Pittsburgh Steelers News
1-12-16: It wasn’t pretty, but the Pittsburgh Steelers took advantage of late mistakes made by the Cincinnati Bengals to survive and advance through the AFC Wild Card Round. With Ben Roethlisberger hobbled and Antonio Brown coming off a chilling hit during the game, the Steelers path to the Super Bowl becomes more difficult with a road game against the No. 1 seeded Denver Broncos.
1-5-16: The team that feels that most fortunate to be involved in the AFC playoffs is the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the Buffalo Bills defeated the New York Jets to help the Steelers slip in as the No. 6 seed. The road to the Super Bowl will happen on the road and Game 1 is against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team they split with during the regular season.
12-28-15: The Pittsburgh Steelers had a golden opportunity to solidify their playoff chances with a game against the 4-10 Baltimore Ravens but couldn’t get the job done. Now at 9-6, the Steelers need to win their regular season finale and need help in order to join the playoffs.
12-22-15: The Kansas City Chiefs may be the hottest, but no team is playing more explosive football than the Pittsburgh Steelers after their incredible comeback week over the Denver Broncos. Controlling their own destiny for a playoff spot and currently riding a three-game winning streak the Steelers finish their season on the road with games against the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
12-15-15: The Steelers bring a two-game streak home with them to face the Broncos this weekend after taking down the Colts and Bengals over the last two weeks. They'll hope to remain in the thick of the AFC Wild Card with a win on Sunday though face strict competition from the 7-5 Jets and Chiefs. According to TicketIQ the average price for Steelers vs Broncos tickets is $364.68 and the get-in price is $140.
12-8-15: The Steelers cruised to a 45-10 victory over the Colts last weekend and now set to face the Bengals in a pivotal AFC North showdown in Cincinnati. According to TicketIQ the average price for Bengals vs Steelers tickets is now $168.70 and the get-in price starts from $65. The Steelers look for their eighth win of the season, which would put them within striking distance of the 10-2 Bengals with a month of games left to play in the regular season.
12-4-15: The Steelers lost their fifth game of the season to the Seahawks last week and look to salvage a mediocre season with a win over the Colts this Sunday. According to TicketIQ the average price for Steelers vs Seahawks tickets is $112.74 and the get-in price starts from just $38 on the secondary market.
11-23-15: The Steelers head west this weekend to take on the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. At 6-4 they have an outside shot of catching the 8-2 Bengals but currently own the first seed in the AFC Wild Card Game. The average price for Seahawks vs Steelers tickets is now $388.68 and the get-in price is $166 on the secondary market.
11-19-15: Riding high on a two-game win streak are the Steelers, who enjoy a bye week before heading to Seattle to take on the Seahawks next Sunday. The average price for Seahawks vs Steelers tickets is currently $458.48 and the get-in price is $198.
11-13-15: The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled through the first nine weeks of the season and won't likely catch the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals atop the AFC North, but there is still hope for a Wild Card berth. At 5-4 the Steelers are in the mix along with the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders. They'll host three more games at Heinz Field during the regular season and the average price for Pittsburgh Steelers tickets is $205.76 on the secondary market. The Steelers host the Cleveland Browns this Sunday, where Steelers vs Browns tickets average $194.68 and the get-in price is $83.
10-20-15: No one could’ve predicated that Landry Jones would be an important part to this year’s Pittsburgh Steelers season, but after relieving Mike Vick in a Week 6 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Jones has kept Pittsburgh afloat in the AFC North division. With Ben Roethlisberger’s return imminent, the Steelers have a tasty matchup against the struggling Kansas City Chiefs.
9-29-15: The Pittsburgh Steelers edged out the St. Louis Rams in week three, as they won a game of mostly field goals, 12-6. It was an ugly win for the Pittsburgh offense, but the defense proved to be strong, limiting Rams quarterback Nick Foles to 197 yards and no touchdowns. While getting the win was nice, the Steeler were unable to exit the week unscathed, as star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took a low hit and left the game with a bad knee injury. Out an estimated 4-6 weeks with a PCL sprain and bone bruise, Big Ben gives way to backup quarterback Michael Vick. Vick looks to play within the offense in week four, when the Steelers try to fend off the rival Ravens on Thursday Night Football.
