Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th107.3 (16th)242.3 (11th)
Defense3rd118.5 (23rd)153.5 (1st)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Inside slant · Strategy and personnel

--Mike Tomlin continues to shuffle and update his staff for the first time since he became coach in 2006. Here is a summary of what he's done:

Shifted WR coach Randy Fichtner to QB coach to replace Ken Anderson, who retired.

Fired special teams coach Bob Ligashesky and is in the process of hiring Al Everest, who was fired by the 49ers.

Fired offensive line coach Larry Zierlein and hired Sean Kugler, who was fired by the Bills.

--Linebackers coach Keith Butler turned down a job offer from the Miami Dolphins to become their defensive coordinator and will remain with the Steelers.

--Secondary coach Ray Horton appears to be on his way out. He interviewed for the defensive coordinator's job at the University of Houston.

Tomlin, then, has openings for a wide receivers coach and, most likely, a secondary coach.

--The Steelers also signed a street free agent, Derrick Doggett, a refugee from the CFL. He will have to make it on his special teams ability.

--Omar Khan, the team's lead negotiator and salary cap monitor, did not get the GM job in Seattle after becoming a finalist there.

--Center Dermontti Dawson made the finals for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the second straight year. Former Steelers assistant head coach Russ Grimm also made it for his playing days as a guard in Washington. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is one of two seniors candidates for his playing days in Detroit as a cornerback.

--LB LaMarr Woodley turned in all but two of his sacks in the second half of the season. Coach Mike Tomlin issued an explanation:

"He's a guy that's come on the late part of the season all three years he's been here; evidently, that's a part of his game. It's about rhythm, his moves come together, he develops a feel for it, and he sharpens his sword over the course of the season, which is good. You look for guys who are on the rise as the season goes on, and he's proven through his first three years in the league that that's kind of how he plays the game. And that's what you need; you need guys whose arrows are pointing up at the end of the road."

--QB Ben Roethlisberger appeared to be favoring his right arm in the team's final game of the season at Miami but Tomlin said it's nothing serious.

"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."

"You need to stay after him. He does move around a little bit, make some plays with his feet and with his arm running around, extending plays. You just have to keep rushing. The scramble rules apply on the back end, stay with your receiver, and hope the front gets there in time." -- Miami DE/LB Jason Taylor on how to stop QB Ben Roethlisberger, who was sacked a career-high 50 times in 2009.

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