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In-Depth With Steelers Center Maurkice Pouncey: June 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Every Friday during the NFL season Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey sits down with The Fan Morning Show’s Jim Colony to talk about life and football.

Lucky for us, the Steelers are holding OTAs again this week we and we are able to chat with him once again.

You can here the full interview here:

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Schedule with Plenty of Highlights for the Steelers in 2012


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The  Steelers had a fantastic season in 2011 but were unable to make it past the Wild Card Game in the playoffs.  In the previous season the team had made it all the way to the Super Bowl, losing to the Green Bay Packers in the final quarter.  The Steelers were determined to make it back in the next year, and in 2011 had another solid season under head coach Mike Tomlin at 12-4, finishing second in the AFC North due to losing to the Ravens twice in the season (and thus the tiebreaker between the two teams as well).  Going into the playoffs the Pittsburgh Steelers were heavy favorites going up against the Broncos in the Wild Card Game, and got off to an early start in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead.

However, the Broncos, led by quarterback Tim Tebow, came storming back in the second quarter to take a 20-6 lead at halftime.  The Steelers needed to step up their games to another level to get by the Broncos in the second half, and were able to for the most part by scoring 17 points to Denver’s 3 to bring the game into overtime.  In one of the more unique (and disappointing) finishes for the Steelers in the playoffs, the Broncos won the game in overtime on the first play, as Tim Tebow threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.

For the second consecutive year the Steelers had a great regular season, only to not go all the way and win a Super Bowl.  After their loss against the Broncos in 2011, the Steelers made it a priority to solidify their offensive line to protect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more, and did so in the 2012 NFL Draft by selecting a guard and tackle with their first two picks.

With that said, the Steelers have an interesting start to their 2012 season, facing none other than the Denver Broncos in their first matchup of the season, followed up with game against the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders before going into a bye in week four.  The Steelers will be facing a Broncos team that is very different from the one that defeated them in the playoffs last year, in that the team traded away Tim Tebow to the New York Jets and signed quarterback Peyton Manning to a multi-year contract to lead the team’s offense. So in essence, the Steelers will be getting the best of both worlds in getting a rematch against the team and main player from last year’s playoffs in the first two weeks of the 2012 NFL season.

The most difficult stretch in the schedule for 2012 is from weeks 13 through 15 when the team will play the Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, and Dallas Cowboys, with only the Chargers game being played at home.  All three of these matchups will present some difficulties for the Steelers this year, as the Chargers and Cowboys have great offensive teams, while the Ravens are more known for their defense like the Steelers themselves.

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Schedule Preview Week 7: at Cincinnati Bengals


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There is a great disturbance in the force.

A division typically owned by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens gets thrown off kilter every now and again by the Cincinnati Bengals.

But the Cincy Kitties don't usually put together playoff-caliber teams two years in a row. This year looks to change that. And it could continue for a spell after that thanks in part to a phenomenal 2012 draft and a team making all the right moves recently.

Bengals Improvements

They needed a top-flight corner to play opposite CB Leon Hall. Check. First-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick can be an immediate starter. They needed some help along the offensive line. Check. First-round pick Kevin Zeitler could very well find himself among the best at the position. A second wide receiver alongside A.J. Green would be nice. Check. Mohamad Sanu somehow falls to them in the third round.

Third round DT Devon Still gives them another versatile front seven player for a team with an outstanding front seven.

Even add in TE Orson Charles, a value pick in the fourth round to possibly end up playing alongside TE Jermaine Gresham (one of the most underrated players in the NFL), this has all the makings of being the Bengals best draft ever.

That may not say much top to bottom, but it shouldn't detract from the talent they acquired. Not all of them will pan out - or at least that's what the rest of the AFC North hopes - but they're excellent additions to a team that finished with nine wins last year.

Bengals Losses

WR Jerome Simpson looked to finally be emerging as a decent player in the league, but legal run-ins will cost him three games this season. When he returns, he'll be in Minnesota. WR Andre Caldwell left for Denver, leaving the Bengals receiving corps (which had underproduced anyway) relatively thin. Sanu is one of a few guys the Bengals will look to replace him, and it's so hit-or-miss with rookie receivers, it may be an issue.

As of now, RB Cedric Benson is still unsigned, and losing LG Nate Livings won't hurt as soon as Zeitler is acclimated to the NFL. DE Jonathan Fanene was a decent depth player, but with as stacked as their defensive line is, he won't be missed much.




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Steelers’ Pouncey, Gilbert Visit McKeesport Middle School


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McKEESPORT (KDKA) — Some local middle school students have been working for weeks to get fit, and today, their efforts were rewarded.

The kids from Founder’s Hall Middle School in McKeesport have been taking part in the NFL Play 60 Challenge.

The program, sponsored by the American Heart Association and the NFL, is aimed at getting kids active.

“They have to get 60 minutes of activity throughout the day, they have to get 30 minutes in school and 30 minutes out of school,” said Brian Dececco, a teacher.