9-22-15: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers could do no wrong in week two, as the offense poured it on thick in a 43-19 drubbing of the visiting San Francisco 49ers. Big Ben ripped the Niners for 369 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while star wide receiver Antonio Brown hauled in nine catches for 195 yards and a score. DeAngelo Williams even had himself a day on the ground, as he churned out 70 tough yards and found his way into the end-zone a remarkable three times. Pittsburgh showed up on the defensive side, too, as they forced Colin Kaepernick into a fumble and sacked him five times. The Steelers could be looking even better come week three, as star rusher Le’Veon Bell returns from his two-game suspension to help the Steelers take on the St. Louis Rams.
9-15-15: The Pittsburgh Steelers started slowly out of the gates in their week one battle with the New England Patriots, as the offense clearly missed the likes of Le’Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant and Maurkice Pouncey. Ben Roethlisberger and co. were still able to move the ball in the end, but lacking some of their key impact players, the Steelers struggled to punch the ball into the end-zone in a tough 28-21 road loss. DeAngelo Williams actually filled in admirably for the suspended Bell, as he rushed for over 120 yards and gave New England’s run defense fits all day. Star wide receiver Antonio Brown got his in the week one clash, too, as he caught nine balls for 133 yards and a score. The Steelers still won’t have Bell, Bryant or Pouncey when they try to turn things around and avoid an 0-2 hole against the San Francisco 49ers next week.
9-8-15: The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the first week of the 2015 NFL season severely under-manned, as running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Martavis Bryant both have to serve suspensions. Bell will miss two games (four for Bryant) but both will be sidelined on Thursday night, when the rest of the Steelers head to Gillette Stadium to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Add in the loss of star offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (placed on IR/return list), and Pittsburgh could be in some serious trouble in week one. Fellow offensive lineman Mike Adams will also miss extensive action, as he was recently placed on the team’s PUP list. The Steelers will still go in trying to take down the Pats, as Antonio Brown still remains a deadly deep threat and DeAngelo Williams will try to pick up the slack on the ground with Bell out.
9-1-15: Michael Vick’s first pass as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers went for 63 yards and Martavis Bryant went off (138 yards and a score) in a rough 43-19 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the third week of preseason action. Pittsburgh sat most of their starters after a brief appearance, but kept Bryant in to get some extra time, as he’ll be out for the first four weeks of the year due to a suspension. The Steelers got some bad news with replacement kicker Garrett Hartley going down with an injury this week, just one week after bringing him in to cover for the injured Shaun Suisham. The team dealt for elite kicker Josh Scobee shortly after the news, sending a 6th round draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Pittsburgh also learned that Maurkice Pouncey’s injury will keep him out of the first 10 weeks of the year, further complicating things on the offensive line.
8-25-15: Ben Roethlisberger looked great in Pittsburgh’s second preseason game, as he went 11 of 14 for 100 yards and fired a touchdown to Markus Wheaton to help the Steelers beat the Green Bay Packers, 24-19. Wheaton stepped up in this one, proving he deserves to be running with the starters by catching three balls for 42 yards and the score. While the passing game looked as potent as ever, the running game doesn’t look to be there quite yet for the Steelers. Le’Veon Bell didn’t look ready to dominate just yet, as he produced just 16 yards on six carries. Bell is still slated to miss the first two games of the year due to suspension, but could use next week’s game against the Buffalo Bills to rev himself up for the new season. The running game could find it difficult to find success early on no matter what, though, as the offensive line took a huge hit with Maurkice Pouncey going down with a bad leg injury. Pouncey is expected to miss at least the next two months, but the Steelers remain hopeful he can return this season.
8-18-15: There was a lot of chatter about Markus Wheaton starting over Martavis Bryant this season, and then Bryant calmed concerns immediately in the Steelers second preseason game with a long touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh’s wide receiver depth chart may not mean much, as the Steelers clearly have an explosive attack and Big Ben will seemingly just be targeting whoever is open. A big part of that passing offense is stud #1 option Antonio Brown, who is reportedly engaging with the Steelers in contract talks. There had been whispers of a Brown holdout earlier this summer, but he suited up in Pittsburgh’s 23-21 loss to the Jaguars and seems to be closing in on a long-term deal. Star running back Le’Veon Bell made his preseason debut, albeit briefly, as he took two rushes for 16 yards. Elsewhere, Pittsburgh also found a replacement for injured kicker Shaun Suisham (torn ACL), as they brought in former Saints kicker, Garrett Hartley.
