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What’s the Real Turth About Arians? Rooney Doesn’t Seem to Want to Say

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Seems like there’s been more controversy about OC Bruce Arians not coming back with the Steelers, you really don’t know who to believe anymore. The Steelers (more so Art Rooney II) clearly at this point appears to have taken it upon himself to make the decision to get rid of Arians, but doesn’t seem ready to admit it.

Today, Bob Labriola on Steelers.com did an interview with Rooney II, and asked him point blank about the Arians situation, and if he anything to do with Arians not coming back.

“Bruce talked about retiring for a number of years now,” Rooney said. “We are looking to improve on offense and to have somebody in place for a number of years. I think it was time for a change. We are looking forward to moving on.”

Ok, but did you make the decision to fire him? Clearly that answer doesn’t give the whole story.

Arians said he had no choice but to retire after the team did not offer him a contract to come back for next season. He’s already talking to other teams, meaning that he still wants to coach in the NFL.

Rooney seemed to not want to answer how the process of Arians not being around played out. He basically said in so many words that it doesn’t matter how Arians ended up not being the Steelers OC anymore.

“The question of how we got here is not really relevant,” Rooney said. “The key now is that Mike (Tomlin) has begun the search for our next offensive coordinator. We will go through the process and interview the right candidates.”

The Steelers offense finished 12th in total offense (372.3 yards per game) and 21st in points per game (20.3) last year.

I’m not a fan of Rooney II getting too involved with this team. His dad and Dan Rooney never did, and I don’t think it really needs to change now. If Rooney fired him, he fired him – just admit it and let’s move on.

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Roger Goodell Extended as NFL Commissioner Through 2018 (via Schefter)

By my math, that means we'll have touch football as soon as 2016.



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Memorable Games from 25 Steelers Legends: No. 17 — L.C. Greenwood

Onward with Michael Uhlhorn's next entry in the (so-far) well received series titled '25 Memorable Games from 25 Steelers Legends'. The premise is to highlight individual games that Steeler Nation will always remember their career by, and not necessarily a countdown of the 25 best Steelers ever. Not surprisingly, and just as Michael and I had hoped would happen, you all have offered some outstanding additions to the conversation. Our next addition to the list was a terror along the defensive line that, like Andy Russell, played a big role in helping the Steelers win their second of four Super Bowls in the '70s.. - Michael B. -

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17) L.C. Greenwood – Defensive End (1969-1981)

Ah, the era where players spent their entire careers with one team. L.C. Greenwood is an incredibly underrated member of the Steel Curtain. While he waits to be inducted into Canton, he symbolizes the best of the Steelers, saying once that he would not be upset if he were not inducted into the Hall of Fame because the other players there represent the whole Steeler team, not just themselves.

L.C. Greenwood won 4 Super Bowls; made the Pro Bowl 6 times; and was selected to 2 All-Pro teams, and is a member of the All-Time Team for the Steelers.

Career Game: Super Bowl X -- Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17 (1/18/1976)

Statistics: 4 sacks (Unofficial Super Bowl Record) and 1 forced fumble.

The first meeting in the Steelers-Cowboys rivalry might have been the most exciting. This game is considered by many to be the greatest Super Bowl ever, and the Steelers entered the game as the reigning champions and the most feared team in football, but the Cowboys were quickly becoming the darlings of America and had saved their best football of the year for December. It appeared that mojo might continue from the very first play of the game. The Cowboys ran a reverse on the opening kickoff and claimed an NFL-record 48-yard return, starting their first drive at the Pittsburgh 44.

Lesser defenses would have been on their heels wondering what had just happened, but not the Steel Curtain. On Dallas’ first play from scrimmage, L.C. Greenwood sacked Roger Staubach, forcing a fumble. The Cowboys recovered the fumble, but not the momentum, which had swung back where it belonged: to the Black & Gold. The Cowboys punted two plays later and the Steelers were on their way. This play alone made this Greenwood’s best game as a pro because it staunched the Dallas’ momentum before they ever got a chance to fully establish it; however, Greenwood wasn’t satisfied with just one game-changing play.

The Cowboys would go up 7-0 after a fumble by Punter Bobby Walden and a quick touchdown pass by Staubach. Even though the Cowboys scored the first 1st Quarter touchdown of the season against the Steel Curtain, this didn’t rattle the boys in Black & Gold. Then, the offense went out and stuck to their game plan, running the ball to set up the pass. Eventually, Bradshaw hit Lynn Swann with a great pass for 32-yards & the Steelers scored shortly after, settling the score at 7 apiece.

