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Heath Miller’s off PUP, still not sure when he’ll be back on field

The Steelers didn’t leave tight end Heath Miller on the PUP list to start the regular season, which indicates that they fell fairly confident that he will be able to fully participate in practice and/or play in games before the first six weeks of the season have elapsed. It’s probably not going to be in…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers Facing “Now or Never” Season? I’m Not so Sure

NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt believes the Pittsburgh Steelers head the list of teams facing “now or never” seasons. According to Brandt this means the Steelers “have a chance to make noise this year, but face serious questions in 2014.” I’ve got to agree with Neal Coolong, of BehindtheSteelCurtain.com, in saying that this doesn’t make a t…

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Amos Sure Won’t Be Famous For Steelers Special Teams Play In 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers fired special teams coordinator Al Everest two games into the preseason this earlier this year and replaced him with assistant special teams coach Amos Jones, who head coach Mike Tomlin hired to his staff back when took the job in 2007. The firing was considered very surprising at the time because teams rarely, if ever, make…

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James Harrison Still Not Sure If He Will Play In 2013 As He Heads Into Season Finale

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison will be the biggest elephant in the room for the front office during the offseason in regard to his age and salary in 2013. On Friday the veteran linebacker told the media that he has yet to make a decision about his future.

“I’ll get things together as far as what I’m doing for next year (after Su…

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Steelers Young Corners Sure to be Targeted by the Chargers Today

The Steelers will be without corner-back Ike Taylor for the first time in 135 games. An ankle fracture will keep Taylor from extending a very impressive consecutive games streak. In his place will be Cortez Allen who will start opposite Keenan Lewis. Moving up in the depth chart is Curtis Brown, who hasn’t seen much playing time so far his firs…

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Crampgate 2012: Emmanuel Sanders Not Sure If Reprimand Is Coming

Aditi Kinkhabwal of the NFL Network reports Wednesday on Twitter that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said that he has already met with someone from NFL about the questioned cramp that he suffered in the game against the Cincinatti Bengals a few weeks ago, but doesn’t know when, or if, he will be reprimanded for it.


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Steelers in Dublin? Sure, but as Away Team, Not Home Team


ESPN’s Jamison Hensley included in his Wake-up Call column a bit about Steelers owner Dan Rooney’s continued conversations about the Steelers playing a game in Ireland. Rooney currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador there, which would logically give off the impression the Steelers could be involved in a regular season game overseas.

That logic doesn’t escape Hensley, but what colors the Steelers would play in that game seems to.

The most recent information came from an interesting piece on Rooney and the possibility of a game in Dublin from BBC News Northern Ireland reporter Haydn Parry.

Per Hensley:

I’ve never been in favor of moving regular-season games from fans here in the United States, especially the ones who pack their home stadiums. I understand that the owners want to market the game internationally. That generates more revenue. I just dislike the fact that one of the eight games at Heinz Field in a given season could get displaced because of Ireland.

I agree with the notion of not eliminating home games from teams with large followings, which is exactly why the Steelers won’t be giving up one of their home games. Rooney has said before the lease at Heinz Field says they will play eight home games there each regular season.

They can play in Ireland, there’s little to no chance the Steelers will be doing it in their black jerseys. If Rooney is doing the heavy lifting as far as getting Dublin’s Croke Stadium into the international games’ rotation in the NFL, it seems only fitting the league would honor his request to have his team play as the visitors.

We speculated on some possible opponents for a future overseas game earlier this year. Seems like there are enough cities who won’t routinely sell their stadiums out, so the sense in Pittsburgh fighting their lease to waste a home game doesn’t add up.

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The 2012 NFL Draft: A Bunch of Stuff that I’m Pretty Sure Will Happen

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The upcoming NFL Draft is just over a week away. And that means the speculation and rumors will soon come to an end as we put away the mock drafts and make way for the real one.

I’m not much of an expert when it comes to the draft. I can’t tell you if a player isn’t getting his pads low enough or whatever. But I’ve been watching the draft since I was 14 years old, and I’m pretty sure I can predict almost exactly how this year’s version will unfold. Why? Am I a prophet? No, but you might say I’m a scout of the NFL Draft itself, and I’ve picked up on some tendencies over the last 25 years or so.

Join me below as I give you a precap of this year’s NFL Draft.

*There will be 32 picks in the first round. Some teams will make their picks based on need. Some teams will pick the best player available. And, of course, some teams will reach big time–they won’t know that they’re reaching at the time, but we’ll be sure to point it out to them.

