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    2019 Offseason Program

    Jeremy Fowler
    ESPN Staff Writer

    The Steelers will begin Phase One of the voluntary offseason program on April 15, the team announced. Some Steelers players have been working out in the building throughout the offseason. The team will break up a 10-day Organized Team Activities (OTAs) into three parts: May 21-23, May 28-30 and June 3-6. Minicamp starts June 11-13.

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    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 10:00 AM

    Training camp schedule announced


    Teresa Varley

    Steelers.com


    While many are making vacation plans to head to the beach, Steelers’ fans can now make their plans to head to training camp this summer.


    And the most important thing you have to pack is your black and gold.


    The Steelers’ 2019 training camp schedule was announced today, and the team will hold camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. for the 54th straight year.


    Players will report to training camp on Thursday, July 25, and the first practice open to the public will begin on Friday, July 26, with the first practice in pads on Sunday, July 28.


    Fans will be able to enjoy all of the excitement as a total of 15 practices are open to the public, 13 of them on Saint Vincent College’s campus.


    Other highlights of this year’s training camp include the annual ‘Friday Night Lights’ practice on Aug. 2 at Latrobe Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. In addition, the team will once again hold their ‘Family Fest’ on Sunday, Aug. 4 at Heinz Field.


    The final practice open to the public at Saint Vincent College will be on Thursday, Aug. 15.


    The full Steelers’ training camp schedule is below.


    Thursday July 25 All players report by 4 p.m.
    Friday July 26 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Saturday July 27 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Sunday July 28 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Monday July 29 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Tuesday July 30 Players Day Off (No Practice)
    Wednesday July 31 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Thursday August 1 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Friday August 2 7 p.m. (Latrobe Memorial Stadium)
    Saturday August 3 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Sunday August 4 6:30 p.m. (Heinz Field)
    Monday August 5 Players Day Off (No Practice)
    Tuesday August 6 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Wednesday August 7 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Thursday August 8 Practice Not Open To Public
    Friday August 9 First Preseason Game vs. Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. KDKA-TV)
    Saturday August 10 Players Day Off (No Practice)
    Sunday August 11 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Monday August 12 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Tuesday August 13 Players Day Off (No Practice)
    Wednesday August 14 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Thursday August 15 2:55 p.m. (Open To Public)
    Friday August 16 Practice Not Open To Public
    Break Camp


    https://www.steelers.com/news/training-camp-schedule-announced
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Ravens, Steelers will each host 15 practices open to the public this summer

    Posted by Josh Alper on June 18, 2019, 2:29 PM EDT

    The Ravens and Steelers don’t often see eye to eye, but they have the same view when it comes to opening training camp practices to the public.

    It’s a different one than the Eagles have decided to take this summer. Both teams have announced their full training camp schedules recently and they will each be hosting 15 open practices this summer.

    The Ravens will have 14 of those practices at their practice facility in Owings Mills and the other one will come at M&T Bank Stadium on July 27. In addition to a chance to see how quarterback Lamar Jackson is faring in the team’s new offense, that evening session will also feature fireworks for those in attendance.

    The Steelers will have 13 practices at Saint Vincent College, their annual Friday night practice at Latrobe Memorial Stadium on August 2 and a family-themed practice at Heinz Field on August 4.

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/06/18/ravens-steelers-will-each-host-15-practices-open-to-the-public-this-summer/
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019 12:00 PM

    Rookies learn more than football


    Teresa Varley

    Steelers.com


    From the moment they arrived in Pittsburgh for the team’s rookie minicamp, the learning process began for this year’s group of rookies.


    Sure, there were a lot of football lessons to learn, a lot of X’s and O’s. But it’s been more than that. Much more as a matter of fact.


    The group has taken part in “Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie University,” an education like no other that helps them transition from college to the NFL, learning lessons in what NFL players need to know for survival in so many areas.


    “It’s just learning what you are about to experience and what could possibly happen,” said first-round pick Devin Bush. “Just getting a beat on how to handle different situations. What to look for when you are setting up your life after football. Certain situations, things you can do to help yourself throughout the process of playing football and after.


