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All those Yinzers in Pittsburgh flooded sports-talk phone lines with howls of protest after news of their head coach inking a new 3-year contract extension broke earlier this week. When they look at Tomlin, they see this: A past-his-prime coach whose word salad pronouncements are meant to be pithy, put come off tired and stale. Worse, Tomlin isn’t …
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Defensive tackle Cam Heyward, the Steelers’ first-round pick way back in 2011, wants to cap his stellar career with a big, new contract. Problem is, guys at his position, his age (35) and coming of a serious injury (groin) and two surgeries just don’t get big money deals laden with guaranteed cash. As football investments go, this one is fraught wi…
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The Steelers’ somewhat surprising move on running back Najee Harris has spawned plenty of conspiracy theories in Pittsburgh. Among them: New GM Omar Khan is actively attempting to oust all of the players procured by his predecessor, Kevin Colbert. Najee, who won’t get his fifth-year option picked up, is just the latest to be thrown overboard. Learn…
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The Steelers A+ 2024 draft is being universally hailed. They retooled their subpar offensive line, turning a weakness into a strength for the next decade. They snagged a nifty wide receiver who’s being called the second-coming of Hines Ward. And they pulled off the biggest heist of the draft in the fourth round by taking a tough-nosed inside lineba…
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Omar Khan’s 23 months since being anointed the Steelers GM, following Kevin Colbert’s post 2022-draft retirement, has been a masterclass of maximizing return and minimizing risk. Khan set the tone for his eyebrow-raising, now cheer-inducing tenure when he sent underperforming receiver Chase Claypool packing to Chicago in return for the Bears’ secon…
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Second-year GM Omar Khan is sending a long-overdue message that’s igniting all of Steelers Nation. With his bold, aggressive personnel moves, he’s declaring the old, stale Steelers Way of plodding, patience and sticking with highly drafted but underperforming players as officially dead and buried. The GM proceeded to blow it all up by shipping out …
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By signing Russell Wilson for one season, it’s win now or start all over again for the Steelers. If you think the Steelers aren’t serious about taking their shot, just ask the division rival Ravens. Hot on the heels of inking Wilson, GM Omar Khan raided the Ravens nest, plucking All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Queen. In other words, checkmate! Le…
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The team was supposed to be at the annual rite of passage for draft prospects kicking the tires on a tackle, a center, a safety and an inside linebacker or two. But somewhere amid the 40-year-dashes and cone drills, the Steelers became smitten by the flash and dash of a shiny sports car. The specs that reportedly caught their eye were the 6-foot-3,…
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When Maurkice Pouncey’s errant snap sailed over the head of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger early in the 2020 season playoff game vs. the Cleveland Browns, it signaled this signature position was in crisis. It’s remained so ever since. Kendrick Green, drafted in 2021, was supposed to be Pouncy-Lite. Instead, the overmatched snapper had an aging Ben …
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None other than the most famous “Monday Morning Quarterback,” Peter King, took this potshot at Pittsburgh’s plans for its 2024 passers: “The Steelers ‘are not interested in bringing in a quarterback who wants to be a starter.’ Come again? In a division with Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, the Steelers would actually choose to enter ca…
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Steelers fans can only hope the quick dispatch with which GM Omar Khan and his assistant Andy Weidl banished a trio of poor-preforming players the day after Super Bowl 58 is an indication of how speedily and shrewdly they plan to upgrade this roster. There was no real reason or benefit to make the moves on quarterback Mitch Trubisky, offensive tack…
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Super Bowl LVII awaits. The 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is a win away from making a last to first ascension. If he completes this astonishing journey from Mr. Irrelevant to Super Bowl champion in his second year, it will be among the all-time stories in sports. For Steelers fans, there will be a special kind of bitterness and disappointment. Lear…
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The NFL playoffs are causing a big case of quarterback envy across Steelers Nation. The postseason matchups are proving that now more than ever, a franchise quarterback is a mandatory requirement for a deep Super Bowl run. Yet, Plan A for Pittsburgh appears to be handing the starting job back to Kenny Pickett in 2024. Learn more about your ad choic…
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In the days after yet another lopsided playoff loss, this one a 17-31 snow job vs. the Bills, any Steelers suspense that Mike Tomlin was going anywhere quickly evaporated. Steelers players had his back, and the Rooney family, which has employed just three head coaches since 1969, would soon have a multi-year contract extension ready. Various NFL in…
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The Steelers have that look. It’s the appearance of a team no one wants to face in the playoffs. Pittsburgh is playing smash mouth in the ground game and hitting the splash play downfield when defenses stack the box. A huge part of the Steelers’ recent success is QB Mason Rudolph running the offense effectively – and utilizing receiver George Picke…
