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Steelers hosting Detroit Free Safety Louis Delmas

According to multiple reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting the Detriot Lions former FS, Louis Delmas today.

Below is a classy tweet from Steelers Ryan Clark considering Louis Delmas' is expected to replace the aging Clark who is set to become a UFA:

Ryan Clark ‏@Realrclark25 4m Just text w Louis Delmas. Live his game, he'd be a great fit for Coach Lebeau & the Steelers! Hope all goes well. God bless bro

Watch Louis Delmas highlights:

Who is Robert Golden?

Most know him as ‘the guy’ that returned a 47 yard interception for a touchdown in preseason.   If you watched closer, you could see a good tackling safety with natural instincts and abilities.

 Robert Golden earned himself a roster spot after being signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent from the University of Arizona.  He will wear #21 and he may be the future starter at free safety (FS).  The Steelers are desperately thin at safety (S) with Ryan Mundy being the #1 backup to both Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark

Robert Golden Profile:

Height: 6-0

Weight: 200lbs

Position: S

College: Arizona

Jersey #: 21

Biography:

  • Attended University of Arizona
  • Three–year starter who played both cornerback (CB) and safety (S)
  • Project as a 7th round pick.  He ended up being undrafted and signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent

Senior Stats:

Tackles: 69

Interceptions: 1

Breakups: 5

Junior Stats:

Tackles: 60

Interceptions: 1

Breakups: 12

Positives:

  • Good size and speed combination
  • Athletic player that played both CB and S showcasing his fluid hips, backpedaling and change of direction skills
  • Shows good instincts in coverage by quickly locating the ball in the air and shows above average burst to the ball in flight
  •  Solid fundamental tackler

Negatives

  • Lacked ‘big play’ ability.  Golden only accounted for 2 total INTs in his junior and senior years
  • Has shown indecisiveness in zone coverage

NFL Today Analyst Boomer Esiason Previews Steelers-Bengals

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Boomer Esiason, football analyst for NFL Today, previews this weekend’s divisional clash this Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.



Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati Bengals, NFL, NFL Today, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Clark

Ryan Clark Fined $40K For Hit Against Ravens

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 Wednesday for a hit in Sunday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

It’s the second straight week Clark has been fined, as he received a $15,000 fine last week for a hit against the New England Patriots. Clark actually spoke out in approval for the first fine, but he wasn’t as supportive of the league’s decision on Wednesday.

Quite simply, Clark said “this time it’s wrong.”

“We watched this in slo-mo as a team, and as a team say if you’re going to dislodge the ball from somebody, this is the legal way to do it,” Clark said. “This is what we talked about in our meeting.”

Clark hit Ravens wide receiver Ed Dickson down field, jarring the ball loose and causing an incompletion. His helmet grazed the facemask of Dickson, but most of the impact appeared to be between Clark’s shoulder and the chest of the receiver.

Clark was flagged on the play, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pointed out to his players this week that Clark — despite the flag — made the perfect play to dislodge the ball from the receiver.

“I think the fine that Ryan Clark received was excessive,” Tomlin said in a statement. “I am a proponent of player safety and the league’s pursuit of improvement in this area. I, like the vast majority of people in this industry, witness daily the steep price that these young men pay to play this game on so many levels.

“Ryan has my full support if he chooses to appeal this in any way.”

Clark says he expects to appeal the fine, but he’s not optimistic the penalty will change.

“I mean you can appeal but I’m appealing to the same person (Roger Goodell),” he said. “The same man (that issued the fine). I know he’s not going to sit across from because I’m not going to sit across from him unless they handcuff me, which is probably the next step anyway.”

Other quotables from Clark regarding the fine:

  • “There wasn’t anything malicious about it. It wasn’t a spear. It wasn’t a forearm to the head. It wasn’t any of those things and to be fined $40,000 for that? To me it’s either targeting me as a single player or it’s targeting this team.”
  • “I was actually expecting to get a call back and say that it wasn’t wrong, because it wasn’t. I did everything I was asked to do and Goodell and all those other guys, they sit in their office with their suits and make these decisions on what a split-second reaction by the player is and this time it’s wrong.”
  • “Am I supposed to let him catch it and then wait for him and hug him? Should I throw a pillow at him? Should I blow a whistle? ‘Hey look, I’m about to tackle you.’ No, that’s not football.”

Filed under: Football, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Baltimore Ravens, Ed Dickson, Fined, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Clark

Ed Bouchette’s Instant Steelers Analysis

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette holds his weekly visit with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.

As only he can, he takes us inside the Steelers locker room, and goes into Ryan Clark’s $40,000 fine on a hit to Ravens TE Ed Dickson from Sunday’s game.

Ed also tells us if this Sunday’s matchup in Cincinnati is a must-win game, and whether the locker room has recovered from the loss to the Ravens. And as a long-time Penn State follower, Ed also weighs in on the situation in State College.

Ed Bouchette joins Vinnie & Cook on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan!