    “It’s all been a life-learning experience. You learn about what you can and can’t do, the lifestyle you want to live, what kind of person you are.”


    The topics focused, but weren’t limited to, money management, portfolios, credit and financial management, insurance, relationships, and much more.


    “You get to learn about the good, the bad and the ugly when you come into these meetings,” said Sutton Smith. “It was fun. I liked it. It’s a lot of learning about investing and stuff like that. It’s all a good learning experience. You get to learn about financial responsibility. You want to be financially stable after your rookie year. You want to be ahead of the curve in any which way you can.”


    There are also lessons about the ramifications of poor decision-making, whether it be financially, in relationships or socially. Some of the classes include ‘games’ where the rookies quickly learn one bad decision can impact their career and lives.


    “It teaches you that life can throw you a curveball and you have to make the best decision not for the moment, but for the long run,” said Bush.


    Like with any education the learning hasn’t been limited to the classroom. The rookie class visited UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and took part in the Urban Impact Football Camp and Mel Blount Youth Home Initiative Camp, visited Saint Vincent College and packed meals for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, learning all the way what kind of impact they can have.


    The lessons learned are ones that the players will carry with them forever, and also let them know that the team looks at them not just as players, but as people.


    “Pittsburgh has accepted me so far so the least I can do is help out in the community and leave my mark on somebody else,” said Justin Layne. “It’s been huge. It’s a lot of stuff we haven’t learned before, things we ignore. It’s stuff you don’t think about much. It’s eye opening. I didn’t know a lot of the stuff. It’s a lot. It’s like the stuff I learn on the field, you keep learning something new, but this stuff is in the classroom.”


    It culminated with the Rookie Transition Program, three days of instruction that included NFL rule changes, player resources, NFL player benefits, and sportsmanship.


    “It’s really valuable,” said Terry Cousin, player engagement coordinator. “The more you do it, the more you see how much they don’t come prepared with a lot of that knowledge. Some get experience at home, but it’s eye opening for some of those guys honing in on some of the details and issues they might have coming into the National Football League.


    “Coach (Mike) Tomlin stresses it. Your awareness has to grow in this business. It’s good to offer something, to spend time developing. To have a guy say, wow, I really appreciated that, I never knew it. Or someone to say they learned something new. That means you are having a good program, we are focusing on the right things based on what we have seen. Coach Tomlin, the coaches, Kevin Colbert, we have all put this together based on our experience with players.”


    Tomlin makes sure to stop in to the meetings, but also gives the players the chance to grow without him looking over their shoulder the whole time.


    “It’s so important,” said Tomlin. “It’s the first time for them, but it’s a rerun for us. We do it every year with the new rookie class. We are trying to impart our experience and wisdom on them in as many ways as we can through life skills sessions. You have to give credit to a lot of our veteran guys. They do a good job of giving life and credibility to the seminars and sessions we are taking guys though. When you have guys like James Conner, Terrell Edmunds say things like this is significant, it is a real thing for me, it’s going to play out for you in a couple of months, it did for me. I think that is what adds credibility to the program, the reinforcement the older guys provide the younger guys.”


    Through it all the group has formed a bond, one that you can see on the field, in the locker room and in everything they do.


    “It keeps us together,” said Layne. “Our rookie class, it keeps us together. We talk about all kinds of stuff when we are in the room. Get to know each other. It’s a bonding thing.”


    https://www.steelers.com/news/rookies-learn-more-than-football
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    “Pittsburgh has accepted me so far so the least I can do is help out in the community and leave my mark on somebody else,” said Justin Layne.
    When wondering why the Steelers choose one player over another, this quote should give us a good idea. Character is as important to this team as talent...and I think we have all seen why they made that decision around 4 years ago.

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    Justin Layne (from that statement) seems like a good character guy. I'm pulling for him to be that guy we need in the secondary.
    From the 2010-2019 season, (An 9 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

    My official proclamation: WE WILL NOT WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WITH MIKE TOMLIN AS OUR HEAD COACH. So why delay the inevitable?

    FIRE MIKE TOMLIN

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