Daily Archives: May 10, 2012

Ward takes the mound at Pirates game

Hines Ward and Pirates Andrew McCutchenHines Ward stood on the mound at PNC Park, with fans on their feet cheering, wound up, and with his familiar smile threw a perfect strike to pitcher Jeff Kars…

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Roethlisberger & Rest Of Offense Must Now Graduate From Todd Haley University

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger graduated from Miami (Ohio) University this past week and now he and the rest of the Steelers offense will go to summer school in attempt to graduate from Todd Haley University.

Roethlisberger has not been shy about telling the media types in recent interviews that the offense that new offensive coordinator Todd Haley is installing is pretty foreign to him thus far. He has even made a few references to it as needing a Rosetta Stone book to understand it. Roethlisberger was recently quoted by Ed Bouchette in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in regard Read more […]

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Steelers Ink 7th Round Pick Guard Kelvin Beachum

The Steelers have come to terms with another draft pick, as they inked seventh-round pick, guard Kelvin Beachum. Financial terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.

Beachum (6-3, 303), who was the 248th overall pick, played collegiately at Southern Methodist University. He started all 52 games he played at left tackle during his collegiate career. As a senior, Beachum was selected to the Lombardi Award and Outland Award watch lists and named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team. Beachum earned first-team Conference USA honors after his junior season. In 2011, Beachum blocked for an offense that scored 336 points and racked up 5,052 yards of total offense.

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Roethlisberger “still confused” how Haley will change Steelers’ offense

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says any notion that he’s angry about the decision to bring in Todd Haley as offensive coordinator, replacing Bruce Arians, is misguided. But Roethlisberger doesn’t completely understand what will change in Pittsburgh, either. Roethlisberger said on the Rich Eisen Podcast that he hears others saying that Haley will turn the Steelers…

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Doubt cast on Roethlisberger’s belief the 49ers targeted him

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled through last year’s loss to the 49ers on an injured ankle, and looking back on that game he thinks the 49ers gave him a little something extra because of his injury. But Roethlisberger’s belief may not hold up to close scrutiny. Roethlisberger was asked on the Dan Patrick Show when…

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Former Steeler Chris Hoke Talks Rookies, Roethlisberger

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke joined The Fan Morning Show Thursday.

He discusses Steelers’ rookie camp.

Hoke also took some time to talk more about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his upcoming charity golf tournament.

Click the link below to listen to the full interview:

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WR Sanders Confirms to Steelers Gab – The Offense is Nearly All Brand New

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Last season in his second season, wide out Emmanuel Sanders had 22 grabs for 288 yards with two touchdowns. He’s going to be expected to do more in year three, and it comes with the development of a new offense, one that is being put in place by new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

There was a piece yesterday in the Post-Gazette reporting that there’s going to be a huge turnaround in the language of the offense, and it’s going to take quite a bit of time for players to learn it.

Today on Twitter, Sanders said just that much in a Tweet:

To which I tweeted back at him:

do u agree that’s it’s 90 percent different than that of Arians?

To which he Tweeted back at me:

Ouch. I don’t know about everyone else, but the fact that an offense that had quite a bit of success over the past few seasons is changing that much is a little bit scary.

The good news is with no lockout there’s plenty of time for the players and coaches to get on the same page. For some reason though I have nightmares of a Joe Walton offense from back in 1990 going through my head again. And trust me, that’s not good.

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Steelers Agree To Terms With Seventh-Round Picks Paulson and Frederick

The Steelers have agreed to terms with two seventh-round draft picks from the 2012 NFL Draft, tight end David Paulson and cornerback Terrence Frederick. Financial terms of the four-year deals were …

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Steelers Activity in Free Agency Continuing to Buzz, Host Three Veterans

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The significance of the visits of veteran free agents K Dave Rayner, ILB Brandon Johnson and OLB Matt Roth aren’t exactly earth-shattering.

They do represent a push to solidify training camp competition, if not add depth to the 53-man roster.

At least with the two linebacker candidates, Johnson and Roth, the Steelers could use some depth, and both Johnson and Roth could be spot starters.

Having a player like Johnson, a savvy 4-3 outside linebacker who would play inside in Pittsburgh, may have helped the Steelers midway through last year, when James Farrior went down with injury, and depleted their ILB depth.

Having a fiery, physical player like Roth in 2011 would have helped keep the unit afloat during a season in which both James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley missed significant time.

Roth seems more of a viable candidate to join the team than Johnson or Rayner (probably just a lead horse to push incumbent Shaun Suisham, who’s contract is probably too much to jettison, but the savings aren’t enough to bring in anyone significantly better than he is). A tough, heady player, Roth has battled some injuries while playing on doormat teams throughout his career (Miami, Cleveland and Jacksonville).

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Steelers may look at him as a defensive end (which is what he played in Miami last season) but likely, in the event of his signing, he’d be an insurance policy on the prize OLBs the Steelers currently have as well as solidify depth behind their young defensive ends. He can contribute on special teams as well.

Johnson, though, has a great combination of size (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) and experience (64 games played since 2008, all with Cincinnati), and could help push Stevenson Sylvester as the buck back-up to Larry Foote.

Both Roth and Johnson are the right kinds of free agents the Steelers should be looking at; Roth in particular. He’s big, tough and nasty. He can get after the passer as an OLB in a 3-4 defense, and holds up fairly well at defensive end.

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Haley’s Offense a Whole New Language Says Roethlisberger

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For Ben Roethlisberger and the rest of the Steelers veterans on offense, learning new Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley’s offense is like learning a new language and a new way of doing things according to Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette.

What’s different? “Everything,” Roethlisberger said. “The similarities would be on a shorter list. Off the top of my head, from what I’ve seen so far, there’s a 90 percent change.”

Coach Mike Tomlin hired Haley after Steelers president Art Rooney did not renew the contract of Bruce Arians, their offensive coordinator since 2007. As offensive coordinator in Arizona, Haley leaned heavily on the pass. As head coach in Kansas City, his Chiefs ran the ball a lot. He has said he will adapt his Steelers playbook to the personnel.

“Right now we’re practicing the pass because it’s more complicated,” Roethlisberger said. “Steelers fans and coach Tomlin and the Rooneys apparently thought B.A. was throwing the ball too much. But yesterday in coach Haley’s office, we were talking about using the no-huddle and throwing the ball and how much we have to use our weapons.”

Roethlisberger said fans won’t notice much difference, but it’s a big change for the players who have been used to doing things entirely different ways for most of their careers. They are way behind where they would have been had things stayed the same, but they have four months to get it down.

“Does that mean we can’t catch up? No, but right now we’re way behind,” Roethlisberger said. “We’re all asking each other what’ going on. Coach Haley is not only coaching the players, he’s coaching the coaches.”

None of the coaches have been in Haley’s system, including quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner.

“It’s coming along,” Roethlisberger said. “Sometimes it’s frustrating. I’m just trying to plug away a little at a time. I tell coach Randy, don’t throw the whole thing at me right away, take it parts at a time.

“I’ve been there two days this week, go back Wednesday. I feel a lot better today than yesterday, I’ll tell you that much. I’m just going to take it in stride and learn it and help us be the best we can be to win games.”

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