Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 3:42 pm
In the latest segment of Inside the Huddle, John Clayton of ESPN said that the Pittsburgh Steelers consider running back Le'Veon Bell to be the next Matt Forte, who currently plays for the Chicago Bears.
"John Elway believes he may have drafted the next Terrell Davis with his selection of Montee Ball in the second round, but the Steelers think that they have the next version of Matt Forte, and their happy about it," said Clayton.
"Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers second round choice, displayed the potential of being a thousand yard runner during last weeks mini camp and he also showed the hands Read more [...]
Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 12:13 pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent tackle Guy Whimper earlier this week and I have since been asked on Twitter about the sacks that he gave up last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars as well as the penalties that he committed. I figured I would knock out both of those questions in one post, so below are the penalty stats for Whimper for the past two seasons as well as animated GIFs of the five sacks allowed he was charged with last season.
In total, Whimper played only 392 plays on offense in 2012 and gave up 5 sacks, 6 quarterback hits and 15 hurries during those snaps to go along Read more [...]
Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 10:02 am
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was a guest on SiriusXM Radio on Thursday along with his twin brother Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins and he talked about the two talked their off-season and the upcoming season in addition.
As far as how his offseason is going, Maurkice, who is entering his fourth season in the league, was as positive as ever.
"It's going great," said Maurkice. "We had the opportunity to have all of the offensive line get up there early and kind of get after it. Trying to build the chemistry and hope we stay injury free this year."
The Pouncey twins are considered Read more [...]
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 9:57 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and his twin bother Mike Pouncey of the Miami Dolphins were both guest Thursday on SiriusXM Radio and during the interview, co-host Tim Ryan asked Maurkice if he agreed with him that he is a player that needs to step up for the Steelers in 2013 as a team leader.
"Yeah, I truly agree, said Maurkice. "Coach Tomlin and me had a long talk this offseason and I think I have to be more of vocal leader in the offensive meeting rooms this year speaking up the guys. Maybe a guy shows up late to a walk-thru, I've got to jump him and kind of get guys going.
"I Read more [...]
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 6:16 pm
On Wednesday, after he had already appeared on First Take earlier in the day to discuss the one-upmanship comments made by Joe Greene following the announcement of his retirement from the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, safety Ryan Clark was a guest on the Hill & Schlereth radio show and he talked about the state of the Steelers locker room this offseason.
After first rehashing a lot of the things that he said earlier in the day about the comments made by Greene, Clark went into to talking about how things are in the locker room presently.
"Overall, I've seen through this offseason, Read more [...]
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 3:14 pm
On Monday, it was announced that Joe Greene was retiring from the player personnel department of the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Thursday, the team announced a few more changes to the department.
According to the release on the official team website, Phil Kreidler has been named the team’s college scouting coordinator, replacing Ron Hughes, who will be staying with the organization as a senior assistant, college scouting. Kreidler has spent the last 22 years in the Steelers’ player personnel department.
In addition to that change, the team also announced that Dave Petett will now be a Read more [...]
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Season 3, Episode 101 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I have plenty to talk about as the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for their first OTA session that will take place in a couple of weeks.
The Steelers signed free agent tackle Guy Whimper since our last show, so we discuss that news along with the news that Max Starks is visiting with the San Diego Chargers this week.
The legendary Joe Greene retired from the Steelers earlier in the week and made some interesting comments to Ed Bouchette afterwards concerning players and one-upmanship attitudes. We discuss those Read more [...]
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 9:53 am
Center A.Q. Shipley, the Pittsburgh Steelers seventh-round draft pick in the 2009 draft, was traded Thursday morning from the Indianapolis Colts to the Baltimore Ravens for a conditional 2014 draft pick.
The former Penn State center did not make the Steelers 53 man roster out of training camp in 2009, but he showed enough during the preseason to warrant him being signed to the practice squad.
In January of 2010, the Steelers reportedly tried to sign Shipley to a futures contract, but he opted instead to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles. Once again he did not make the 53 man roster in Philadelphia Read more [...]
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 9:01 am
An interesting poll that is posted on the Baltimore Sun website has quite interesting results.
An emailer alerted me to this poll that asks readers to vote on which quarterback is best between Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
As of right now at the time of this posting Flacco has 10499 votes, while Roethlisberger is right behind with 10205 votes.
Now, this is not the most scientific approach to polling, in fact Ravens fans should be disappointed that this is so close. Just as everything else is usually flawed, I suspect that Read more [...]
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 7:03 am
On Monday, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark said on NFL Live that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sees ghosts when under pressure against man-to-man coverages. On Wednesday, former Patriots linebacker turned ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi came to the defense of his former teammate and even suggested that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should perhaps start seeing more ghosts himself.
When Brusci was asked to give his reaction to Clarks' ghost remark, he let it rip.
"It's a defensive term," started Bruschi. "Ryan's a safety and I'm a linebacker, and he calls it seeing ghosts, Read more [...]
