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Mendenhall Could Be Ready to Go By Week Five

The Steelers activated Rashard Mendenhall and Casey Hampton from the PUP list on Friday, but Mendy may not be ready till a few weeks into the 2012 season. The move with Mendenhall came as a surprise because as recently as last week, general manager Kevin Colbert said he thought he would open the season on […]…

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Steelers at Eagles Preseason: Five Defensive Players to Watch

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Steelers Top Five 2012 Draft Picks Coming To Virginia Soon For Signing

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If the Steelers Fall Short in 2012, A Combination of these Five Things Will Have Happened: Part II

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In Part I, we go over the general unknowns of a transformed offense along with the lack of turnovers and sacks from a defense that, just two years ago, thrived on them.

Not to continue playing the part of the wet blanket, but there are a few more ways the Steelers could see something of a drop from 2011 to 2012.

Injuries to Ben Roethlisberger

Granted, this one is a bit too much on the nose – if Green Bay or New England or the Giants lost their quarterback, their team just wouldn’t be the same, either. Likely back-up Byron Leftwich has done alright as a spot-starter in his time in Pittsburgh, but with a pretty strong AFC North, could the Steelers keep pace with him under center? He hasn’t played since Gary Russell was on the roster. That’s a lot of downs to watch in the honorary Duce Staley Sweatpants.

More than anything, it’s about the lack of Roethlisberger on the field. He’s the field general. It’s hard to adjust to a new signal caller, invariably that new quarterback reads the field pre-snap differently. Try as they would to get on the same page before the game, when the rubber meets the road, it only takes one play where the team isn’t in the same mindset as the quarterback for things to go tragically wrong. And with an AFC looking as competitive as it is, one play could cost a team one game, which could cost a team a playoff spot or worse.

History Not Repeating Itself

I’ve raved about the Peter Principle, usually in reference to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but it can apply to football players as well. The famous creed of the Steelers is “Next Man Up.” If the Steelers reload rather than rebuild, it suggests they constantly bring in starting-caliber players to fill back-up roles. It’s a great vision for any organization.

At some point, that will run out. Some could point to Jason Worilds last season. No one asked him to be LaMarr Woodley or James Harrison, but that’s exactly the point. If either of those two, or any other key player, is that good, eventually, Peter’s Principle says at some point the person filling in will be over-promoted.

Seems like there’s a lot of potential to see that this year. How will Steve McLendon adopt to the starting position for what appears to be at least the first six games (If/when NT Casey Hampton is put on the PUP list to start the year)? Willie Colon is a talented offensive lineman, will he be able to transition to a new position on the opposite side of where he’s played throughout his career? Will Larry Foote be able to handle what appears to be a full slate of snaps for the first time since 2009 when he was in Detroit?

Or, are any of those guys simply asked to do more than they’re capable of doing? It’s a fair question.

It’s Not Improving, It’s Leapfrogging

Looking back on it, the Steelers were a very good football team in 2011. They obviously were in 2010 as well. If you look at it objectively, there are a few reasons you can see why 2010 had more success than 2011, but how big were those differences, really? If an injured quarterback (who still played, mind you) was the difference between having the ball down six on the last possession of the Super Bowl and not winning a playoff game, that margin between champion and also-ran is far slimmer than we’re making it.

Enter in the Baltimore Ravens of 2010 and 2011. The difference in those two seasons, simply, as WR Torrey Smith caught a touchdown pass to beat the Steelers and eventually win the division (as well as a playoff game). In 2010, Anquan Boldin dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone, forcing the Ravens to settle for three points, and give the ball back to Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

Obviously that’s not the concrete reason, but the point is the Ravens didn’t overtake the Steelers because they suddenly because that much better of a team. The talent levels of both teams was outstanding, but the Ravens leapfrogged the Steelers in 2011.

Every contending team in the NFL will have improved in some way from 2011 to 2012. That doesn’t eliminate the logjam of talent that presently exists. The Steelers will have to leapfrog a few other teams, based solely on last year’s results. That is done during games more so than it’s done during the offseason.

FS Ryan Clark needs to recognize the window Flacco is aiming for on Smith, and he needs to get over to make the play. LB Lawrence Timmons needs to recognize the stretch run and not allow himself to get caught in the wash at the middle of the field, and pursue the ball carrier.

Those are just two examples, and they don’t tell a whole season (both players did far more good things than bad) but speaking on the team top to bottom, they need to beat the best if they want to be the best.

That isn’t easy to do. Doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t, but it’s worth talking about, even for the most optimistic of us.



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If the Steelers Fall Short in 2012, A Combination of these Five Things Will Have Happened: Part I


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As Hanz and Fritz of The Simpsons said after selling the power plant back to C. Montgomery Burns, “We Germans aren’t all smiles und sunshine.”

