Monday, May 20th, 2013 at 11:54 am
Season 3, Episode 104 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I begin the show by looking ahead to the first OTA session for the Pittsburgh Steelers that will get underway on Tuesday. We highlight a few things that we will be looking for specifically in the reports made by the media and hopefully David will be provide us with some details of what he observed over the course of the week on our Thursday episode.
With not much news to report on the Steelers specifically, David and I have a look around the top stories around the league currently and we give our comments on them.
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Monday, May 20th, 2013 at 10:01 am
Change is inevitable in the NFL as there is turnover on rosters each and every year. When the Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA of the 2013 off-season gets underway on Tuesday, they will be short 15 players from last season.
Of those 15 players, seven of them were perceived as starters with the offense losing four and the defense losing three. Those 7 players logged 6,666 total plays on either offense or defense of a possible 23,107, so that works out to be 29% of player contribution that the Steelers lost this off-season.
Leonard Read more [...]
Monday, May 20th, 2013 at 7:40 am
The first OTA session of the 2013 off-season for the Pittsburgh Steelers will get underway on Tuesday, and while we aren't likely to learn a lot from it, there will be a few things I will be looking for specifically in the reports from the media.
Tackle Sides - Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was pretty much non-committal about who will play what tackle spot when he talked to the media during his pre draft press conference. With veteran Max Starks currently out of sight and out of mind for right now, we should find out this week whether or not it is Marcus Gilbert or Mike Adams that gets the first Read more [...]
Sunday, May 19th, 2013 at 1:14 pm
By Jeremy Hritz
Last year, I took the time to work through the 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers schedule to make an early prediction of the success of the team. I worked through multiple iterations of this before finishing my final season prediction in which I forecasted that the Steelers would end up 11-5, beating the Baltimore Ravens twice, and winning the AFC North. While they had the potential to do that, the injuries, especially at crucial times, combined with the lack of an effective running game and a pass rush, resulted in an overwhelmingly disappointing 8-8 record that many national pundits are Read more [...]
Sunday, May 19th, 2013 at 10:16 am
Every year, when the first OTA session of the off-season is about to begin, fans always wonder if Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will be in attendance or if he will choose instead to stay back in California and train on his own.
According to a source, Polamalu will again be in Pittsburgh next week for the first organized team activity that begins on Tuesday, just as he was last year at this time.
Last year when Polamalu showed up for the first OTA session of the 2012 offseason, he said that him being in attendance was "for obvious reason."
"We had a lot of our major leadership Read more [...]
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 8:23 pm
For the first three games of the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to start linebacker Chris Carter on the right side due to both James Harrison and Jason Worilds not being fully healthy. It was a golden opportunity for the 2011 fifth-round draft pick out of Fresno State, but unfortunately not one that he took good advantage of.
Carter, who received quite a bit of work during training camp last year as starter with Harrison and Worilds on the active PUP list, played 103 snaps in the Steelers first three games, but only managed to register 6 total tackles and never really threatened Read more [...]
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 8:50 am
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Baron Batch is entering his third year in the league and with no guarantees that he will make the 53 man roster out of training camp later on this summer, he will have to prove that he can be more than just a special teams player.
Batch, the Steelers seventh-round draft pick in 2011, was forced to sit out his rookie year after suffering a torn ACL just prior to the first preseason game that year. He returned last offseason to make the Steelers 53 man roster primarily as a special teams player and emergency running back and wound up dressing for 12 games and playing Read more [...]
Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 8:15 am
By Christopher DiMarino
With the 2013 NFL draft now behind us, we are entering a stagnant time of waiting and over-analysis. Many are spiteful of this advanced look, but it's only natural given the amount of time, effort and excitement that goes into the draft. Sure players won't be battling for positions for a few more months, but those battles are all but set in stone. So, I decided to start taking advanced looks at the rosters and position battles that are generated from the draft.
While position battles league wide are important, I bet you're wondering why you should care. Well since I'm Read more [...]
Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 9:48 pm
The first OTA session of the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers will get underway on Tuesday and only a few players are not expected to participate.
As far as injured players go, tight end Heath Miller (knee) and linebacker Sean Spence (knee) are both expected to be sidelined as they continue to rehab their knee injuries suffered last season. Neither are expected to practice in any of the Steelers OTA sessions or mini camp and both are also expected to open up training camp on the Active PUP list when the team assembles for training camp.
Tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle), tackle Mike Adams Read more [...]
Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 4:58 pm
2012 was a phenomenal year for Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller, who registered 71 catches for 816 yards and 8 touchdowns, but when you go even deeper into his stats, you will find that the aforementioned stat line still doesn't do his Pro Bowl season justice, nor does it equate to him being ranked the 97th overall player on the Top 100 Players of 2013 list.
For starters, Miller caught 70.3% of the passes thrown to him in 2012 and that ranked him 6th overall among the tight ends that caught 30 or more passes last season.
