Daily Archives: June 15, 2012
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger addresses the media after Wednesday morning's minicamp session.
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When Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw talks, people listen.
When Terry Bradshaw says the contact in football will "slowly fade away" over the next decade, Steeler Nation likely nods its head in agreement.
The fact Bradshaw also says he'd absolutely do it all again, we have more admiration for the legendary hero.
If it's possible for those not blessed with the super-human abilities of a professional football player to comprehend what they do for a living, and the risks with their health they happily assume, we can see it with Bradshaw.
A man who took a savage beating throughout his career, both on and off the field, rebounded to become one of the most winning quarterbacks of all time. He went on to a successful broadcasting career, and became a lightning rod for the claims of former players, and the advancing research of concussions and their effects on the former players.
Only an ignorant person will listen to Bradshaw. While we gnash our teeth and curse the direction the league is going in, Bradshaw's generation saw at least - LEAST - the same amount of regulation facing the players today. When he says he sees the game we know today fading away, it's because he watches the results of a game that faded away from the late 70s to today.
Maybe in 10 years, this game will equate to basketball on grass, where contact happens but is mostly disallowed and the strategy is largely diluted due to the dimensions of options becoming basically "run as fast as you can, catch the ball, and win the game 72-65."
Regardless, though, if this quote doesn't encapsulate the issue at hand - as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's legacy - I don't know what does.
"I have to be careful here because I work for Fox and NFL Network," Bradshaw said, "but I don't think they care. They're forced to care now because it's politically correct to care. Lawsuits make you care. I think the P.R. makes you care. But personally, when I got out in 1983, do I think they cared about me? No. And you know what? I don't expect them to. I don't need them to worry about me. I take care of myself. But, do they care? They're forced to care right now because, P.R.-wise, it's not very favorable to them."
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Today is the only day that the Pittsburgh Steelers can reduce wide receiver Mike Wallace’s restricted free agent tender from $ 2.72 million to $ 577,000.
According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers have already decided to not slash a large chunk of Wallace’s salary for 2012, even though he still hasn’t signed his tender.
“That’s never been an intention of ours,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told 105.9 The X’s Mark Madden yesterday, per the Tribune-Review. “When we tendered Mike at the amount we did, the compensation through that tender, we really had no issue with that whatsoever because he is deserving of that.”
Coltbert made it clear that they want Wallace to sign a long-term deal with the Steelers.
“We want him to get a long-term deal that he deserves and I am real confident that we will be able to do that because when both sides want the same thing, it is only a matter of time,” Colbert said.
The problem is that ...
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Mike Florio takes calls and tweets from PFT planet, as fans want to know by what exact date and time Mike Wallace has to sign his contract, along with many other questions and comments.
The Steelers made a couple roster moves today.
The team announced the signing of two veterans to their active roster, linebacker Brandon Johnson and long snapper Matt Katula. Johnson (6-5, 245) has spent the past four seasons (2008-11) with the Cincinnati Bengals, playing primarily on special teams and as a backup linebacker.
He played in all 16 regular-season games each year with the Bengals and had a career-best 83 tackles in 2008. Johnson was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Louisville. He played special teams in his two seasons with the Cardinals.
Katula (6-6, 265) previously spent time with the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings over the course of his seven-year NFL career. He has appeared in 93 games as a long snapper, but only 13 games over the last two seasons. After being released by the Patriots prior to the start of the 2011 season, Katula spent the last five games of 2011 with the Vikings.
Originally signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005, Katula played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin. The Steelers have placed wide receiver Connor Dixon on their Waived/Injured List and also released tight end Wes Lyons.
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Our buddy Ross Tucker of SiriusXM NFL Radio, Sports USA, and NBC Sports Network joined PFT Live from the studio in Stamford, Connecticut on Thursday, to touch on a variety of topics. He talked about his latest column on SportsUSAMedia.com, in which he takes delight in the current plight of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.…
Maybe NFL owners aren’t are ruthless as they seem. With the labor deal giving the Steelers the ability on June 15 to remove receiver Mike Wallace’s $ 2.7 million restricted free agency tender and replace it with an offer of $ 577,500 for one year of football, the Steelers by all signs and indications won’t do it.…
Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:23:43
by MARK KABOLY
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So much has been made about what Chris Rainey, the Pittsburgh Steelers fifth round draft pick, can add on offense in his rookie season. It is not hard to see new offensive coordinator Todd Haley using him much like he used Dexter McCluster in Kansas City.
Rainey can be used as a pass catching running back out of the backfield and split out as wide receiver should the need arise. His name has been mentioned several times over the last four weeks as a player that has stood out in practices, mostly because of his speed.
One thing that has not been given a lot of attention since the Florida product Read more [...]
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There’s been a ton of talk from inside the Steelers and out about QB Ben Roethlisberger changing his style of play in 2012 so he won’t take as many hits as he has in the past.
The QB went down 40 times last season, most in the AFC, and while sometimes extending plays works, many feel that Big Ben needs to make decisions quicker to avoid injury.
Ben seems to think differently, as he said on Wednesday that he’s not going to change the way he plays for anyone, including new OC Todd Haley.
“I’m not going to change my game,” Roethlisberger said. “Coach can do what he wants to add protection and do things like that. I’m going to play the game the way I know how. It’s worked OK for me so far.”
Roethlisberger has gone down 261 times since 2006, and last season the Steelers season basically was lost after he got hurt against Cleveland on a Thursday night in early December.
The team drafted linemen to keep him upright this season, and now it’s up to Ben to do his part. Just don’t expect a whole lot different from him.
“I don’t think there is this big revelation like I need to do this and do that,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s ‘don’t take hits,’ but I don’t know how to do that.”
Haley has already said he won’t be trying to stop Ben from throwing on the run, and he will not do a lot to change what Roethlisberger already does well.
“It’s one of the best things he does, and it’s what separates him from all the other guys in the league for the most part,” Haley said. “So you don’t want to take that great ability away from him.”
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