8-12-15: Most of the Pittsburgh starters sat out of their preseason debut, when the Steelers met up with the Vikings in the annual Hall of Fame game on August 9th. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown were the most notable absences, as Landry Jones quarterbacked the offense for the game’s entirety. Pittsburgh failed to score a single touchdown under Jones’ direction and lost to the Vikes, 14-3. The Steelers had some flashes on defense by new cornerback Brandon Boykin and linebackers Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier, but their solid defense couldn’t make up for a lack of offense. Landry Jones failed to impress in extensive action, as he completed just 50% of 32 pass attempts and missed a wide open Sammie Coates for an easy score. The running game is what struggled the most for the Steelers, as Cameron Stingily looked ill prepared for a heavy load. Dri Archer was a mild bright spot as a nice offensive weapon, while rookie receiver Sammie Coates did a solid job adjusting to a tipped pass for his lone catch of the night. The Steelers were dealt a tough blow, too, as kicker Shaun Suisham suffered a torn ACL during the game and is likely out for the year.
8-5-15: The Pittsburgh Steelers got a little stronger on defense this past week, as they swung a trade for slot corner Brandon Boykin. Boykin graded out positively in the slot with the Philadelphia Eagles and could help beef up a shaky Steelers secondary this year - all for the cost of a mid-round draft choice. That could be an even bigger move than originally thought if second round draft pick Senquez Golson (shoulder) is lost for the season. The cornerback suffered the injury and was immediately placed on the active/PUP list, but could require season-ending surgery. While things still need to settle defensively, the Steelers are as excited as ever about their offensive potential. That should include Markus Wheaton locking down the #2 receiver gig across from Antonio Brown, per quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Many speculated Martavis Bryant would be gearing up for a huge jump in 2015, but an elbow issue may have set him back too far.
7-28-15: The Pittsburgh Steelers seem to like the front office they have in place, as they recently extended both head coach Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert through the 2018 season. Heading into 2015, the only thing Pittsburgh could want now is a strong defense and no suspension for star running back Le’Veon Bell. They partially got their wish. Per reports, Bell’s ban has been reduced from three games to just two games. Even with Bell still out for the season’s first two games, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sees his offense as one of the league’s best, predicting his unit could put up 30+ points per game in 2015. They may have to, as that aforementioned defense isn’t nearly as good as Pittsburgh defenses from the past. It’s been mostly positive vibes out of Pittsburgh lately, but they’ll have to make the journey through training camp (started on July 25th) without offensive tackle Mike Adams (back). Adams is expected to miss all of training camp, but should be ready to go for week one.
7-22-15: The 2015 NFL season gets started on July 25th for the Pittsburgh Steelers, when rookies and veterans are both slated to report for training camp. That will give the Steelers a chance to take a look at what they have behind starting running back Le’Veon Bell, who is currently scheduled to sit out the first three games of the year due to a suspension. DeAngelo Williams figures to get the bulk of the workload for those contests, but Pittsburgh may also want to see how Dri Archer and Josh Harris perform with the pads on. With Pittsburgh getting younger and faster on the defensive side of the ball, all eyes will be on the likes of Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and others as they try to prove their worth. Cameron Heyward doesn’t have to prove his worth, fortunately, as the star defensive lineman enters camp locked up on a massive six-year, $59 million extension.
5-4-15: One of the main missions for the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into the 2015 NFL Draft was to get younger and more violent on defense. With several key defensive players regressing or retiring, the Steelers wasted no time in doing that, as they brought in explosive edge rusher Alvin “Bud” Dupree right away in round one. Dupree was a solid value pick with the 22nd overall selection due to many talking about him as a top-10 talent, and he should compete for a spot in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 right away. Pittsburgh also badly needed help at corner with Ike Taylor retiring, so they went after the position in round two and came away with solid prospect, Senquez Golden. Golden is fairly small but has the ball skills to be a menace if picked on at the next level. The Steelers shifted gears and added speedy wide receiver Sammie Coates in round three. Pittsburgh has their top two wide receiver spots locked up, but Coates should compete for playing time as the third option.
Round One - Pick 22: Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky
Round Two - Pick 56: Senquez Golden, CB, Mississippi
Round Three - Pick 87: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
Round Four - Pick 121: Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State
Round Five - Pick 160: Jesse James, TE, Penn State
Round Six - Pick 199: Leterrius Walton, DT, Central Michigan
Round Six - Pick 212: Anthony Chickillo, DE, Miami
Round Seven - Pick 239: Gerod Holliman, S, Louisville
The Steelers enjoyed a solid draft, overall, and landed at least three high impact prospects. Here are the rest of their players from their 2015 draft class:
4-9-15: The times, they seem to be changing in Pittsburgh. Long-time star safety Troy Polamalu appears to be on his way out of town, as the team reportedly “is hoping” he simply retires so they don’t have to release him. That may end up being the case, while the team has already cut ties with aging defensive lineman Brett Keisel. The Steelers still take care of their own, though, as they extended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a new five-year, $108 million deal. The team also added some depth at tailback via 32-year old rusher DeAngelo Williams, who could prove to be a key addition thanks to an early-season suspension for stud running back Le’Veon Bell.
