Tag:Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted on: July 13, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2010 8:48 pm

Could Steelers really lose LaMarr Woodley?

The uncapped season has hurt several young stars vying for new contracts. One of those stars who has managed to slip under the radar is Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley. According to ESPN, the Steelers have decided not to give Woodley a new contract before the 2010 season. He is slated to earn $550,000 in the final year of his rookie deal. L. Woodley (US Presswire)

As ESPN’s James Walker points out, the Steelers do not often negotiate contracts with players during the season, so Woodley will likely become a free agent in spring 2011. (The franchise tag could be an option, but there’s no telling if the new CBA will carry it.)

The Steelers have always been willing to let linebacker leave too soon rather than too late (see Kevin Greene, Levon Kirkland, Greg Lloyd), but Woodley is only 25. It would be beyond foolish to let him get away.

UPDATE: The Saginaw News and NFL Network's Jason La Canfora are disputing ESPN's report. Words is, the Steelers will sign Woodley to a long-term contract once a new CBA is in place. La Canfora vehemently declares that Woodley isn't going anywhere.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 4:13 pm

Another Big Ben story leaks out

Ben Roethlisberger, once again, has been investigated by the police. The Steelers quarterback, though, seems completely blameless in an incident that occurred last week.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes Roethlisberger was accused by a woman of urinating on a golf course in Dublin, Ohio. Roethlisberger was playing in a four-some at the Country Club at Muirfield Village when the woman made the accusation. The Dublin police told the newspaper today that Roethlisberger wasn’t the one watering the course.

Thus continues another colorful offseason for Roethlisberger. 

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:46 am

Report: Tomlin gets new deal

You might remember our discussion a few days ago about whether Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has lost credibility with Pittsburgh’s fans because of some untruths he’s told when it comes to depth chart information. I said no, that he’s a football coach and that’s what football coaches do.

Apparently, Tomlin has no credibility problem with the Steelers front office. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday morning that Tomlin has signed a three-year contract extension. The new deal runs through 2014, though the financial terms aren’t yet known. 

Some interesting analysis from the story:

In similar circumstances, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, with two years left on his first deal, signed an entirely new five-year contract in February that reportedly will pay him an annual average of between $5.5 million and $6 million.

In the past when the Steelers extended the contract of former coach Bill Cowher, the terms of the original deal would remain in place and the new salary would not kick in until the new extended portion of the contract began.

(Ken) Whisenhunt was a candidate to replace Cowher, who resigned as Steelers coach after the 2006 season. Instead, Whisenhunt took Arizona's offer to become the Cardinals' head coach and the Steelers hired Tomlin.

Whisenhunt and Tomlin received virtually identical contracts of four years and an option year that averaged $2.5 million annually.

If Tomlin, 38, and the Steelers followed suit and negotiated a comparable contract again, it would be the highest contract the team has paid its head coach. For that to happen, however, an entirely new contract would have had to be done and it does not appear to have happened.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 10:36 pm

Is Tomlin not a credible source?

M. Tomlin (Getty) Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asks an interesting question today. Does Steelers coach Mike Tomlin have a credibility problem with Pittsburgh’s fans?

To an outsider, at first glance, that seems a ridiculous query. After all, Tomlin is 31-17 in his first three seasons as the Steelers coach, and he brought the team a Super Bowl title in 2008 at the age of 36. Yeah, the team crapped out last season, losing five straight in November and December to finish 9-7 and out of the playoffs.

But still, he’s seen as one of the brightest young minds in the league. Or is he?

Bouchette thinks Tomlin might have a trustworthiness problem, and one reason to which he points: third-string QB Charlie Batch.

As Bouchette writes, Tomlin keeps insisting that Batch will compete with Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon to see who will start while Ben Roethlisberger serves his suspension.

“I can tell you right now,” Bouchette writes, “that’s not happening unless both Byron Leftwich and Dennis Dixon break their legs.”

Bouchette also makes the case that because Tomlin continues to list Ike Taylor as the left CB when everybody knows he plays on the right side, that shows another crack in the foundation of Tomlin's credibility. True, it’s annoying when the depth chart is purposefully incorrect, but this wasn’t Tomlin’s invention. Bouchette writes, “the only ones they’re deceiving are the casual fans and those in the media.” But do you honestly think a coach cares about what the casual fan thinks? I’m guessing no. As in no way in hell.

Listen, we all know football coaches are deceivers when it comes to talking to the media. Hell, some of them outright lie. Hell, more than a few of them have outright lied right to my face. That’s part of the deal. It’s like the star giving thanks to God. You accept it – or ignore it – and move on. It’s the reporter’s job to analyze what the coach has said and tell his readers, in not so many words, that the coach is full of it if that’s what’s happening.

