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More tough decisions remain for Steelers

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Tough decisions have been made and executed. Now, the Steelers face more of a different kind.

Source: post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL

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Winds of change: Steelers cut another fan favorite, leader

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The Steelers' March Massacre, three days of bloodletting for their fans, came to an end Friday when James Farrior was told his services were no longer needed.

Source: post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL

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Chris Hoke Reflects On Playing Days With Hines Ward

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN to talk about Hines Ward’s career as a Steeler coming to an end.

Hoke said Ward taught him how to be a true professional and that everyone who played with him was better off because of what a great influence he was.

When it comes to whether or not the Steelers made the right move releasing Ward, Hoke said that even he knew the Steelers needed to get younger, and that’s what they’re in the process of doing right now.

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Sports Talk Shows, Steelers Tagged: Chris Hoke, Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers

Source: CBS Pittsburgh » Steelers

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My Friend Played Dodgeball Against a Couple of Steelers and Survived

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For many years now, I've been playing recreational sports in a league based in the Pittsburgh area. There are many sports available for weekend warriors such as myself to choose from, including volleyball, flag football, bowling and dodgeball. Speaking of dodgeball, Kris, a good friend of mine whom I met through this league, plays on a dodgeball team, and one night last week, he actually played a game against a team that included James Harrison and Daniel Sepulveda.

This wasn't one of those charity events like "The Steelers vs. the teachers" or anything. Nope, this was a straight-up competitive contest, and Deebo and Spevulveda just happened to be members of the opposition that my friend's team was going up against. Rumor has it that Larry Foote is also a member of this team and has played a game or two of dodgeball in his day. Supposedly, this team is made up of athletic trainers who may or may not work for the Steelers, and this may explain why they were able to recruit such high-caliber athletes--usually, the best athletes in this league are the ones who are really good at beer pong.

Naturally, I asked my friend to give me the details of what went down in the game. Even though Kris' team didn't win--Team Ringers prevailed, 7-4--he did have his share of encounters against the two Steelers.

Unfortunately, Kris lost his battle against Sepulveda, who got my friend out by catching one of his throws--no word on whether or not the punter called for a fair-catch.

As for Harrison, my friend had a few memorable battles with number 92. Kris said, at one point, he was face-to-face with Deebo, who had a ball in his hand and a menacing look in his eyes. Some how, some way, however, my friend was able to allude the big linebacker and later managed to get Harrison out after catching one of his throws. Kris also got Harrison out a second time after nailing him with a ball. Harrison did get Kris out a couple of times, too, but it sounds to me like their series of one-on-one encounters ended in a draw . That's right, my friend went mano-a-mano with Silverback--the modern day Dick Butkus, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the author of the Harrison 100, one of the most feared defenders in the game today--and he not only survived, he held his own. Although, he did have a dream later that night about Harrison chasing after him like a bounty hunter, but that's neither here nor there--just a classic case of post traumatic Deebo disorder.

Anyway, I now have a new-found respect for my friend. His toughness-level has never been higher in my eyes, and I will no longer protest any of his calls when he officiates my team's volleyball games.

Speaking of respect. How bad-ass must Sepulveda be to get to hang out with two linebackers outside of work? Did Jack Lambert hunt with Craiq Colquitt? Did Greg Lloyd practice martial arts with Harry Newsome? Did Joey Porter go see the movie "Fight Club" with Josh Miller? I'll bet you none of that happened. Yet, here's Sepulveda participating in recreational dodgeball with Harrison and Foote. Heck, I don't care if they were line-dancing, that's still pretty impressive for a punter.

I am now incredibly envious of my friend. Other than Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller showing up to play for the opposing team, I can't think of anything cooler than playing a game of dodgeball against a couple of current Steelers.

The only thing that could top that would be bowling against Jerome Bettis. I never thought it was possible before, but after Kris' tale, it doesn't seem so abstract.

Let this be a lesson to you amateur sports enthusiasts out there. You better start practicing. You just never know when you might have to go up against a Super Bowl Champion.



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain


My Friend Played Dodgeball Against a Couple of Steelers and Survived

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For many years now, I've been playing recreational sports in a league based in the Pittsburgh area. There are many sports available for weekend warriors such as myself to choose from, including volleyball, flag football, bowling and dodgeball. Speaking of dodgeball, Kris, a good friend of mine whom I met through this league, plays on a dodgeball team, and one night last week, he actually played a game against a team that included James Harrison and Daniel Sepulveda.

This wasn't one of those charity events like "The Steelers vs. the teachers" or anything. Nope, this was a straight-up competitive contest, and Deebo and Spevulveda just happened to be members of the opposition that my friend's team was going up against. Rumor has it that Larry Foote is also a member of this team and has played a game or two of dodgeball in his day. Supposedly, this team is made up of athletic trainers who may or may not work for the Steelers, and this may explain why they were able to recruit such high-caliber athletes--usually, the best athletes in this league are the ones who are really good at beer pong.

Naturally, I asked my friend to give me the details of what went down in the game. Even though Kris' team didn't win--Team Ringers prevailed, 7-4--he did have his share of encounters against the two Steelers.

Unfortunately, Kris lost his battle against Sepulveda, who got my friend out by catching one of his throws--no word on whether or not the punter called for a fair-catch.

As for Harrison, my friend had a few memorable battles with number 92. Kris said, at one point, he was face-to-face with Deebo, who had a ball in his hand and a menacing look in his eyes. Some how, some way, however, my friend was able to allude the big linebacker and later managed to get Harrison out after catching one of his throws. Kris also got Harrison out a second time after nailing him with a ball. Harrison did get Kris out a couple of times, too, but it sounds to me like their series of one-on-one encounters ended in a draw . That's right, my friend went mano-a-mano with Silverback--the modern day Dick Butkus, the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the author of the Harrison 100, one of the most feared defenders in the game today--and he not only survived, he held his own. Although, he did have a dream later that night about Harrison chasing after him like a bounty hunter, but that's neither here nor there--just a classic case of post traumatic Deebo disorder.