“It was kind of easy for me because I play basketball and we have practice just about every day,” said eighth grader, E’Dazjia Solomon-Green.

They completed the challenge, and as a reward, the Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert paid a special visit to the school. They talked to the students about being fit, and then it was time to burn some calories.

The players took the kids through some of their pregame drills, using ladders and jump ropes.

“It’s always good to give back in the community and show our faces because they love watching us on Sundays. Why not give back, show our faces and help them in the right direction,” said Gilbert.

“Just to interact with others, to play around, get a good sweat going on. I mean obesity is a big thing these days, so just to get the kids running around and active and stuff,” added Pouncey.

The students say getting an hour of activity a day was no problem, and many plan to continue that. They also say the effort was well worth a visit from these guys.

“It’s not every day that you get to see people that play for the NFL or any professional sport,” said Lamaar McKamey, an eighth grader.

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Players help kids stay active


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Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert are no strangers to the weight room, but they got a workout of a different sort on Friday when they helped to conduct a Play 60 Challenge assembly at Founder’s H...

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Don’t read too much into the Steelers OTA’s

The 2nd week of OTA’s for the Steelers this offseason raises more questions than answers. Honestly, that’s how it should be. These organized team activities are not training camp. This is not the time that you set your starting lineups for the coming season. It’s not a time to nail down your starting rotation on the offensive line, defensive line, or any other position.
Still, like clockwork each year, everyone loves to read into this part of the offseason and speculate what’s going to happen. I can’t tell you how many blog entries I’ve read over the last 2 weeks, some I greatly respect and others I have zero respect for, that are trying to figure out who’s starting where and when. If you know us here at SA you know who we’re talking about in that statement.
I don’t care what your name is or who you work for, trying to figure out the OTA’s can be a confusing ordeal. Inevitably you’re going to come to a consensus with ...

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Wallace in 2012 – Brown and Sanders to be the Next WR’s to Hold Out?

The spring holdout of Mike Wallace could be nothing compared to the potential absences at wide receiver a year from now when both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders find themselves in the same situation as restricted free agents.

Wallace may be paving the way for the duo in his struggles to negotiate a long-term contract with the Steelers above the $ 2.74 million one-year contract tender he has declined to sign. Indeed, Brown said he is taking notes and learning from Wallace’s actions, and he has come to a conclusion.

“Whatever the case may be, I plan on being here,” Brown said Thursday as the Steelers hit the halfway point of their spring practices with two more weeks to go.

“It’s definitely a learning process for me, being that I could be faced with the same circumstances next year,” said Brown, a sixth-round pick in ’10 from Central Michigan. “I tend to learn from it, take notes.”

Sanders was projected to be the better of the two by virtue of his third-round selection by the Steelers in ’10. He had a more productive rookie season than Brown with 28 receptions (16 for Brown) for 376 yards (167).

Injuries, though, cut deeply into Sanders’ playing time last season, starting with surgeries on both feet more than a year ago. Another foot surgery was needed in training camp, and then knee surgery followed during the season.

“Having a great start in the National Football League on the right foot and having a great season and then coming back and having the injury bug my sophomore year was definitely frustrating,” Sanders said.

“I definitely had a good game,” Sanders said of the playoff loss. “I still had fluid in my knee, my foot wasn’t all the way there. I don’t know if that was the real me. I was fortunate to have a great game, got a lot of attempts at making plays. Now that I’m 100 percent healthy, hopefully, when the season comes, I can continue where I left off in Denver.”

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Big Ben is taking the bull by the horns

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t happy with the team’s decision to fire offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.  Roethlisberger thereafter seemed to be a little concerned (to say the least) about the radio silence from Arians’ replacement, Todd Haley. Now that Haley is on the job and installing a new offense, Roethlisberger is dealing with change.  And…

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Top NFL Quarterbacks of 2012

We have taken a look at some of the NFL’s best players in the 2012 season by position the past few days, focusing primarily on the defensive side. Now its time to show the offense some love as we look at the top quarterbacks of the 2012 NFL season.
This is actually an odd season in terms of ranking the top quarterbacks in the NFL. There is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees who is threatening to sit on the season if the team is not offering him the long term contract that he is looking for. I do not see Drew Brees playing under the franchise tag since the last time he did he was injured, for that reason I will not include him in this list. Oh, and then there’s Peyton Manning. Peyton did not play all of last year because of neck issues, so how he will perform for the Denver Broncos is not known yet. So let’s get right to it
4. Ben Roethlisberger. The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the best quarterback in the league. He is so big that he is able to break ou...

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Antonio Brown paying close attention to Mike Wallace’s situation


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One of the reasons cited for the Steelers’ reluctance to give a long-term contract to Mike Wallace is that they will be dealing with two more restricted free agent wide receivers next season. Both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are entering the final year of their rookie deals and the Steelers are being careful about…

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