Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th110.0 (14th)262.6 (5th)
Defense12th100.0 (13th)242.6 (16th)

Notes, Quotes

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Notes, Quotes · Strategy And Personnel · Roethlisberger would love another target

--As part of their preseason schedule, the Steelers will play a nationally televised game at Philadelphia on FOX Thursday, Aug. 18.

--Wide receiver Hines Ward survived another week on "Dancing With the Stars," scoring a second straight 25 for his Paso Doble routine with partner Kym Johnson.

When Ward was done dancing, teammates James Harrison, James Farrior and Max Starks were shown in the audience waving terrible Towels. Fans booed after the scores were announced because they thought they should have been higher.

Said judge Len Goodman, "You are the most determined of all of our celebrities. You come out every week 100 percent. Keep it up. This competition, the longer it goes, the tougher it gets. Work hard because you are really doing great."

Added judge Carrie Ann Inaba, "You were in the zone, my friend. You nailed it."

Ward had been worried about dancing with accompaniment of a live orchestra to a song without lyrics that he had used to time his steps in previous weeks. It was also classical music week for all the contestants.

Said Ward, "It was very tough. I had never listened to classical music before, but it was awesome."

Meanwhile, Steelers fans have responded. Said club president Art Rooney II, "We're getting lots of e-mails and messages about how great he is doing, so there's no question Steelers Nation is paying attention. It's fun to watch. I haven't watched that many dance shows, so it's a little different for me."

--Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he'd be in favor of passing more and he said offensive coordinator Bruce Arians feels the same way.

Roethlisberger intimated that the philosophy of being more ground oriented and balanced prevented that from happening.

Of Arians, Roethlisberger said, "If he were, I don't want to say 'allowed,' but his preference would be to throw the ball more, use the weapons we have and throw it. Mine's the same way.

"But we both think the same in the no-huddle, that we call a lot more runs because we know that's what we're supposed to do. And I don't know if that's 'supposed to' from the fans, the media, the owner, who knows? But it's just a feeling that you have that we better run the ball some. So we do think alike in a lot of those ways."

Roethlisberger said he hopes there is a lot more use of the no-huddle next season.

"I enjoy the no-huddle offense," he said. "Those are the times I call the plays and go on the sideline and talk to BA (Arians). Last year, I didn't think we did it enough. The year before, I thought we did a lot of it. For whatever reason, maybe it was because we had so many young guys ... I think this year we'll be a lot better at it and do it a lot more."

--After hiring former player Carnell Lake as secondary coach, head coach Mike Tomlin was asked if Lake is a quick study.

"Very quick," Tomlin said. "He's an intelligent guy and of course he's got a wealth of knowledge and experience in terms of nuances and what makes our thing go. He's got in-helmet perspective of two positions in the secondary, and the guy's a competitor, man. He's got a desire to be great and I think guys that have that as a player usually transition that to the same mentality as a coach."

--Sharing a complex that works more like a duplex with Pitt can be advantageous for the Steelers at times like these. Each NFL team is permitted to have 30 draft prospects in for a visit but a rule allows teams to have players visit if they are in the same city and not count against that number.

Recently, seven Pitt Panthers walked next door and met with Steelers coaches and scouts: Wide receiver Jon Baldwin, defensive ends Jabaal Sheard and Greg Romeus, fullback Henry Hynoski, running back Dion Lewis, offensive tackle Jason Pinkston and safety Dom DiCicco.

"We knew when we drafted him one of the things that made him attractive to us is that he was very young and had few habits, that we had an opportunity to be an integral part of his growth and development as a player. And he's upheld his end of the bargain to this point and we expect him to continue. I know he has the desire to continue. He's got some unique talents and we're going to try to build our run game around those talents." - Coach Mike Tomlin on running back Rashard Mendenhall.

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