Miller's team leading 368 yards gained after the catch in Read more [...]
Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 10:45 am
Like most NFL players, Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote is very passionate about his alma mater and he recently gave an interview to Go Blue Wolverine to give his thoughts on Michigan and their upcoming season.
Foote, who made sure to voice his hate for Ohio State during the interview, was also asked to give his thoughts on the Steelers missing the playoffs in 2012 and what the team is doing this off-season to get back there in 2013.
"We’re pissed off we didn’t make the playoffs," said Foote. "On top of that, our rival won the Super Bowl. I know guys are taking it personally. Read more [...]
Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 9:35 am
With Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward now entering his third season in the league, many believe that he will open the 2013 season as a starter, but I wouldn't be so quick to bet on that happening.
Even though Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted this week in his online chat that he's been told Heyward is already better than starting left defensive end Ziggy Hood, and that he will be given an opportunity to unseat Hood in training camp, the fact remains that Heyward is probably best suited to play on the right side which is currently being manned by veteran Brett Read more [...]
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 11:24 pm
The annual Top 100 Players of 2013 show that airs on the NFL Network revealed their Nos. 61-70 ranked players on Thursday night and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger surprisingly wound up in the No. 61 spot this year.
Last year, the 31 year-old Roethlisberger was ranked No. 30 overall in the rankings and fourth at his position behind only Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady. This year, however, 11 other quarterbacks will rank higher than Roethlisberger, who missed four games last season due to injuries suffered in the Week 10 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite Read more [...]
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 6:51 pm
Quarterback Brian Hoyer is back in the AFC North again after signing a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.
Hoyer, who released by the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, now figures to push both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell hard in training camp. It should be noted that Hoyer received some guaranteed money in his deal, so that is likely a sign that the Browns intend on keeping him around in 2013.
Hoyer spent most of the 2012 season unemployed following his late August release from the New England Patriots, but wound up being signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in late November Read more [...]
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 3:31 pm
There certainly is a whole lot of edification going on down in South Beach these days as new Miami Dolphins wide receiver, and former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Wallace has recently stated that his new quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be “great.”
"Ryan can really fling it," Wallace said, via a report by Chris Perkins in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I think from a deep ball perspective Ryan may be able to throw the ball a little bit farther than Ben Roethlisberger.
"Obviously, Ben is more experienced in a game-time situation, but the way it's going it won't take long for Read more [...]
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Season 3, Episode 103 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I are all over the place on Thursday as we discuss the signing of Pittsburgh Steelers fourth-round draft pick Shamarko Thomas for starters. General manager Kevin Colbert updated the rehab progress of linebacker Sean Spence during his conference call with season ticket holders this week, so we pass along that news to you along with the comments that he made about undrafted free agent wide receiver Reggie Dunn.
J.D. Woods is another undrafted wide receiver that the Steelers signed to compete at training camp for Read more [...]
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 9:50 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers now have one of their nine 2013 draft picks under contract as it was announced on Thursday morning that fourth-round safety Shamarko Thomas has come to terms.
The four year contract signed by Thomas will total out at just shy of $2.7 million and will include a signing bonus of a little more than $450,000. The base salaries for each of the years are as follows: $405,000, $495,000, $585,000, and $675,000.
Thomas will have a 2013 cap hit of around $518,300.
The Steelers traded a 2014 third round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns to get into the fourth round to select Read more [...]
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 9:19 am
Pittsburgh Steelers undrafted wide receiver J.D. Woods caught 61 passes for 637 yards and four touchdowns in 2012, but being as he played his college football at West Virginia, that was only good enough to rank him third on the team in receptions behind Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, both of whom caught 114 passes last season. In other words, Woods was just "that other West Virginia wide receiver" heading into the 2013 NFL draft.
Despite only having 61 receptions, Woods still had 15 more than Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who was drafted 29th overall in the first round last Read more [...]
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 9:50 pm
Did it seem as though that the Baltimore Ravens wide receivers drew a ton of penalty flags last season? Well, according to a recent post by Pro Football Focus, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith drew the highest number of flags in 2012 with 16 and fellow wide receiver Jacoby Jones drew an additional seven. If you are scoring at home, that's 23 combined flags drawn by just those two Ravens receivers.
Now, we don't know exact breakdown of each penalty that both Smith and Jones drew last season, but we can guess that it included pass interference, defensive holding, illegal contact and unnecessary Read more [...]
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 4:45 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers have predominantly been a heavy right handed running team over the course of the last several season, but in 2012 they were extremely right handed and really just a team that ran between the two guards.
If you look at the table below, which runs from the left side to the right side, you will see that only 4% of all combined rushes went off left end and that only 7% of all rushes went to left tackle.
To better illustrate the numbers, 71% of all of the Steelers runs last year went between the two guards and that was easily the highest percentage off all teams in 2012. Read more [...]