Anyway, I now have a new-found respect for my friend. His toughness-level has never been higher in my eyes, and I will no longer protest any of his calls when he officiates my team's volleyball games.

Speaking of respect. How bad-ass must Sepulveda be to get to hang out with two linebackers outside of work? Did Jack Lambert hunt with Craiq Colquitt? Did Greg Lloyd practice martial arts with Harry Newsome? Did Joey Porter go see the movie "Fight Club" with Josh Miller? I'll bet you none of that happened. Yet, here's Sepulveda participating in recreational dodgeball with Harrison and Foote. Heck, I don't care if they were line-dancing, that's still pretty impressive for a punter.

I am now incredibly envious of my friend. Other than Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller showing up to play for the opposing team, I can't think of anything cooler than playing a game of dodgeball against a couple of current Steelers.

The only thing that could top that would be bowling against Jerome Bettis. I never thought it was possible before, but after Kris' tale, it doesn't seem so abstract.

Let this be a lesson to you amateur sports enthusiasts out there. You better start practicing. You just never know when you might have to go up against a Super Bowl Champion.



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Analyst Charlie Casserly Analyzes Steelers Salary Cap

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — NFL Today football analyst Charlie Casserly joined The Fan Morning Show Friday.

He takes a closer look at possible roster moves the Steelers’ may need to make to re-sign Mike Wallace.

Casserly thinks the Steelers’ will do everything in their power to keep the explosive wide receiver, if that’s not possible, he explains possible solutions in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Click the link below to listen to the full interview:

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Charlie Casserly, Mike Wallace, NFL, NFL Draft, Pittsburgh Steelers, Salary Cap

Source: CBS Pittsburgh » Steelers

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Saints case puts scrutiny on bounties

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Atlanta Falcons star Roddy White called it a "league thing" that goes far beyond the New Orleans Saints. Shawne Merriman of the Buffalo Bills wondered what all the fuss was about.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Hines Ward: A Photo Gallery Of the Steelers Best Ever WR

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Source: Steelers Gab


The Impending Release of Hines Ward Makes the Steelers’ Intentions Clear

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With the imminent release of WR Hines Ward, the Steelers are banking on their ability to sign WR Mike Wallace to a long-term deal.

Failure to do so would leave them exposed at the position that many saw as the team's biggest strength in 2012.

Taking Ward out of the picture, the Steelers have just two receivers under contract today: Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Jerricho Cotchery is an unrestricted free agent and Wallace is a restricted free agent, likely to receive the highest-level tender offer of $ 2.6 million for one season (assuming the team and Wallace cannot come to an agreement on a long-term deal).

That needs to be addressed before free agency begins March 13.

The Steelers will attempt to re-sign Wallace while he's on the RFA tender in a worst-case scenario. Wrapping him up in a long-term deal now will not only save money on the cap - the $ 2.6 million tender would be guaranteed and all would count against the current cap, while a long-term deal would spread more money out over the duration of the contract - but it will also take a bullet out of the chamber for the game of Receiver Roulette they're having to play.

The best thing the Steelers have going for them in this shake-up is the guys they currently have - or at least one of those guys. Brown is a legitimate play-making receiver, having overtaken Wallace in targets by the 2/3rds point of the season.

Sanders' only issue is his health, which could simply be bad luck so far. When healthy, he has gotten attention from QB Ben Roethlisberger, but nagging injuries cost him time in 2011.

Wallace's return under just a one-year deal (RFA tender or even a franchise tag) would give them a solid trio of young receivers, but with none of them signed past the 2012 season, they would have to repeat the scenario they're currently in - but to a greater degree. In 2013, the multi-faceted Brown will be a restricted free agent (as well as Sanders) and Wallace would be a free agent available to every other team with no compensation given to the Steelers (outside of a future compensatory pick), unless they can get a long-term deal signed with him now.

It looks to be a decent wide receiver draft in terms of middle-of-the-line talent. That kind of a pick - a third or fourth round choice for someone like Wisconsin's Nick Toon, perhaps - would fit the Steelers' need for depth. Drafting another younger receiver to join the ranks of Young Money is almost a necessity, but even then, it would be odd to see the Steelers enter a season without a more seasoned, veteran receiver. Ward filled this role the last several years, but not exclusively: the pick-ups of guys like Cotchery, Antwaan Randle El, Cedrick Wilson and even Quincy Morgan show that the Steelers value the presence of veteran depth in their receiving corps.

As such, it's likely the team will sign a veteran free agent (at the right price), and that could very well be Cotchery again. He's said all the right things to this point, but dollars are dollars. If the Steelers cannot afford more than a veteran minimum deal for a year or two, Cotchery's time could be better spent elsewhere.

Considering the Steelers - and every other team in the NFL - have at least five receivers on their game-day roster, three things are likely still going to happen this offseason: 1) locking Wallace up for at least 2012, but only after exhausting any and all long-term deal options; 2) the signing of a veteran at the right price; and 3) the drafting of a rookie who can contribute in some way his first year.

This is the franchise that picked up Wallace and Sanders in the third, and Brown in the sixth. Ward was a third-round pick, and Cotchery was taken by the Jets in the fourth.



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain


Steelers raise ticket prices for 2012

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In a letter mailed to season-ticket holders, the team said the hike was needed to "meet the challenges of remaining competitive in the National Football League."

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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