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State of the Steelers Franchise

The Steelers went 8-8 in the 2013 season and failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season. The last winning campaign came two years ago (12-4) and, head coach, Mike Tomlin heads towards his eighth season knowing that he needs to get something done.

The Steelers front office, with General Manager, Kevin Colbert, will have to make some shrewd moves in free agency, particularly when dealing with his own players.

One of the first things they must prepare for is to start the 2014 season on the right foot; their first quarter play this year brought them a 0-4 record in a tough division that always left them playing catch-up with the rest of the field.

There had been much talk about the Steelers’ coaching staff but that appears to have got a real injection of experience and intellect. Pittsburgh have hired James Saxon as running backs coach and Mike Munchak, the former Titans head coach, to train the offensive line. However, question marks remain over offensive coordinator, Todd Haley.

Defensively, things remain the same, with Dick LeBeau still in charge of the back line; although, it is now looking like the defense needs new blood and fresh faces. Fans betting NFL know cap space has always appeared to be a problem in Pittsburgh and again work is required.

One of the developing storylines could involve three Steelers regulars – Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, and Heath Miller; they combine for $32 million in cap room. All three will be candidates for contract extensions or pay reductions, and if an agreement cannot be reached, they could be released.

Free agency is always a worry for any franchise and the Steelers have 21 unrestricted free agents on their roster but only six are current starters. They now need to consider what their needs are in the draft; largely, defensive positions, but some NFL betting pundits believe they could find themselves wanting at cornerback and safety in the new season.

The Steelers enter the 2014 offseason with plenty to address but with a relatively sound foundation to build on.

Who is Robert Golden?

Most know him as ‘the guy’ that returned a 47 yard interception for a touchdown in preseason.   If you watched closer, you could see a good tackling safety with natural instincts and abilities.

 Robert Golden earned himself a roster spot after being signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent from the University of Arizona.  He will wear #21 and he may be the future starter at free safety (FS).  The Steelers are desperately thin at safety (S) with Ryan Mundy being the #1 backup to both Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark

Robert Golden Profile:

Height: 6-0

Weight: 200lbs

Position: S

College: Arizona

Jersey #: 21

Biography:

  • Attended University of Arizona
  • Three–year starter who played both cornerback (CB) and safety (S)
  • Project as a 7th round pick.  He ended up being undrafted and signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent

Senior Stats:

Tackles: 69

Interceptions: 1

Breakups: 5

Junior Stats:

Tackles: 60

Interceptions: 1

Breakups: 12

Positives:

  • Good size and speed combination
  • Athletic player that played both CB and S showcasing his fluid hips, backpedaling and change of direction skills
  • Shows good instincts in coverage by quickly locating the ball in the air and shows above average burst to the ball in flight
  •  Solid fundamental tackler

Negatives

  • Lacked ‘big play’ ability.  Golden only accounted for 2 total INTs in his junior and senior years
  • Has shown indecisiveness in zone coverage

STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #175: DEEBO VS TEEBO

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1. 1000: Congrats Hines
2. Hines Ward Postgame Presser
3. Steelers vs Broncos Breakdown w/ Jim Wexell
4. Why I think the Steelers Season Was Blah?
5. How the Steelers Injuries will affect the Broncos Game

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Harrison Appeal ‘Went Well’

According to reports, James Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, said his appeal meeting with the league “went well. Now we wait”

STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #172: A WIN …. IS A WIN …. IS A WIN

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1. Mike Tomlin Postgame Presser
2. Big Ben's Postgame Presser
3. Legursky Postgame Presser
4. Why I disagree with Tomlin?
5. Jame Harrison Postgame Presser
6. Why James Harrisson should be fined severly?
7. And More Postgame Presser.........
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James Harrison Knocks Out McCoy [video]

Watch the brutal hit that James Harrison put on Colt McCoy.  Harrison was flagged on the play and will likely receive a fine from the NFL office.  McCoy on the other hand, got a concussion.  The Browns organization is catching heat for allowing McCoy back in the game after already experiencing a concussion.

Watch the video of the hit here:

STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #146: MYRON COPIOUS

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    1. Stop Panicking Steelers Fans
    2. Offensive Game Grades
    3. Defensive Game Grades
    4. Copious ... What's Copious?
    5. Polamalu's Extension
    6. Why I'm not Worried

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Polamalu signs 4-year deal

It's done and just before the Steelers deadline. Troy Polamalu signed a 4-year extention yesterday, September 10th just before flying to Baltimore for the season week 1 game against their arch rival, the Baltimore Ravens. The have a policy that prohibits contract negotiations to continue throughout the season and luckily for both parties they got it worked out.

It is rumored that Polamalu will receive around 35-40 million for those 4 years.  The contract will likely be largely guaranteed and contain a large signing bonus.  It is a good investment for the Steelers and it's well deserved.  The Steelers defense is very dependent on his outstanding playmaking ability and it shows by their record when he's on the field.  He's an outstanding player but an even better person.  He's an ambassador for the Steelers and the NFL.

Troy Polamalu Key Career Statistics:

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STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #145: RAVEN BREAKDOWN w/ VERRON HAYNES

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  1. Ex-Steeler Verron Haynes Breaksdown Week 1 vs the Ravens
  2. Analysis of the Steelers Offensive 53 Man Roster
  3. Analysis of the Steelers Defensive 53 Man Roster
  4. Why Tony Hills was Expendable?
  5. Why Crezdon Butler Got Waived?
  6. My Week 1 Prediction

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Steelers vs Falcons – Things to Look For

The Atlanta Falcons will face the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  This will be the Steelers third preseason game and you'll see the starters play the 1st half and the roster will begin to finalize for those on the "bubble".

Tonights game will be broadcasted by the NFL Network at 7:30 EDT. Also be sure to check out the Planet Steelers Forum and participate in our popular Game Day Chat during all games.

Here are a few players to pay special attention to during tonight's game:

Tony Hills - The tackle from the University of Texas in now a 4th year player and it's now or never for him.  Hills came into training camp in great shape and has played inspired during practice and the last 2 preseason games.  Hills can play tackle as displayed against the Philadelphia Eagles or guard.  Hills has been so impressive that he appears to be the front runner for the RG position. Tonight, Hills is starting at RG.

Antonio Brown - What else can you say about the youngster?  The guy has seized every opportunity in training camp and preseason.  He is continuing right where he left off last year but now he may be in the process of wrestling the 3rd wide receiver spot from Emmanual Sanders.  Sanders has been sidelined with a foot injury.

Cornerbacks - How will our cornerbacks Keenan Lewis, Crezdon Butler, William Gay, Donovan Warren, Bryant McFadden (questionable), and Cortez Allen (questionable) fair against the highly talented and explosive Atlanta Falcons offense.

Ramon Foster and Chris Scott - Will they allow Tony Hills to steal their spot at RG?  At the start of training camp, it was Foster's job to lose.  Apparently, he is starting to lose it.

Marcus Gilbert - The rookie LT from the University of Florida had a rough start to training camp reportedly showing up out of shape.  He has turned things around recently and is getting his first start due to Jonathan Scott's injury (hyperextended knee).  He will have a tough matchup against Atlanta's 4-time Pro Bowler, John Abraham.

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