Daily Archives: January 20, 2012

Roethlisberger settles lawsuit alleging 2008 Lake Tahoe rape

The civil lawsuit filed by a former Harrah's Lake Tahoe casino host claiming Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger raped her while he was visiting Lake Tahoe for a celebrity golf tournament in 2008 has been resolved. But neither side will say whether the Super Bowl star paid Andrea McNulty any money as a settlement.

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The Steelers Just Won the Super Bowl! Whoops, My Mistake. Bruce Arians Just Retired

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Well, after years of wishing, hoping, praying and cursing by Steelers fans far and wide, Bruce Arians officially stepped down as offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers today after holding that title for five years.

I haven't seen the fans this happy since the Steelers advanced to the Super Bowl about a year ago at this time. Seriously, they might as well pour into the streets and wave their Terrible Towels at passing cars.

I've always been on the fence about Arians. On one hand, I see where maybe a change in the offensive approach was needed what with the team finishing in the middle of the pack or lower in scoring year after year with Arians calling the plays. Also, it's no secret that Ben Roethlisberger's sack numbers are more than alarming, and whether you blame him for holding onto the ball too long, or you blame the offensive line, maybe a different style was necessary in-order to keep your elite quarterback healthy, and to utilize your many weapons more effectively.

On the other hand, I see a young and developing receiving corps, an exciting stable of running backs and an elite quarterback, who, oh by the way, loved his offensive coordinator. And, on one of the fingers of that pro-Arians hand rests a ring from Super Bowl XLIII. It's nice and shiny.

I can see both sides of it

They say you should never make a change for the sake of change, but in this case, maybe it'll be a good thing just to find out, once and for all, if Arians' philosophy was the main culprit. If he was, great. It's one thing for an offensive coordinator to have a specifice philosophy, but if it hinders the offense or is in direct contrast to what the upper-management is looking for, something has to be done.

However, change isn't always a good thing. As Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette talked about in his article today, the Steelers haven't exactly had a great track-record with bringing in new offensive coordinators.

And when looking at the Steelers 2011 production, maybe a little credit has to go to the defenses that the Steelers offense went up against. Kudos to Joe Bendel for pointing out on his radio show yesterday that the Steelers faced more than their fair share of top defenses over the course of the 2011 season.

Did I mention I was on the fence about Arians?

I can see it going either way. Could the next guy come in and craft an offensive machine? Perhaps, but he could also be Kevin Gilbride.

The grass isn't always greener. Even with a fullback standing on it.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go tell those Steelers fans partying right outside my window to keep it down.



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Troy Smith signs with Steelers

The Steelers have signed another candidate to play behind Ben Roethlisberger next year. The team announced they have signed former 49ers quarterback Troy Smith.  The Heisman Trophy winner last played in the UFL and was available to be signed because he didn’t finish the year on an NFL roster. Smith started six games in San…

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Steelers’ signees include former Heisman winner, Penn State standout

The Steelers have signed quarterback Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State who was drafted and played for the Baltimore Ravens.

Source: post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL

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Statement from Coach Mike Tomlin on Arians

Bruce Arians has informed me that he will retire from coaching. I appreciate his efforts over the past five years as the team’s offensive coordinator and for helping lead our offense to new heights...

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Bruce Arians Retires as Steelers Offensive Coordinator

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The Steelers have just announced that Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator for the past five years, has retired. Mike Tomlin's quote: "I am grateful to Bruce for contributing to our success and wish him nothing but the best in his retirement. I appreciate Bruce's efforts over the past five years as the team's OC and for helping to lead our offense to new heights during his time."

Well, have at it Steeler Nation. Many of you got what you wished for. Now what? Let the banter begin!



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Veterans Lewis, Reed leading way for built-to-last Ravens defense

Linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed have spent 11 seasons together with the Baltimore Ravens, making one big play after another.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


New York Giant Henry Hynoski Talks Road To NFL, NFC Championship Game

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — New York Giant Henry Hynoski joined Joe Starkey and Josh Miller of Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN to talk about his rookie season in the NFL and getting ready to take on the 49er’s this week in the NFC Championship game.

Henry told us what it was like walking out onto Lambeau Field last week with his family there watching him and what a special moment it was getting the win over the Packers.

We also took a look back with Henry at his decision to leave Pitt a year early and how great things have worked out for him.  Henry revealed that after he went undrafted, Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin called him asking if he wanted to sign with the Steelers, and what a hard decision it was for him to choose the Giants over Steelers, but admitted it just wasn’t the right fit for him.

We wrapped things up with Henry getting his thoughts on the Todd Graham era at Pitt and how it all went down.

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Dan Rooney expected to return to Steelers in 2012

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Dan Rooney’s run as ambassador to Ireland is expected to come to an end this year. Steelers club president Art Rooney told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he expects his father to step down from his ambassador position and re-join the Steelers in some capacity in 2012. Art Rooney spoke at length about…

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Steelers President Art Rooney II Talks Bruce Arians In Exclusive Interview

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — KDKA’s Bob Pompeani met with Steelers President Art Rooney II in his first TV interview since the season ended.

Every NFL off-season features change. The degree of change is always the question.

Bruce Arians has been with the Steelers since 2004. He was named offensive coordinator in 2007.

Arians instituted a passing game that the Steelers have used the last five years.

Two years ago, the Steelers considered a change at his position, but Arians was retained with the help of Ben Roethlisberger.

Now the speculation continues about his future.

Bob Pompeani: “Do you want Bruce Arians back as an offensive coordinator?”

Art Rooney II: “Well, that’s really Mike’s decision, I mean, and that’s the process Mike’s involved in right now is talking to all of the coaches about where they are and where they are with their contracts, so I think that’s something – I’ll leave it to those guys to kind of work out where we’re going on that front.”

With Arians as offensive coordinator, the Steelers have gone to two Super Bowls, winning one of them.

This season, they had two 1,000-yard receivers and a 4,000-yard quarterback, but the offense as a whole dipped to 21st in the league in points scored.

“There’s no question the game has changed,” Rooney said. “The rules allow a lot more in terms of helping the passing game than they ever had, so you have to take advantage of that.”

“I think the perfect situation is to be able to do both well,” he continued. “Pass and run.”

Which leads back to what happens to Arians. Clearly, he and Roethlisberger have a tight relationship – one that critics say gives too much control to the quarterback.

Pompeani: “Ben and Bruce seem to have a good [relationship]. Some would say it’s too much of a father-son sort of a relationship as opposed to boss-employer relationship. How do you view that?”

Rooney: “Well, I think first you have to look at the success that they’ve had. With Bruce and Ben, we’ve had a pretty good run here, so I’m not sure that I would complain too much about what the relationship has been and it’s been a productive one and that’s the key part of the puzzle.”

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