3-9-15: The Pittsburgh Steelers rode Le’Veon Bell to a solid 2014 season that saw them get back to the playoffs. That stay didn’t last long due to Bell being injured, but their talented running back has hopes being raised even higher in 2015. The team will have to brace for a two or four-game suspension due to off field issues from Bell last summer, but as long as they bring in a solid running back to get them by, it shouldn’t be crippling. Their defense continues to be the real work in progress, as rumors suggest long-time safety Troy Polamalu won’t be back, while Ike Taylor and Jason Worilds are fully expected to leave via free agency, as well. Naturally, Mike Tomlin and co. will be looking for impact defensive starters at corner and outside linebacker in this year’s draft, while Mike Mitchell is primed to replace Polamalu.
1-5-15: The Steelers, who were without Le’Veon Bell due to a knee injury, were the only team to score in the first quarter in Saturday’s contest against the visiting Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately, that was the Steelers’ only lead of the game, as they were unable to get into the end zone until the fourth quarter en route to their 30-17 loss, which ended their season.
12-29-14: The Steelers won the AFC North title with their 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Le’Veon Bell, who finished 2014 with the most single-season yards from scrimmage for a Steeler, left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. Antonio Brown returned a punt for a touchdown as well as scored a receiving touchdown to go along with his 128 yards in the air.
12-23-14: Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of his 25 passing attempts for 220 yards and a touchdown, as the Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, 20-12. Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Le’Veon Bell also got into the end zone. The victory clinched Pittsburgh its first playoff berth since 2011.
12-17-14: The Steelers jumped out to a 13-0 lead on Sunday at Atlanta, as they continued their historical success against the Falcons. Pittsburgh had surprisingly struggled against the NFC South this season, but Ben Roethlisberger accumulated 360 passing yards in the contest. Le’Veon Bell racked up more than 100 total yards and scored two touchdowns in the 27-20 win.
12-9-14: Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell dominated the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday as the visiting Steelers won, 42-21. The quarterback threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns, and Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant each racked up more than 100 yards in the air. Bell got into the end zone three times and accumulated more than 200 yards in the win.
12-3-14: Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell racked up a lot of yards on Sunday against the visiting New Orleans Saints, but the Steelers’ 19 points in the fourth quarter were not enough to complete their comeback. Roethlisberger’s two interceptions were costly in this contest, especially because they were the only turnovers for either team.
11-26-14: With the injuries piling up on the Pittsburgh defense, it was great for the Steelers to have their bye in Week 12. Strong safety Troy Polamalu, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier and cornerback Ike Taylor are ready to get back into the lineup for their contest on Sunday against the visiting New Orleans Saints.
11-19-14: The Steelers headed into their bye week on a strong note as they scored the final 14 points of the game. Le’Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown as Pittsburgh came back to beat the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, 27-24. Unfortunately, the organization had some problems with backup running back LeGarrette Blount, which led to the Steelers releasing him.
11-12-14: Although Ben Roethlisberger completed 30 of his 43 passing attempts for 343 yards and connected with Martavis Bryant on four throws for 143 yards and a touchdown, the team committed too many turnovers and lost to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, 20-13. The Jets intercepted Roethlisberger twice, and the Steelers lost two fumbles.
11-5-14: Although Pittsburgh’s rushing attack did not look too good on Sunday night, BenRoethlisberger made up for it through the air in the Steelers’ 43-23 victory. He became the first quarterback in league history to throw for six touchdowns in consecutive games. Antonio Brown caught one of his touchdowns as he brought in 11 receptions for 144 yards.
10-29-14: Ben Roethlisberger completely destroyed the Indianapolis Colts, as he set single-game team records in passing yards and touchdown passes in the Steelers’ 51-34 victory on Sunday. The 522 passing yards tied for the fourth-highest total in NFL history. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant both caught multiple touchdowns in this contest.
10-21-14: The Steelers were held scoreless through most of the first half, but they then reeled off 24 unanswered points in fewer than three minutes. At halftime, