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Ex-Trinity star looks forward to life after football


Thu, 17 May 2012 17:23:14
by JERRY DiPAOLA




Andrew Sweat held the dream of playing in the NFL for 18 years, from age 5 ...

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Rookie Free Agent Brandon Lindsey Looks to Catch On with Steelers

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Brandon Lindsey spent last weekend gathered in a room with his family waiting for the phone to ring.

The former Pitt linebacker didn’t expect to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL draft, or the second.

Then the third round passed. Then the fourth. Then the fifth.

At that point, Lindsey grabbed the remote and turned the TV off.

“I didn’t want to hear it anymore,” Lindsey said.

Instead he turned his attention to figuring out where he wanted to sign as a rookie free agent. The answer was stunningly obvious.

Lindsey spent five years in the same building as the Steelers, practicing on the same expanse along the Monongahela River. He often wondered what it would be like to walk through the door on the left — which leads to the Steelers headquarters — instead of the one on the right that leads to Pitt’s football offices.

The reality is even better than he imagined.

“I’d been over here before but it’s nothing like when you’re a part of the organization,” he said. “Now you know you’re a part of their team and it’s a great feeling.”

One that is in stark contrast to the roller coaster Lindsey rode during his final year with the Panthers, who went through four head coaches — and a couple of interim ones — in the span of 14 months.

Lindsey was a second-team All-Big East selection at defensive end under Dave Wannstedt in 2010, only to see the coach who recruited him let go, leading to a series of missteps that culminated in Todd Graham bolting Pitt after just one season for Arizona State.

All that tumult hurt the Panthers on the field, and perhaps the professional prospects of the seniors. The draft came and went without a Pitt player being selected, the first time that’s happened since 1999.

“I think it hurt us just not having the sense of home,” Lindsey said. “We didn’t feel like we had a place we belonged. You go from one system to the next to another one. It’s hard for any 21, 22-year-old to get used to losing your coach two years in a row.”

Lindsey did his best to pitch in during Graham’s brief tenure, moving from end to “Panther” linebacker, a hybrid position that gave him the freedom to either stand up or get down in a stance on a given play.

All that shuffling around, however, came with great responsibility. Perhaps too much. Lindsey’s sack total dipped a bit to 8 1/2, though his presence freed up things for the guys in front of him. Defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Chas Alexcih combined for 17 1/2 sacks while linemen keyed on Lindsey.

Though Lindsey believes switching positions “hurt my production” it also gave him perspective.

“I tried to make the best out of a bad situation,” he said.

The constant moving made it difficult for NFL teams to project Lindsey at the next level. Does he pack on 30 pounds on his 6-foot-2, 250-pound frame to play end or drop a little weight to play outside linebacker?

The Steelers will have Lindsey stand up and try to find a spot behind veterans James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

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Georgia’s new coach is Hines Ward? It certainly looks like it.

ATHENS, March 28—There have been rumors about what former Steelers WR Hines Ward will do, but now we have some facts to back it up.
Please click here to read the rest of this story and watch rare footage of Ward scoring a game winner for the Bulldogs in a rivalry game against Georgia Tech.

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Mike Wallace looks like he’ll remain in Pittsburgh

According to Chris Wesseling of Rotoworld.com, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that it doesn’t look like any teams are interested in giving up a first round pick in order to try and sign Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent Mike Wallace.
Schefter stated some teams thought about going after Wallace, but in the end decided not too.  So right now it looks like Wallace won’t be going anywhere and he’ll be in Pittsburgh for the 2012 season.

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It looks like Steelers cuts are all over

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is calling it the March Massacre. In the span of three days, the Steelers let go of defensive end Aaron Smith, wide receiver Hines Ward, guard Chris Kemoeatu, and linebacker James Farrior. That’s 44 years of experience with the Steelers, gone in very short order. The team started the process by releasing wideout…

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Looking forward, AFC North looks tough again next season

With the Ravens, Bengals and improving Browns in the division, the Steelers have much work to do to stay in serious contention.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Jim Wexell Looks At Potential Offensive Coordinator Candidates

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider joined the Seibel, Starkey and Miller show Friday. 

With Bruce Arians retiring, Jim breaks down the potential replacements for Offensive Coordinator.  Jim thinks that former Colts coach Jim Caldwell would make sense from a lot of different angles, but point to problems with the running game at previous stops.

Jim also gives thoughts on other names being mentioned, such as former Chiefs coach Todd Haley and former Raiders coach Hue Jackson.  Jim also gives his thoughts on the timetable for the Steelers to find Arians’ replacement.

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Championship Game Analysis Looks at Physical Giants Receivers and a Plan of Success for New England

Working off-schedule is kind of nice.

Without much of a news budget scheduled until march (draft madness, baby), we're pretty much going to freehand most of the writing. I see that as a good thing. Being serious get old after a while.

