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The ongoing debate regarding whether current or former NFL players would let their sons play football continues. This time, the comments come from a high-profile Hall of Famer with one small caveat: He doesn’t have a son. “If I had a son today . . . I would not let him play football,” Terry Bradshaw…
Steelers linebacker James Harrison was suspended for a game for the helmet-to-helmet that concussed Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last year, but McCoy has no hard feelings. McCoy said on the Dan Patrick Show that he did not think Harrison’s hit was a cheap shot, and that Harrison was simply going after the quarterback aggressively, as…
Steelers restricted free agent receiver Mike Wallace doesn’t appear to be close to coming to terms with the team on a contract, but he has been given new offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s playbook and should be ready to go whenever he shows up for work. Given that, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who talked to Wallace…
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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Evan Silva, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace isn’t going to sign his restricted free agent tender anytime soon.
“Not going to sign that restricted free agent tender anytime soon. May be awhile before they see Wallace,” said Schefter.
I’d be surprised if Wallace even shows up for the start of training camp. He’s looking for the Steelers to lock him up with a lucrative long-term deal. The only problem is that they don’t have a lot of cap room to work with right now.
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In the weeks and months leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, the general consensus among people in the know (or at least in the opinion) was that the Steelers were going to use the 24th pick in the first round to select inside linebacker Dont’a Hightower from Alabama.
With the departing James Farrior, Hightower would be a natural choice to eventually step in and take over the role as quarterback of the defense.
Inside linebacker was obviously a need, and why not go with Hightower? He’s a good character guy, and a fairly safe pick despite the concern over his major knee injury from a few years back.
However, the offensive line was also a major need for the Steelers going into this year’s draft (specifically guard), and there was some talk of maybe going with Cordy Glenn of Georgia or Kevin Zeitler of Wisconsin. They were among the top ranked guards in this year’s crop, but they weren’t David DeCastro from Stanford. He was the highest ranked guard, and as Neal Coolong suggests, maybe one the best overall prospects in the entire draft. He was projected to go in the top 10 or 15, no way would the Steelers have a shot at him, right?
Every year, there seems to be a few things that throw the draft universe off kilter a bit. Last night was no exception. In at least a few mock drafts that I saw, DeCastro was projected to go 11th to the Kansas City Chiefs. However, instead of going with the can’t miss guard, the Chiefs went with the work-out darling and selected nose tackle Dontari Poe with the 11th pick. I’ll give them that. Nose tackle’s are at a premium in today’s 3/4 heavy NFL, and Poe’s raw potential is just too enticing to pass up.
Surely, DeCastro wouldn’t last much beyond the 15th pick in the first round, though, right? Well, thanks to the Seattle Seahawks, who became the winners of this year’s “Whoa, Didn’t See That Coming/What the Hell Were They Thinking?” award after selecting troubled defense end Bruce Irvin out of West Virginia, DeCastro made it past the mid-way point of the first round, and he just kept slipping and slipping.
He slipped by the Cleveland Browns, who had the 22nd pick and selected a 28 year old quarterback, instead.
DeCastro slipped by the Lions at 23, who went with an offensive lineman, but it was tackle Riley Reiff out of Iowa.
Now the Steelers found themselves in the enviable position of having the pick of the litter.
I don’t know what the Steelers were thinking the past few weeks, and I don’t know who was the highest ranked player on their board. Maybe Hightower was the man they had in mind up until the very end, but there was just no passing on DeCastro.
As the title suggests, it isn’t often that the best player available and a chance to fill a major need come together as perfectly as it did last night for Pittsburgh. The Steelers have had a very high success rate with their first round picks under gm Kevin Colbert.
We’re obviously at least a few years away from knowing this for sure, but the selection of DeCastro should go a long way towards ensuring that the success rate continues to flourish.
Thank you, crazy draft universe.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
The reaction to the new Steelers throwback jersey has been, for the most part, negative. Joining the chorus of boos is Steelers linebacker James Harrison. “There’s a reason these jerseys were from 1932,” Harrison said on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. “[I]t’s 2012 now though, so send them back!!!“ Actually, the jerseys are from 1934. …
One of the biggest criticisms that former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians received from the fan base during his time in Pittsburgh was that he didn’t use a true fullback and instead opted to use h-back David Johnson at times in a fullback type role as well as two and three tight end sets.
Now that Todd Haley has arrived as the new offensive coordinator we still do not have any clarity whether or not he will use a traditional fullback in his offense, but if it were up to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he won’t.
Roethlisberger recently sat down with Bob Pompeani from Read more […]
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Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert sat down with SiriusXM NFL Radio for an interview following his media session at the 2012 NFL combine and he was asked about several things concerning the Steelers by host Adam Schein and Rich Gannon. A few of the questions centered around the style of play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the forthcoming relationship he will have with new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
First Colbert was asked about how the change from Bruce Arians to Haley came about and Colbert said, “Ultimately Coach Tomlin felt that Coach Arians was talking about Read more […]
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Seems like there’s been more controversy about OC Bruce Arians not coming back with the Steelers, you really don’t know who to believe anymore. The Steelers (more so Art Rooney II) clearly at this point appears to have taken it upon himself to make the decision to get rid of Arians, but doesn’t seem ready to admit it.
Today, Bob Labriola on Steelers.com did an interview with Rooney II, and asked him point blank about the Arians situation, and if he anything to do with Arians not coming back.
“Bruce talked about retiring for a number of years now,” Rooney said. “We are looking to improve on offense and to have somebody in place for a number of years. I think it was time for a change. We are looking forward to moving on.”
Ok, but did you make the decision to fire him? Clearly that answer doesn’t give the whole story.
Arians said he had no choice but to retire after the team did not offer him a contract to come back for next season. He’s already talking to other teams, meaning that he still wants to coach in the NFL.
Rooney seemed to not want to answer how the process of Arians not being around played out. He basically said in so many words that it doesn’t matter how Arians ended up not being the Steelers OC anymore.
“The question of how we got here is not really relevant,” Rooney said. “The key now is that Mike (Tomlin) has begun the search for our next offensive coordinator. We will go through the process and interview the right candidates.”
The Steelers offense finished 12th in total offense (372.3 yards per game) and 21st in points per game (20.3) last year.
I’m not a fan of Rooney II getting too involved with this team. His dad and Dan Rooney never did, and I don’t think it really needs to change now. If Rooney fired him, he fired him – just admit it and let’s move on.
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