Daily Archives: May 18, 2012

Steelers reveal Larry Richert as Heinz Field’s new public address announcer

Fri, 18 May 2012 17:23:15
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Ohio St. Linebacker Foregoes Potential NFL Career Out Of Fear For Future Health

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Former Ohio State Linebacker Andrew Sweat joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN to talk about the offer he received from the Cleveland Browns to tryout for the team, and the reasons why he decided to pass.

Sweat chose to pass on the opportunity to play for the Browns and rather instead pursue a career in law or medicine since he has suffered 3 concussions throughout his career.  Despite fearing for his future health, Andrew said it was still a tough decision to make since he had always grown up dreaming about playing in the NFL.

Andrew also told us about his time at Ohio St. where he spent two years living with former QB Terrell Pryor, and what his best memories are as a Buckeye.

Filed under: College, Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Sports Talk Shows, Steelers, Watch + Listen Tagged: Andrew Sweat, Cleveland Browns, Jim Tressel, Ohio State Buckeyes, Terrell Pryor

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Report: Trai Essex To Compete At Left Tackle With Mike Adams & Jonathan Scott

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Some more news concerning the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line today as Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter that veteran offensive lineman Trai Essex will get a shot to compete for the left tackle position against rookie second round draft pick Mike Adams and veteran Jonathan Scott.

Essex, who was re-signed prior to the draft, has played all five positions on the offensive line since being drafted by the Steelers in the 3rd round of the 2005 NFL draft. Essex was an unrestricted free agent heading into this offseason.

This announcement pretty much backs up the Read more [...]

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NFL Films’ “Heart” Premiere at Heinz Field

The story of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 season was retold today when the team unveiled its annual season highlight film, “Heart,” at a special screening at Heinz Field.

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Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer Wants To Be ‘One Of The Main Guys Contributing’


Mike Wilkening of Pro Football Weekly penned a solid piece on Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer, and what he's up to this off-season.

From Wilkening's accounts, Dwyer is ready to compete for an increase in playing time, something he hasn't had much of since being chosen six picks before Pro Bowl WR/KR Antonio Brown.

Wrote Wilkening:

Entering his third NFL campaign, "you want more," Dwyer said Thursday. "You want to be out (there) more and more and be one of the main guys that contributes on this team."

The article also references RB Rashard Mendenhall, whom Dwyer noted was at the facility as part of his rehabilitation from an ACL tear he suffered at the end of last season.

Dwyer won't likely compete for a starting position this year, but as he can attest to (a broken foot toward the end of the year) as well as a late-season injury to former Steelers RB Mewelde Moore, having a deep running back unit is important in the NFL.

He showed at least some potential, having scampered for a 76-yard run against Tennessee in Week 5 last season - the seventh-longest play from scrimmage in team history.

Running back figures to be a hot battle in training camp, with back-up spots behind likely starter Isaac Redman and fill-in spots while Mendenhall is out (could be through the first part of the season) are up between Dwyer, John Clay, Baron Batch and rookie Chris Rainey.

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Talkin’ Cornerbacks: Steelers’ Starting Cornerback in 2012 Not As Important as Positional Depth


The Steelers depth at cornerback should be one of their strength in 2012, but it's also one of its biggest question marks.

Such is the way of things for NFL cornerbacks. Every play, hero or goat. Riding that thin line between greatness and ridicule, it is, next to quarterback, the toughest mental position on the field. The Steelers will ride into training camp with one definite starter, CB Ike Taylor, and three younger players vying for the starting spot opposite Taylor - CBs Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown.

Who's going to start?

This is a classic position of competition. Due to the mental rigors of it, all must be challenged intensely before any "winner" can be named. It would be unwise to name one now, but expect Lewis to emerge as the starting cornerback opposite Taylor after a tough competition from emerging stud Allen.

It's almost necessary nowadays to name the nickel defensive back a starter as well, and Allen, due to his size and strength, will continue his growth as an outstanding slot defender, will hold down nickel duties.

Lewis (who turned 26 Thursday) and Allen both did well last season essentially as in-season replacements for CB Bryant McFadden, who went from starter to non-participator as 2011 went on. Both played nickel duties, Lewis on the outside when former Steelers CB William Gay shifted inside, and Allen inside in dime packages, most notably, against the high-powered Patriots offense in Week 8.

How much does the "starter" tag really matter?

I suppose it will for Lewis's upcoming contract negotiations (he'll play this season with a restricted free agency 1-year deal, and be unrestricted next year), but both he and Allen have the ability to play inside rather than outside. Lewis has the advantage of much more experience than Allen (29 games to 15, and Lewis was in on 404 snaps last year to 60 for Allen), so on one hand, it's silly to etch either of their name in stone next to "CB2." On the other, both should expect to see the field plenty often this year.

