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Tomlin Expects Roethlisberger-Haley Relationship To Be Productive

PALM BEACH, Fla. (KDKA) — Ben Roethlisberger was a Bruce Arians backer and lobbied hard to keep him in place as the offensive coordinator.

When that didn’t happen, it took a while for Roethlisberger and Haley to connect – they waited a week and a half before they met and now that working relationship is under way.

There’s a contrast in style between Arians and Haley who is known to be tough on his players, especially quarterbacks.

“We all have swings in emotion. We all use different coaching techniques,” Tomlin said. “I’d agree that he does have a reputation in that regard, but I’m not going to prejudge him. Like any good coach, I’m sure he’s prepared to be whatever the group needs him to be.”

Tomlin says he doesn’t expect smooth sailing in the quarterback-offensive coordinator relationship, but he believes it will be a productive one as time goes on.
He was impressed with Haley – very impressed during the interview process.

“The way he embraces the standard that is the Pittsburgh Steelers – I think that’s something that you can’t quantify, something – that’s an intangible that you can’t quantify that I think is going to help us,” Tomlin said.

“I think that when somebody legitimately understands and embraces what comes with being part of our organization, I think it’s a leg up,” he added. “I saw similar things in Carnell Lake a year ago and I’m always going to be attracted to that because this is a unique place. I want men that embrace the legacy.”

Roethlisberger’s legacy so far has been his ability to keep plays alive at times to his own detriment. Art Rooney II said Ben’s style needs to be tweaked. Tomlin doesn’t necessarily agree.

“I don’t think we’re at that point. I think that, you know, that point’s maybe somewhere in the future – you acknowledge that, you know. He’s probably as old a guy as we got on the offense, so it’s something to be said for that, but I don’t think we’re at the point where we think he’s diminishing physically to the point where he has to alter his game from that perspective.”

“He runs around for 12 seconds and throws a 70-yard touchdown, I like it,” he continued. “When he gets hit and injured, you don’t like it, so I’ll sincerely say it depends on the outcome of the play. .. He’s got a unique skill set and it benefits us and benefits him. Let’s just continue to focus on utilizing it for good.”

Tomlin says the Steelers do plan on bringing in another quarterback whether through free agency or the NFL draft.

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Steelers Rewind – Looking Back In Steelers History (March 24 – 31)

Histories are as perfect as the Historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul.   —Thomas Carlyle
Often the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers is riddled with imperfections, and those who write about it just as flawed.  Last week we had a small error in one of our photos (and it was corrected, thank you).  Like they say, “Don’t shoot the messenger.”  The great part about covering the history of the Steelers is that with our eyes we look back into the soul of an organization, and that is something special.

(March 22, 2002) Dan Rooney Awarded by the Sporting News
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Ohio State lineman among draft prospects who have visited Steelers

The Steelers have started the process of hosting pre-draft visits as they met with a trio of prospects last week, including Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams.

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Agree to Disagree – Gay to Tebow

Bob and Mike debate the significance of the loss of William Gay via free agency and argue about which player might replace him in the starting lineup.

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Tomlin expects Roethlisberger to evolve, not change

The Steelers may be in the process of putting together a new offense, but coach Mike Tomlin said there is one thing he doesn’t want to change: the swashbuckling style of the quarterback that will trigger that offense.

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Steelers WR Antonio Brown’s Enthusiasm Should Put Him in Consideration for Captaincy


My favorite kinds of people are the ones who wake up in the morning with a sense of purpose. That, in turn, creates positive energy, and that energy is contagious.

That’s a big part of the reason it’s appropriate to mention Antonio Brown, and why it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone he’s had a large amount of success in, historically, a short amount of time.

It’s worthy of mention as talks apparently continue in regards to a long-term contract for Mike Wallace.

Any early-morning riser and Twitter follower in SteelerNation knows Brown’s now famous mantra. As far as I know, it’s uniquely his: “Eyes Up, Chest Up, Prayed Up,” or, in TwitterSpeak, E.U.C.U.P.U.

Rarely a morning doesn’t go by Brown isn’t up, proclaiming his motto to his followers, and generally expressing enthusiastic sentiment. Another Steelers representative has a similarly positive catch-phrase. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau is known for beginning his meetings with a rousing “Good morning, gentlemen, it’s a great day to be alive.”

It’s not hard to get the sense Brown has a similar attitude. This morning, he had a particularly spirited conversation with former Steelers DE Nick Eason.

It’s fun to be around people with so much energy. You can feel it in each of his Tweets, and you can see it on the field. The only head-scratching part to him is how he lasted all the way until the 6th round, and the fact the Steelers didn’t even use their first of two sixth-round picks on him (Jonathan Dwyer went first).

It’s contagious. Dare I even suggest the possible nomination of Brown as a captain in 2012?