Dallas would net a field goal to go up 10-7, and, while the Steelers moved the ball well, they failed to score and gave the Cowboys a chance to spread the lead. After driving the ball to the Pittsburgh 25, the Cowboys proceeded to lose 25-yards in 3 plays. HYPERLINK "http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2011/12/26/2662405/steelers-greatest-players-steel-curtain-defense-andy-russell" Andy Russell (#18 on my list) led it off with a stop on a rush for a 3-yard loss. The next play, Greenwood secured his 2nd sack of the game, netting a 12-yard loss. Finally, Dwight White got in on the action by sacking Staubach again for a 10-yard loss. Dallas was pushed out of field goal range, and punted, keeping the game 10-7 Dallas.

The game turned on those two sacks. Greenwood effectively ended two potential scoring drives, and since all the Cowboys needed were 5 points for the win, those sacks turned out to be a major difference in the game. The Steelers would go on to score 14 points in the 4th quarter, and L.C. Greenwood would finish with two more sacks, but the first two set the tone that day. By preventing Dallas from maintaining any momentum, Greenwood was the defensive MVP on a day that saw the Steelers record 7 sacks on the day.

Check out the video below for the recap of one of the greatest games in Steelers history.

Video: http://www.hulu.com/watch/123653/super-bowl-highlights-1976-super-bowl-x-pittsburgh-steelers-vs-dallas-cowboys

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The Countdown:

No. 25 - Casey Hampton (12/10/2010)

No. 24 - Rocky Bleier (10/26/1975)

No. 23 -- Donnie Shell (09/07/1980)

No. 22 -- Alan Faneca (12/07/2006)

No. 21 -- John Henry Johnson (12/11/1960)

No. 20 -- Greg Lloyd (01/14/1996)

No. 19 -- John Stallworth (12/20/1978)

No. 18 -- L.C. Greenwood (12/27/1975)



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Ed Bouchette Discusses Future Of Many Aging Steelers

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers’ beat writer Ed Bouchette joined The Fan Morning Show Thursday.

He discussed potential off-season moves the Steelers will need to make as the organization prepares for next season.

Click the link below to listen to the full interview:

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Ben Roethliserger, Bruce Arians, Ed Bouchette, Kirby Wilson, NFL, Off-Season, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Roethlisberger Says He’ll Play in Pro Bowl with Bum Ankle

Despite his injured ankle, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger insists on playing in the Pro Bowl this coming Sunday.
It has been said on www.nfl.com that the nine-year veteran was seen slightly favoring his injured ankle during the AFC’s team practice on Wednesday, but Roethlisberger says he feels alright.
“Not bad,” Roethlisberger said about his ankle. “Lots of time to rest. Still a little swollen, but it’s all right.”
Roethlisberger does think that this is a risk worth taking, considering that he may not play much anyway.
“We’ve rested it long enough now,” he said. “Coaches know. It’s not one of those games where I’m going to have to scramble away from people. It’ll hopefully be a quick in and out.”
This will be Roethlisberger’s second appearance in the Pro Bowl in his career.

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Steelers FS Ryan Clark Headed to First Pro Bowl, Replaces Ed Reed

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While the contingent of Steelers players initially selected to play in the 2012 Pro Bowl dwindled a bit when SS Troy Polamalu (neck) pulled out, the additions of OLB James Harrison and FS Ryan Clark almost make it better.

It was announced Wednesday that Clark will replace Baltimore's Ed Reed in the game, making it the first Pro Bowl appearance of Clark's career.

Harrison has been to every Pro Bowl since 2007, though not being voted onto this one. He will replace 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, Terrell Suggs.

Clark led the league's top scoring defensive team with 100 tackles, and had an interception and a sack. Harrison only played in 75 percent of the Steelers games this season, and finished the year with nine sacks and two forced fumbles - both were the lowest totals since he became a full-time starter in 2007.

The Pro Bowl isn't given much validity anyway. Baltimore, losers of the AFC Championship game last weekend, had Suggs, Reed, RB Ray Rice and DT Haloti Ngata all pull out of the game for various reasons. Under the new format, which has the Pro Bowl played the weekend between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, many - if not all - of the players on teams losing the conference championship pull out due to injury, or, in Suggs' case, due to an "undisclosed" reason.

