Found September 24, 2013 on Steel City Blitz:
During the first three games of the 2013 NFL season, I can’t help but notice two things missing from Todd Haley’s playbook that I saw during the preseason. In fact, I saw a lot of these types of plays during the preseason and thought that this was a step in the right direction. So today I must ask where are the designed roll-outs and screen passes? Let me address the roll-outs first. If you watched the final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers then you saw Landry Jones on any number of designed roll-outs. Why are these good enough for Jones but not for Ben Roethlisberger? The argument against this is that the Steelers are so weak at each tackle position that calling for designed rolls just isn’t possible because they can’t sustain blocks long enough. OK, fair enough, but are you telling me that you can’t design ways to get Roethlisberger out of the pocket without running for his life? Bring a tight end in motion to fortify the line and use him as a safety valve if no one is...

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell is ‘going to play’ against Vikings

Mike Tomlin says running back Le’Veon Bell is “going to play” Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Minnesota Vikings in London. Bell has been sidelined since sustaining a mid-foot sprain in an Aug. 19 

Steelers Will Set A Super Bowl Era Franchise Record Next Sunday If They Fail To Get A Turnover

The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to create a defensive turnover for a third straight game Sunday night in their 40-23 loss to the Chicago Bears and the last time they accomplished that feat was during the 2009 season during the stretch that they were supposed to be unleashing the hell. In the Super Bowl era, the Steelers have never gone four straight games without getting a turnover...

Ben Roethlisberger Says He’s Unable To Get a Read On Le’Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell is on course to make his NFL regular-season debut Sunday in London Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday morning during his radio show that he's not positive that will come to fruition. "Honestly, I have no idea with him," Roethlisberger said on 93.7 The Fan. "...

Steelers Really Don’t Have Any Excuses This Week

At 0-3, most teams will have a plethora of excuses already in hand to explain why they aren’t successful. In Pittsburgh, those include injuries, a questionable offensive coordinator and a bad offensive line. This week should be different though shouldn’t it? Le’Veon Bell is expected to play for the first time in his career and may even start according to some reports although...

Report: Steelers WR Antonio Brown Fined For Penalties Committed Against The Bears

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was fined in excess of $16,000 by the league on Wednesday for the two penalties he committed Sunday night in the 40-23 loss to the Chicago Bears. Brown, who will reportedly appeal both fines, was first flagged during the game for a facemask call on Sherrick McManis in the third...

Pittsburgh Steelers: Rookie Le'Veon Bell set for London debut

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-3. Built on running the football since becoming one of the most successful franchises since the 1970's, they rank 31st in the NFL. Pittsburgh are looking to get their first win of the season and might do so on foreign soil. The Steelers are the road team, no pun intended when they travel to London to take on the Minn...

Steelers' turnover-prone offense good match for Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Legend of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been built on its ferocious "Steel Curtain" defense over the years. Pittsburgh still ranks among the league leaders in fewest yards allowed, a category it's placed in the top five in the league each of the past five seasons. But the Steelers are the only team in the league this season without a takeaway...

Steelers Offensive And Defensive Snap Counts From Week 3 – Bears

Below are the snaps counts from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night loss to the Chicago Bears. As far as surprises go, rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton only played eight snaps in the game after head coach Mike Tomlin hinted last week he would see more playing time moving forward. Tight end Heath Miller played 39 snaps in his season debut and that was nearly 60% of all offensive...

Ben Roethlisberger Says He Isn’t Sure He Can Count RB Le’Veon Bell

Wow Ben Roethlisberger has some nerve. I can remember Steelers center Alan Faneca once publicly questioning if a rookie quarterback named BenRoethlisberger was the guy to lead the Steelers. Two Super Bowl appearances later, I think Roethlisberger has proven that he can play.  So it was a bit shocking that Big Ben would publicly blast a rookie and question his effort and his skills...

Some Optimism For An 0-3 Steelers Team

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started the season 0-3 and they are now off to London later this week to play the winless Minnesota Vikings. While an 0-3 start is normally a death sentence, I do believe there are some reasons to be optimistic moving forward and here they are in the form of bullet points. Getting out of the country is perhaps just what this team needs right now and...

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Jay Cutler trucked the crap out of Steelers DB Robert Golden (GIF)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had arguably the best hit of Week 3 during his team’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. With Chicago leading 27-24 in the fourth quarter, Cutler took off and scrambled for 13 yards to pick up a crucial first down on 3rd-and-10. Steelers safety Robert Golden made the […]

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the anatomy of a sucker bet

I was watching some NFL action on Sunday with friend and sometimes-contributor, Andy. He noticed the line on the Chicago Bears as Pittsburgh Steelers game was only the Bears by a point. He was right. The Bears were only 1 point favorites in a game that most figured to be pretty awful, at least from a Steelers fans perspective. But why?Most Vegas books had the line starting at 2.5...

Links to Look at on Your Lunchbreak 9/24/13

These are the best links on the internet right now.  Be sure to check back just about every weekday at 12:30PM EST for your lunchtime links. 1. The Pittsburgh Steelers install a new retractable roof on their stadium (no, not really) [pic] 2. What is the most screwed up thing about your state? [info map] 3. Manchester United fan marries into a Man City family with an appropriate...
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