Daily Archives: January 11, 2012

Improving on offense a goal

The Steelers finished the regular season ranked 12th in overall offense and players feel there is no doubt that standing will rise significantly in 2012.“We have all the talent in the world on the …

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Chat live with Dejan Kovacevic tomorrow

Tribune-Review columnist Dejan Kovacevic will hold his weekly chat with readers about Pittsburgh sports at noon tomorrow.

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Tomlin Doesn’t Regret How Team Defended Broncos

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Mike Tomlin said Monday he’d defend Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow the same way if given another chance, even after Denver burned the defending AFC champions for an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime in a stunning 29-23 victory.

“Obviously they made some nice plays on us and in hindsight you would analyze it, but your options are limited in terms of how you attack them,” Tomlin said. The Steelers crowded the line of scrimmage and dared Tebow to beat the NFL’s top-ranked defense with his sometimes erratic left arm.

Tebow obliged by throwing for 316 yards and a pair of long touchdowns, including the dart Demaryius Thomas turned into the quickest overtime score in NFL playoff history. “They made a nice football play,” Tomlin said.

The first playoff game in which the league’s revised overtime rules never got to see the new rules in play after Thomas slipped past cornerback Ike Taylor then outraced Taylor and backup safety Ryan Mundy to the end zone. Tomlin had no problems with the defensive play call, an inverted zone that called for Mundy and Troy Polamalu to crowd the line of scrimmage to stop the run.

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Agree to Disagree – Season’s End

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In an attempt to wrap up the season, the guys argue about the playoff loss in Denver and try to predict the winner of the AFC Championship.

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Steelers WRs Sanders, Brown are already plotting encore

Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, along with Mike Wallace, could form one of the top receiving trios in NFL next season.

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Ward Open to Taking a Pay Cut to Stay with the Steelers in 2012

After reading comments over the past 24 hours, it seems like Hines Ward is going to return to the field for 2012, and he wants it to be with the Steelers.

As far as coming back as the 5th or 6th WR for the Black and Gold in 2012, Ward is going to have to take a pay cut to do it. There’s no chance the team is going to pay him what he’s due for 2012. Ward has two years and $ 4 million left on his contract, and said Tuesday that he would be open to taking a pay cut to stay with the Steelers.

“I’d probably have to restructure my contract,” Ward said of the pay cut. “That’s fine with me. I recognize that. I’m telling you I want to be here, I’m telling you I’m willing to do that. And I understand the ramifications — we have the cap number and stuff, but I want to be here.”

The other issue is his role. He’s no longer a starter, and it doesn’t look like that will happen again in 2012. The 35-year-old, four-time Pro Bowler is the Steelers’ all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yardage (12,083) and touchdown catches (85). He’s one of only eight NFL receivers all time to reach 1,000 receptions.

Ward says he’s not going to complain about not being out on the field at the start of games.

“Obviously, I was a starter, and then it went the way it did. That’s fine, I don’t have a problem with not starting. But I want to play, I want to try to win another Super Bowl. I want to do it for this organization. I want to help this team out. I still think I can help this team, on the field, off the field with the younger guys, still be there for the team. I’m willing to do all that.”

It sounds more and more like the future for Ward is all in the hands of the Steelers.

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Steelers corners likely stronger in 2012

The Steelers signed Ike Taylor to a four-year contract worth $ 28 million before the season because he was the best of the existing cornerbacks on the roster and there wasn’t a starter-capable player behind him. And, despite what happened to him in the team’s sudden and stunning playoff loss in Denver, Taylor will return and assume a similar role to the one he performed this season.

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Ike Taylor: “I apologize for playing the worst game at the wrong time”

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor, who was repeatedly burned by Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas in Sunday night’s loss, has offered an apology. Taylor wrote on Twitter after the game that he was sorry for the way he had played. “First off congrats too tebow and the broncos,” Taylor wrote. “Second I apologize for playing the worst…

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Steelers QB Batch: ‘I Think They’ll Work Something Out’ With Hines Ward

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch drops by the Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan studio for a visit with Vinnie & Cook.

Charlie looks back at the loss to the Broncos and admits that Tim Tebow played better against Pittsburgh than his tape showed.

Charlie shares his thoughts on Bruce Arians and Hines Ward, tells us if retirement is on his plate, and looks into his crystal ball for the Steelers’ future.

Charlie also takes a look at the rest of the AFC playoff picture, and explains why Houston may have an advantage over Baltimore on Sunday.

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Player Post-Game Reaction

For more reaction from Hines Ward, Troy Polamalu, Isaac Redman and more, click on Post-Game Reaction. QB Ben RoethlisbergerOn not being able to put the ball in the end zone early“It’s always disapp…

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