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It is pretty rare in recent years to see the Pittsburgh Steelers coming off an average season, but their 8-8 record without a playoff berth pretty much is the definition of average. Fans are hoping to see a guy taken at #17 who can step in right away and contribute. With so many variables before they pick, which direction should the Steelers go? Here are the three most likely targets, given that the team stays put in their draft position.
The pro day performance of Jarvis Jones has driven down his stock, but it still might not be low enough to slip to #17.
If he does, one has to think that the Steelers will think long and hard about him. His style would fit perfectly with what the Steelers are all about, as he relentlessly goes after the passer to create havoc in the backfield.
Mike Wallace is no longer in Pittsburgh, so getting one of the best wide receivers in the draft seems like an obvious way to fill a hole. The biggest issue for Pittsburgh is that it appears the St. Louis Rams, who pick right before them, are very interested in Patterson as well. The Tennessee standout is a great playmaker, and he appears to have the size and strength to really excel at the pro level and is one to watch when your fantasy football draft comes around.
While Patterson would be an obvious replacement for Mike Wallace, Tyler Eifert could bring a new wrinkle to the offense. Ben Roethlisberger could utilize a big target for short yardage and in the red zone, while allowing the other wide receivers to try and collectively fill in the void. Eifert’s size and speed is hard for anyone to deal with, meaning he will most likely need to be defended by two guys.
The Steelers need help at the running back (RB) position in a bad way. That is why the Steelers should target Shonn Greene in free agency (FA).
Steelers General Manager (GM), Kevin Colbert described last years running game:
"It was indicative of the talent at the position.”
Ouch, that is some harsh (but true) analysis of the Steelers running back situation. In addition to that, the Steelers will not sign previous first round pick and unrestricted free agent (UFA) Rashard Mendenhall to an extension and both Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are restricted free agents (RFA).
- The Steelers will lose starting running, Rashard Mendenhall in free agency. This was a bust of a 1st round pick.
- Backup running backs, Dwyer and Redman could also be lost but they did sign their RFA tenders
- The Steelers should try to sign Shonn Greene of the New York Jets.
The Steelers have a lot of needs to fill in the upcoming 2013 draft. Running back should be addressed in both FA and the draft via a mid round pick (Marcus Lattimore anybody?).
Shonn Greene could be a typical "low key" Steelers free agency signing and could start from day 1. Here are some Shonn Greene stats:
Position: Running Back (RB)
Experience: 3 years
Ramon Foster signed a 3 year extension with the Steelers today per Adam Schefter's Tweet. This news will likely end Willie Colon's tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Colon has been an injury waiting to happen. He's been placed on injured reserve the last two years and his overinflated 5.5 million dollar contract is toxic to the Steelers and their salary cap issues.
The G situation will look like:
RG: Beachum / Foster
The starting left guard will be decided in training camp and Foster can expect competition from second year pro Kelvin Beachum who filled in admirably at RT as a rookie.
Maybe the NFL and Roger Goodell tried giving the tri-state area a bit of "Superstorm Sandy Sympathy" but it was hard to ignore the blatant poor officiating in the Giants - Steelers game. Let's face it, 99% of the poor calls went in the Giants favor. It was obvious and it was a hot topic in post game analysis, Mike & Mike in the Morning, Skip Bayless / Steven A. Smith, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption (PTI), etc.
The refs and the NFL office should be happy the Steelers won in spite of the bad calls or this would be a much bigger topic.
Just a few of the bad calls include:
- Andre Brown's TD that was 1/2 yard short of the endzone.
- The Ben Roethlisberger fumble. His arm was obviously going forward and it wasn't even close. That was a 7+ point swing. In my opinion, this was one of the worst calls of the entire year.
- On the same play as the fumble, Heath Miller got clipped. It was obvious and the refs didn't throw a flag.
- The unnecessary roughness call on Ryan Clark. This was simply horrendous. Clark made a completely legal hit.