*The Steelers will almost certainly pick a player in the first round. Some of you will love it and sing the praises of the front office. Some of you will hate it and wonder why the team didn’t select (insert player here) instead. And the rest of you will hold off judgment until like three years down the road.

*Some poor sap who had a productive college career will see his draft stock plummet based on an injury he suffered a few years ago (think Dont’a Hightower). Some lucky kid who maybe didn’t have as productive of a college career will see his draft stock rise based on a really good combine showing or Pro Day (think Dontari Poe).

*There will be at least one first round draft prospect that everyone hates because of his really immature attitude and poor work ethic. There will be at least one lower round prospect that everyone loves because of his really awesome attitude and incredible work ethic. He may even have a very well-written blog.

*There are draft prospects out there right now who will wind up on future “Biggest Draft Busts of All-time” lists–they just don’t know it yet.

*Some teams will be declared draft “winners.” Others will be declared “draft “losers.”

*Some expert will write a column or blog telling us that there really aren’t any winners or losers on draft day, at least not right away. It takes years to evaluate a draft class. No need to grade the draft just yet.

*The next day, a few thousand publications will be available grading this year’s draft.

*Mel Kiper’s hair will stay the same for the entire three days of draft coverage.

*By the end of the first round, there will be at least a few prospects from Kiper’s Big Board still available, and Mel will be astonished!

*Some guy on some blog will write that he can’t stand Mel Kiper, his Big Board and his helmet-like hair.

*There will be a wide receiver drafted in the first round. There will be another drafted in the third. Why the difference in draft position? Productivity? Nope, .5 seconds in the 40 yard dash.

*Some kid will slip all the way out of the top 10 and be drafted like 17th or something. The team that winds up with him will be absolutely ecstatic to land such a gem that low in the first round. However, the prospect will be kind of dejected that he slipped that far. This will bruise his psyche, and he’ll then become determined to train even harder to prove to everyone that he’s more than just the 17th BEST PRO FOOTBALL PROSPECT IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! They may even do a story about it on “Outside the Lines.” Oh, and he’ll get a pretty rich contract to help him cope with his depression.

*There will be cameras in at least one team’s war room, and we, as viewers, will get insight on the draft day thought-process and strategy.

*There will be no cameras in the Steelers war room. They don’t do stuff like that because they’re the Steelers.

*There will be at least one team that goes over its allotted draft time and gets skipped over by another team. The skipper will pick the player that the skippee wanted, and the skippee will be pissed. Too bad. You had like six months to go over every scenario, and you choked when you were on the clock. Heck, you could have just logged onto BTSC and taken a gander at our many mock drafts. We’re here to serve you.

*On the final day of the draft, as the teams head for the finish line, there will probably be a feature on “Mr. Irrelevant,” the guy who gets picked last in the entire draft. They’ll probably mention last year’s “Mr. Irrelevant” and show footage of him at Disney World or whatever he gets to do. Who was last year’s “Mr. Irrelevant? It doesn’t matter. It’s, well, you know.

*Every team that picks a player in the first round will get the player that it targeted all along.

And finally, one last thing that will almost certainly happen during this year’s draft:

*There will be plenty of Jets and Giants fans in attendance, and they’ll act like obnoxious turds.

Well, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed my precap/recap of the upcoming draft.

If you’d like, you can print this out and use it as a guide to help enhance your draft-weekend experience.

Happy drafting!

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

Arians Speaks Out – Still Not Sure Why He’s Not Coming Back in 2012

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Finally after a few head scratching days, Bruce Arians is speaking out about exactly what happened between he and the Steelers that lead to him no longer being the offensive coordinator.

Sort of.

Whatever the case, it clearly doesn’t sound like Arians has “retired,” as it’s being reported he’s already looking to continue his coaching career, speaking to other teams.

Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record caught up with Arians, and he says Art Rooney II didn’t give the OC a reason why he wasn’t coming back to the team in 2012. “I can’t answer that question. Only the people there can. That’s the business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don’t have any regrets.”

So how is Arians’ good pal Ben Roethlisberger dealing with the change? Sounds like he’s not too happy, but he will deal with it and move on.

“He’s not happy, but that’s part of the business,” Arians said. “He is happy for me. He lives around the corner and we’ll still see each other a lot. The phone is always there when he needs me.”

Arians also seemed close to head coach Mike Tomlin.

“My door is always open to him. I respect him a ton,” Arians said. “I enjoyed our relationship and learned a lot. It was great watching him grow and working with him.”

“I can’t answer that question. Only the people there can. That’s the business. I know the job we did as a staff. I don’t have any regrets.”

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