Found February 11, 2013 on
Steel City Blitz:
Bill Cowher once had three straight non-playoff seasons yet retained his job as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and later won a Super Bowl. In six seasons as Cowher’s replacement, Mike Tomlin has made the playoffs four times and has advanced to two Super Bowls, winning one.
What Cowher and Tomlin have in common though are tough, ‘never-should-have-happened’ losses in the playoffs. For Cowher, he was able to persevere and eventually get the Super Bowl title that had eluded him for so long. In Tomlin’s case, he won a title in just his second year and that is where things begin to change between the two head coaches.
It’s arguable that both men inherited good talent when they took over the Steelers although I will always believe Tomlin’s was a little better. But now the real test begins in earnest for Mike Tomlin and that is to replace aging and over-priced veterans with young talent that can produce immediately.
I’m not suggesting that another playoff-less season will mean the e...
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Remember 2005 and 2006?
More people were using MySpace than Facebook, banks didn’t need bailouts and Bill Cowher was still the Pittsburgh Steelers coach.
The 2005 and 2006 NFL drafts were the Steelers’ last two under Cowher, and they continued to stock their roster with players who would contribute to Super Bowl teams.
Three months after winning Super Bowl XL, the Steelers drafted...
The Pittsburgh Steelers offseason continues on and we too will continue on now with our breakdown of the free agents as we inch closer towards the start of free agency. Next up on the list of unrestricted free agents is veteran tight end Leonard Pope.
Player: Leonard Pope
Position: Tight End
Experience: 7 Years
Free Agent Status: Unrestricted
2012 Salary Cap Hit: $565,000
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a veteran club that is facing
several difficult decisions this offseason. While some veterans such as Ben
Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu are expected to be retained, Pittsburgh will
likely part ways with Casey Hampton, James Harrison and Rashard Mendenhall this
offseason, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
La Canfora notes that Roethlisberger...
At the moment, the Steelers currently do not have a running back under contract on the roster. Rashard Mendenhall is an unrestricted free agent, Chris Rainey was waived, Baron Batch is an exclusive rights free agent and Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are restricted free agents. Although there has been some speculation that Redman could sign an offer sheet from another team, I believe...
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a bit of salary cap trouble heading into the offseason, and they need to dig into some current contracts to help them out.
Whether they restructure deals or flat out cut a player, they need to figure something out.
James Harrison won’t take a pay cut to remain with the Steelers (Ron Chenoy/US PRESSWIRE)
Usually, players are more than happy to re-work...
The Pittsburgh Steelers are up against the salary cap again this offseason and they will have to make a lot of tough roster decisions. Last offseason, the team cut ties with veterans Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior, Bryant McFadden and others in order to get under the cap. This time around the Steelers are looking at the possibility of losing six starters from week one of...
The Pittsburgh Steelers made their choice of which receiver they wanted when they gave Antonio Brown a long term deal last summer.
The Steelers will now allow Wallace to walk and deal with the consequences of where he lands, but according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Wallace may not walk that far to a new team.
The Browns have about $30 million in space and will be big...
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports posted an article over the weekend that offers a number of notes regarding cap situations around the league.
The most interesting tidbit included in his article could be that “many in the Steelers organization” believe WR Mike Wallace could end up signing with the Browns this offseason.
The connection here is that new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam...
Now that the Super Bowl is behind us, and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has won the game MVP award, the annual list making of the offseason has begun.
Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was recently asked to rank the top ten quarterbacks on NFL Total Access and he ranked Flacco fifth overall and three spots higher than Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger...
During last week’s Super Bowl, it was obvious that CBS had no idea how to handle the unexpected blackout that came just minutes after the halftime show. The analysts didn’t know how to break down what happened just minutes into the third quarter and sideline reporters Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots had no answers for why the blackout occurred. Bill Cowher even resorted to talking...
Even though we were almost a full week removed from the Super Bowl, Saturday Night Live could not let the blackout (and CBS's coverage) go unspoofed. We were treated to a fairly brilliant cold open during this past week's episode. Keenan Thompson as James Brown really steals the show here. It is a mix of trying to mask his own panic while trying to keep everyone else'...