko from West Allegheny and the University of Pittsburgh made his first NFL start against the New England Patriots.
Palko completed 25 of his 38 passes for 236 yards, but threw three interceptions in the game. New England won the game 34-3.
Palko is expected to start against the Steelers Sunday night as well.