Daily Archives: January 27, 2012

Roethlisberger Has Questions about Offenses’ Direction

After Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, Hawaii, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger plans on meeting with team president Art Rooney II to discuss what is in store for their offense.
Bruce Arians, who served as offensive coordinator since 2007, announced his retirement last Friday, leaving many of the Steelers players baffled, including Roethlisberger. The eight-year veteran felt strong in having Arians as the team’s offensive coordinator. In 2009, when Pittsburgh thought about hiring another offensive coordinator, Roethlisberger insisted that Arians remain OC. Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of what he will ask Rooney after the Pro Bowl.
“When I get back, I’m going to go up to Mr. Rooney’s office and ask him what he wants from me, what he wants from this offense, because I think that’s a viable question for him,”
Roethlisberger continued to elaborate. “He’s our owner and our boss, so I really would like…

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Clark added to AFC Pro Bowl roster

Steelers safety Ryan Clark will make his first trip to the NFL’s annual all-star game as he has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, it was announced today. Clark will be replacing Baltimore Rave…

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Few displaced fans will attend this year’s Super Bowl free

When about 3,200 fans were denied their seats at last year’s Super Bowl because of the temporary-seating debacle, one of the NFL’s offers to compensate them was a free trip to this year’s Super Bowl. More than 90 percent of those fans turned that trip down. The NFL told the Indianapolis Star that 246 fans…

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Sepulveda brings warmth to “snow day”

The weather might not have cooperated with the “snow day” at Sunrise School as a steady rain fell, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the students taking part in a morning of fun-filled activ…

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Pirates hire Rutgers’ Schiano as new coach

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The Buccaneers are counting on Greg Schiano to lead them back to respectability and transform Tampa Bay into consistent winners.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Four Steelers in Top 20 of ESPN’s NFL Any Era Poll

ESPN.com launched a poll of NFL Hall of Fame players’ votes on which 20 players currently in the game could play in any era.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise the Steelers have four players among the top 20, the most of any team.

OLB James Harrison is No. 10, WR Hines Ward is No. 8, QB Ben Roethlisberger is 3 and SS Troy Polamalu is No. 2, before Ravens LB Ray Lewis, who was voted No. 1.

The fact Roethlisberger beat out every other quarterback (Peyton Manning, 20, Tim Tebow, 19 and Tom Brady, 11) and every other offensive player shows the level of support the gritty and fearless Roethlisberger gets from Hall of Fame members, such as Dolphins C Dwight Stephenson, who had this to say:

Love him or hate him, Big Ben is one of the toughest, gutsiest players in all of the NFL. Last year he breaks his nose and it is sitting under his left eye socket. The trainer bends it back straight, throws some tape on it, he plays a couple of plays with a mask on, doesn’t like the mask, rips it off and goes back in and plays.

Polamalu, the highest rated defensive back on the list, drew praise from RB Marcus Allen:

Troy Polamalu has a unique tenacity that is timeless, that crosses football generations. He could play in a leather helmet.

Ward, the highest-rated receiver on the list, is described beautifully by former Vikings DT John Randle:

The thing about Hines is he would crack you in a second. You had to have your head on a swivel. You’d watch a game just to see who Hines would crack on. He’d try to line up at tight end, and you knew if there was going to be a crack, it was Hines crackin’ somebody. And then afterward, he’d have that grin on his face. Because it was on you; he’d say, “Hey, stop me.” That was his reputation for me. As a football player, I look at it like the Western days, being an outlaw and you’d go from town to town to defend your reputation. And they knew you were coming. For Hines, there was that smile on his face, and you’d see it on tape, “Hey, I got ya.”

Harrison, strangely, checks in at No. 10, despite clearly being the defender who plays with the intensity and sheer brutality that is captured in all vintage NFL footage. It’s not a question of ability, but rather, who personifies the players of the previous generations. With all due respect to Ray Lewis, there’s no way he’s more of a throwback player than Harrison. Better, yes, more of a 1960s “quarterbacks-aren’t-protected” pass-rushing monster? No.

Jerry Rice agrees with me:

I picked James Harrison not because of all the fines, but because the guy is a bruiser on that defensive line and in that secondary. He’s going to hit you no matter what the consequences are. He plays the game the way it should be played, and that’s physically.

Lists like this aren’t put together to hold any special meaning, and in many ways, No. 20 is right up there with No. 1 (except Manning, there’s no way he’s more old-school than Tebow. He was running the freakin option this year. You didn’t see Len Dawson throwing high-to-low progressions with five receivers and an empty backfield, did you?).

It’s good to see the legacy of the Steelers’ Steel Curtain days being upheld, regardless of where they placed on the list.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Rutgers’ Schiano new Tampa Bay coach

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Greg Schiano to lead them back to respectability and transform Tampa Bay into consistent winners — much the same as he did at Rutgers. Schiano was hired Thursday, more than three weeks after the firing of Raheem Morris after a 4-12 season.

Source: post-gazette.com – Steelers/NFL

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Steelers defensive lineman Hoke persisted despite long odds

Chris Hoke was the consummate role player who planted his hands in the trenches and committed to doing the dirty work that enabled others to thrive amid the spotlight.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Free Agents Analysis: FB/TE David Johnson

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Onward we continue with our player by player look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Free Agents as do a complete breakdown of their 2011 season and look ahead to their pending 2012 free agency situation. The post we focus in on restricted free agent fullback/tight end David Johnson. Please check out the links at the bottom to the other free agent player analysis already completed.

Player: David Johnson

Position: Fullback/Tight End

Experience: 3 Years

Free Agent Status: Restricted

2011 Salary Cap Hit: $ 536,068.00

2011 Season Breakdown: Johnson was asked to pretty much do it all on Read more […]

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Quarterback Roethlisberger is looking for some answers from Steelers

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Big Ben, miffed that Bruce Arians will not return as Steelers’ offensive coordinator, will meet with team president Art Rooney II after Pro Bowl.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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