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The Steelers, having depth issues at wide receiver, reportedly have signed Plaxico Burress, a player the team originally selected in the 2000 NFL Draft.
Since Ben Roethlisberger made his first career start, the Steelers are 8-5 in games without him but 0-4 vs the Ravens. via Twitter / AdamSchefter
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Ben Roethlisberger left the Pittsburgh Steelers’ game Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs with a shoulder injury severe enough to send him to the hospital for further examination.
Alameda Ta’amu was arrested early Sunday morning for a whole bunch of fun stuff including, “three felony counts of aggravated assault, a felony charge of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and a felony count of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence.” Today, the NFL suspended the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive tackle for two games.
Pittsburgh’s rookie first round pick David DeCastro suffered an injury to both his ACL and MCL in last night’s game. It could be devastating, as we await word on the severity once a MRI is performed today. Pittsburgh’s offensive line had been a major need entering the offseason. DeCastro was thought to be an answer to that, as he fell to the Steelers in the first round after being projected as the top guard in the draft.
via The Big Lead
Disaster may have just struck the Pittsburgh Steelers’ young offensive line. Rookie guard David DeCastro was carted off the field on Saturday night in the Steelers’ preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, per Marc Sessler of NFL.com.
via Bleacher Report
Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reports via Twitter Tuesday morning that he has been told that Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace is back in Pittsburgh today. Wallace had last been spotted working out down in Orlando, Florida with trainer Tom Shaw down at the Wide World of Sports complex. Last week several teammates were very optimistic that Wallace could possibly be in this week, while cornerback Ike Taylor said that he thought it could be the week after before Wallace reported and signed his $2.74 million restricted tender.
via Steelers Depot
Falcons WR Roddy White is always an entertaining follow on Twitter. Not shy to express his opinion, he’s sounded off on other players, coaches, teams and any other topic on which he feels the need.
He turned his ire toward Steelers offensive coordinator during Sunday night’s Colts/Steelers game, right after a montage of Haley arguing with former players he’s coached, WR Terrell Owens and Anquan Boldin and QB Matt Cassel.
It’s safe to say White doesn’t feel Haley, or other coaches, should overvalue their contributions toward a team’s success.
The Tweet, which is still active, read:
Todd Haley problem is he really thinks that coaches win games not players when he realizes he doesn’t win games than he will be fine
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) August 20, 2012
“Then,” not “than,” Roddy.
It’s interesting insight, though. This is White’s eighth season in the league, and he hasn’t failed to catch at least 83 passes for at least 1,153 yards since 2007. We can take his opinion as educated, at least.
Coaches may not make as much as players, but clearly, their success as coordinators is a pretty strong piece of another team’s desire to hire them as head coaches. Some head coaches have had far more success than others, suggesting there is at least something of a correlation between the ability of a coach and the amount of scratch marks in his win column.
As far as Haley’s success, he obviously did enough to impress Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. Haley was hired to fill what was probably the most attractive offensive coordinator job available this offseason.
But what does Tomlin know? He’s only a coach.
We’re heading right up to final cuts and the end of the preseason. That only means the beginning of the drafting season for Fantasy Football.
It’s a holiday in and of itself.
That being said, we’ve lost a few members of the original league, so if you could, please email me again so we can confirm you can get in the league, and let me know the best draft time for your schedule.
As for everyone else, BTSC welcomes you to start your own league on Yahoo. You can use the site and the connection resources we have here (i.e. comment looking for members), and set it up however you’d like.
Hopefully we can get a few BTSC-based leagues going. Set it up and let me know how it’s going.
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Steelers FS Ryan Clark is as fearless in giving his opinion as he is hitting opposing receivers.
Tribune-Review reporter Mark Kaboly writes Tuesday Clark is planning to tone down the opinion part this season. Kind of.
Clark, the Steelers’ union representative, has been outspoken against the direction of the NFL, in particular, rules regarding contact on receivers. He picked up multiple fines last year, including a $40,000 deduction for a hit on Ravens TE Dennis Pitta. To paraphrase Clark’s quote, he wondered aloud whether he should have just “put him to sleep,” or taken out his knee, suggesting the NFL isn’t giving defensive players much room in which to hit offensive players.
Kaboly quoted Clark:
“The perception of our team was starting to be tainted,” Clark said. “It went from us being hard-nosed, tough football players to maybe being dirty and not really caring about rules. That wasn’t the case; It was that you were feeling that you were mistreated.”
Clark certainly made his stance on the issue clear last year, and it’s understandable how defensive players are frustrated over the league’s alleged emphasis on player safety, considering it wasn’t an issue before Week 6 of the 2010 season. Clark had been a starting safety in the NFL for roughly four seasons by that point.
The league is banking on defensive players in particular becoming more accurate in striking opposing players, and forcing them to recognize a “defenseless” player while in motion. Clark isn’t saying anywhere in Kaboly’s piece he plans to change the way he plays, but rather, makes suggestion he does not want to draw any more negative attention toward the team.
Outside of that, Clark doesn’t say he’s going to quiet down. In fact, he says he’s still going to be himself.
“I want to focus on football,” Clark said. “Our time to win a championship is winding down so I want to put all my focus into that. But I am (still) going to give my opinion.
“There is no situation where I said I am going to shut up. I am going to be me, I am going to speak out and be honest.”
The awesome Wiz Khalifa jam that will forever be linked to the 2010 Pittsburgh Steelers was recently featured in a Madden 13 commercial. A rather annoying Steelers fan takes on Ravens LB Ray Lewis in the game and uses the song as a way to taunt him.
Here’s the commercial:
Update: Apparently the annoying guy in the commercial is some famous actor named Paul Rudd. I clearly do not watch many movies. Kudos to @jwilton23 on Twitter for the heads up. He’s still annoying though
Seemingly everybody is putting their spin on Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” including the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team’s YouTube channel published the black n’ gold version earlier today.
Players featured include Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Keisel, Ike Taylor LaMarr Woodley, Shaun Suisham, Ryan Clark, James Harrison and more.
Ike is definitely the star of the show though.
My personal favorite moment is James Harrison taking a break from his ridiculous incline dumbell chest press to do the “call me” pose that 11 year old girls do. It is around the 2:30 mark. Hilarious.
The adage goes you go undefeated at home, and 4-4 on the road, you’re hosting at least one post-season game.
Winning those four games on the road, though, is tougher than it may sound.
Three of those eight games will be toughest of all, and the crack production team of SB Nation, led by editor emeritus Michael Bean, actually found a way to make some of what I said sound kind of cool.
The point is, Week 1 at Denver, Week 9 at New York Giants and Week 13 at Batlimore look to be the three toughest of eight difficult games. We go in depth into how those games figure to go with predictions and records to that point in the Steelers season.
The production really is outstanding, cool music and great graphics. Hopefully the content holds up to that very high standard.
Here’s the link, or you can look at it on the sidebar of this page.
Around the 2:30 mark.
Although the Steelers are only like the millionth group/company/team to do this, it’s still a fun video — despite that rather disturbing Greg Warren camera angle — but something about the meanest man in football, lip-synching the poppiest, bubble-gummiest three words in the entire history of music is particularly funny.