I’m not German (“Not that there’s anything wrong with that”), but I am forced to drop a crowbar of bitterness on SteelerNation this morning.

We’ve been way too optimistic as of late.

Can’t blame us. There’s a lot to be excited about. Like every NFL team at this point of the year, we’re hopeful about things that, frankly, haven’t been established for the present.

One aspect of my regular life job is when my boss looks over a process we’re about to implement, and invariably asks, “So why will this fail?” It’s not a question asked in a sense of pessimism, but rather, one asked to make sure everything has been thought through, and to establish the risk of that particular process.

So why will the Steelers fail this season? What are the most likely things that would happen if the Steelers finish at or – Heaven help us – below .500?

Here are the first two of five reasons, in no particular order, why the Steelers 2012 season may implode.

General Failure of the Steelers Offense to Click

Ever have a blown tire on your car? Imagine all the tires are the same age, and you happen to hit one on a pothole, and POW! Thing’s gone. You’re low on cash, so you only get one extra tire.

One of the other three is bound to suffer the same fate, putting you into the same position you were in. The replacement of Bruce Arians was a widely accepted move this off-season, and the hire of Todd Haley, while with its dissent (myself included), brought about a sweeping feeling of optimism.

What if the problems Haley’s alleged to be fixing – establishing more rhythm-based passing, a stronger running game and better pass protection – only leads to other problems that were perhaps covered up by Bruce Arians? What if the Steelers succeed in creating a high completion percentage passing offense based off a strong running game, but can’t move the ball down the field?

It’s a fair question. Certainly, the individual talent is there, but is it realistic to assume, with the amount of new pieces coming together in big roles (the new manager, the new offensive linemen, the new Hines Ward-alpha leader), there will be some growing pains. Will those growing pains subside before the weather gets cold, or will we be discussing them at this time next year?

Defensive Anemia

It’s never sat well with me that the Steelers had the best scoring defense in football despite huge dropoffs in turnovers and sacks from 2010 to 2011. If you think about it, there were many times we were poised to write “Wish We Made Some More Plays” on the Steelers’ defensive epitaph.

It’s not like the Steelers played a dearth of great offensive teams last year, certainly not down the stretch. With strong receiving groups slated for 2012, like the Giants and Dallas, and good to great quarterbacks throughout the schedule, the defense is going to have to get even better for 2012.



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Memphis DT Poe among five prospects visiting Steelers


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The Steelers are hosting five college prospects, including Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, on the final day for pre-draft visits.

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Five Primetime Games Highlight Steelers 2012 Schedule


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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will play in prime time five times in 2012, including a Week 1 game at Denver against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

The opening contest kicks off at 8:20 p.m. on NBC Sept. 9. It will feature the debut of Manning in Denver, and will also be a rematch of last year’s first round playoff game, which the Broncos won, 29-23, on an 80-yard touchdown pass by Tim Tebow.

Other primetime games include Oct. 11 (Thursday) at Tennessee, Oct. 21 (Sunday) at Cincinnati, Nov. 12 (Monday) at home against Kansas City and Nov. 18 (Sunday) at home against Baltimore.

Much different from last year, Pittsburgh doesn’t play Baltimore until Week 11. Two weeks later they play again in Week 13.

In 2011, Pittsburgh and Baltimore played in Week 1 and Week 8.

Five of the Steelers’ final seven games are against AFC North opponents.

Here’s the entire Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 schedule:

Preseason:

Week 1: Aug. 9 at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Week 2: Aug. 19 vs. Indianapolis, 8 p.m.
Week 3: Aug. 25 at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Week 4: Aug. 30 vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Regular Season:

Week 1: Sept. 9 at Denver, 8:20 p.m.
Week 2: Sept. 16 vs. NY Jets, 4:15 p.m.
Week 3: Sept. 23 at Oakland, 4:15 p.m.
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Oct. 7 vs. Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Week 6: Oct. 11 at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m.
Week 7: Oct. 21 at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m.
Week 8: Oct. 28 vs. Washington, 1 p.m.
Week 9: Nov. 4 at NY Giants, 4:15 p.m.
Week 10: Nov. 12 vs. Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Week 11: Nov. 18 vs. Baltimore, 8:20 p.m.
Week 12: Nov. 25 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Dec. 2 at Baltimore, 4:15 p.m.
Week 14: Dec. 9 vs. San Diego, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Dec. 16 at Dallas, 4:15 p.m.
Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Dec. 30 at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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Five night games highlight Steelers’ schedule

The Steelers kick off 2012 with a nationally televised showdown in Denver, one of five night games the team is scheduled to play this season.

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Five teams made no uniform changes, in look or fabrication


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With Nike now on the NFL scene, only one team has made a major change to its standard uniform design. So far. For some of the other teams, the changes came from the way the jerseys are made.  But five teams have chosen to make no changes will be made to the appearance of the…

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