Daily Archives: February 25, 2012

Colbert: Big changes unlikely for Steelers under Haley

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Ben Roethlisberger likely doesn’t have to worry that the Steelers offense could be set back two or three years if new

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Colbert: We want Mike Wallace to finish career in Pittsburgh

Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert threw cold water Thursday on the notion that wide receiver Mike Wallace will be going anywhere this offseason. “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure Mike Wallace remains a Pittsburgh Steeler. And I think that’s Mike’s hope as well. Usually when you have two parties that share the…

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In the Community – Dean’s Womens 202 2011

A group of female Steelers fans descended upon the South Side facility to take part in Dean’s Dairy Football 202. Special guests include Carnell Lake, Antonio Brown, and Greg Warren.

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Video: Brett Keisel Shaves His Beard

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Potential Steelers Draft Pick Profiles: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama


Name: Dont’a Hightower
Position: Linebacker
School: Alabama
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 260 pounds

Due to James Farrior’s declining play, the inside linebacker position has needed to be addressed for a couple of years now. Because of the cap issues the Steelers have this offseason, and the fact that Farrior is 37 years old, it’s likely that the Steelers will cut him if he doesn’t retire. Behind him, Larry Foote is pretty much in the same boat. That would leave the unproven 2010 5th round pick Stevenson Sylvester to inherit a pretty important position on the Steelers defense.

It’s a priority to look at the available inside linebackers in this draft class, with the best of the bunch being Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower.

Pros: What could make Dont’a Hightower a valuable commodity to the Pittsburgh Steelers is that he was the signal caller in a complex 3-4 defensive scheme in college at Alabama which should make for a smoother than normal transition to the Steelers defense. He has traditional size for a 3-4 linebacker at a very chiseled 6’4″, 260lbs. and is a tough, physical, in-the-box type of defender.

Cons: What makes Hightower a good fit for a 3-4 defense also makes him a potential liability in coverage. While he may be fast for his size that doesn’t necessarily make him fast. He wasn’t exposed for it much in college but in the NFL teams may look to exploit it when he is matched up against quicker running backs in coverage.

It’s not against the rules to move him outside in a rush position on passing downs in an effort to keep him out of coverage. He shows great burst off the edge, and he has the size (OLB LaMarr Woodley is 6-foot-2, 265 pounds) to play outside.

The only other issue with him is an ACL injury that kept him out a majority of the 2009 season but his production in 2011 is evidence of his recovery.

Draft Stock: Hightower’s stock really couldn’t get much higher at this point as he’s currently slated to go in the first round, and be the first inside linebacker for a 3-4 defense to come off of the board. He could go as early at 18 to the Chargers who do need a lot of upgrades on defense and have a lot of linebackers that are currently free agents, but should be available at 24 when the Steelers pick. If the Steelers bypass him it’s unlikely he would make it past the Ravens at 29 who have been looking for Ray Lewis’s heir apparent.

Final Word: I see Hightower as the likely choice for the Steelers should he still be there at pick 24. With all of the issues surrounding Farrior and Foote, including the possibility one of them may be released, the Steelers must invest a pick on an ILB at some point in the draft. Sylvester hasn’t shown me enough to become a starter at a very important position in the Steelers defense.

The only reservation I have about Hightower is coverage ability. As the NFL turns more into a passing league with each season linebackers as big as Hightower may be extinct as some point. While he may only be a 2-down player Hightower is worth the pick and would be a valuable addition to the team.

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Dermontti Dawson Talks Hall Of Fame Induction

PITTSBURGH ((3-7 THE FAN) — Hall of Fame Steelers’ center Dermontti Dawson joined The Fan Morning Show Friday.

He discussed his upcoming Hall Of Fame induction.

Dawson shared his feelings on becoming a Hall of Famer, the importance of going into the hall as a Pittsburgh Steeler and being a part of Steelers’ lore.

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Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Dermonti Dawson, Hall Of Fame, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Roethlisberger’s Agent Discusses Restructuring Of Contract

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Ben Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN to talk about Ben restructuring his contract to save the Steelers $ 8 million off the cap this year, and what that means for his client.

Tollner said he and Ben informed the team that they were willing to restructure his deal to help out the team, and the process from there was actually quite simple and done pretty quickly.

Despite losing his Offensive Coordinator and possibly losing his top Wide Receiver in the same off-season, Tollner said Ben isn’t bothered by it in the least because he trusts the Steelers and the direction they’re taking the team.

Tollner also explained to us what restructuring a deal does and when the player gets their money.

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Sports Talk Shows, Steelers, Watch + Listen Tagged: Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Arians, Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin, Mike Wallace, Ryan Tollner, Todd Haley

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Dermontti Dawson: Hall Of Fame A Dream Come True

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — By the time the announcement finally came, Dermontti Dawson was about to give up on another year of Hall of Fame eligibility.

“When it got close to the three o’clock,” he says, “I said, ‘Well, apparently I didn’t make it.’

“So I was about to go hit golf balls. Then when my name was called I was like ‘Holy moly!’ I kind of was in shock a little bit.”

Weeks later, the shock has yet to subside. He still has trouble calling himself a Hall of Famer.

“It really hasn’t had time to sink in,” he said. “I’ve been signing everything, ‘HOF 2012,’ but, you know, it will sink in sooner or later.”

Dawson’s disbelief is likely the same kind he gets when he thinks back to the beginning of his Steelers career.

“I ended up starting a few games my rookie year at guard and then after my rookie season, Coach Noll came up to me and asked me to switch to center,” he says.

“I never could have imagined that my career would’ve turned out the way it did. It’s almost like a storybook and a dream come true.”

Dawson played 13 seasons with the Steelers, making 7 Pro Bowls, and 6 All Pro teams. He looked even further back in his football history to choose his Hall of Fame presenter. And he went with the man whom he credits with getting him to play football in the first place — his high school coach Steve Parker.

“Steve Parker was instrumental,” Dawson says. “He was the one who came up to me in the hallway in high school and said, ‘Son, where have you been all my life?’
“And he knew I wrestled and ran track and if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have went out for football.”

That’s how close it came to the world never knowing Dermontti Dawson as one of the best centers of all time, one of the nicest people of all time and another in a long line of deserving Pittsburgh Steelers heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“It’s a big honor,” Dawson says. “And really, being enshrined in the Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of any NFL players’ career.”

And he’s ready to don that gold jacket that those who are enshrined in Canton, Ohio, get to wear.

“I’ll look good in any color,” Dawson says with a laugh. “I don’t care what color the jacket is. I’ll take it.”

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Maurkice Pouncey Has Cast Removed From Surgically Repaired Left Ankle

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Josina Anderson from ESPN reported today via Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey had his cast removed from his left ankle today in Indianapolis and that the doctors are making him wear a boot and use his crutches for a little while longer. Pouncey, who missed the Steelers AFC Wild Card Game against the Denver Broncos because of his injury, had surgery on that left ankle in mid January. He was forced to also miss the Pro Bowl as a result.

After getting his cast removed today in Indy, Maurkice Pouncey told me t/ docs are making him wear a boot & kp t/ crutches for a bit.— Read more […]

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In the Community – Heroes at Heinz Field 2011

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The Steelers and VA Healthcare VISN hosted Heroes at Heinz Field. 75 US military veterans took part and had the opportunity to throw, kick, and catch with some of their favorite Steelers players.

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