I'm gonna stay off-schedule, and just give you some of my uncensored, random thoughts on the match-ups this weekend. I shared my feelings on the Brady v. Flacco match-up coming up, I'll try to dig into the NFC game a bit too.

I have two older brothers, and I've often thought about what it would be like if both of us were (chuckle) head coaches in the NFL.

Everyone talked about the Harbaughs exchanging information in regards to upcoming opponents. I dismissed this as having anything of value because coaches do that all the time. Raheem Morris, the former Buccaneers coach, worked under Mike Tomlin on Jon Gruden's staff in Tampa Bay in 2005. You think they don't share information as well? Does the fact they aren't blood relatives make that scenario any more or less likely?

If anything, when I think of either of my brothers being at that level with me, I think more of the times I had to be the center while one completed the Super Bowl-winning touchdown pass to the other, or the times they'd play goal line stand, where I had to get in the end zone from a yard out against both of them.

I may give them some of my honest opinion, but I'm going to throw a red herring or two in there as well.

"Nah, don't worry about Ninkovich, run away from him, what happened against Denver was an aberration. And that bit with Hernandez in the backfield? Don't worry about it, there's no chance all they were doing was putting it on film so you think they'll run out of that formation next week. Sell out for the run, Ray Lewis can cover him in the open field, no problem."

It may not necessarily be with Hernandez, but look for the Patriots to stretch the Ravens defense out much like what Houston did. Granted, they don't have Arian Foster, and they aren't the greatest run-blocking team, but their linemen are quick and athletic, and setting up play-action off getting Baltimore's linebackers moving horizontally will open up a lot of room down the seam.

Clearly, the story in this game is Baltimore's defense vs. New England's offense, so the other side on both teams needs to come up with a few plays. With the Ravens offensive line falling apart, and the Patriots defense playing above the sum of its parts (which still isn't much), this will come down to Baltimore's ability to keep Flacco upright long enough to eventually hit one of the deep passes they insist on throwing. Conventional wisdom would suggest the Ravens would simply pepper the Patriots with even doses of Ray Rice and TEs Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta, but I'm done trying to apply common sense to Baltimore's offensive game plan.

Rest assured, though Tom Brady will not throw straight into tight high-low coverage multiple times the way T.J. Yates did. Remember that when you hear Ravens fans crying about the lack of coverage in their secondary. However, it may not matter, because if the Ravens defense is as good as everyone says it is, there's no reason they cannot dial up the kind of pressure needed to stop Brady.

As for what Brother John is saying to Brother Jim about the Giants:

"Make Nicks beat you. It's ok to cut him loose to eliminate Cruz. He's really not that strong, and can't really make big plays in traffic. He'll fumble, too, if you hit him square in the chest, so emphasize stripping the ball over putting him on the ground. Whitner can play on his own in the deep secondary, so tell your corners to go for the pick."

Donte Whitner nearly single-handedly cost San Francisco a win when they had no business losing. Yes, turnovers have been San Francisco's bread-and-butter all season, but there comes a point you need to recognize when an offense simply has a physical advantage over you. Whitner's lame attempt to go for the ball on the 7-foot-5 Jimmy Graham missed horribly, and Graham went for a 66-yard touchdown.

The Giants are going to try to run deep posts and digs on Whitner and take advantage of the good size and excellent strength of their receivers. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Giants are added to the "best receiving corps in the game" conversation before this season is over. Nicks and Cruz are easily the strongest pair of receivers in the league, and they're emerging as the best playmakers as well.

Look for this to be a brutally physical match-up. San Francisco has the most aggressive defense of the remaining playoff teams, but as the Saints proved, over-aggression can be a problem in big games. Also, like the Saints proved, five turnovers means little, because, in the end, the team that goes the hardest for the longest is going to win. A true battle of attrition. And you know Mike Tomlin likes that.



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Patriots quarterback Brady looks to end three-game playoff slide

A win this weekend would send Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to the AFC championship game and end the Tebowmania season of the Denver Broncos.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Ryan Clark Discusses Win Over Rams, Looks Ahead To Browns

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Ryan Clark show with Andrew Fillipponi is once again live from Nakama. 

Ryan would love to meet some NBA players, but he doesn’t get the chance. 

Once his career is over, Ryan thinks he would like to coach. 

Ryan remembers back to the humble beginnings of his career.  It’s rare in this game to develop really close friendships, but Ryan’s relationship with Troy Polamalu started with church and bible study.  Much of Troy’s workouts focus on honing reaction times. Troy is a rock star in Samoa. 

There is a lot of movement and a lack of stability in the coaching profession. 

Ryan is saddened by the sudden cold feet of a woman in need of advice who has decided not to discuss her love life on the air. 

Ryan has enough faith in his own fashion sense to say if an outfit looks good.  Ryan hates reality shows, but his wife loves them. 

Ryan will go easy on New Years Eve since the Steelers have to play the next day. 

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