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Steelers Need a Big Game From Mendenhall Sunday Night vs the Ravens

The Steelers will have their full stable of running backs on display Sunday Night and Rashard Mendenhall is expected to get the start. Mendenhall has only played one full game so far during the 2012 season, but had a nice performance against the Philadelphia Eagles with 101 total yards and a touchdown. Pittsburgh is hoping to get a big game out of ...

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Ben Roethlisberger & His Steelers Need A Giant Victory In Week 9 To Pressure The Ravens


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Ben Roethlisberger and his Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a slow start this season. Many think it was because Roethlisberger didn’t like the new offense the Steelers put into place. Nonetheless the Steelers are only one game back of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North at 4-3. The Steelers are going to need a lot of help from their defense this ...

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Steelers Need Lots Of Help From Common Foes This Weekend

browns.jpgWith the Steelers sitting at 2-3, it's time to pull for a number of teams this weekend to give the black and yellow some help in the division.

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Onward Steelers; Three Guys Who Need to Show Themselves Sunday


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Nothing I say will surprise you if you follow and watch the Steelers enough but I would be remiss if I didn’t attack the issue nevertheless. Many pundits and experts think that the Steelers are just fine and that whenever they show signs of age or of problems in one area or another they seemingly bounce back. Other are not so sure and that’s wh...

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Pittsburgh Steeler Fans Need to Root For AFC Rivals This Weekend

terrible_towels.jpgThe Pittsburgh Steelers are sitting at home this weekend for a bye week, but their fans still have work to do. It's time to root for the Pat...

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Everything you need to know about the Friday injury report

We’re trying something a little different with the Friday injury report this week. After passing along all the information we have about major injuries over the course of the week, we’re gathering all of the biggest information in one post every Friday afternoon with links to pertinent stories sprinkled throughout. Some of you will love...

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Pittsburgh Steelers Preseason: RB Baron Batch Will Need to Show His Versatility Sunday


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Steelers WR Antonio Brown: ‘We’re Gonna Need Mike Wallace’

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown took part in Tuesday’s OTA session, then he called in to Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.

He is happy to be back on the field, and he talks about how he plans to build on a season in which he was named team MVP.

Antonio shares his thoughts on Todd Haley’s new playbook, how the locker room looks without some of their old leaders, and what he makes of the Mike Wallace situation.

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When Value Meets Need, it Just Doesn’t Get Any Better Than That

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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.



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Steelers need to draft for need not want

Yesterday Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin held their usual pre-draft presser and Colbert was full of quotes that just don’t make sense for this year’s draft. For him to say that every player drafted outside of the top 10 is just a hopeful dream was a little weird.
There are plenty of guys that will be drafted well into the second round that will make an immediate impact on their new team. Guys like Nick Perry, Coby Fleener and Kevin Zeitler are Day 1 starters but the teams picking in the top 10 are drafting for need. And that’s exactly what the Steelers need to do, no matter what Colbert said yesterday.
Even the newest Steelers fan, that finally got that promotion that enabled him to move from Cleveland to Pittsburgh, can tell you that the Steelers have significant needs heading into Thursday’s selection show.
A franchise inside linebacker is needed to replace James Farrior; the next generation of nose tackle is needed with Casey Hampton coming off yet another knee surgery; and at least one guard is needed since the two starting guards currently on the roster were undrafted backups until they signed their RFA tenders a week ago.
It was kind of weird though to hear Colbert basically say that the Steelers really didn’t need anything though.
“Need is not a good word. It’s ‘want.’ We want players. We don’t necessarily need. We try to add from within.”
Well, if Colbert uses the usual Best Player Available formula this year and the Steelers don’t end up drafting a backer, nose tackle or guard – or at least two of the three – in the first three rounds, the Steelers could be in trouble. It’s fine to want certain players, but this year the Steelers really do NEED certain guys. They don’t have the luxury of taking the BPA this year.
Don’t get me wrong, Colbert has been a great GM since he got the gig 12 years ago, but maybe the fact that the Steelers do have actual needs this year (whether he admits it or not) says something about his recent draft selections. It’s not like Hines Ward, Aaron Smith and Farrior got old over night, or that the offensive line hasn’t had problems since Ben Roethlisberger was drafted.
“When you don’t get the first-round guy right, that sets you back for probably four years because that is a slot you are going to try to fill at some point. Yes, we are not big spenders in free agency and we will never be because we want to keep our own. But if we missed on a pick that we would want to be keeping as our own, it will set us back and distract us from what we need to be doing.”
Colbert may not miss on first-rounders but maybe it’s his “hoping” that certain picks pan out that put the Steelers in this pickle. After the Steelers address their three biggest needs this year, they should start addressing needs that aren’t quite as dire…yet.
Receiver, outside linebacker, defensive end and secondary help are all going to be needed as soon as next year. Instead of going with the BPA approach, Colbert just needs to go the Schmiegel route and go after what he needs not wants.

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