Interestingly enough for Steelers fans, the one player many expected to miss the Pro Bowl due to injury is QB Ben Roethlisberger. He looked far from healthy over the last several games of the season, leading to a disappointing 29-23 loss at Denver in the first round of the playoffs. Since Patriots QB Tom Brady won't participate (Super Bowl participants are excused from the Pro Bowl), Roethlisberger will start for the AFC in the Pro Bowl, with Phillip Rivers and rookie Andy Dalton backing him up.

The next replacement at QB in the AFC is Tim Tebow.

Maybe Roethlisberger is just not going to give Tebow the satisfaction of playing in a Pro Bowl.



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Steelers NT Hoke ready to embrace retirement

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Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke considered going through neck surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation in hopes of coming back for a 12th season.

Instead, he opted for retirement, thinking the danger of re-injury wouldn't be fair to his family.

The 35-year-old officially called it a career on Wednesday, surrounded by his wife and their four children as well as longtime teammates Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel and Steelers owner Art Modell II.

Hoke made the team as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2001 then spent a decade becoming one of the more reliable backups in the league. The Steelers were 17-1 when Hoke started. He played in six games in 2011 before his neck injury became unbearable.

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Still No Surgery Needed For Brett Keisel & Casey Hampton

Another injury note I forgot to pass along today, but according to Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel this morning on DVE, he will not need surgery on his injured groin that forced him out of the AFC Wildcard game early against the Denver Broncos. Keisel told DVE when asked about his injury, "I'm healing up good, I'm healing up good. As of right now I am not going to need surgery, so that's a great thing and you know just back on the rehab wagon and get going." Keisel added, "I'm happy that I can just work myself back into getting in shape and it feels a lot better and I'm healing well."

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A Tribute to Unheralded and Retiring Steelers NT Chris Hoke

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No one will be lobbying for enshrinement into Canton for Steelers NT Chris Hoke, who announced his retirement today after 11 seasons in Pittsburgh.

We didn't see him in Hawaii in those annoying red AFC Pro Bowl jerseys. We didn't even see his name on the draft tracker on ESPN back in 2001, when the Steelers signed him as an undrafted free agent out of BYU.

We did see him on two Super Bowl championship roster, and three AFC Championship roster. We saw him more-than-adequately back-up Steelers legend Casey Hampton his entire career, and in 18 starts, Hoke's Steelers won an eye-popping 17 of them.

It's a stat unlikely to be challenged, mostly because few would bother to farm through historic records to find a comparable player. But that's why the stat is so important; it fits Hoke even better than his facial hair.

Understated, unheralded but completely in control of his craft.

When the Steelers announced Hoke, 35, would undergo season-ending neck surgery, Steel City Insider's Jim Wexell penned an excellent piece on second-year NT Steve McLendon's reaction to Hoke's retirement. Anything that may have been considered unheralded about Hoke was washed away with McLendon's nearly teary-eyed description of the kind of leader and teacher Hoke is.

We don't see what's happening on the sidelines during games. We didn't see Hoke shouting out what he sees, or helping defensive line coach Johnny Mitchell make in-game adjustments. We saw him go in and help the league's best defensive team over the last 10 years when it needed him but we weren't exposed to his true value.

That value is simple; teams do not win without guys like Chris Hoke. It's not the talent of your superstars, but the character of the players on your bench that bring championships. Veteran leadership and savvy cannot be understated, although we always want the next big thing.

The legacy of this defensive line over the last 10 years will be as rich and storied as the Steel Curtain before it, and Hoke is as big a part of it as Hampton, Aaron Smith or Brett Keisel. Fans will always remember 98, 91 and 99, and perhaps less fans will remember 76.

But if there's ever a reunion of the Steelers Super Bowl teams of the new millennium, and all those guys are hanging around meeting with people, with all due respect to the starters, I'm heading straight for Chris Hoke, and I'm asking to shake his hand.

Because he's the one who did the most that no one saw, and I want him to know some people recognize those characteristics as defining points of a champion.



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Patriots secondary is still a question mark against Giants

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The New York Giants and Eli Manning, with his big-game experience and talented WRs, pose a tough challenge in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

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