With ultimate leader Hines Ward having ridden off into the Georgia sunset, there’s a spot open, should the Steelers wish to name another offensive captain alongside the likely captain QB Ben Roethlisberger. Brown became a reliable target of the Steelers’ receiving corps, and his work ethic is widely known and respected.

It seems more likely captaincy will be given to third-year C Maurkice Pouncey, considering the amount of communication and knowledge required to play such a position, symbolic leadership is vital, but Brown has certainly earned consideration for it.

Don’t let anyone tell you a positive attitude doesn’t reap its rewards. If they do, you can tell them about the short, skinny kid from a nowhere college who became the Steelers first team MVP to be given the award in his second season since Rod Woodson, who is also the first player in NFL history to amass 1,000 yards in receiving and kick returns in the same year.

Perhaps he was just vastly underrated by scouting personnel around the league. Or, perhaps Brown just wakes up raring to go every day with a sense of purpose.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Team President Art Rooney II Says He Would Like Mike Tomlin to Be Long-term Coach. Let’s Hope that is True

With all of the activity that has been going on within the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise this offseason, it seems as if there is no guarantee that veteran players or coaches will be granted a permanent place with this organization.
So far, veterans Arnez Battle, James Farrior, Chris Kemoeatu, Bryant McFadden, Aaron Smith, and Hines Ward have been released. Moreover, on the coaching side, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ “retirement” seemed to be a result of team president Art Rooney II just not wanting Arians as OC anymore.
Now it is being said that Rooney would love to have head coach Mike Tomlin for a long time.
According to www.nfl.com, Tomlin has a contract that “is guaranteed through 2012 with an option for 2013. Rooney’s comments about Tomlin’s contract, performance, and future were posted on www.nfl.com.
“Our coach’s contract is something we don’t really try to speculate on what might happen,” Rooney said. “We’re obviously very happy wit…

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Report: Steelers Want to Bring Back WR Jerricho Cotchery

Pat Kirwan at CBS Sports kicks off the day with note about the Steelers and how they want to bring back WR Jerricho Cotchery. The former Jets WR, who played well down the stretch last season, remains on the free agent market. A market that still also has Mike Wallace on it at the WR spot, despite the fact he’s a restricted free agent.

I like what Cotchery did last season, and he could be even more valuable this year with Hines Ward gone. Add Ben Roethlisberger to the list that wants to see Cotchery back in Pittsburgh in 2012.

“Without Hines, I think you have to do everything you can to sign Jerricho back,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s not only a veteran leader in that room but a really good player. I’d love to see him come back because he’s a really good receiver and I like what he brings to the team.”

Last season Cotchery had 16 catches for 237 yards with two scores, and a catch for a 31-yard score in the AFC Wild Card game at Denver. If he does come back, and is healthy, I would expect more like the season before in NY, when he had 41 grabs for 433 yards with two scores.

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Steelers Land QB Nick Foles, Several Guards, in Later Rounds of Live Mock Draft


Mocking the Draft’s live 7-round mock draft is complete, and the Steelers mock GM, Adam Baliatico, assesses his plunder.

A daring trade back into the first round after selecting Memphis DT Dontari Poe was the highlight, and it netted him Alabama LB Dont’a Hightower as well.

Late-round buzz centers around the selection of Arizona QB Nick Foles in the sixth, a solid player who fell probably a bit further than he will in the real draft.

“I have Foles rated as a late 2nd round prospect.” Baliatico said. “So getting him late in the 6th was just too good to be true.”

Outside of those picks, Baliatico went heavy with offensive guards, scooping up Washington’s Senio Kelemete in the fourth round, Pitt’s Luke Nix in the fifth round and Texas Tech’s Lonnie Edwards in the seventh. This mock draft proved what many have been saying; it’s a deep draft for guards.

“Edwards is one of the best pass blocking guards in this draft.” Baliatico said. “(He) has starting potential.”

While obviously this draft will not likely hold true to the actual draft, it does provide some good insight into how the cards could fall in April. Taking three guards may be a bit of a stretch, but picking up a quarterback in the mid-to-late rounds seems plausible, and certainly, no one would be against the Steelers acquiring some depth at the guard spot.

Steelers 2012 Live Mock Draft Results

1a: DT Dontari Poe, Memphis

1b: LB Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama

4: Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington

5: Luke Nix, OG, Pittsburgh

6: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

7: Lonnie Edwards, OG, Texas Tech

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Gay Signs With Arizona

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Cornerback William Gay has signed a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, leaving Pittsburgh — an organization he’s been with since being drafted in the fifth round in 2007.

Gay became a starter in 2009 after Bryant McFadden signed with Arizona. He was the team’s nickel corner when McFadden returned in 2010 and then earned the starting spot back in 2011.

He is now the seventh veteran to leave the organization this offseason. Along with Gay, Hines Ward, James Farrior, Arnaz Battle, Chris Hoke, Aaron Smith and McFadden are no longer Steelers.

Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown will likely battle for Gay’s spot in the defensive backfield this summer at training camp.

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