Daily Archives: June 2, 2012

Stewart weighs in on Haley and Ben

Former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart, who officially retired on Wednesday from the NFL, spent one season with the Chicago Bears when Todd Haley was their wide receivers coach. Stewart, now a…

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Ben honored to being going into Miami’s HOF

It’s been a big offseason for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. First he graduated from Miami University, and now he has been selected as one of six individuals to be inducted into the schoo…

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Roethlisberger Selected For Miami (OH) Hall Of Fame

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be inducted into the Miami University Athletics Hall of Fame for its 2012-13 class.

Roethlisberger played college football at Miami (OH), starting for three seasons. He totaled well over 10,000 passing yards and threw for 80 touchdowns to just 23 interceptions while completing 65 percent of his passes.

He owns NCAA records for consecutive games with at least 200 passing yards and most games in a season with over 200 passing yards. He as named MAC freshman of the year in 2001 and was named MAC male co-athlete of the year in 2000-01 and 2003-04.

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Roethlisberger in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft with the 11th overall selection.

Since then, he has led the Steelers to three Super Bowls, winning two (XL and XLIII).

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Ward joins NBC Sports team

Recently retired Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is joining a new team for the upcoming football season, the NBC Sports team. Ward will be a part of the network’s Football Night in America Sunday…

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Hines Ward Hired As NFL Analyst With NBC

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has signed on to be an NFL analyst with NBC.

Ward will be part of NBC’s “Football Night In America” along with being a pro and college analyst for “NBC Sports Talk.”

Ward will get to analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers quickly, as they play the Denver Broncos on NBC in Week 1.

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Breaking down the defensive backfield for the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers roster

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The Pittsburgh Steelers ended another week of OTA sessions, which means that fans are one week closer to the start of training camp and the regular season. While, it is virtually impossible to make heads or tails of defensive progress due to the lack of hitting, it is always fun to see how explosive young players look in helmets and shorts. One area that the Steelers have some young athleticism is in their secondary, where they have a solid mixture of veterans and youth. In looking at the potential roster for the 2012 season, the majority of the secondary spots are spoken for.

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Steelers TE Heath Miller Will Be A Focal Point This Year

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The talk Thursday seemed to be about reports indicating the tight end could be a big part of offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s offense.

That’s assuming Haley feels the “focal” points of the offense are the guys throwing and/or moving the ball in a forward (hopefully) direction. Because it’s not as if Miller was only a situational player. In fact, one could make the argument he’s been the team’s offensive MVP the last two years.

A fact unknown by today’s “Jimmy Graham is a tight end” thinking fans and media is tight ends are also used to block. In Miller’s case, due to the gaunt nature of the Steelers‘ pass protection units, he was required to block. Things got so bad from a protection standpoint at times the last two years, Miller had to line up in the backfield, which is almost the same as saying “Ok, we know you’re going to get in the backfield, so we’re surrendering our position on the line and protecting the spot we know our quarterback will be when you get back here.”

Miller has been a focal point, just not in a way we’re used to seeing on more vertically able teams.

That’s just clearing the air, I’m not trying to suggest Haley is unaware of any of that. The recent theory, though, is geared more around getting Miller to release off the line and do what the Vernon Davis’s of his position do often; catch the ball. Throw a little balance into the position, have him catch and block, you’re looking at a real offensive focus; giving opposing defenses one less thing to focus on.

The Steelers’ Week 8 win over New England has been discussed on BTSC so often the W, N and E keys are wearing off my keyboard. Miller’s contribution to that victory was an excellent blend of his ability (finding open spots in a porous Patriots zone defense) Roethlisberger’s vision and capitalistic approach (never take a loss, always gain something) and quality playcalling (release split receivers deeper, get size advantage mismatches on linebackers in space). It led to Miller’s most productive game of the year.

He doesn’t need to produce Rob Gronkowski-like numbers. I would argue he doesn’t need any more of a visually prominent role. He just needs to be put into routes. Good things happen when Miller is moving down the field.

It sure cools a blitz off. Miller dropping over the top of aggressive, gap-filling linebackers for a grab-and-lean for seven yards is a nice little play. A little chip on the line, followed by a quick turn and release can be good for five yards on first down with a running formation on the field (read: unpredictable production).

More than anything, Miller’s consistent release from the line of scrimmage, coupled with a commitment to running in the necessary situations (i.e. 3rd-and-1, times when you’re supposed to run) draw eyes toward him. Instead of castling a rook like Miller to a king like Roethlisberger, slash him down the field.

You know, be an offensive offense instead of a defensive one.

Hey, maybe Miller can be thought of on the same level as legends like Jimmy Graham afterall. This new wave idea of balance at the position could pan out.

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Stewart Comes Back to Pittsburgh to Retire a Steeler

Kordell Stewart, known as “Slash” in his early days, returned to the Steel City Wednesday to announce his retirement.

He always wanted to do it as a Steeler, and was able to get it done the way he wanted, just like one of his old WR’s – Hines Ward.

“It’s not closure in a negative way, it’s closure in a positive way … I had a great time doing it. It’s about the experience.”

Stewart, who is now 39, played his first eight seasons in Pittsburgh, making a splash as “Slash” in 1996 while helping the team to the Super Bowl before beginning an enigmatic career at quarterback.

“This where it all started, this where all my success was,” Stewart said on Wednesday. “This was the closure I wanted to have and needed to have with my career.”

He made the Pro Bowl in 2001 after leading Pittsburgh to a 13-3 record but never really recovered after getting pulled for Tommy Maddox after the team started 0-2 and he was struggling in week three when the team eventually had to rally back to beat Cleveland in OT.

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