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Source: Broncos have specific packages for Quinn

We’ve reported — and we stand by those reports despite denials from the man at the center of the action — that Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn has received roughly half the reps with the first-team offense in practice this week.  It previously wasn’t known why Quinn received the extra reps. Now, a source with knowledge…

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Running Back Coach Kirby Wilson Burned Badly in Morning Fire at Home

Steelers running back Kirby Wilson was badly burned in an early morning house fire in Seven Fields, Pennsylvania. According reports, Wilson was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital.

Steelers president Art Rooney II has issued the following statement:

“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with Kirby and his entire family. We are saddened to hear about this unfortunate situation but we know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him. The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time.”

Wilson, 50, is in his fifth season with the Steelers after coaching running backs with the Arizona Cardinals (2004-06), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03), Washington Redskins (2000), and New England Patriots (1997-99). Wilson coached on Pete Carroll’s staff at USC in 2001.

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BTSC Steelers Six Pack: Two Days Till Title Run Begins Edition

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IX - No need to link to the TV Distribution Map this week, as all four wild card round games are broadcast to the entire country on network television. So instead, here's the official injury and status reports for both the Steelers and the Broncos. The two squads meet Sunday afternoon in Denver to conclude the opening weekend of the 2011 NFL Playoffs.

X - Great piece about Isaac Redman on Yahoo! today titled 'Isaac Redman's faced tougher tests than the Denver Broncos.' Lots of tidbits in there I had no idea about, including Redman's upbringing, why he wound up at Bowie State, why Mike Tomlin gave him a particular nickname, to name but a few. Good stuff. Quite the opportunity for Redman this weekend.

XIII - John Fox, like so many coaches around the NFL, got his start in the National Football League under Chuck Noll. Fox was a defensive backs coach from 1989-1991 after a successful stint as a defensive coach at the University of Pittsburgh from '86-'88. Anyway, on Thursday, Fox joined 102.3 The Ticket in Denver (link to transcription) to talk about the Broncos' upcoming wild card matchup with the Steelers. In addition to commenting on Noll and the Rooneys, Fox answered questions about Sunday's game. One noteworthy comment concerned how the Broncos would not try to throw the ball much against Pittsburgh's defense. Obviously his words to the media should be taken with a beach's worth of salt, but I bring it up to ask you whether you think Denver will try to throw on the Steelers' depleted secondary. I kind of think they will, at least early in the game in an attempt to strike first and get the Steelers on their heels a bit.

XIV - Jerricho Cotchery commented on Santonio Holmes during an interview on WFAN in New York on Thursday. In the interview, Cotchery said that Holmes was a well-respected, hard-working teammate during his first season in New York last year. Apparently though something changed in year two, as Holmes was called out by his teammates during the Jets' late-season collapse. Cotchery, of course, also fielded questions about his role with the Steelers and the playoff tilt with Denver this weekend.

XL - Sticking with the interview theme, Maurkice Pouncey didn't appreciate all the Tim Tebow questions asked of him during his Friday interview on The Fan. The second-year center, who was named a first team All Pro for the second time in as many seasons, will unfortunately not get to take his frustration out on the Broncos this weekend, as he's been ruled out with a nagging ankle injury. On the other side of the matchup, Erick Dekker, who's been Tebow's favorite target this season, also joined The Fan this week to talk about backing into the playoffs and squaring off against the mighty Steelers in round one.

XLIII - Dale Lolley recaps the week's news and makes his prediction for Sunday's game in his latest Friday blog post.

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Troy Polamalu & Maurkice Pouncey Voted First-team All-Pro

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and center Maurkice Pouncey were both voted first team All-Pro by the Associated Press on Friday. Polamalu recorded 91 tackles this year for the Steelers to go along with 2 interceptions and 1 sack. He started all 16 games for the Steelers in 2011. Pouncey started 14 games for the Steelers this season at center. Both Polamalu and Pouncey were voted to the 2012 Pro Bowl team as well and this makes the 4th time Polamalu has been voted All-Pro as he also made first-team in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Pouncey earned second-team All-Pro honors last year in his rookie Read more [...]

