Daily Archives: January 31, 2012
The Steelers announced that they have granted permission for defensive assistant Jerry Olsavsky and offensive assistant Harold Goodwin to interview for openings with other teams.
A former NFL linebacker who excelled on special teams, Olsavsky has been with the Steelers for the last two seasons and was granted permission to interview for an unspecified position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Goodwin has spent the last five seasons working with the Steelers’ offensive line and pro scouting and has been granted permission to interview with the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears. Goodwin, whose brother Jonathan plays for the San Francisco 49ers, spent three seasons (2004-06) as an assistant offensive line coach with the Bears.
Source: Steelers Gab
In the regular season, preseason and postseason, NFL players can get fined if they use Twitter at any time from 90 minutes before kickoff until after they’ve takled to the media after a game. But in the Pro Bowl, not only will players not be fined for tweeting, but it’s actually being encouraged, with computers…
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Super Bowl XLVI kicks off Sunday in Indianapolis between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
However, commercials are already being cranked out in preparation for kickoff.
Even though the Steelers are not in this year’s Super Bowl, they say they are going to play the game in Indianapolis nonetheless.
For advertisers, they say this is their time to shine.
Familiar faces are back, like the E-Trade baby who now plays the best man.
At $ 3.5 million per 30 second spot, even Super Bowl veteran Coca-Cola utilizes its logo and interactive polar bears talking about the game as it happens.
However, Honda may be rolling the dice with its spot that features a grown-up Matthew Broderick reliving his days as Ferris Bueller.
The full three-minute commercial mirrors the 1986 cult favorite comedy. The question is, will it play with generations who never saw the original?
Rival Chevrolet is also turning to comedy to sell its new Camaro.
The Chevrolet spot is really fully especially seeing as the parents put the big red bow on a dorm refrigerator for their son instead of the yellow car.
Exactly how well that money is spent is determined by how memorable the spots are with viewers and it could take weeks to determine which ones are the real winners on Super Sunday.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh » Steelers
The news came on the Steelers own web site, the first story appearing on there referring to the job opening since a story with quotes from Tomlin after former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ alleged retirement.
To make the issue more compelling, Tribune-Review reporter Mark Kaboly Tweeted Tuesday afternoon that it’s “very uncharacteristic” of the Steelers to post such information on its web site.
That lends credence to the notion the interview may really only be a formality.
Haley’s father, Dick Haley, was Pittsburgh’s director of player personnel from 1971-90, making the story a bit more newsworthy for Steelers fans. But Haley’s name is a hot one, and judging by the comments from Steelers fans (with Chiefs fans weighing in on the matter), many seem to support the idea of Haley taking over the Steelers offense under Tomlin.
Coach Mike Tomlin continued his search for an offensive coordinator when he interviewed Todd Haley today at the team’s practice facility.
The Steelers are looking for an offensive coordinator to replace Bruce Arians.
Haley, 45 on Feb. 28, most recently worked in the NFL as the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Hired there in 2009, Haley took the Chiefs to the AFC West title in 2010 but was fired 13 games into the 2011 season with Kansas City at 5-8.
Before being hired in Kansas City, Haley worked as an NFL assistant for four different teams over a 10-year span. He started as a wide receivers coach with the New York Jets in 1999; moved to Chicago to coach the Bears wide receivers in 2001; became the wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator in Dallas in 2004; and then was hired as Arizona’s offensive coordinator in 2007.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
With Jim Caldwell landing in Baltimore, we know he won’t be the next Steelers offensive coordinator. One man who could wind up landing that job is former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that Mike Tomlin has been reaching out around the league to gather information about Haley,…
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady highly endorses the Utah-based physical therapist that he recommended to his friend, Penguins star Sidney Crosby.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Steelers got their guy yesterday when Keith Butler decided to stay with the team. Butler will remain the Linebackers Coach. Butler was named the Defensive Coordinator in waiting a few seasons ago. For him to turn down the Colts DC position means that he must have been given some major guarantee that it would be happening soon. Butler did not even make it to his interview with the Colts so the deal must have been sweet.
I am glad we kept Butler. It would have been such a huge loss if he went somewhere else. To train a guy for that long to run your defense and just let him slip away would have been a bad move. Butler knows Lebeau’s scheme inside and out. He is the only person who could really make it work on this staff. The Steelers could have looked outside but it would not have been the same.
Source: Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Steelers
In a plot twist amid a shaky offseason in Pittsburgh, linebackers coach Keith Butler has decided to remain in Pittsburgh, after meeting with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and team president Art Rooney II Monday.
The news leads to speculation as to what, exactly, Butler was given to stay.
Butler received a handshake agreement with the organization in 2009 to become the team’s defensive coordinator when he turned down an offer from then coach Tony Sporano to become Miami’s defensive coordinator. That handshake must have been renewed, and likely with it, a raise.
There is no word on whether he will receive a title change or anything of that nature.
His decision to stay, and the team’s desire to keep him in place, will only raise speculation on the future of current Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau. It seems unlikely Lebeau would go public with any desire to retire after the 2012 season, so the decision to keep Butler on staff could be construed as the Steelers passively forcing Lebeau out.
Lebeau’s defense is on the brink of a transformation with the team facing tough decisions on the futures of DE Aaron Smith and NT Casey Hampton. LBs Larry Foote and James Farrior are also coming under question as to their inclusion on the 2012 roster.
However, Pittsburgh had the league’s best scoring defense in 2011, amid multiple injuries and a complete upheaval of the starting lineup from Week 1 to Week 17. The season saw rookie DL Cameron Heyward play extensive snaps – rare for a Steelers rookie defensive lineman – and several young guys playing key roles as the season progressed.
It’ll be interesting to see how this is received; the outcry on the forums here on BTSC about letting Butler go was loud.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
The Steelers seem to be at 3 candidates right now for the open offensive coordinator position. That could change tomorrow though. They could stay in house with Randy Fichtner or they could go outside and look at Todd Haley and Tom Clements. The Tibune Review is reporting the Steelers plan to interview these 3 guys. It looks like things are starting to heat up in the coaching search. Any of the three of these guys would make me happy. They all run a good offense and could make this team better.
Randy Fichtner- I have warmed to this idea since it came out. After going through all of Fichtner’s past work I was impressed with the offenses that he has run. He did a whole lot with very little talent at his other jobs. He still runs a type of the spread but with a more balanced attack. I would like to see him stay as the QB coach though and one of these other two become OC. I still think he may be to close to Roethlisberger for our own good. If he is chosen …
Source: Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Florio talks with Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel about the toughness of the AFC North, competing with the Ravens, and Ben Roethlisberger’s recent issues with Art Rooney.