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Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st118.2 (11th)306.7 (2nd)
Defense18th103.6 (11th)252.9 (25th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Strategy and personnel · Inside slant

--Special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky, who was hired as part of Mike Tomlin's staff in 2007, was fired Jan. 7.

--More drama from the quarterback? Ben Roethlisberger could be seen favoring his right arm and shaking it toward the end of the season finale in Miami. There apparently was no injury.

Said Tomlin, "No, I don't think that it is, but I don't have specific, detailed information regarding it. But I don't think it's anything that's going to require a medical procedure of any kind."

--The Steelers again failed to make the playoffs after winning two Super Bowls in four seasons.

"What it boils down to is it's hard to win a championship back-to-back," linebacker James Farrior said. "Teams are going to give you everything they have and if you're not up to that challenge every week, you're going to be in trouble."

--Free safety Ryan Clark, who can become a UFA, wants to return.

"I definitely don't want to finish this way, have my last game not even making the playoffs. It's a great place to play. I think the Rooney family runs the team the way an organization should be run. I want to come back and make it right too. I want to come back and play with Troy (Polamalu), get all our guys back and make another run at it."

"From my perspective, you learn more in failure than you do in success, I acknowledge that." - Coach Mike Tomlin, apparently more learned now than a year ago.

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