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NFL Network Aditi Kinkhabwala Talks Rooney Rule Impact On Off-Season Hirings

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)NFL Network Reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala joined Starkey and Miller with Chris Mueller on Sports Radio 93.7 The FAN to talk about the Rooney Rule, and ho…

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Burress Back with the Steelers – Says Can Make an Impact

Newly inked WR Plaxico Burress spoke to the media for the first time on Wednesday as the Steelers prepare for the Browns Sunday in Cleveland. “I want to just kind of add a different wrinkle to this offense,” Burress said Wednesday. “Get down there inside the 20, draw some double coverage, open some other guys […]…

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Steelers Newest CB DeMarcus Van **** Gunning To Impact Special Teams

He is the newest player on the roster of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and many fans think he is undrafted free agent safety Robert Golden because of the number that wears, but cornerback DeMarcus Van **** has made an impact on special teams in his first two games wearing the black and gold.

The former third round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders down…

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Video – EPSN: Analyzing Mike Wallace’s Impact

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The Steelers signed wide receiver Antonio Brown, and not Mike Wallace, to a long-term deal Friday. Our friends at Next Level look at Wallace as the Steelers’ deep scoring threat last season….

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Curits Brown Looking to Make a Big Impact in Season Two with Steelers

In a recent look at the upcoming Steelers, Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette pointed out the “breakout player” for the season, and his claim is it will be CB Curtis Brown.

The Steelers decided to part with former starting cornerbacks Bryant McFadden and William Gay after the season, and one of the reasons is Curtis Brown — a third-round choice in 2011. Brown did not play in any of the defensive packages last season, but he caught the eye of the coaches when he led the team in special teams tackles (15) despite missing the final four games.

Brown (6-0, 185) showed on special teams that he is fast, athletic, tough and relentless. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will have him challenge fourth-year player Keenan Lewis for the starting corner spot opposite Ike Taylor. “Curtis Brown is a beast,” wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.

Brown stands 6-0, 185 lbs, and was a project at the DB spot, as he was a WR in high school. He does have many physical gifts, and the Steelers loved the progress that he’s made at the position, which is why they allowed McFadden and Gay to get away.

Last season in 12 games, he had 14 tackles, 11 solo and 3 assists with a forced fumble. He was also very good on special teams, getting credit for 10 stops.

He did miss some time with an injury, as he had his meniscus repaired after going on IR, missing the last three games of the regular season.

Look for Brown to get plenty of chances to be the starter at the corner spot opposite Taylor in 2012.

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For Bettis, impact to the end

Jerome Bettis, a.k.a. The Bus, had just enough fuel in his tank to help carry the Steelers to their fifth Super Bowl victory six years ago.

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Steelers RB Redman ready to make an impact

Isaac Redman knew the odds heading into his first training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. He didn’t like them a bit.

Rookie free agents from places such as Bowie State typically don’t stick around for long.

”The only thing I kept saying when I first got here was as long as they don’t cut me before I put the shoulder pads on, I should be fine,” he said.

Three seasons later, Redman knows he needs to be more than that if the Steelers want to reach a record ninth Super Bowl. With starter Rashard Mendenhall out for the postseason with a torn ACL in his right knee, the defending AFC champions will turn to a player who tries to make up in ferocity what he lacks in finesse.

That’s fine by Redman, who understands at 27, this may be his best – and perhaps only – shot to show he belongs.

”It’s a national stage, everybody’s watching and I’m just trying to go out there and prove that I’m not just a back of doing just enough to get us there,” he said. ”I want to be a back that led us to the Super Bowl.”

The first step comes on Sunday against Denver in the wild-card round, where Redman must be effective enough to take some of the pressure off hobbled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was limited in practice Wednesday as he continues to deal with a painful sprained left ankle.

Redman would welcome a heavy workload. He ran for 92 yards and a touchdown in a 13-9 win at Cleveland last weekend on a career-high 19 carries. Yet he also fumbled twice and spent the fourth quarter watching rookie John Clay take his spot as the Steelers tried to close it out.

No offense to Clay, but Redman would prefer to keep Clay off the field against the Broncos. Redman thinks he can be an every-down back. He’s waited a long time for the opportunity. No need wasting it trying to get some rest on the sideline.