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Bob Labriola and Mike Prisuta host Talkin' Steelers Football.

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2011 NFL Playoffs Facts and Figures

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* Though it may seem like this year's field of NFL playoff teams is less than stellar, it's worth noting that 2011 marks just the second year ever that at least six teams enter the playoffs with 12 or more wins (New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, San Francisco, New Orleans). The only other time as many 12+ win teams qualified for the postseason was in 2003.

* Perhaps being in the wild card round isn't such a bad thing for the Steelers. After all, winners in the opening round of the playoffs have gone on to win it all seven times. And in five of the past six seasons, at least one of the two teams participating in the SB has been forced to win three games beginning in the wild card round to punch their ticket to SB Sunday.

* With the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions both qualifying for the postseason this year, Buffalo now becomes the lone team in the NFL not to have made the playoffs since realignment in 2002. Yes, even Cleveland has been invited to the postseason party. Just once though back in the very first year of realignment ('02).

* Speaking of realignment, the Steelers have made seven playoff berths in the past 10 years since 2002. Those seven playoff appearances are tied with the Green Bay Packers for second most among playoff teams in 2011, trailing only New England who's been playoff bound eight times in the past ten seasons. Interestingly and impressively enough, the Patriots won the AFC in each of those eight seasons. This will be the second time the Steelers have entered the postseason as a wild card rather than the AFC North champion. The last time, of course, was in 2005, and we all remember how they fared that year.

* And to round out the realignment related tidbits...for the first time since 2002, there were seven new divisional winners. Only the Patriots were repeat winners of their division.

* Exactly one half of this year's field has won a Super Bowl since 2000. They are? The Steelers ('05, '08), the Patriots ('01, '03, '04), the Ravens ('00), the Giants ('07), the Saints ('08), and the Packers ('10). With the Steelers and Pats winning multiple Lombardis, a total of nine of the past 11 Super Bowls have been won by teams in this year's playoff field.

* The Steelers qualified for their 27th playoffs, tied for third most with Green Bay, and trailing only the Cowboys (30) and the Giants (31) for most in league history.

* The Steelers may not have been able to gain any ground on the Packers in the previous category, but they can inch closer to the all-time winningest playoff record if they can fare better than the defending champion Packers. Entering this year's playoffs, the Steelers sport a 33-20 record (.623) compared to Green Bay's record of 29-16 (.644).

* There's only one team that can catch the Steelers in all-time SB wins this year. That team is the San Francisco 49ers, who, along with the Cowboys, have captured five SB titles. Green Bay, who seeks to become the ninth repeat champion in NFL history, has four SBs. Their remaining nine league titles came in the pre-SB era.

* I'm not sure this will make for a quality football game, but Saturday's matchup between the Houston Texans and Cincinnati will be the first time in NFL history that two rookie quarterbacks will face off. T.J. Yates aims to return to lead Houston to a victory at home against the Andy Dalton led Bengals in what will be the first playoff game in franchise history for the Texans.



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Bob Labriola and Mike Prisuta host Talkin' Steelers Football.

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Pittsburgh, Denver Mayors Bet On Playoff Game

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When the Steelers and Broncos go head-to-head on Sunday, there’s more on the line than making it to next round of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have made a wager.

If the Steelers lose, Ravenstahl will have to wear a Broncos jersey in front of a Pittsburgh landmark and do the Tebow.

If the Broncos lose, Hancock will wear a Steelers jersey and a Terrible Towel at a public event.

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Steelers RB Redman ready to make an impact

Isaac Redman knew the odds heading into his first training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. He didn't like them a bit.

Rookie free agents from places such as Bowie State typically don't stick around for long.

''The only thing I kept saying when I first got here was as long as they don't cut me before I put the shoulder pads on, I should be fine,'' he said.

Three seasons later, Redman knows he needs to be more than that if the Steelers want to reach a record ninth Super Bowl. With starter Rashard Mendenhall out for the postseason with a torn ACL in his right knee, the defending AFC champions will turn to a player who tries to make up in ferocity what he lacks in finesse.

That's fine by Redman, who understands at 27, this may be his best - and perhaps only - shot to show he belongs.