Filed under: Sports, Steelers Tagged: Ed Bouchette, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Clark, Vinnie & Cook

STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #116: BIG BEN > FLACCO: WEXELL INTERVIEW

Show Topics:

  1. BIG BEN > FLACCO
  2. JIM WEXELL INTERVIEW
  3. OFFENSIVE GAME GRADES
  4. DEFENSIVE GAME GRADES
  5. TOMLIN: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  6. BIG BEN: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  7. HINES WARD: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  8. JAMES HARRISSON: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  9. RYAN CLARK: POST GAME INTERVIEW
  10. HAPPY MLK DAY

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STEEL CURTAIN RADIO #107: THE NOSE KNOWS

Show Topics:

My Apology to Silverback
Why Ben can never Be Called a Drama Queen Again?
Offensive Game Grades
Defensive Game Grades
Mike Tomlin Post Game Press Conference
Post Game Interview Audio From: Big Ben
Post Game Interview Audio From: Issac Redman
Post Game Interview Audio From: Hines Ward
Post Game Interview Audio From: Brett Keisel
Post Game Interview Audio From: James Harrison
Post Game Interview Audio From: James Farrior
Post Game Interview Audio From: Ryan Clark

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Steelers Free Agency 2010

Now that the NFL is in the complete offseason, it's time to look at how the 9-7 Pittsburgh Steelers can improve their team.  In typical Steelers fashion, don't expect the Rooneys to make a big splash in free agency. Instead, they will operate as usual and build their team through the draft.

Although the NFL looks geared up to enter the 2010-2011 as an uncapped season due to the laboring agreement, the Rooneys, Kevin Colbert and the Steelers front office indicated that they will manage this season as if it were capped.

The following is a look at current Steelers players of interest for this offseason:

Willie Parker - Unrestricted free agent (UFA).  Parker is unlikely to get resigned unless he comes back very cheap.  Parker is looking for a starting role but isn't going to see that in Pittsburgh.

Deshea Townsend - The Steelers won't sign Townsend long-term but would like to bring him back for cheap.  Although, he's towards the end of his career, Townsend replaced William Gay late in the season.  Towsend provides depth and experience in the secondary.

Casey Hampton - Hampton must be the Steelers top offseason priority.  Although Hampton warned the Steelers not to use the franchise tag, the notion is that the Steelers are likey to tag Hampton regardless unless the two can agree on a fair 3 year deal.  The Steelers don't have a replacement for Hampton.  Chris Hoke is older than Hampton and is on the downside of his career.  It's doubtfut that Hoke can holdup for an entire season.

Josh Reed - Reed is very consistent at Heinz Field which is considered one of the most difficult stadiums in the NFL for kickers.  The Steelers would like to bring Reed back for a decent price despite his off the field troubles.  Reed does struggle with kickoffs which has consistently put special teams coverage in bad situations.

Ryan Clark - Another priority for the Steelers.  Clark is aging at 30 years old but is consistent and plays well with Troy Polamalu.  The downside is once Polamalu got injured, Ryan Clark was exposed and really struggled.  I see the Steelers signing Clark or Hampton but not both.  The Steelers could be looking to draft Clark's replacement in Texas' Earl Thomas or University of Southern California's (USC), Taylor Mays.

Willie Colon - Like it or not, the Steelers feel that Willie Colon is one of the better right tackles in the league.  He has been consistent and has played in every game the past 3 years.  Due to the labor agreement, Colon is setup to be a restricted free agent again and likey won't get a long-term offer until next offseason.

Tyrone Carter - The Steelers will most likely not offer the UFA, Tyrone Carter a contract.  Carter struggled in filling in for the injured Polamalu and his time is likely over in Pittsburgh.

More Steelers Draft and Free Agency (FA) information coming soon.... stay tuned!

Steelers vs Ravens: 2nd quarter rewind

  • Dennis Dixon has play well thus far with limited opportunities.  Dixon throw a nice roll-out pass and the followed up with a nice play action TD pass to Santonio Holmes
  • Steelers continue to have success with running the ball with both Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker
  • Ravens are giving the Steelers a heavy dose of McGahee, Rice, and fullback McClain
  • William Gay continues to get abused
  • William Gay and Ryan Clark get beat on a 50 yard pass play
  • Ike Taylor gives up a touchdown on a fade pattern
  • Steelers coaching staff goes overly conservative with 1:45 left in the 2nd quarter with consecutive running plays.  The offense gets close to the 50 yard line and runs out the clock.  The Steelers had plenty of time to try to gain around 30 yards to try a field goal.  A very disappointing decision by the Steelers coaching staff.

Bye Week Boredom

As a die-hard Steelers fan, I must say that bye week is one of the worst weeks of the National Football League (NFL) season.  You get to watch all other games, except your favorite team.   However, for the Steelers this week is much needed before a showdown against the now undefeated Denver Broncos.

Here's a list of action items that the Steelers should focus on during the bye week:

  • Can the Steelers struggling pass defense stop Brandon Marshall and Kyle Orton?
  • What should the Steelers do about Jeff Reed (i.e. and his fight with a fan at Heinz Field)
  • What are the Steelers alternative approach without Casey Hampton next year (i.e. Hampton mostly likely won't be signed to an extension)
  • Should Ryan Clark play against the Broncos with his medical condition? Should he even travel with the team?
  • Is Lawrence Timmons injury prone (i.e. the next Kendrell Bell)? He needs this buy week to heal his sprained ankle that he suffered against the Minnesota Vikings. Timmons' injury is to his opposite ankle that he already injured (high ankle sprain) earlier in the season
  • Should Limas Sweed see more playing time compared to Shaun McDonald?
  • Should Mendenhall see more carries than approx. 15/game?
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