Redman’s done enough resting on Sundays to last him quite a while, thanks. He’s ready to showcase what his teammates have known since that memorable goal line drill at Saint Vincent College three years ago: that the 6-foot, 230-pound former Division II standout was a handful with the ball tucked under his right arm.

During the end of the first week of padded practices, the Steelers place the ball at the 3 and bring in the goal line units. It’s football at its most basic. Whichever team gets to five first – meaning five stops for the defense, five touchdowns for the offense – wins.

It’s a challenge the defense has dominated for years. At least, until Redman came along.

He can’t quite remember how many times he ran the ball that day. Seven? Eight? It hardly mattered as much as the result, a series of bruising touchdown runs that got him noticed.

Tomlin had spent the first few days of camp calling Redman all kinds of names except the right one. There was ”Barlow” as in former NFL running back Kevan Barlow. There was ”Bowie.” There was ”out of shape.”

It wasn’t until watching Redman bull through the first-team defense that Tomlin finally got it right.

”I was like `This is my time to make a name for myself,”’ Redman said. ”I was like, `Maybe Coach Tomlin will call me Redman after this.”’

Tomlin eventually dubbed Redman ”Red Zone” for his ability to create space in the middle of a pile and find the end zone. Though Redman ended up getting cut, the Steelers signed him to the practice squad hoping he’d develop.

It was the first time in his entire life Redman didn’t make the active roster. He turned the frustration into fuel.

”I was uncomfortable on the practice squad,” Redman said. ”I had never been cut from anything and I just didn’t feel right being on the practice squad.

”I felt like I could help this team win.”

He made the team out of camp in 2010, running effectively while spelling Mendenhall. He also provides the Steelers with the kind of smashmouth back they haven’t had since Jerome Bettis retired after the 2005 season.

Mendenhall is shifty and quick. Redman is neither. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

”You know that he’s going to hit the hole and if one’s there great, if not, he’ll try to make one anyway,” center Maurkice Pouncey said.

Redman doesn’t have Mendenhall’s breakaway speed – his longest rush this year was 27 yards – but he’s more consistent. His 4.4 yards per carry are better than Mendenhall’s 4.1 average and he’s rarely tackled for a loss, something Mendenhall occasionally does while dancing around trying to make something out of nothing.

The Steelers have evolved since Bettis’ retirement from a smashmouth team into one that relies heavily on Roethlisberger. With their star quarterback playing basically on one leg, Redman’s presence could allow Pittsburgh to get back to basics. The Steelers finished a so-so 14th in the league in rushing this season and only had a back top 100 yards three times.

Yet there could be running room aplenty against the league’s 22nd-ranked rush defense.

If there isn’t, Redman will try to make some. While helping the Steelers to a seventh Super Bowl title is the priority, Redman – who is under contract through next season – knows his performance during Pittsburgh’s playoff run could pay off down the road.

”I’d be lying if I said I’d be fine with being a backup my whole career,” he said. ”Any opportunity I get I want to showcase my talent and hopefully somebody here or wherever looks at me and says `Man, this guy is capable of being a No. 1 back in this league.”’

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Steelers vs. Browns: Look for Troy Polamalu to Have Big Impact Against Offensively Challenged Cleveland Squad


We’re about an hour and a half away from kickoff between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, two historic rivals who always play hard against each other even if the Steelers have dominated the series in recent history. A quick post about the player I like to make a big impact on the game. Last week my selection was Rashard Mendenhall because of his propensity to find the end zone against the Bengals. This week I’m going with Troy Polamalu for similar reasons.

Polamalu has 27 career interceptions, nearly one-fifth of which have come against against the Browns (5). That’s the most picks he’s had against any team in his illustrious career. I think the Browns’ offensive struggles should play into Polamalu’s hands nicely. With little threat of Colt McCoy burning the Steelers secondary deep, Polamalu should be free to play closer to the line of scrimmage against both the run and the pass. His anticipation skills and ability to make plays in traffic can be better utilized against an offense like this compared to, say, the Bengals last week who are a threat to stretch the field vertically with their talented rookie wide receiver, A.J. Green.

So, in addition to making his usual sound plays bringing guys down in the open field, expect Polamalu to finally register his first interception of the 2011 season.

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