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Kenny Pickett won over the Pittsburgh fanbase long before he ever won the Steelers’ starting job at quarterback. This is why the second-year player out of Pitt has suffered so badly by comparison with third-stringer-come-starter Mason Rudolph. The latter’s ability to execute the offense the way it was meant to operate has been jarring. True-blue Pi…
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With four games left in the 2023 regular season, the Steelers currently hold the No. 6 seed in the AFC. But you’ll have to forgive Steelers Nation if it doesn’t take the bait. Witnessing the Steelers making NFL history with back-to-back home losses to 2-10 Arizona and New England seemed to take everything out of this fanbase. Unlike so many Pittsbu…
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The uninspiring streak Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin is best known for is his 16 years and counting of ‘non-losing seasons.’ Notice, the operative term is ‘non-losing season.’ A streak of winning seasons has a much better ring to it. But this can’t be applied to Tomlin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Kenny Pickett’s Steelers career hung in the balance not even two years removed from being drafted at pick 20 in 2022. By the time the hated Cleveland Browns and their rookie passer celebrated their 13-10 win on the Acrisure Stadium turf on Nov. 19, Pickett had gone from looking hesitant and unsure to beaten down and nearly broken. There were no fou…
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The big breaking news out of Cleveland is Browns QB Deshaun Watson is out, headed for season-ending surgery on a broken bone in his throwing shoulder. Enter Cleveland backup PJ Walker to face TJ Watt and the Pittsburgh pass rush. Good luck! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Don’t look now, but the Steelers’ offense, once given up for dead, just might have something going. The running game, particularly the hole-hitting pop of undrafted Jaylen Warren, is chewing up clock and yards. Much-touted No. 1 draft pick, tackle Broderick Jones, is making a strong case to be installed as the starter, albeit at right tackle, for t…
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In wake of a 20-10 home loss at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars – and the referees -- the listless Steelers limp into the Thursday night game vs. the Tennessee Titans at Acrisure Stadium. They are bruised, battered and embarrassed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy PennLive
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A thrilling and nearly flawless fourth quarter by QB Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh offense supposedly marked a turning point for these 2023 Steelers. After finally firing on all cylinders, Pickett, coordinator Matt Canada and running backs Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris are ready to turn it on and turn it up for a full game against the Jacksonvi…
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Steelers Nation has become Second-Guessing Nation. This, as legions of once-loyal Steelers fans increasingly question the head-scratching coaching decisions coming from Mike Tomlin. This began with his insistence on sticking with clueless offensive coordinator Matt Canada, despite the Steelers’ pop-gun attack. It’s now extending to all manner of ro…
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The Steelers are 3-2 and sitting atop the AFC North heading into their bye week. But something doesn’t compute. Pittsburgh has posted a negative 31 point differential over their first five games. This fraught formula for eking out wins – as nice as last Sunday’s 17-10 victory over the rival Ravens was – just isn’t sustainable. Or is it? Learn more …
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The tide has turned against Mike Tomlin, the Steelers’ once-unassailable coach who never posted a losing season in Pittsburgh. In wake of a 30-6 drubbing by the Texans, angry callers across the 412-area code have been flooding sports talk shows with calls for Tomlin’s head. The game has passed him by, some are saying. Learn more about your ad choic…
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While acknowledging the across-the-board improvements on display in Las Vegas Sunday night, Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin doubled down, saying his still-developing team is in the process of building toward something far, far better -- only to be revealed as the young season unfolds. Just don’t call it “mojo.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me…
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The Steelers offense is suffering from a severe touchdown drought – and has been for quite a while. If it wasn’t for the defense, who out-touchdowned the offense 2 to 1 Monday night vs. the Browns, the Steelers would be sitting at 0-2 right now. Most of the blame is being laid at the feet of clueless coordinator Matt Canada, with the Acrisure Stadi…
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The maturation of Kenny Pickett is nearly complete. An offseason full of film study, playbook scrutiny, pumping iron, working out with his receivers and becoming a married man has been leading up to this: Sunday’s home-opener vs. the Super Bowl-sniffing San Francisco 49ers who aim to test Pickett’s progress with a fierce pass rush and big-play-stif…
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More than a week before the Steelers host the San Francisco 49ers, some very prominent sports analysts in Pittsburgh are brimming with superlatives when it comes to QB Kenny Pickett and his sky-high potential in his sophomore season. One even used the word “unstoppable” when it comes to Pickett and this year’s offense under heretofore much-criticiz…