Which is exactly what Bouchette has done in this piece. So, is it a credibility problem with Tomlin? No, I don’t think so. I think Tomlin is just like every other football coach out there. He’s not willing to show his cards until he hears the whistle to begin the first game. That’s football. That’s life.

He’s doing his job, just like Bouchette is doing his.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 4:27 pm

Adams wanting more than Steelers willing to pay

It doesn’t sound like Flozell Adams will be joining the Pittsburgh Steelers any time soon. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com writes:

Adams visited the Steelers on Tuesday and took a physical, but he doesn't have a deal with the team. Adams' agent, Jordan Woy, told the Steelers that he's drawing interest from at least three other clubs, according to a team source.

The Steelers got the impression that Adams isn't ready to make a decision on where he will sign, and money also could be an issue. Adams, who was scheduled to earn over $7 million with the Dallas Cowboys before his release this offseason, is looking for a $4 million deal for 2010, according to the source. The Steelers were hesitant to go that high.

Though 35 and considerably slower on an island in pass protection than in his prime, Adams is still a decent starting offensive lineman – especially if he’s being asked to play the right side. He hasn’t lost much strength from his 335-or-so-pound frame and, despite pre-snap penalties (which are occasionally a result of his being deaf in the right ear), Adams plays the game with a veteran’s savvy.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:52 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 4:53 pm

Another Steelers offensive tackle injured

As if the Steelers needed more bad news at the offensive tackle position. Fifth-round rookie is expected to miss three months after surgery on a broken foot. Scott’s injury comes in the wake of Willie Colon’s season ending torn Achilles. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Scott broke his foot while working out at his alma mater, Tennessee.

Scott’s absence is a blow to Pittsburgh’s depth, but little more. Even with Colon’s injury, Scott wasn’t expected to be a major contributor in 2010. The Steelers have reportedly visited with Flozell Adams about coming aboard, and many believe they’re willing to give Jonathan Scott, a free agent pickup from Buffalo, a look.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 6:45 pm

Flozell Adams takes a visit to Pittsburgh

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com , the Steelers will work out OT Flozell Adams in a possible attempt to replace RT Willie Colon, who suffered an Achilles injury Monday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that Colon is out for the year.

Adams is 35 and a five-time Pro Bowler, but he hasn’t played RT since his rookie season in 1998.

From the article:

In 2009, Adams had team-highs in penalties (12), sacks allowed (eight) and quarterback pressures allowed (34). However, the Cowboys coaches valued his play during a season in which he participated in 1,081 snaps. Once the season ended, Adams was let go when the Cowboys elected to give Doug Free the starting job at left tackle.

Adams is nearing the end of his career, but if he can somehow make the transition to the right side of the line, he might be a valuable signing for the Steelers. There doesn’t seem to be much interest in moving LT Max Starks to RT.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:50 pm

Analyzing What the Colon Injury Means

The Willie Colon Achilles injury can be considered the first major injury of 2010. Colon is not a household name, but he is the Steelers’ second best offensive lineman. (Left guard Chris Kemoeatu has to be considered the best, given that his mobility is key to the entire front five’s approach in run-blocking.)

The 6’3”, 315-pound Colon is built more like a guard – he has unusually short arms – but he’s been able to evolve as a right tackle. Colon has unusual quickness for the position, and he augments his solid-but-not-spectacular strength by taking good angles to blocks in confined areas. This kind of technique is all the more impressive considering Colon was as raw as war spelled backwards when he came out of Hofstra as a fourth-round pick in ’06.

So what do the Steelers do now? Jonathan Scott is listed as the immediate backup at right tackle, but he was an enormous liability as a starter with the Bills last season. Third-year pro Tony Hills could get a look, but at 304 pounds, you wonder about his size. Ostensibly, the Steelers would rather plays Hills at left tackle, but that would mean a relocation for Max Starks.

More likely, expect right guard Trai Essex to slide over one spot. Essex is a natural tackle anyway, and there’s great depth to replace him inside: Ramon Foster was a starter for the ’08 Super Bowl run; impressive first-round pick Maurkice Pouncey is the long-term solution at center but has been getting work at guard this offseason; last year’s third-round pick Kraig Urbik was brought in to one day assume a starting position. Urbik has been a disappointment, but not to the degree that you ignore him this early in his career.

Colon will undoubtedly be missed, but as long as Starks and Essex stay healthy, the Steelers will be fine.

--Andy Benoit

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