Daily Archives: June 14, 2012

Agree to Disagree – Minicamp

In this final episode of the offseason, Bob and Mike revisit the issue of Mike Wallace's participation, and then touch on some of the issues to be settled during training camp

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Kevin Colbert Open To Bringing Back Max Starks When He Is Healthy


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The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their mandatory mini-camp on Thursday and General Manager Kevin Colbert joined 105.9 The X afterwards to answer several questions.

One of the questions that Colbert was asked pertained to free agent tackle Max Starks, who continues to rehab his surgically repaired right knee after tearing his ACL in the AFC Wild Card Game against the Denver Broncos. Colbert was specifically asked if Starks was still considered as an option in 2012 as a backup. "Yeah, we've communicated with Max. He was in here about a month ago to get examined by our doctors," said Colbert. Read more [...]

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Tomlin Hosts Local Kids At Annual Youth Football Camp

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More than 200 young people enjoyed Thursday’s great weather by spending it outdoors.

They took part in a youth football camp hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin at Brashear High School.

The kids, ages 7 to 14, learned all about football from some of the best in the business.

“We’re gonna have fun; we’re gonna play football; we are going to develop skills centered around this game,” Tomlin told the kids.

The young athletes were ready to take the field with some of the pros they look up to.

“I have six jerseys, a lot of Terrible Towels,” said Khaleece Phas, a camper. “I want to be on the Steelers football team when I get older.”

The kids, many involved with organizations like Urban Impact and the Boys & Girls Club were divided up in teams.

Each team had its own Steeler to teach some tricks of the trade. Sixteen rookies showed up and jumped in on the action.

Although the kids were focusing on the fundamentals of football, Coach Tomlin says camp is more than that.

“I want them to play hard; I want them to play fair and I want them to play to win and there is nothing wrong with that either,” he said. “Hopefully, they get that understanding that this could be a recipe for success in life, whatever it is that they do.”

The two-day camp is free to the kids. Coach Tomlin says he wanted it that way. He remembers going to football camps as a kid and his parents struggling to pay.

“It was a financial strain on my parents,” Tomlin added. “We had to make a commitment to do so, and I always said if I got in position to help young people that love football and provide a free camp that I would do that.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp: Thursday Open Thread

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I'm off to the glorious city of Wilmington, Delaware, via Philadelphia this morning and won't have much of a chance to weigh in on the action surrounding the Steelers today. Doesn't mean I can't predict a few headlines now, though.

The buzz is starting around 7th round pick Kelvin Beachum, as we wrote earlier today. OT Marcus Gilbert held out for a little bit with a shoulder injury yesterday (nothing too alarming), and rookie Mike Adams stepped into the spot. We'll hear about more shuffling today, and perhaps Beachum will be one of those who moves up.

Obviously, WR Mike Wallace isn't there. Ben thinks he should be there, but he's not going to spend more time talking about Wallace's absence than talking up the guys who are there. We'll probably hear more of the same, which is and should be the company line.

"Coach Hamp" is making the young dogs do them some learnin', which is good. Nose tackle in this defense is all about technique, and the more exposure Steve McLendon and Alameda Ta'amu get to a generational player like Hampton, the better.

Any other thoughts? What are we going to read about tomorrow?



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Steelers’ Emmanuel Sanders: There Is Still Work To Do

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and friend of The Fan Morning Show, Emmanuel Sanders spoke to the Fan Morning Show’s Jim Colony after the first mini camp practice yesterday.

Sanders admits that they are still learning this offense and there is still work to do, but after running the plays over the past four weeks, it’s coming together. He knows one thing for sure is that they have the weapons to get it done this year either running or throwing the football.

He also says that fellow wide receiver Mike Wallace is falling behind, but is smart enough to figure it out.

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Woodley & Malecki Sound – 6/14

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley and offensive lineman John Malecki address the media after the final minicamp session for the 2012 season.

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Steelers Award Penn Hills High School With Grant

Penn Hills High School will get a new synthetic turf football field thanks in part to a $ 200,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Steelers through the National Football League Grassroots Program, it was a...

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Rooney Says that Wallace Should be at Minicamp

Art Rooney II is unhappy that Pro Bowl receiver Mike Wallace is not at the team’s three day minicamp.

“He should be here,” Rooney said today at Steelers minicamp.

Coach Mike Tomlin said he isn’t as concerned about Wallace missing the conditioning aspect of the offseason training activities and minicamp. But he also said he would prefer that his fourth-year receiver be here with the rest of his teammates.

“Mike has always been guy who’s in tip top condition over a 12-month calendar since we had him,” Tomlin said. “He’s a sharp guy. I’m sure he’s working at the learning element of it. But there’s no substitute for being here and being around your teammates and learning the nuances and learning from other people’s mistakes.”

“It’s probably short-term misery. Hopefully there will be some closure to this and it will be in our rear view mirror. Right now, he’d be better served if he were here working.”

Wallace has been vocal in not being around, wanting a deal that mirrors or is better than the one that Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald got. The Steelers have never paid WR’s big money – and I can’t see them starting that trend now with Wallace.

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Antonio Brown plans to do his deal differently than Mike Wallace


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The Steelers have a restricted free agent wide receiver this year in Mike Wallace, and they’re scheduled to have a restricted free agent wide receiver next year in Antonio Brown Asked on NBC SportsTalk about Wallace’s continuing contract negotiations and about Brown’s own status as a player heading into the final year of his contract,…

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‘He Should Be Here’, Says Art Rooney II – What Were Those Four Words Worth?

Any time that Pittsburgh Steelers Team President Art Rooney II talks, it is usually news worthy. Rooney II, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, said Wednesday in regard to restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, "He should be here."

When NFL Total Access reported those four words Wednesday evening on their broadcast, they said take them for what they are worth. What were they worth? What message was Rooney II trying to send with those four words, and exactly what context were they used in? He obviously knew the statement would make news, but without additional Read more [...]

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