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From the day Todd Haley was hired as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator, questions have been raised about whether he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would get along. Roethlisberger says for the most part, they’ve gotten along just fine — but he does admit there was one “incident” between them. Roethlisberger told R…
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley included in his Wake-up Call column a bit about Steelers owner Dan Rooney’s continued conversations about the Steelers playing a game in Ireland. Rooney currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador there, which would logically give off the impression the Steelers could be involved in a regular season game overseas.
That logic doesn’t escape Hensley, but what colors the Steelers would play in that game seems to.
The most recent information came from an interesting piece on Rooney and the possibility of a game in Dublin from BBC News Northern Ireland reporter Haydn Parry.
I’ve never been in favor of moving regular-season games from fans here in the United States, especially the ones who pack their home stadiums. I understand that the owners want to market the game internationally. That generates more revenue. I just dislike the fact that one of the eight games at Heinz Field in a given season could get displaced because of Ireland.
I agree with the notion of not eliminating home games from teams with large followings, which is exactly why the Steelers won’t be giving up one of their home games. Rooney has said before the lease at Heinz Field says they will play eight home games there each regular season.
They can play in Ireland, there’s little to no chance the Steelers will be doing it in their black jerseys. If Rooney is doing the heavy lifting as far as getting Dublin’s Croke Stadium into the international games’ rotation in the NFL, it seems only fitting the league would honor his request to have his team play as the visitors.
We speculated on some possible opponents for a future overseas game earlier this year. Seems like there are enough cities who won’t routinely sell their stadiums out, so the sense in Pittsburgh fighting their lease to waste a home game doesn’t add up.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
OTA’s (Organized Team Activities) Are Just a Reminder that We’re Still Two Months Away from Training Camp
Tomorrow, the Steelers begin their OTA’s, and for die-hard fans, it’s at least a little taste of football, so to speak. We’ll get to see our boys in action again, albeit only in shorts, and we’ll get another glimpse of the new rookie crop………..well, except for DeCastro and Adams.
Speaking of that, Mike Wallace also won’t be there because of his contract dispute, and his absence will probably dominate much of the talk. Coach Mike Tomlin will more than likely have to spend the majority of his time with the media deflecting questions about his speedy receiver.
I don’t think that will be the only news. I’m sure there will be some “OTA Wonders” that really look good in their helmets and shorts, and we’ll marvel at their sheer athleticism.
Although, I’m pretty sure we won’t be allowed to marvel because I don’t think OTA’s are open to the general public.
In years past, before OTA’s, there was mini camp (there might still be mini camp, and if there is, I’m sure I won’t be able to tell the difference), and the thing that I remember most about Steelers mini camp was that it wasn’t training camp.
Mini camps, OTA’s, whatever you want to call them, are like the two or three days before your big vacation. You’re really excited about it, but you’re still bummed because you have another few days of work. Plus, you still have tons of things to take care of like packing, making sure the dogs get to the kennel on time, confirming your flight, and if you’re going out of the country, finding your passport.
You still have to get all of that stuff out of the way before you can even dream about being on the plane.
Training Camp, when the boys head to Latrobe in late July, now that’s more like it. For a football fan like me, that”s the equivalent to being on the plane to your tropical destination. It’s still not quite September, but you’re heading in the right direction.
OTA’s are more for the players than they are for the fans. It’s like the read-through before the actual rehearsal. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see some of my favorite actors and actresses rehearse before their big scenes; I find that pretty intriguing. But I have no desire to see them sitting around a table and reading their lines for the first time, months before the movie will even begin production.
I do realize that, at least for the offense, these OTA’s will be a little more urgent than in years past because of Todd Haley’s new terminology. But again, it’s for the players; it’s their script readings. As a fan, I don’t know how much enjoyment I’d get from it even if I could see it live.
When it comes to OTA’s, I’m more concerned about what a player doesn’t do than what he does do. I don’t want to hear about the great moves that (insert young rookie phenom here) displayed in OTA’s. I just want to know that his ACL is still intact after those great moves and that he’ll be attending training camp.
To sum it all up, these are the dog days of the offseason for a huge football fan like me. And OTA’s are just a reminder that we still have two months to go before training camp, which means we’re still a good four months away from the start of the regular season.
Oh man, now I’m even more depressed, Is there a way I can go into hibernation until September?. I hope that flight serves free drinks.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
Bill Cowher’s first offensive coordinator and former Giants OC Ron Erhardt passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 80.
Erhardt was the Steelers offensive coordinator from 1992-95. He passed away in Boca Raton, Florida. In his four seasons with the Steelers, he helped the team reach three divisional titles, and was the OC when the Steelers reached Super Bowl XXX against the Cowboys.
Erhardt’s offense was known for running the football, and he got Barry Foster to star status in his first season in 1992.
He also helped Neil O’Donnell reach the Pro Bowl in 1995 when the Steelers went to a passing heavy offense with a five wideout set.
Erhardt was the offensive coordinator who won two Super Bowls under Giants coach Bill Parcells. He got his shot at being a head coach of the Pats from 1979 to 1981, going 21 and 27.
Source: Steelers Gab
Cornerback William Gay is one of the free agents that Kevin Colbert was talking about when he mentioned that the Steelers were not likely to sign any players before the March 13th deadline at 4pm. At this point the Steelers have enough quality cornerbacks on the roster that they can afford to let him leave regardless. Will Gay did play better in 2011 so you have to give him credit; 61 Tackles & 2 Interceptions. That touchdown catch that Torrey Smith burnt him on though, in the Ravens game, still haunts Steelers fans and probably always will. He’s got a knack for getting after the Quarterback on corner blitzes as well, something he might be better known for than his coverage skills to some. Gay is a great teammate, very humble, and grateful for the chance to play for the Steelers. He’s not the type of guy that will stir the pot and be a distraction but in the end the Steelers have too many other options to warrant keeping him around, especially in such a tight salary cap year. …
Source: Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Steelers
For all the things that are still up in the air, Peyton Manning is certain about this much: He isn’t ready to retire yet. “I have no plans on doing that,” he said. An iron man for 13 seasons, he’s struggling to recover from three neck surgeries over the course of 19 months. “My plan hasn’t changed. I’m on track with what the doctors have told me to do, and I’m doing that. I’m rehabbing hard.”
Source: post-gazette.com – Steelers/NFL
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Lee Evans had victory in his hands. Billy Cundiff had a tie score on his toe. Two chances in the final 30 seconds to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive and the Baltimore Ravens let both slip away.
Source: post-gazette.com – Steelers/NFL
One of the big questions about the offseason is the future of WR Hines Ward, and if he will come back in 2012. Mike Freeman of CBS reports that he was texted from a Steelers player who thinks that Sunday’s loss to the Broncos was indeed Ward’s last game.
Did Hines Ward play his last game? It appears he might have. A Steelers player texted to me the expectations around the team was that Ward would soon announce his retirement. That doesn’t mean it’s set he will. That means some Steelers players believe it which means it’s likely to happen.
Ward is a different sort of dude. He could decide to hang on for one more year. But for the moment that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Ward is clearly done physically. He just doesn’t have the burst he once did. He was held without a catch against the Broncos and has become an afterthought in the Pittsburgh offense.
Yet, to me, he’s a sure Hall of Famer. He became only the eighth wide receiver to reach 1,000 catches, had a lengthy and productive career, and won championships. He was one of the toughest receivers I’ve ever seen. And it appears we’ve seen the last of Ward in the NFL.
If Ward does decide to come back, will the Steelers want him back? They have clearly phased him out of the offense, and the teams future is set at the WR spot without Ward. That may come into play in him making his decision.
Source: Steelers Gab