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 7:29 pm
According to Wednesday report by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review , the Pittsburgh Steelers recently reached out to free agent tackle Max Starks, but his return to Pittsburgh, at least according to him, isn't likely to happen unless he is given the opportunity to compete for a starting spot.
According to Kaboly, Starks seems to think that the Steelers have now moved passed him for good being as they signed free agent tackle Guy Whimper after talking to him.
"Let me say this, (Starks and the Steelers) had a conversation prior (to the Whimper signing), and that decision (to sign Read more [...]
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 4:55 pm
With more and more NFL teams drafting athletic tight ends these days, combined with more teams trying to incorporate spread style offenses, defenses are forced to combat this with more athletic players that can defend against it.
The Pittsburgh Steelers over the last several years have primarily used just two types of personnel groupings on defense. Those two groupings have been the base 3-4 and the nickel. The difference in personnel in those two groupings has been that the nose tackle comes out on passing downs in lieu of an extra cornerback.
While the Steelers have occasionally used the Read more [...]
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 2:50 pm
On Monday, the legendary Joe Greene retired from the Pittsburgh Steelers organization and Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette talked to him by phone after the announcement had been made. During his talk with Greene, the Hall of Famer told Bouchette how he thought money, and more specifically, the one-upmanship attitude that players have today, in his opinion, is ruining the Steelers.
"The scary thing is that players have a one-upsmanship about money; they sign a contract and they like it until someone signs a bigger one and now they don’t like it," Greene told Bouchette. "I don’t Read more [...]
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
As you probably already know by now, I am very high on Marshall McFadden, the Pittsburgh Steelers young inside linebacker out of South Carolina State and it appears that the rookie camp held last weekend did him a world of good as he prepares to do battle in training camp this year for a spot on the 53 man roster.
McFadden admitted over the weekend that he struggled grasping things last year in rookie camp, but that this year the refresher course helped him a ton.
"When I came in last year during rookie minicamp I was struggling to understand things because it was all so new to me," said Read more [...]
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 10:26 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 rookie camp has come and gone and while we did get a few small reports about players from the members of the media present, here is a new tidbit to pass along and it concerns sixth-round draft pick Vince Williams.
Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest was asked on Tuesday during the Steelers Live show if any other player had caught his eye over the weekend after thoroughly discussing the top draft picks and here is what he had to say about Williams.
"The one guy that I kind of noticed was Vince Williams," said Labriola. "He would be the second pick in the sixth round, Read more [...]
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 6:35 am
The Pittsburgh Steelers did right by signing nose tackle Steve McLendon to a three year contract a few weeks ago. The former undrafted free agent out of Troy finally graduated from Mitchell University and deserves a chance to start in 2013. Now that we have that out of the way, what about the depth at the nose tackle position behind McLendon?
The Steelers currently have Alameda Ta'amu, their fourth-round draft pick from 2012, and Hebron Fangupo, who was claimed off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks late last December, currently on the roster. Neither, however, have taken a regular season Read more [...]
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 5:21 pm
On Monday, we passed along word to you that the Pittsburgh Steelers had waived undrafted free agent nose tackle Anthony Rashad White, but according to the official league transaction sheet put out daily by the league, the 6-1, 335-pound, White was waived injured.
White has since cleared waivers and has now reverted to the Steelers injured reserve list as a result. He does not count against the 90 man roster.
We don't know the exact nature of the injury suffered by White and his stay on the Steelers injured reserve list will likely depend on the seriousness of his injury.
The Steelers might Read more [...]
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 3:33 pm
Are you ready for some Carrie Underwood? I mean, are you ready for some Sunday Night Football? I mean, are you ready for both?
Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli said in conference call just a short while ago that pop-country music star Carrie Underwood has been brought on board this season to perform the SNF opening anthem, I’ve Been Waiting All Day for Sunday Night after Faith Hill decided last month to relinquish the job after six years of kicking off the show.
Below is the press release concerning the announcement.
NEW YORK – May 7, 2013 – NBC selected six-time Grammy Read more [...]
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 2:41 pm
Former Baltimore Ravens head coach, and current Fox Sports analyst, Brian Billick released his 2013 post draft NFL power rankings on Tuesday and he ranked the Pittsburgh Steelers, 19th overall and third of the four AFC North teams.
Here is what Billick wrote about the Steelers:
Just like the Ravens, the Steelers have had their roster depleted with cap casualties and free agency departures, but unlike the Ravens, the Steelers have done little to fill the voids and plan for the future. It could be a long year in Pittsburgh.
While every man is entitled to his own opinion, Billick's reasoning Read more [...]
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 12:47 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was a guest Tuesday morning on the David Baumann Show on Sports Talk Florida and he talked about training year in and year out with renown trainer Tom Shaw as well as his belief that interceptions are overrated among other things.
At the beginning of the interview, Taylor was asked about why he has chosen to work out with Shaw for so many years.
"Why not?" shot back Taylor. "No first rounder, played cornerback for one year, played running back for one year and working out with him since I was in eighth grade, so he's like a father figure.
"This Read more [...]