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Casey Hampton wants to play two more years

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When the Steelers told wide receiver Hines Ward that they didn’t have a place for him in the 2012 season, he chose to retire rather than sign on with a different team. Defensive tackle Casey Hampton isn’t interested in going that route. Hampton is the oldest player on the Steelers defense and he’s aware that…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

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Guess the Score This Sunday and Win a Copy of the Book: Dan Rooney – My 75 Years with the Steelers and the NFL

This week we are hosting a contest on Steelers Gab for a copy of the book about Dan Rooney – Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL Here’s what the Book is all about: Legendary chairman of the five-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, Dan Rooney, tells his life story […]…

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Rooney thinks NFL will be back in L.A. within five years

Plenty of owners have mused over the years about the possible return of the NFL to Los Angeles.  When the owner who serves as chairman of the league’s stadium committee chimes in, it’s time to listen closely. Steelers president Art Rooney, II, whose pre-draft trip to Minnesota helped light a fire under the process of…ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers

Brad v. Ben; A look at their first eight years, Part Two

This is Part Two in my comparison of Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger through the first eight seasons of their respective careers. Be sure to check out Part One which covered their playoff and Super Bowl numbers.
In Part Two, I’m looking at not just the the regular season numbers for the two stars but also the intangibles as I did in Part One. Intangibles for me are defined as offensive style, the coaches, key players around them, etc.
As I turn to the numbers, remember that Bradshaw played the majority of his seasons in a 14-game schedule versus the 16-games schedule that Roethlisberger plays in today. While not huge, the 2-game per season difference does add up over time.

Attempts/Completions – 2,019/1,008
Completion Percentage – 49.9%
Touchdowns – 93
Interceptions – 118
Average Yards per Completion – 12.9
Win/Loss Record – 57 Wins 30 Losses


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Is the Position of Running Back Still a Valued Commodity? Not as Much as in Years Past According to the Draft Trends

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17:  Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide runs for a first down during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)

It’s pretty safe to say that a huge segment of Steeler Nation still loves the running game. It’s Steelers football. It’s our identity. If you make any case for why franchise quarterbacks and passing the football are the way to win in today’s NFL, you’d probably get five counter-arguments from Steelers fans emphatically stating that a good ground attack is always the best way to win a football game.

“Forget about the trends! It doesn’t matter what the rest of the NFL is doing! This is Steelers Country, and here, we run the ball!”

However, it’s kind of hard to ignore trends in sports because they usually tell a pretty good story.

Growing up in the 80’s, I was a huge fan of running backs, and there certainly were plenty to be entertained by. I loved watching guys like Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Walter Payton and John Riggins take over games either by running away from their competition or running them over.

I was also pretty intrigued by college running backs, and as most of you probably know who read my stuff regularly, I often fantasized of the day that the Steelers would use their first round pick to draft that franchise running back of the future. I would then finally get to watch an awesome Dickerson-esque franchise back play for the Steelers and dominate both the opposition and the record books each and every Sunday.

There always seemed to be plenty of backs taken every year in the first round, but other than the time the Steelers selected Tim Worley out of Georgia with the 7th overall selection in the 1989 NFL Draft (so much for that fantasy), they usually focused their first round energy on building up other areas of the team.

But this isn’t, yet, another post by yours truly lamenting that sore subject of my youth. No, this is about the four-decade decline of running backs being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

I’m obviously a big enough football fan to know that the NFL has trended towards the air more and more with each passing (no pun intended) year, but I hadn’t really paid attention to the number of running backs drafted in the first round in each decade; that’s not something you just know off-hand unless you’re either Mel Kiper or just plain nuts about the draft.

But I became intrigued by the subject after the conclusion of the most recent NFL Draft. There were three running backs drafted in the first round this year, and that isn’t necessarily an indication of a downward trend–for example, there were only three running backs drafted in in the first round in 1984 and 1985 combined–but it did spark my interest enough to do some research on the trends of running backs drafted in the first round, and whether or not there actually has been a decline over the years.

Thanks to wikipedia, I was able to do that research, and the stats tell me that the number of running backs drafted in the first round has trended downward over the past four-decades.

In a twenty year span from 1970-1989, there were 88 running backs drafted in the first round for an average of 4.4 per draft.

That tells me that teams were placing way more emphasis on the run in those days, and they needed a horse in order to carry out their game-day strategy.

However, over the next twenty years, things shifted just a bit. From 1990-2009, there were 65 running backs drafted in the first round for an average of 3.25 per draft.

If there aren’t as many running backs taken in the first round these days, what offensive skill position is gaining momentum?

Well, wide receiver, of course.

In the decade of the ’70’s, there were 25 wide receivers drafted in the first round compared to 41 running backs. But in the decade just concluded–the 00’s–there were 43 wide receivers drafted compared to 31 running backs.

These days, receivers like A.J. Green and Julio Jones are being drafted in the top 10–last year, the Atlanta Falcons traded five draft picks to the Cleveland Browns in order to move into the sixth spot so they could draft Jones–while productive running backs like Chris Johnson and Mark Ingram are slipping into the end of the first round.

This tells me that NFL teams are putting way more emphasis on passing the football these days, and they need a gazelle in-order to carry out their game-day strategy.

So, while we might still covet a good hard-nosed running attack here in Steeler Nation, it’s easy to see what the rest of the NFL likes.

Franchise backs are still nice to have (who wouldn’t want Adrian Peterson as the focal point of their team?), but wide receivers are just a little more valuable in today’s NFL.

At least that’s what the draft trends say.

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Roethlisberger graduates from college, nine years after leaving

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has turned his life around in the last 24 months.  He’s married, and he somehow has gotten back in the good graces of Steelers fans who were ready in 2010 to run him out of town. And now Roethlisberger has graduated from Miami (Ohio) University, nine years after leaving the school.…

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Steelers Linebacker Measurables Over The Years Compared To 2012 Top Linebackers

I was doing some research on measurables of linebackers that the Pittsburgh Steelers have drafted over the years just for comparison purposes and I figured I would go ahead and make a post out of the results and add in the top linebackers this year for comparison purposes. Let me disclaimer here that combine and pro day results are numbers that should reflect what a scout sees on tape. You can’t judge a player on how fast he runs and how well he jumps in shorts. The numbers are fun to play with, but tape of a player does not lie.

The numbers below show the best result a player had at either Read more […]

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Few displaced fans will attend this year’s Super Bowl free

When about 3,200 fans were denied their seats at last year’s Super Bowl because of the temporary-seating debacle, one of the NFL’s offers to compensate them was a free trip to this year’s Super Bowl. More than 90 percent of those fans turned that trip down. The NFL told the Indianapolis Star that 246 fans…

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Steelers Offensive Coordinator Candidate Randy Fichtner – The Memphis Tiger Years

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner has been at the top of my potential candidates to replace Bruce Arians as the offensive coordinator since it was announced that Arians would not return in 2012. The reasons are obvious as he already has a good grasp of the talent on the Steelers roster, he has a good relationship with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and he has had an association with head coach Mike Tomlin dating back to 1998 when they both were on the Arkansas State coaching staff. Tomlin in fact hired Fichtner to his staff when he was hired back in 2007. Fichtner also runs Read more […]

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