Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 10:53 am
Ever since the report by Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette surfaced last week in which an anonymous player was quoted calling out Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley for being awful and out of shape last season, several players have chimed in with their thoughts on the subject On Friday a former Steelers player made his thoughts known on the matter as Hines Ward was asked about it when he was a guest on NFL AM.
Ward was asked if he thinks the Steelers have legitimate issues right now.
"When you lose so much leadership in the locker room, that's when things present itself like Read more [...]
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 at 8:26 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost tight end Heath Miller to a season-ending knee injury last year in the Week 16 game against the Cincinnati Bengals and general manager Kevin Colbert indicated Thursday at the NFL combine that the eight year veteran might not be ready by the start of the 2013 season.
"In my mind, an ACL injury late in the year, I still don’t believe a player is 100 percent until a (calendar) year is up," Colbert said. "They may play before that, but whether they’re 100 percent or not, I don’t know. In my mind if you get something from a player before one year, that’s a bonus."
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Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Will Johnson had a good rookie season in 2012 and Thursday at the NFL combine general manager Kevin Colbert showered West Virginia product with praise.
"Will Johnson did a great job for us, Colbert said during his media session. "We signed Will out of the West Virginia pro day last year as a free agent, a fullback candidate, and quite honestly, he exceeded our expectations. We didn't know what he was going to be able to do because he really didn't do much of what we asked him to do at West Virginia. He was more of backside-move, kind of tight end. In our situation, Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 10:36 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert held his annual press conference at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Thursday and you can now watch it via the video replay below which is courtesy of FOX Sports.
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Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 8:59 pm
During the NFL combine teams allowed to meet with 60 players over the course of the week for 15 minutes. Jim Wexell of Steel City Insiders reported via Twitter on Thursday that the Pittsburgh Steelers have already met with North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper, who is considered by many to be the second ranked guard in the draft this year.
Cooper was a consensus All-America selection and Outland Trophy finalist in 2012. He is very coordinated and athletic, and thus a perfect pulling and zone-blocking scheme prospect. He measured in at the combine at 6021, 311 and has 33 inch arms.
"I've been Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert made it known again on Thursday in his interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he is open to drafting any position in any round in the upcoming draft and that includes quarterback.
Colbert was asked during the interview if he would look at drafting a quarterback in the upcoming draft and start planning for the future with both Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich being long in the tooth.
"Absolutely," Colbert said. "You have to address it and your not going to address it long term via free agency. That's just not going to happen in our situation. Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 2:52 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was asked Thursday about the pending situation with linebacker James Harrison while in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine.
Colbert, according to report on NFL.com, said that they still haven't had any discussions with Harrison's agents about his future, but thinks that will happen after they get back from the combine.
"Whether a player is part of your future or not, that's not going to take away from what he accomplished, said Colbert, via the report. "You'll never underestimate what that player did for you in the past, but this is about Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 1:33 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is of course in Indianapolis this week at the NFL combine and on Thursday he gave an update on the condition of linebacker Sean Spence, who suffered a serious knee injury last preseason that forced him to sit out his rookie year.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is in Indianapolis this week and reports via Twitter that Colbert said that there is no timetable still for a return of the Steelers third-round draft pick from last April. Dulac quoted Colbert as saying, "We have to keep our fingers crossed."
“When you have an injury of Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 1:14 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert joined SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday for an interview following his NFL combine press conference and he talked about several topics related to the team and the draft.
Colbert was asked during the interview just how disappointed he was with the running game last season and if that is an area of priority this offseason.
"It is and we were disappointed," said Colbert. "And I stated in no deference to the guys that played there, but we weren't good enough at that position and that falls on me. We had a lot of guys that tried to take the reigns Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 11:39 am
Season 3, Episode 78 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk first about the continued fallout from the Pittsburgh Steelers anonymous player telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that linebacker LaMarr Woodley was out of shape last season and played awful. We discuss the most recent interviews that Ryan Clark, Larry Foote, Ike Taylor and Antonio Brown gave regarding the issue and we discuss the state of the leadership currently on the team.
The Miami Dolphins are rumored to be a team interested in pursuing Mike Wallace once the free agency signing period opens so we Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 9:31 am
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway now in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Lucas Oil Stadium and we are starting to compile the 2013 NFL Combine Results. The scouting combine is an invitation only event, open only to invited college players and NFL team officials. The testing and evaluations include: physical measurements, injury evaluation, drug screen, cybex test, wonderlic test, interviews, 40 yard dash, 225 lb bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, 60-yard shuttle, three-cone drill and position-specific drills.