- The pass interference call on Keenan Lewis was wrong and cost the Steelers 7 points (i.e. the Andrew Brown rushing TD)
We all feel for the northeast and the destruction that Superstorm Sandy left behind.
However, I don't think the NY/NJ areas needs the NFL to deliberately throw games to get them back on track.
What do you think?
Check out a story featured on the Today Show featuring Chris Rainey and Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Do you think Rainey will score a TD against the Bengals?
- Yes (60%, 3 Votes)
- No (40%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 5
- Chris Rainey, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey
- University of Florida
- Pittsburgh Steelers
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:
Jersey #: 21
- 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
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
Lacked ‘big play’ ability. Golden only accounted for 2 total INTs in his junior and senior years
Has shown indecisiveness in zone coverage
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According to NFL.com and ESPN, Peyton Manning took a big hit and got "blasted" by Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive end, Bruce Irvin.
Talk about trying to make a story out of nothing. It wasn't even close to being a big hit. Peyton got tackled and that about it. It's tiresome how ESPN attempts to create news out of nothing especially with names like "Peyton Manning" and "Tim Tebow".
What do you think? Watch the video below. The hit is at approximately the 1:45 mark.
Over the past 3 years, Mike Wallace has been one of the most productive receivers in the NFL. Now, Wallace wants to be paid like one. There is little doubt that the Steelers are a better team with Mike Wallace but at what cost? Do you jeopardize future signings such as Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders? I don't think so.
Wallace has been rumored saying he wants to be paid like Larry Fitzgerald who signed a 8 year, 128.5 million dollar contract.
The Steelers won't pay Wallace, Larry Fitzgerald money. That would be a poor decision and that is not the way the Steelers do business. They won't overpay for a wide receiver (see Burress, Randle El, etc) and they never let a player (see Santonio Holmes) jeopardize the future of the franchise. And quite frankly, Wallace isn't worth Fitzgerald money. Wallace has elite speed but he's not close to being a Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald talent. They are in a class of their own. Wallace is in the next tier of wide receivers. He's still a 1 trick pony that disappeared towards the end of last year. He might not be the best overall wide receiver on the team. That title probably goes to the Antonio Brown.
With that being said, I want Wallace on the Steelers if the price is right. What's the right price? I think 5 years, 45 million seems about right. The contract will be back loaded and much less than that will be guaranteed. If Wallace doesn't agree to a contract similar to that, he won't be a Steeler after this season.
It seems NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not, in fact, the judge and jury over NFL players.
Vilma filed suit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, for, "speaking publicly about certain Saints executives, coaches and players, in relation to purported efforts designed to injure opposing players, made public statements concerning Vilma which were false, defamatory and injurious to Vilma's professional and personal reputation."
The suit is not seeking a higher ruling on the suspension, but rather, it claims damage was done to Vilma's reputation due to statements issued by Goodell without furnishing evidence.
There's no CBA to protect the Commissioner. There's no hiding behind it, there's no lack of disclosure. The Commissioner will be tried in court over the validity of claims and statements alleging Vilma paid into a fund rewarding players for injuring their opponents.
And rest assured, Goodell absolutely will fight this. His credibility, as well as the controversial aspect of the CBA giving Goodell the authority to dole out suspensions as well as rule on the appeal, will come into question.
In the past, Goodell has given out suspensions without being made to disclose evidence, such was the case in the SpyGate scandal involving the New England Patriots in 2007.
Assuming Goodell didn't destroy evidence this time, he will be questioned, in open court, about what evidence he had to issue a year-long suspension to Vilma, as well as 2009 Saints teammates Scott Fujita (three games), Anthony Hargrove (eight games) and Will Smith (four games).
It very well could be true that Goodell had evidence to suspend the four players, but the issue has been the fact he's gone public with the accusations, quotes and alleged testimony, but he never produced documented proof of the players' involvement.
If this suit is thrown out, or the judge ruled against Vilma, he will have accomplished at least a semblance of due process.
And great precedent for future players judged guilty without proof to at least make the league
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain