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On to the defensive side of the ball.  While the Steelers may look on the offensive line in the first round the defense is where the talent is in the later part of the first round. The Steelers have gone defense 3 of the last 5 years in the first round.  They picked up Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward to bring youth to the defensive line.  Both are already seeing significant playing time and Ziggy has been a starter for almost 2 seasons now. They also added Lawrence Timmons who will  has filled his role nicely.  Timmons played out of position for most of the 2011 season due to injuries at the linebacking position.  He will be relied on more this year in his true role with the release of James Farrior.  Timmons had a break out season two years ago and if he stays at middle linebacker I expect nothing less. The defensive side of the ball has much more top tier talent this year.  In the first round all three levels of the defense will get a number of picks.  The strongest area is the def...

Where Will The Buck Eventually Stop With The Steelers At Linebacker?

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut ties with veteran linebacker James Farrior early in March and the move really wasn't a surprise. In releasing Farrior the Steelers lost their defensive captain and signal caller and their 14 year mainstay at the BUCK linebacker position. The primary job of the BUCK linebacker in the Dick LeBeau 3-4 defense is to take on lead blockers and read and...

Keenan Lewis & Cortez Allen Now Likely To Battle For Open Left Cornerback Spot

It is now being confirmed that Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent cornerback William Gay has indeed signed with the Arizona Cardinals and will not be returning to the Steelers in 2012. Gay started at the left outside cornerback spot for the Steelers in 2012 from week 2 on after Bryant McFadden lost the spot following the week 1 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. When the Steelers...

Steelers Ready to Shine: Baron Batch

Baron Batch was the last player taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 NFL Draft; he was the  232nd player selected. There were only 22 players selected after Batch; players drafted this late aren’t usually expected to make the team in training camp. In fact, most seventh round picks a Continue

Steelers Ready to Shine: Emmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders spent most of his rookie season as the fourth receiver on the Steelers’ depth chart. In 13 games he recorded 28 catches for 376 yards and two touchdowns. Heading into his second season, Sanders, was expected to be a breakout player, but injuries hampered Sanders during his sec Continue

Pittsburgh Steelers: Breaking Down The 2012 Schedule

Breaking Down The Steelers 2012 schedule                                     vs. Chiefs; Many Steelers fan would like to chalk this up as an easy win. DON’T forget just how good the Chiefs played the Steelers last year! The Chief’s have upgraded at RB adding Hillis to the lineup. This could be the shocker match of the year if the Steelers aren...

Rooney and the Steelers still plan to sign Wallace long term

Even after the report that Mike Wallace was looking for a mega deal the Steelers still have real interest in keeping him long term.  This is no surprise as Mr. Rooney has called signing Wallace a priority since the offseason started.  Rooney wants Wallace to stay and that is his number one goal for the offseason.  He made it clear today that he would like to get it done quickly...

Max Starks Says His Intent Is To Re-sign With Steelers

Tackle Max Starks, who is currently a Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent, has been in Florida this week attending the NFLPA meetings and was interviewed Friday on SiriusXM NFL Radio by Alex Marvez and Jim Miller. According to Marvez, Starks looks to be physically in great shape after having surgery in mid January to repair a torn ACL in his right knee that he suffered in...

Rooney II Comments seem to Contradict Wallace Report

Steelers owner Art Rooney II reiterated the teams goal of signing free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace to a long term contract today. One day after reports had indicated Wallace was looking to make “Larry Fitzgerald money” and was demanding in the area of eight years at $120 million. Th Continue

Walllace, Gay Rumors Causing a Stir

Reports early this morning are saying that an unknown source has information pertaining to Mike Wallace; the news is that Wallace is looking for an eight year $120 million contract. The fact that the source is unknown makes it hard to believe, but the figures make it extremely unlikely. The worst pa Continue

Looks Like William Gay May Have Signed With Cardinals

In the world of Twitter some things may not seems as the appear, so you have to be careful with what you read, but judging by the last tweet by William Gay, it appears he has chosen to play for the Arizona Cardinals next season. It should be noted that Gay played his college ball at Louisville and they too are Cardinals. Gay made free agent visits to the Cardinals, Denver Broncos...

New Injured Reserve Rule Would Be A Great Move By The NFL

There will be several rule and bylaw change proposals on the table at the NFL owners' annual spring meeting that begins down in Florida on Monday and a few of the ones that the Pittsburgh Steelers are pushing for I have briefly outlined in a previous post. has gone into greater detail now on a few of the things the owners will vote on and the one that catches my...

NFL Network: William Gay Agrees to Terms with Arizona

NFL Network has reported that Steelers free agent cornerback William Gay has agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals. Details of the deal are not yet available. Gay started a career high 15 games for the Steelers in 2011 and had the best year of his career. However, with youngsters Keenan Lewis, Continue

Cardinals, CB William Gay agree to 2-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals and cornerback William Gay have agreed to a two-year deal. The team announced the agreement in a release Sunday. Gay spent the previous four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who selected him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He has appeared in all 80 regular-season games since entering the league, including 37 starts. Last season, he started 15 games...

For the Steelers, it’s time to let the young guys play

It’s been quite the interesting offseason for the Steelers. Cutting ties with long time veterans and fan favorites like Hines Ward, James Farrior, and Aaron Smith is never easy. Many so called experts seem to have it in their minds that the Steelers are in some sort of trouble heading into the 2012 season, and it’s not even into the summer yet. I’ve heard everything from drafting...

Troy Polamalu, George Wilson Headline Crop of Strong Safeties On Bleacher Report's Top 1,000 List

A strong safety has the ability to be a game-changing force for an NFL defense. While defensive linemen do much of the dirty work in the trenches and the speedy cornerbacks have the highlight reel interceptions, there's nothing like a strong safety patroling the middle of the field. Having an imposing force in the secondary will make wide receivers think twice before turning...
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