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Ben Roethlisberger Doesn’t Think The Steelers Need A Fullback

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.

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Middle Linebacker perhaps not such an immediate need for Steelers?

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There are two draft picks that everyone seems to have the Steelers interested in since the combine, if not before. Dontari Poe appears to get further and further out of sight by the day with many experts saying he’s a top 15 pick by now. The more realistic name is Dont’a Hightower, LB out of Alabama. Of course you can still make a case for an offensive lineman in round one but for now let’s focus on why the need for middle linebacker seems to be so big; or is it?
The Steelers have two solid options on the roster today, one of which should be capable of stepping in right away and the other with the potential to do so.
James Farrior is gone now, free to sign with another team and the consensus is that his long time partner Larry Foote will take over opposite Lawrence Timmons. Makes sense; Foote has starting experience, knows the defense as well as anyone, and is 5 years the younger of Farrior. He’s solid in pass coverage, something that Potsie struggled with at times in 20…

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NFL Combine: Inside linebacker would fill Steelers need

Vontaze Burfict might already have something in common with James Harrison.

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Questions About Steelers Salary Cap Situation Need Answers

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Ya ever have that co-worker who comes in with a look that says “I have a gun and a shovel, and I doubt anyone will miss you, so don’t toy with me today”?

A co-worker who, perhaps, is running a fever, and is royally ticked off at his dog’s escape from his collar and subsequent trek through four inches of wet, heavy snow this morning.

It may not be rational. Or logical. It may be pure insanity, but that’s me today. So I’m going to rant a little. The thought and realistic possibility of the Bengals nabbing WR Mike Wallace away from us with a low-end first round pick just does that to me, and I want answers. Sometimes, Twitter just doesn’t give you enough room to ask the questions needing to be asked. Here’s what I want to know.

How did the Steelers get locked into Salary Cap Jail? This is a team renowned for its front office savvy. A dream team of numbers nerds, Kevin Colbert and Omar Khan, never steered this franchise into such perilous waters.

Are we just blindly loyal to this franchise, so much that we aren’t questioning its leadership right now? I get the fact Colbert walks past six trophies on his way into work, but now, he’s staring at a team salary largely increased last season. Were they gambling heavily on a 2012 salary cap that would have been about a 15 percent increase from this season?

Extensions were given to Ike Taylor (a new deal, actually), LaMarr Woodley, Troy Polamalu and Lawrence Timmons last season. Taylor, Woodley and Timmons were asked to restructure those deals less than a year after they were signed. That’s not standard business practice on the South Side. Did they not see the problems those decisions may bring this year?

Adding to it is RB Rashard Mendenhall’s base salary increase from 2011 to 2012. His cap number went from around $ 800k to $ 1.2 million, and all that factors into the cap. Were they planning on him rushing for fewer than 900 yards?

Since they were in the giving mood last year, why not talk to QB Ben Roethlisberger then about an extension? Clearly, the team has its quarterback. That quarterback’s legacy is winning. He obviously can win here, but since you know (before training camp 2011) his best friend, Bruce Arians, will be the offensive coordinator that season, why not ask him to take a few bucks less in 2012, and in exchange, you’ll tack on another two years, and spread money out from what’s left on his deal then? New money for him, cap savings for the team, and none of this “burn the midnight oil to free up money to sign WR Mike Wallace to a long-term deal” junk.

The upside to that (in a manner of speaking) is they have the exact same scenario with WR Antonio Brown next year. They’re guaranteeing a lot of money to veterans now, it’s reasonable to think some of that is going to have to hit the books next year.

Granted, they may not have anticipated the highest level RFA tender (a first-and-third round compensation) going away in the new CBA, but they had it in enough time where they could have anticipated the scenario we’re discussing now.

Giving a restricted free agent a franchise tag seems out of the spirit of its purpose, but at the very least they could have seen Wallace having another big season, and really becoming a possible target in the RFA market. Knowing they’d have to franchise him to protect him, why didn’t they talk last year about an extension for Wallace? Maybe they could still have gotten him on the cheap.

