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State of the Steelers Franchise

The Steelers went 8-8 in the 2013 season and failed to make the playoffs for the second straight season. The last winning campaign came two years ago (12-4) and, head coach, Mike Tomlin heads towards his eighth season knowing that he needs to get something done.

The Steelers front office, with General Manager, Kevin Colbert, will have to make some shrewd moves in free agency, particularly when dealing with his own players.

One of the first things they must prepare for is to start the 2014 season on the right foot; their first quarter play this year brought them a 0-4 record in a tough division that always left them playing catch-up with the rest of the field.

There had been much talk about the Steelers’ coaching staff but that appears to have got a real injection of experience and intellect. Pittsburgh have hired James Saxon as running backs coach and Mike Munchak, the former Titans head coach, to train the offensive line. However, question marks remain over offensive coordinator, Todd Haley.

Defensively, things remain the same, with Dick LeBeau still in charge of the back line; although, it is now looking like the defense needs new blood and fresh faces. Fans betting NFL know cap space has always appeared to be a problem in Pittsburgh and again work is required.

One of the developing storylines could involve three Steelers regulars – Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, and Heath Miller; they combine for $32 million in cap room. All three will be candidates for contract extensions or pay reductions, and if an agreement cannot be reached, they could be released.

Free agency is always a worry for any franchise and the Steelers have 21 unrestricted free agents on their roster but only six are current starters. They now need to consider what their needs are in the draft; largely, defensive positions, but some NFL betting pundits believe they could find themselves wanting at cornerback and safety in the new season.

The Steelers enter the 2014 offseason with plenty to address but with a relatively sound foundation to build on.

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


  • 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


  • 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


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

Tomlin: Big Ben, Polamalu Expected To Play Against Chiefs

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming a bye week and will travel to Kansas City this weekend to take on the Chiefs.

Pittsburgh is tied with the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North Division with a 7-3 record. However, Baltimore holds the tiebreaker after sweeping the season series.

Last week, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced that he had suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand during the team’s 24-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Roethlisberger said he is planning to play and head coach mike Tomlin confirmed that he will during his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, Roethlisberger practiced in a limited role. He did take snaps out of the “pistol” formation, which is a shorter version of the shotgun to try and protect his hand.

According to Tomlin, he will play and most likely won’t be included on the injury report.

Troy Polamalu suffered a rib injury against the Bengals as well. He was a limited participant in practice last week, but Tomlin fully expects him to play this weekend.

LaMarr Woodley’s status is up in the air however. His status will be determind by how he progresses in practice this week.

Kansa City officially put starting quarterback Matt Cassel on injured reserve Monday after he sustained a hand injury.

On Monday night, Tyler Palko from West Allegheny and the University of Pittsburgh made his first NFL start against the New England Patriots.

Palko completed 25 of his 38 passes for 236 yards, but threw three interceptions in the game. New England won the game 34-3.

Palko is expected to start against the Steelers Sunday night as well.

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Polamalu signs 4-year deal

It’s done and just before the Steelers deadline. Troy Polamalu signed a 4-year extention yesterday, September 10th just before flying to Baltimore for the season week 1 game against their arch rival, the Baltimore Ravens. The have a policy that prohibits contract negotiations to continue throughout the season and luckily for both parties they got it worked out.

It is rumored that Polamalu will receive around 35-40 million for those 4 years.  The contract will likely be largely guaranteed and contain a large signing bonus.  It is a good investment for the Steelers and it’s well deserved.  The Steelers defense is very dependent on his outstanding playmaking ability and it shows by their record when he’s on the field.  He’s an outstanding player but an even better person.  He’s an ambassador for the Steelers and the NFL.

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Discuss Troy’s contract and more at the Pittsburgh Steelers Forum



Series 1: Signing Lawrence Timmons Long Term

Now that LaMarr Woodley signed his extension worth 61.5 million dollars over 5 years (and 18 million of that over the next 2 years), who do the Steelers target next among their big name players?

Let’s break it down. The Steelers have 2 young stars that will be unrestricted free agents at the end of this year. The first one we’ll cover is Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker (ILB) Lawrence Timmons. Even though Timmons’ has yet to make a pro bowl, he was probably the second best ILB in the league last year behind only Patrick Willis from the San Francisco 49ers. Timmons skill set is unique for someone his size. He is a tackling machine and can cover any tight end (TE) in the league. His coverage skills are what makes him so valuable to the Steelers. Timmons could likely have increased sack numbers if he wasn’t asked to drop back into coverage on many 3rd down plays. Timmons can play the hybrid role like Troy Polamalu and needs to be the staple of this defense for many years to come. My best guess would indicate that he’ll demand contract numbers similar to LaMarr Woddley. Timmons’ agent is Drew Rosenhaus.

Let’s take a look at Lawrence Timmons’ stats for the 2010-2011 season:

Games Played: 16
Tackles: 135
Sacks: 3
Interceptions: 3
Forced Fumbles: 2
Passed Defensed: 9

Terrell Suggs Picks Polamalu

Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens picks Troy Polamalu as the best player of a very talented 2003 draft class.  Watch below at NFL.com

Best of 2003 NFL Draft

Awesome Steelers & Pittsburgh Skyline Photo

I’m not sure who created this image but it’s awesome. It features the Pittsburgh Skyline, Steelers players, the Terrible Towel and many special effects. If you created this photo, please comment on this post.

The players featured in this photo are:

1) Hines Ward

2) Troy Polamalu

3) Heath Miller

4) Ben Roethlisberger

The link to the photo is below for credit reasons:


Steelers clinch 2nd seed

The Steelers clinched the division 2nd seed in the AFC with a 41-9 victory over the division rival Cleveland Brown.  The Steelers dominated in every phase even after the Steelers took out their starters beginning the 2nd half.

Notable Game Notes:

  • Troy Polamalu played for the first time in 2 games and intercepted a Coly McCoy pass on the third play of the game.
  • Bruce Arians called a good game with several short passes to take the pressure off Big Ben and the struggling offensive line
  • Eric Mangini was fired after the game.  There is rumors that Mike Holmgren, the Browns GM who had a say in the firing, might take over for head coach.
  • Big Ben and the o-line quite possibly had their best game of the game
  • Jonathan Dywer looked good in limited playing time

Bills Steve Johnson blames god for dropped passes

According to Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson, God was to blame for his miserable perform on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Johnson has been Buffalo’s breakout star, a 2008 seventh-round draft pick was on pace to break the club’s season record for touchdown passes. 

He should have caught his 10th touchdown Sunday. He should have beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime Sunday. He was wide open for an arcing 40-yard bomb. He dropped it in the end zone.

Instead, the Steelers escaped with a close victory against the Bills with a game winning field goal in overtime concluding the day with a19-16 victory.

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There’s no doubt that Johnson has been having a good year but yesterday was not his day.  Not only did he drop the game winning pass, he dropped many balls throughout the day including a very catchable ball that was later intercepted by the opportunistic Troy Polamalu.  Instead of taking responsibility for his actions, he decides to blame god instead via his Twitter account..


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