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Smith, Farrior, Ward and Kemo officially released by the Steelers

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The Steelers made it official yesterday releasing James Farrior, Hines Ward, Aaron Smith and Chris Kemoeatu.  The four veterans are free to go and negotiate with other teams.  Chris Kemoeatu has already started.  His agent has been in contact with three teams.
Aaron Smith is the only one expected to retire.  Hines Ward and Farrior are at least going to make an effort to sign with other teams.  There is a good chance that Farrior will only play for a contender or will retire.  Ward looks to be the only one who will force the issue to play just to play.
Good luck to all these guys.  They were very helpful in the Steelers run to their last 2 Super Bowls.

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Ward, Farrior, Smith, Kemoeatu officially ex-Steelers

The Steelers have officially released the four veterans they announced last week would be cut and all four are free immediately to negotiate with other NFL teams and sign with them.

Source: post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL

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Is the NFC Now Officially the Superior Conference?

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The New York Giants 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday marked the third straight victory by an NFC team in the Super Bowl.

For many years, the AFC was considered the more elite of the two NFL conferences, and for good reason. From 1997-2008, the Super Bowl champion came out of the AFC nine times, and in most seasons, the AFC Championship game was considered the defacto "Super Bowl," as the winner of that game was almost always the significant favorite when it met the NFC representative in the Big Game.

In-fact, starting in Super Bowl XXXVII between the Raiders and Buccaneers, AFC teams were favored in eight-straight Super Bowls by an average of 6 points.

The junior conference's superiority was never more evident than it was in Super Bowl XL, when the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 6th seed in the AFC, were favored by four points against the Seattle Seahawks, the top seed in the NFC.

Maybe the AFC's position as the more dominant conference started to weaken in Super Bowl XLII, when the undefeated Patriots were installed as 12-point favorites against the Giants, but lost, 17-14.

The following year, in Super Bowl XLIII, the Steelers were 7-point favorites vs. the 9-7 Arizona Cardinals, but had to come from behind to win the game in the final minute.

And just last year, in Super Bowl XLV, things came full circle when the Green Bay Packers, the 6th seed from the NFC, were installed as 4-point favorites against the Steelers, the 2nd seed from the AFC.

And for the Giants/Patriots Super Bowl XLVI re-match, New England was only a 3-point favorite despite the Giants' 9-7 regular season record. In-fact, many questioned why the G-Men were underdogs at all considering they seemed to have the more talented team. Perhaps, if they had won another game or two, the perception may have been a bit different.

League parity being what it is, I doubt the NFC will reach the level of dominance that it had from 1984-1996 when teams from that conference won 13-straight Super Bowls by an average of just over 17-points a game. But with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady nearing the ends of their careers, and Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning just coming into their prime, the NFC might get to wear the crown of "Superior Conference" for at least a few years to come.

The Philadelphia Eagles are among the favorites to win it all next year. That, more than anything, might tell you all you need to know.



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Steelers Officially Hire Haley As New Offensive Coordinator

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After reports leaked out on Monday, the Steelers officially named Todd Haley as their new offensive coordinator.

Financial details and the length of the deal were not released by the team.

“I am excited about the opportunity to come back home and work for a tremendous organization,” Haley said in a statement. “It is an honor to work with the Rooney family and Coach Tomlin and continue the success that has become synonymous with the Steelers. My father has so many fond memories both from his playing days and his time in the personnel department with the team, and I look forward to helping bring more championships to Pittsburgh and to being a part of one of the storied franchises in the NFL.”

Haley has a good resume, including three years as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Before then, he was offensive coordinator in Arizona and worked with Kurt Warner when the Cardinals got to the Super Bowl against the Steelers in 2008.

According to the statement, “[Haley] is the son of Dick Haley, who spent 44 seasons in the NFL including serving as the Steelers’ director of player personnel from 1971-90.”

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Steelers’ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians officially retires

Bruce Arians' tenure as Steelers offensive coordinator has come to a sudden if not strange end, with the team announcing his retirement in a one-paragraph statement that was as frosty as the final days of his sometimes stormy five-year career.

Source: post-gazette.com - Steelers/NFL


Pouncey officially ruled out of today’s game in Denver

All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey is one of four Steelers who won’t play in today’s AFC wild-card game against Denver because of an injury or medical condition. The others are Ryan Clark, Cortez Allen and Mewelde Moore.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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LaMarr Woodley’s Steelers Record Breaking Streak is Officially Over

LaMarr Woodley is not expected to play against the Browns.  With Woodley not being able to play he is officially done with his record streak.  Woodley had made it to double digit sacks 3 years running.  It is a Steelers record that he shares with James Harrison.  Harrison still has an opportunity to reach the mark this season as well and extend his streak to 4 seasons.  He only needs 1 sack to reach the mark.
Woodley was having a phenomenal season before the injury.  In his first 8 games he recorded nine sacks.  Woodley has been injured and has only played in 2 games since that time.  He played a little over a quarter against the Bengals and then came out 3 during the third quarter of the game against the 49ers.  He has not even totaled 4 full quarters since the injury.  This will be Woodley’s 6th game missed.  The way he was playing he would have easily kept his streak of consecutive seasons with double digit sacks alive.  It is sad that this is how this record is going to go...

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