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Your all time Steeler regret?

An interesting talker for a nice, lazy holiday. Personally, I’ll have to put some thought into it, but I remember a Roethlisberger throw to Burress in the end zone against the Patriots in the 2004 AFCC, followed by a Bettis run for a yard. Then Cowher chooses not to go for it on fourth down. He took the field goal to go down 31-20. They don’t get it, they’re still down two touchdowns, and the Pats have the ball at their 2-yard line. They get it, they’re kicking off down a touchdown. Is that a regret? I dunno…brings back some bad memories. Either way, enjoy the conversation! – nc

What is your all time Steeler regret…something you wish the organization did or didn’t do, draft a player, sign a player or coaching move etc. My biggest Steeler regret is the organization not signing Rod Woodson and letting him walk in free agency. Rod went on to win a Super Bowl and I am happy for him for that but I still wished he was stay in Pittsburgh. He played with the Ravens, Niners and Raiders and had several more productive years in the NFL. Even if we moved him to safety like he was with Oakland. His instincts on the field were that good and he made the move to safety very easily….what is your biggest Steelers regret…

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2011 Rushing Stats Of Rashard Mendenhall & Isaac Redman By Direction & Down

I received a few emails since the post yesterday in which I broke down the rushing of the Pittsburgh Steelers running backs by direction and was asked if I could post the stats of each running back by direction and down from 2011. I compiled the stats of just Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman below as there really is no reason to do Mewelde Moore, Jonathan Dwyer and John Clay as they all combined for 48 carries total.

Both Mendenhall and Redman finished with a 52% and 53% success rate respectively. To reiterate what makes a play a successful play, if a back gains 40% of the yardage needed Read more […]

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Tomlin is a “win-at-all-costs” guy

In early 2007, as the Steelers were looking to replace Bill Cowher, I was a huge proponent of Mike Tomlin.  Hidden for years in Tampa because the organization refused to allow position coaches under contract to interview for coordinator jobs, Tomlin proved in one season as Minnesota’s defensive coordinator that he was ready to be…

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Is the steel curtain closing for Polamalu?

According to nfl.com, during his appearance at this week’s OTAs, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said that he thinks about the end of his career “all the time”, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Thursday.
“People have asked me how many years do you think you can play?” Polamalu said. “My reaction is always, when you live day to day, it’s hard to talk years. It’s always been my mantra in life, whether it was my first year as a rookie or year 10, I just live day to day.”
Polamalu prefers to do workout own his own instead of with teammates during the off-season, but has decided that he will partcipate in voluntary workouts due to the release or retirement of veteran players. The soft-spoken Polamalu prefers to lead by example, with inside linebacker Larry Foote taking the vocal role once occupied by James Farrior, who is contemplating his own retirement following his release for salary cap purposes.
“You hate to put that kind of load on Larry,” Polamalu said last week. “You can’t say that even James Farrior was going to be exactly the same kind of leader Joey (Porter) was. And he wasn’t. I’m sure Larry can be a leader on this defense, but he won’t be the exact leader that James Farrior was, for sure.”
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Pittsburgh Steelers Rank Third in Most Popular NFL Teams


According to an ESPN poll of a random sample of 1,500 Americans, the Steelers are the third-most popular team in the NFL.

The poll was conducted by asking participants 12 years of age and older which team was their favorite. Since 1994, this survey has polled 390,000 Americans, and the results are cumulative.

The Dallas Cowboys were No. 1 with 8.8 percent of the vote. The Green Bay Packers were No. 2 at 7.2, barely edging out the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants, who both had 7.1 percent, good for third place.

The New England Patriots (6.8 percent) Chicago Bears (4.2 percent) and New Orleans Saints finished 5-7, respectively. The San Francisco 49ers (4.0 percent), Philadelphia Eagles (3.9 percent) and Denver Broncos (3.8 percent) rounded out the top 10.

The poll did not indicate whether fans voting for other teams were aware of the fact no other team has won six Super Bowls the way the Steelers had, or what their opinion was on how they determine the real best franchise in the league.

Dallas has missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, and has won one playoff game since 1998.

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Former Steelers Linebacker James Farrior’s Agent Says ‘Waiting For a Championship Opportunity’


Following up on a story we ran Friday in regards to the possibility of former Steelers linebacker James Farrior retiring, his agent, Ralph Cindrich, responded to a question posed via Twitter about it.

Cindrich’s response suggested Farrior, the 13 year veteran, is waiting for a “championship opportunity.”

Will one of those present itself for Farrior? It’s an interesting question.

Whether it will happen remains to be seen, obviously, but one team I can think of that loves players in these situations is the New England Patriots.

Few teams in the league look to sign veteran free agents facing the twilight of their careers as much as the Patriots do. They’ve recently gotten high production out of DE Kevin Carter and OG Brian Waters. This year, they’ve brought in WR Brandon Lloyd, OG Robert Gallery and RB Joseph Addai, recently of the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, respectively. Even going back a few years, there’s LB Junior Seau, WR Deion Branch and WR Jabar Gaffney.

The Patriots spent what seemed to be 45 draft picks on defensive players, including three of their first four picks addressing the front seven (DE Chandler Jones, ILB Dont’a Hightower and DE Jake Bequette). The Patriots have also built themselves to become versatile enough to play a variety of different looks in their front seven, depending on the situation.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Patriots, come training camp, took Farrior out for a test drive, and the Patriots, the defending AFC champions, certainly fit the title contender status Cindrich says Farrior is looking for.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker James Farrior Preparing for Retirement

Earlier in the offseason many fans were outraged by the way the Pittsburgh Steelers handled some of their veterans when they parted ways with stalwarts Aaron Smith, Hines Ward and James Farrior to open salary cap space. Many wanted to see the Steelers celebrate their careers, since all three-helped lead the team to two Super Bowl titles.
Yes, they were leaders and deserved more, but that more had to come on their terms, not the Steelers. First, Ward made the decision to return to Pittsburgh and the team’s facility to receive the farewell he deserved. Now, after some thought and soul-searching, Farrior may be following Ward’s example.
According to his agent, Ralph Cindrich in an interview on 93.7 The Fan, Farrior and the Steelers have started to discuss his retirement. When this press conference is called, fans will finally have their chance to celebrate one of the most important defensive leaders the Steelers have had over the past decade.
Of those three veterans, Far…

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Nose tackle McLendon has earned Steelers’ trust

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Steelers Running Game & Lack Of Directional Balance The Last Three Seasons

One thing that has been noticeably different since Alan Faneca left the Pittsburgh Steelers is the ability of the offense to be balanced directionally as far as running plays go. With the drafting of Stanford guard David DeCastro and the move of Willie Colon from right tackle to left guard now, the Steelers offense will hope to be much more balanced than the previous three seasons.

Since Faneca left, the Steelers have had problems finding any semblance of productive stability on the offensive line thanks to injuries and inconsistent play. The first course of action was to shore up the center Read more […]

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