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Sports Illustrated: ‘If There Was a year Pittsburgh Might Take a Step Back, It Would Be This One

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CBS Sports’ NFL Insider: Steelers’ Wallace Has Gone As Far As He Can With Holdout

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Jason La Canfora has joined CBS Sports and CBSSports.com as their new NFL Insider. He was a guest Friday on The Fan Morning Show.

La Canfora says the Steelers love wide receiver Mike Wallace; and he wants to be here and he expects a deal to be done.

He said he thinks Wallace might be able to get a $ 10 million a year deal, and he should take that and run with it because he is not going to get the $ 15 million per year he wants.

“There comes a point where you have taken it as far as you can before it hurts you. He is at that point,” La Canfora said when discussing Wallace’s decision to continue to hold out.

So what about that new Steelers offense?

He expects some growing pains with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Todd Haley in this first year of the new Steelers offense, but in year or two, “there is an ample possibility that this could be an even more explosive offense,” La Canfora said.

He expects that Roethlisberger and Haley need to meet each other halfway to make this happen.

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Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Radio.com – Sports, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Ben Roethlisberger, Jason La Canfora, Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers, The Fan Morning Show, Todd Haley

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Ward joins NBC Sports team

Recently retired Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is joining a new team for the upcoming football season, the NBC Sports team. Ward will be a part of the network’s Football Night in America Sunday…

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Ward Signs On to Work for NBC Sports

Steeler fans will be seeing Hines Ward this season on TV – but in a little different way.

NBC Sports announced that it has hired Ward to be a part of Football Night in America, which is the in-studio show for “Sunday Night Football.”

Ward, who left football this past offseason after he was released by the Steelers, has come to terms with NBC on a multi-year deal.

The all-time great Steeler WR will also be a part of NBC SportsTalk with Mike Florio and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, an NFL discussion show on NBC Sports Network.

“We think Hines is a perfect match for television because he brings with him a unique combination of charisma and football experience, which he demonstrated on our Super Bowl pre-game show from Indianapolis,” said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, in the news release.

“He’s an opinionated personality who can draw upon his 14 years of experience, having excelled at the highest levels of the game. Just don’t expect him to dance.” “I am really excited. It’s not everyday that you get the chance to work for a powerhouse like the NBC Sports Group,” said Ward in the release. “It is a big honor for me and I am looking forward to making the most of this great opportunity.”

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CBS Sports’ Pasquarelli Talks About Steelers & League Changes

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – CBS Sports Senior NFL Writer Len Pasquarelli joined The Fan Morning Show to talk about the Steelers making bold changes on the offensive line by starting two rookies this year.

Pasquarelli also tells us about the new changes coming to the NFL this year.

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Steelers and Bengals Drafts Discussed on Yahoo Sports’ Shutdown Corner Podcast with Doug Farrar and Greg Cosell


Yahoo Shutdown Corner editor Doug Farrar had draft guru Greg Cosell on his podcast Thursday, talking about the early projections of the 2012 draft classes of the AFC North.

They both rightfully lavished heavy praise on the draft class of the Cincinnati Bengals, both this year and last year. The Bengals’ trade-down move behind Pittsburgh to select Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler while the Steelers selected Stanford OG David DeCastro, a move that could end up being one of the better debates in football; who would you rather have? The mauler (Zeitler) or the technician (DeCastro)?

Cosell on A.J. Green: ‘I think he’s well on his way to being a top 5 receiver in this league. He seems like a much smoother and quicker athlete than someone who’s 6-foot-4.’

Cosell on the Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick: “He did not consistently play to his physical attributes, but his physical skill set is definitely there. I’ve heard people talk about transitioning him to safety, I don’t know why they’d want to do that.”

(NOTE: Kirkpatrick recently signed a four-year contract with Cincinnati)

“I really like Mike Zimmer as a defensive coach. I think a number of these (younger) guys will get a chance to contribute.”