What about Brown?

Even with an increasingly impressive special teams resume, Brown just simply looks like the odd man out in a talented, young positional race. Certainly, we aren't casting him out permanently, it's only May, and it's a very long season. That's the nice part about depth at a position. Things can - and will - change.

At the very least, Brown looks like a top-end special teams gunner, and will continue to fill that kind of role in 2012.

Is this position locked up for the foreseeable future?

We've spent much time talking about the revamped offensive line, but before that, the priority investment seemed to be at cornerback. The genius part of the Steelers' previous future plan at the position was they scored big on younger players who fit a mold; tall, long and athletic. While having to fit in a guy like McFadden for transitional purposes, the Steelers drafted Lewis out of Oregon State in the third round of the 2009 draft, and Brown (Texas) in the third round, and Allen (The Citadel) in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. Mix in a swing-and-a-miss with fifth-rounder Joe Burnett in 2009, the Steelers invested just as heavily in cornerback as they recently have in offensive line, just without the big-time dollar amount or height of picks. The amount of money they've saved in building quality depth as opposed to giving out massive contracts to free agents like Nnamdi Asomugha has been more than beneficial, and it's something that will continue for the next few years.

Lewis could be the starter in 2012. Allen could be as well. With Lewis set to hit free agency, they have flexibility in the sense he's not an absolute must-sign (at this point anyway).

Also, they all are really system guys; physical, big zone corners (with the ability to play man, just not a ton of tape to show potential free agent suitors) with athleticism. It's the Steelers' defense's highest value position on the roster - most talent for the least amount of money.

They're going to reap the benefits of their investment in 2012.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

Ed Bouchette’s Instant Steeler O-Line Analysis

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers’ beat writer Ed Bouchette jumped on with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan Thursday.

He likes the possibilities the Steelers’ reshuffled offensive line can bring. He breaks down what the new faces might be able to do in their new roles, and shares the concerns he still has about the line.

Bouchette also previews next week’s first round of Steeler OTAs, tells if he thinks Mike Wallace will be at the Steelers’ facility before training camp begins, and looks into whether Mike Tomlin’s contract extension is coming this summer.

Click the link below to listen to the full interview:

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Ed Bouchette, Mike Adams, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Vinnie & Cook, Willie Colon

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Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Salary 6th Highest in NFL, 8th Highest in Pro Sports


A Forbes Magazine report lists Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin at $ 5.75 million, tying him with Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt as the 6th highest paid coach in the NFL, and 8th highest in professional sports.

Tomlin, a two-time AFC champion and winning coach of Super Bowl XLIII, is 55-25 in five seasons at the helm in Pittsburgh, most recently, a 12-4 2011 campaign.

He's helped set the bar so high in the legendary franchise, that year, without a playoff win, is seen as a disappointment.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is No. 1 on the list, at $ 7.5 million. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tie for second at $ 7 million.

Tomlin's former colleague, Bears coach Lovie Smith, ranks 7th on the list at $ 6 million. Philadelphia's Andy Reid rounds out the top 10 at $ 5.5 million.

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is also in at No. 2 with $ 7 million, and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is tied with Smith for 6th overall at $ 6 million.

Belichick, Shanahan and Tomlin are the only three NFL coaches in the top 10 to have won a Super Bowl. Whisenhunt, Fisher, Smith and Reed were head coaches in one. Popovich (4) and Rivers (1) have each won championships in the NBA.

Pete Carroll has never coached in a Super Bowl.

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Marcus Gilbert to stay at Right Tackle and Mike Adams gets first shot at Left Tackle

Ed Bouchette is reporting that Marcus Gilbert will remain on the right side where he belongs.  That means rookie OT Mike Adams will be placed on the left side.  The Steelers told Willie Colon he was moving to left guard with full intentions of making Adams the Left Tackle.
This makes the most sense.  Gilbert is a better right tackle then he is a left.  Adams is built to play left tackle.  This team will be better for this.  They have all preseason and training camp to get ready to play together.  This group may spend more time on the field then usual in the preseason just to get some chemistry.
So your Steelers starting offensive line going into training camp is:

LT- Mike Adams
LG- Willie Colon
C- Maurkice Pouncey
RG- David DeCastro
RT- Marcus Gilbert

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Military Veterans: What’s Your Favorite Sports Memory From Deployment?

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I know we've got a number of military men and women that read BTSC, and we could use your help.

Matt Ufford and the rest of SB Nation's YouTube channel are looking to honor veterans with a Memorial Day video compiled from clips of veterans talking about their favorite sports memory while deployed.

So check out the above link and if you are a veteran or if you know one, please pass this along!

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