Below are links to each specific player position Read more [...]
Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 9:03 am
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has another mouth to feed after his first child was born on Wednesday, but that wont slow down the former sixth round draft pick out of Georgia Tech from focusing on his offseason preparations in hopes that he will be the starting running back in 2013 for the black and gold.
"Any running back wants to be the feature guy," Dwyer told Teresa Varley of steelers.com. "The situation we were in last year, we couldn’t just sit one of us. We all bring something different to the team, to the running and passing game, all aspects of it. I just have to work Read more [...]
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 10:55 pm
The Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Steve Breaston on Wednesday and on Thursday his agent, David Graves, told 93.7 The Fan that he and his client are exploring their option right now but that there is mutual interest in joining a few different teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers being one them.
"He is currently exploring all his options and we can’t really comment further on the situation," Graves said in the radio interview. "I can say that there is some mutual interest in joining several teams at this time and the Steelers are one of those teams. Steve doesn’t want to be a distraction Read more [...]
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 2:52 pm
On Wednesday Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown got his turn at sharing his thoughts on the anonymous player speaking out against the play and conditioning of linebacker LaMarr Woodley.
Brown, who was a guest on the ESPN show First Take, said that his third year with the Steelers was a lot different than his first two.
"It's definitely disappointing," said Brown, referring to the comment made to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Woodley.
Brown was then pushed more to talk more on the subject.
"Our team was a team last year where the guys weren't really together," Read more [...]
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 12:47 pm
I recently wrote about how the health of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence holds the key to what might happen this offseason at the inside linebacker position. After tearing up his knee last preseason there really hasn't been anything concrete from the Steelers organization as to how his rehab is going and whether or not he will be ready for action by the time training camp rolls around.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has made more than one reference over the last few months to Spence possibly not being counted on by the team for the 2013 season and he made yet another Read more [...]
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 11:36 am
If you are one of the people that thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers should move on from safety Troy Polamalu you should know that defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau still thinks that the defensive playmaker has some good football left in him.
LeBeau told Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a recent interview that Polamalu might have "several more years" left in him if he can stay healthy.
"He has a lot of tremendous football talent still in him," LeBeau said, via the Robinson story. "Once he got back on the field, I couldn't see any difference in his play than when he was winning Read more [...]
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 10:22 am
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock held his annual pre combine conference call earlier this week and it was a lengthy one as took questions from members of the media for two hours. Mayock covered a wide variety of draft prospects and linked them to several teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, during his talk. The league has graciously passed along the transcript of the call and you can read it below.
ALEX RIETHMILLER: Thank you for joining us today on NFL Network’s 2013 NFL Scouting Combine conference call. Joining me on the call today is NFL Network’s lead analyst for the combine, Read more [...]
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 9:01 am
The free agency signing period is now less than three weeks away and that means Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is very close to finding out which team, or teams, will be actively pursuing his future services.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated said in his most recent Monday Morning Quarterback article that Wallace is facing an intriguing free-agency period because he took a risk in not re-signing with Pittsburgh for $7 million a season last year. $7 million a season? That's the first time that we have seen a number that low reported and it is much lower than the $10 million a season Read more [...]
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 at 12:53 am
You can now add Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor to the list of players that have given their thoughts on the comments made by an anonymous teammate about linebacker LaMarr Woodley.
Taylor was asked Tuesday by John Harris on Trib Live Radio to give his thoughts on the matter and the cornerback did so as only he can do.
"I don't know what's going on," said Taylor on the Ike Taylor Show. "I really don't know what's going on. To be anonymous is not a manly trait. If you are going to say something you might as well say it and put your stamp of approval behind it, meaning your name. So, Read more [...]
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 9:57 pm
There has been a lot more discussion as of late about which of the Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agents may or may not be tendered over the course of the next few weeks and most of the concern seems to revolve around the cap space needed to do that.
I still stand my prediction that the five primary restricted free agents: Emmanuel Sanders, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, Stevenson Sylvester and Steve McLendon, will all be tendered at the low amount of $1.323 million if none of them are signed to a longer term deal first. Sanders, Dwyer and Sylvester should all be the original round variety, Read more [...]