''It's a national stage, everybody's watching and I'm just trying to go out there and prove that I'm not just a back of doing just enough to get us there,'' he said. ''I want to be a back that led us to the Super Bowl.''

The first step comes on Sunday against Denver in the wild-card round, where Redman must be effective enough to take some of the pressure off hobbled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was limited in practice Wednesday as he continues to deal with a painful sprained left ankle.

Redman would welcome a heavy workload. He ran for 92 yards and a touchdown in a 13-9 win at Cleveland last weekend on a career-high 19 carries. Yet he also fumbled twice and spent the fourth quarter watching rookie John Clay take his spot as the Steelers tried to close it out.

No offense to Clay, but Redman would prefer to keep Clay off the field against the Broncos. Redman thinks he can be an every-down back. He's waited a long time for the opportunity. No need wasting it trying to get some rest on the sideline.

Redman's done enough resting on Sundays to last him quite a while, thanks. He's ready to showcase what his teammates have known since that memorable goal line drill at Saint Vincent College three years ago: that the 6-foot, 230-pound former Division II standout was a handful with the ball tucked under his right arm.

During the end of the first week of padded practices, the Steelers place the ball at the 3 and bring in the goal line units. It's football at its most basic. Whichever team gets to five first - meaning five stops for the defense, five touchdowns for the offense - wins.

It's a challenge the defense has dominated for years. At least, until Redman came along.

He can't quite remember how many times he ran the ball that day. Seven? Eight? It hardly mattered as much as the result, a series of bruising touchdown runs that got him noticed.

Tomlin had spent the first few days of camp calling Redman all kinds of names except the right one. There was ''Barlow'' as in former NFL running back Kevan Barlow. There was ''Bowie.'' There was ''out of shape.''

It wasn't until watching Redman bull through the first-team defense that Tomlin finally got it right.

''I was like `This is my time to make a name for myself,''' Redman said. ''I was like, `Maybe Coach Tomlin will call me Redman after this.'''

Tomlin eventually dubbed Redman ''Red Zone'' for his ability to create space in the middle of a pile and find the end zone. Though Redman ended up getting cut, the Steelers signed him to the practice squad hoping he'd develop.

It was the first time in his entire life Redman didn't make the active roster. He turned the frustration into fuel.

''I was uncomfortable on the practice squad,'' Redman said. ''I had never been cut from anything and I just didn't feel right being on the practice squad.

''I felt like I could help this team win.''

He made the team out of camp in 2010, running effectively while spelling Mendenhall. He also provides the Steelers with the kind of smashmouth back they haven't had since Jerome Bettis retired after the 2005 season.

Mendenhall is shifty and quick. Redman is neither. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

''You know that he's going to hit the hole and if one's there great, if not, he'll try to make one anyway,'' center Maurkice Pouncey said.

Redman doesn't have Mendenhall's breakaway speed - his longest rush this year was 27 yards - but he's more consistent. His 4.4 yards per carry are better than Mendenhall's 4.1 average and he's rarely tackled for a loss, something Mendenhall occasionally does while dancing around trying to make something out of nothing.

The Steelers have evolved since Bettis' retirement from a smashmouth team into one that relies heavily on Roethlisberger. With their star quarterback playing basically on one leg, Redman's presence could allow Pittsburgh to get back to basics. The Steelers finished a so-so 14th in the league in rushing this season and only had a back top 100 yards three times.

Yet there could be running room aplenty against the league's 22nd-ranked rush defense.

If there isn't, Redman will try to make some. While helping the Steelers to a seventh Super Bowl title is the priority, Redman - who is under contract through next season - knows his performance during Pittsburgh's playoff run could pay off down the road.

''I'd be lying if I said I'd be fine with being a backup my whole career,'' he said. ''Any opportunity I get I want to showcase my talent and hopefully somebody here or wherever looks at me and says `Man, this guy is capable of being a No. 1 back in this league.'''

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Lynch has plenty of praise for Tomin

Click for Steelers Injury ReportFormer NFL safety John Lynch, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Mike Tomlin was their secondary coach, was at the Steelers facility doing a feature for th...

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