The linebacker tag is likely to be $ 1.5 million less in 2012 than the wide receiver tag.

So someone throw a glass of cold water on my face, or toss me a bottle of whiskey a la Delta House’s John “Bluto” Blutarsky, and tell me why we needn’t worry about any of this.

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Ben Roethlisberger’s Agent Discusses Art Rooney II Notion That Ben May Need To “Tweak” His Style Of Play

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Ben Roethlisberger’s agent Ryan Tollner joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93.7 The FAN to discuss Ben’s offseason and the comments made by Steelers Owner Art Rooney II that Ben may need to “tweak” his game because he’s always looking to evolve his game, and would like to avoid the hits the team doesn’t want to see him take.

Tollner also pointed out that Ben is very confident in his ability, and can change his playing style against different defenses because he’s capable of doing so many different things.

Ben is planning on playing in the Pro Bowl this year despite his high ankle sprain, and Tollner updated us on Ben’s health and why they don’t think he’s risking anything playing in the game due to the lack of hitting.

Tollner also discussed with us the front row seat he has had in watching the off field progression of Ben Roethlisberger and how he has been able to turn his reputation around.

We also discussed whether or not Ben was upset not being voted MVP by his teammates, and Ryan said absolutely not because Ben doesn’t care about individual accolades, he just wants to win championships and couldn’t be more happy for Antonio Brown.

We wrapped things up with Tollner getting his insight on the relationship between Ben and Hines Ward, as well as whether or not Ben would be willing to restructure his contract given that the team is so far over the salary cap heading into the offseason.

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers, Watch + Listen Tagged: Antonio Brown, Art Rooney II, Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Arians, Mike Tomlin, NFL Pro Bowl

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Casey Hampton won’t need surgery for partial ACL tear

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The Steelers lost nose tackle Casey Hampton early in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, with a knee injury.  As pointed out in PFT’s Friday one-liners, the veteran won’t need offseason surgery to fix the joint. Hampton is lucky.  Most ACL injuries require surgery.  Usually, an ACL tear results in a full construction of the ligament.…

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Hampton, Keisel & Starks Could Need Surgery

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Nose tackle Casey Hampton, defensive end Brett Keisel and offensive tackle Max Starks all left Sunday’s 29-23 loss to Denver early because of injuries.

Accordingly, all could have surgery to repair their respective injuries.

Hampton and Starks both suffered ACL injuries and Keisel suffered a serious groin injury. All three were evaluated Monday and decisions should come soon on how best to deal with recovery.

“Max Starks had an ACL injury,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said at his season-ending press conference Monday afternoon. “He is getting that looked at here today to determine whether or not surgery will be required. Same can be said for Casey Hampton. He has an ACL injury. He will be evaluated today to see if he will require surgery. Brett Keisel has a significant groin injury. He’s getting that looked at today to see if he will need surgery.

“Our philosophy as we push into the offseason is to attack these issues and to be aggressive in dealing with them. We want to do them sooner rather than later, if procedures are going to be required.”

All three are aging veterans and these injuries and the procedures they require could determine who stays with the team in the future.

Tomlin added that center Maurkice Pouncey (high-ankle sprain) and guard Doug Legursky (shoulder) will be evaluated to see if surgery is necessary for recovery as well.

As usual, Tomlin refused to credit injuries for playing a part in the loss.

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Filed under: Football, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, Denver Broncos, Doug Legursky, Maurkice Pouncey, Max Starks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Surgery

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Cotchery ready when the Steelers need him

Jerricho Cotchery appears to have hit his stride just in time, as the Steelers prepare for their regular-season finale in Cleveland.

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McCoy situation confirms need for dramatic changes to in-game concussion procedures

The NFL’s fairly recent requirement that players who have been diagnosed with concussions remain out of action until cleared by an independent neurologist caused some (including me) to assume that independent neurologists have a permanent seat at the table, present at every game in order to help team-hired physicians over whose shoulders the head coach…

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