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Jaylen Warren’s explosive 62-yard touchdown runs vs. the Buffalo Bills heralded another gear – and another level for the Steelers’ running game. As soon as Warren sped into the end zone, it ignited a Steelers Nation debate over who’s the best running back in the ‘Burgh. Warren is seen as the modern do-it-all back. Najee Harris is the throwback. War…
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Entering 2023 with sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett, the rebuilt Steelers’ defense looks ready to step up and take more of the weight. They want to be the team who runs the ball (behind a rebuilt offensive line, I might add). They’ll let Pickett pick his spots for big plays. But a running clock will be the Steelers’ ally. Learn more about your a…
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Optimism is reigning supreme in the Steel City as the beloved 2023 Steelers are about to convene training camp at historic St. Vincent’s in Latrobe. With 2nd-year QB Kenny Pickett seen as the second coming and the new GM brain trust of Omar Khan and Andy Weidl having retooled the roster from top to bottom, Steelers Nation believes 2023 will be the …
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Many are predicting 2023 will be the year Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth makes the final leap to be mentioned in the same conversation as superstars such as the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, the Ravens’ Mark Andrews and the 49ers’ George Kittle. After all, Freiermuth has established himself as quarterback Kenny Pickett’s most clutch target, especially o…
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It’s the biggest question surrounding the Steelers’ 2023 season. The answer will largely determine whether the Steelers are a playoff team -- or Coach Mike Tomlin has his first losing football squad. As has been said so often this offseason full of anticipation: So goes 2nd-year QB Kenny Pickett, so goes the Steelers. Learn more about your ad choic…
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Steelers’ ‘Speedy Smurf’ Calvin Austin III never got out of the starting blocks in 2022. At 5-foot-8 and 162 pounds, Austin was sidelined all last season by a foot injury that eventually led to surgery last fall. Flashforward to summer 2023, and Austin says he’s feeling both healthy and fast. He’s lined up at the Steelers’ starting line, finally re…
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Despite all the 2nd-year Steelers’ players packed with potential in 2023, the biggest Steelers’ sophomore surprise could be the player who was the biggest surprise as a rookie. I’m talking about none other than the undrafted running back out of Oklahoma State, Jaylen Warren. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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QB Kenny Pickett, entering his all-important sophomore season, says the Steelers’ offense is night-and-day compared to this point last year. “I went back and watched our first OTA last year. It’s a different team, honestly, not just player-wise but in terms of plays and how much we have (installed) already,” Pickett was quoted as saying. Learn more…
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In 2022, the much-heralded George Pickens out of Georgia put up four touchdowns as a Pittsburgh pro, while grabbing 52 catches for 801 yards, having played in all 17 games. Yet, he topped 100 receiving yards just once on the season. There were many reasons for this – all of which the 2023 playbook, coupled with second-year progress by both Pickens …
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Don’t look now, but Mason Rudolph is back in the black and gold. Right now, he’s penciled in as the No. 3 QB behind starter Kenny Pickett and his backup, Mitch Trubisky. But if one does the math, the Steelers’ No. 2 QB just might be too expensive, especially when the team is looking to sign star linebacker Alex Highsmith to a big new deal before th…
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The Steelers’ highly praised 2023 draft class has greatly raised expectations for the coming season. Whether all that Steelers Nation optimism is warranted will largely be determined by the 2022 draft class. One player, in particular. I’m talking about Kenny Pickett, whom the Steelers took at pick 20 out of Pitt as the heir-apparent to Ben Roethlis…
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A receiver who isn’t even on the roster anymore could be responsible for the dawning of the next great Steelers era. I’m taking about receiver Chase Claypool, whose contribution to the coming era cannot be overstated. In fact, it just keeps growing and growing. One could easily argue the roots of this Steelers’ retooling began at pick 49 of the 202…
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With three picks in the top 50 of the draft, Steelers GM Omar Khan and Pittsburgh are in prime position to add a trio of blue-chip players fresh from college who should be Steelers’ playmakers for the next decade or so. The work Khan has accomplished in free agency gives him some freedom to select that mythical of all draft prospects – “the best pl…
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So far, the Steelers’ brain trust has played the offseason like a grandmaster moving pieces on a chess board. The story has been the exact opposite down in the supposedly charmed city of Baltimore, where the Ravens are being ripped apart by the trade demands of disgruntled QB Lamar Jackson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho…
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