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2012 NFL Scouting Combine Open Thread: Talk Prospects and their Stats

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The most bizarrely compelling sporting event of the year, the NFL Scouting Combine, is live from Indianapolis, and we all need to get our football fix.

Even if it is a bunch of guys running, falling on the ground, shuffling one direction, then another, then sprinting.

Sometimes, football without scoring is fun to watch, and if nothing else, it's cool to see some of the better athletes around in pure athletic activities. Even if they fall on their face like this one guy just did.

Anyway, it's about the offensive linemen and tight ends today. Are we seeing a future Steeler in here? Are you the guy to make a call on a player who will not only be drafted, but step in at some point and excel for the six-time world champions?

Weigh in, share your insight and your opinions of the 2012 draft class, based on their performance in the Underwear Olympics.



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Talk heats up in Pittsburgh that Mike Wallace could leave

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Ordinarily, when a team has a good young player who becomes a restricted free agent, that team does what it needs to do and keeps that good young player in the fold. But it’s becoming increasingly clear that Steelers receiver Mike Wallace is not in an ordinary situation. Wallace becomes a restricted free agent in…

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Steelers new offensive coordinator Haley, QB Roethlisberger yet to talk

General manager Kevin Colbert said that new offensive coordinator Todd Haley has been busy in meetings and with the transition to a new city over the past two weeks.

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Roethlisberger Says He and Haley Have Yet to Talk

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger says he still has yet to chat with his new offensive coordinator.

“I’ve gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about him,” Roethlisberger said according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and they’re letting me know what their interaction with him was — good, bad and indifferent. I’ve heard a lot of things and I’m looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion.”

Before new OC Todd Haley was introduced last week, Roethlisberger, said he never spoke with Haley before Haley was introduced by the Steelers last week.

On Monday, Roethlisberger told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review nothing has changed on that front. “He still hasn’t called yet,” Roethlisberger said.

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Butler to Talk to Colts About Their Defensive Coordinator Spot

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Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler is expected to become the Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Ed Bouchette, who provides outstanding coverage of the Steelers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports that Butler will interview on Tuesday, but it’s not a done deal.

Butler has spent the last nine seasons with the Steelers and was thought to be the heir apparent to Dick LeBeau as Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator. The Steelers have blocked Butler from interviewing for coordinator positions in the past, but Butler’s contract in Pittsburgh is expiring on February 15 and LeBeau has already said that he’s returning for 2012. The Steelers have granted Butler permission to interview with the Colts.

Butler and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano were position coaches with Browns from 2001-02.

With the Colts hiring Pagano and soon adding Butler, it’s pretty clear that the Tampa-2 defense will be replaced with an aggressive 3-4 scheme.

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Terrible Towel Talk, Episode 23: Steelers Season Ends in Denver Edition

It was a very fun final podcast for the Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 season. I didn't spend much time or invest any resources on fringe production quality, so the show definitely remained raw all year. But like everything else, it improved with practice. It's been quite fun taking to the internet faux airwaves each week -- and sometimes more than once per week -- all season. For most of the sessions, I've been joined by Bill Priatko, a former NFL player and longtime close friend of Dick LeBeau's. An octogenarian, Priatko's memory and mental acuity for the game then and now is amazing. As much as I enjoyed speaking with Bill each week, it was made more enjoyable by the presence of Dave Villiotti, a former high school player under Priatko during Villiotti's high school days in Swissvale. Dave's been writing about the Steelers on numerous fan sites, and he's penned great history pieces the last two years for my preseason print publications -- including one about Priatko this past summer -- but I was pleasantly surprised by how great he was on the show despite playing second fiddle to my ramblings and the understandable preferential treatment that I showed Priatko because of his vast catalog of stories and close access to LeBeau and the team.

Anyway, it looks like we'll keep it going throughout the offseason. Perhaps not each week, but plenty frequently, particularly while the playoffs are still being played and the first wave of interest in personnel assessment is fresh on the minds of Steeler Nation. Thanks to all of you for tuning in throughout the year. The numbers were pretty darn encouraging really considering how raw it was and how steep of a learning curve it was. It's harder and harder to find time to write everything I'd like at this particular moment in my life, but it's fun as hell to get a bunch out there in the 90 minutes or so each week that we record.

Also, huge thanks to Neal Coolong for his immense contributions this year. Having him on each Monday would be adding too many cooks to the kitchen. But it was Neal and his brother who helped me get the puppy going in the first place, and some of my favorite moments all season were learning a few things about the nuts and bolts of the game from Neal while listening to him break something down on the show. For as great a job as he does writing on the site, he's, in my opinion, even better talking about the game. Thanks Neal.

Good last show. Hard to remember everything covered, but the list includes:

  • Complete Denver game breakdown
  • Defensive breakdowns
  • Ike Taylor's career worse game.
  • Whether Priatko thinks LeBeau is interested in coming back to coach again
  • Why Ryan Clark's absence proved to play a bigger role than we could have imagined.
  • Run-Pass distribution against Denver
  • 2011 season assessment
  • Personnel assessment
  • Why I think exploring possible Manny Sanders trade might be smart
  • The unique and momentous saga that will be Hines Ward's future -- it's not just another player coming and going from a 'business'. We know it's a game and a money-driven enterprise both at the league, team and individual level. But let's not kid ourselves, it will still be tough to swallow seeing Ward play elsewhere, and it will be equally unsettling to see our beloved Steelers come to the unfortunate decision that there's no reasonable scenario in which keeping Ward makes sense unless it's for what a proud man like Ward might consider to be a disrespectful pittance.
  • I'm forgetting plenty, but a fun 75 minutes for sure.

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Chalk Talk – at Broncos (Playoffs)

Bob Labriola and Tunch Ilkin take a closer look at a few of the key plays from the Steelers 29-23 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos.

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Chalk Talk – at Browns

Bob Labriola and Tunch Ilkin take a closer look at a few of the key plays from the Steelers 13-9 win over the Cleveland Browns

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Terrible Towel Talk, Ep. 22: NFL Playoffs Preview w/ Dale Lolley

At 8:30 est I'll be joined by Bill Priatko and Dave Villiottti for our usual early week conversation about the Pittsburgh Steelers, who of course are playoff bound for the fourth time in five seasons ince Mike Tomlin was hired as head coach.

At 9:30, Dale Lolley will join us to answer some of our questions about the team heading into their wild card matchup with the struggling Denver Broncos. Leave your question here for Lolley if you'd like and tune in beginning in about 30 minutes if you're able to.

Go Steelers!



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Chalk Talk – vs Rams

Bob Labriola and Tunch Ilkin break down a few of the key plays from the Steelers 27-0 win over the St. Louis Rams

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