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Is the steel curtain closing for Polamalu?

According to nfl.com, during his appearance at this week’s OTAs, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said that he thinks about the end of his career “all the time”, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Thursday.
“People have asked me how many years do you think you can play?” Polamalu said. “My reaction is always, when you live day to day, it’s hard to talk years. It’s always been my mantra in life, whether it was my first year as a rookie or year 10, I just live day to day.”
Polamalu prefers to do workout own his own instead of with teammates during the off-season, but has decided that he will partcipate in voluntary workouts due to the release or retirement of veteran players. The soft-spoken Polamalu prefers to lead by example, with inside linebacker Larry Foote taking the vocal role once occupied by James Farrior, who is contemplating his own retirement following his release for salary cap purposes.
“You hate to put that kind of load on Larry,” Polamalu said last week. “You can’t say that even James Farrior was going to be exactly the same kind of leader Joey (Porter) was. And he wasn’t. I’m sure Larry can be a leader on this defense, but he won’t be the exact leader that James Farrior was, for sure.”
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Welcome to Behind The Steel Curtain’s YouTube Channel

Thank goodness for Neal Coolong, Anthony Defeo, Ivan Cole, Rebecca Rollet and all of you who have kept Behind The Steel Curtain humming at full speed. As for me, I’ve been MIA. Why? Well, I’ve relocated to New York City to work full time on SB Nation’s new foray into video.

My job in particular, as one of a six-year tenured veteran of this network, has been to lead and manage the blogger component of our bold video initiative. That’s meant getting a bunch of bloggers to agree to be on camera, purchasing, assembling, distributing and training a wide range of editors to negotiate high quality gear and take a part of their editorial coverage from print to video. It’s been enormously fun moving up here to NY and leading this charge. So, naturally, I’ll be a part of this blogger roll out.

I haven’t had a second to breathe, let alone write and check in with Steeler Nation here. Thankfully things seem to be chugging along well. But, being that I’ll be managing and working with at least 150 of our network’s editors and/or contributors over the course of this year, obviously I best immerse myself as well as we make this bold new plunge into the medium of the future.

Because I work side by side with our studio’s incredible roster of talent, I’ll be able to bring you fun, well-produced stuff throughout the year. But just know, the only reason I’m not grinding away and yucking it up like I have the past six years, is the simple fact that I’ve been blessed with this new gig.

More soon.

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Commentary: Raiders FA RB Michael Bush a Great Fit in the Steel City

Running back is a spot in free agency that the Steelers will have to look long and hard at.

Rashard Mendenhall is clearly not going to be 100 percent entering camp, and possibly not even the season, and unless you feel Issac Redman can be the first-string running back, it means the team is going to look elsewhere for a back.

Right now on the roster at the RB spot you have Mendenhall, Redmen, Jonathan Dwyer, John Clay, and Baron Batch. Mewelde Moore is a free agent, and while I always liked him as a solid 3rd down back, I’m thinking he’s done with the Steelers.

It leads to some of the free agents that are going to hit the market on March 13th. Here’s some names to keep in mind at the RB spot:

BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Tashard Choice, Earnest Graham, Ryan Grant, Peyton Hillis, Marshawn Lynch, and Mike Tolbert.

There’s another name that I think would be huge if the Steelers can find a way to convince him to come to Pittsburgh, and that’s Michael Bush, the Raiders soon-to-be free agent back.

Bush just wrapped up his fourth year with Oakland, and playing first string quite a bit for an injured Darren McFadden, he ran for 977 yards with 7 touchdowns.

He also caught a career-high 37 passes for 418 yards with a score, showing he can make catches out of the backfield.

Now, I realize right now the Steelers priority is trying to find a way to lock up Mike Wallace, and it should be. He’s already on the team, and it seems even with new OC Todd Haley, the club is going to want to throw the ball more than run it, so getting Wallace back is huge.

I want there to be more of a desire on this offense to run the ball, and in order to do that, they need backs. Redmen is good, but he as well is a free agent, and who knows if a team was impressed enough to throw him some money in free agency.

Bush though would make a statement if he came to the Steel City. He’s only 28, and has to me his best football left in him.

Keep an eye on it, as two other teams in the AFC North – Cleveland and Cincy, may also be in the sweepstakes to land Bush, so landing him could be a great impact move for the Steelers.

It’s the type of aggressive move that keeps a team at or near the top of the AFC, and one the Steelers should seriously think about.

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Michael Bean w/ Lance Williams on Steel Curtain Radio, #176:

*** Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum ***

It was fun returning to Lance Williams’ long-standing podcast, Steel Curtain Radio, last night after finishing Episode 23 of Terrible Towel Talk. Lance and I had a fun and interesting 20-30 minute conversation that I think some of you might enjoy. I am not sure exactly where the interview begins, but it’s definitely not the beginning.

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