This is the part that scares me about Cincinnati. They have drafted very well, and even better for them, they’ve taken guys who can play right away. Is Kirkpatrick very dissimilar to Browns CB Joe Haden? Both of them will be outstanding cornerbacks in the league

Cosell on the future argument of Zeitler vs. DeCastro: “I’m in the minority here, but personally, I thought Zeitler was a little bit more complete than DeCastro. I think Zeitler is a better athlete than DeCastro is. I thought he had more scheme versatility. I thought Zeitler fits great in a zone scheme, and I’m not sure DeCastro does. Given what the Bengals want their guards to do, I think Zeitler is the better choice, and I think he would have been the better choice if both would have been available.”

It’s worth noting Farrar notes his “man crush” with DeCastro. He also noted he didn’t see a great level of strength with DeCastro in comparison to Zeitler.

Steel City Insider publisher Jim Wexell has also noted Zeitler’s strength and power as well. DeCastro is more of a technician, and the highest and best use for each of them is a dime vs. 10 cents. If Zeitler bludgeons people and DeCastro simply outplays people, they’re both likely to get the job done the vast majority of the time.

Cosell on Steelers RB Chris Rainey: “I love this pick for them. It’s funny how things change in given years, and where people get drafted — I like Rainey more than Dexter McCluster, and McCluster was a second-round pick of the Chiefs [in the 2910 NFL draft]. The reason he’s a fifth-round pick? He is what he is. He’s not a feature back, but you design 12 to 15 plays [around him], whatever you choose — but this guy can score from anywhere on the field.”

Well put, if you’re a supporter of Rainey. He’s not going to be a feature back (probably), but is Darren Sproles a feature back? He’s a highly effective player, and that’s certainly a high ceiling to expect from the rookie, but drawing up a certain amount of plays designed to get Rainey the ball in space is a smart idea. The amount of touches he’ll get – something we’ve discussed on BTSC a few times – remains to be seen, but plain and simple, speed kills.

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Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Salary 6th Highest in NFL, 8th Highest in Pro Sports


A Forbes Magazine report lists Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin at $ 5.75 million, tying him with Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt as the 6th highest paid coach in the NFL, and 8th highest in professional sports.

Tomlin, a two-time AFC champion and winning coach of Super Bowl XLIII, is 55-25 in five seasons at the helm in Pittsburgh, most recently, a 12-4 2011 campaign.

He’s helped set the bar so high in the legendary franchise, that year, without a playoff win, is seen as a disappointment.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is No. 1 on the list, at $ 7.5 million. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tie for second at $ 7 million.

Tomlin’s former colleague, Bears coach Lovie Smith, ranks 7th on the list at $ 6 million. Philadelphia’s Andy Reid rounds out the top 10 at $ 5.5 million.

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is also in at No. 2 with $ 7 million, and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is tied with Smith for 6th overall at $ 6 million.

Belichick, Shanahan and Tomlin are the only three NFL coaches in the top 10 to have won a Super Bowl. Whisenhunt, Fisher, Smith and Reed were head coaches in one. Popovich (4) and Rivers (1) have each won championships in the NBA.

Pete Carroll has never coached in a Super Bowl.

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Military Veterans: What’s Your Favorite Sports Memory From Deployment?

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I know we’ve got a number of military men and women that read BTSC, and we could use your help.

Matt Ufford and the rest of SB Nation’s YouTube channel are looking to honor veterans with a Memorial Day video compiled from clips of veterans talking about their favorite sports memory while deployed.

So check out the above link and if you are a veteran or if you know one, please pass this along!

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Pittsburgh Steelers Select Dont’a Hightower in Rant Sports 2012 NFL Mock Draft

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The 2012 NFL draft is little over one month away from kicking off. The front offices of all 32 teams are scrambling to figure out which players are going to fit in the best with their respective teams. The Pittsburgh Steelers need to have a good draft because they have not made any noise in free agency up to this point. They even lost longtime team leader Hines Ward to retirement. Ward was the heart and soul of the Black and Gold, and will be difficult to replace.
With that being said, Pittsburgh has greater needs on the defensive side of the ball. The Steelers would like to get younger on the both sides up the ball, but defense is a greater concern.
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower would be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh’s defensive scheme. The Steelers released James Farrior earlier this month, and management needs to think of how to replace him. Hightower is a versatile player and can play both inside and outside linebacker. Pittsburgh should use the 24th overall pick on Alabama lineback…

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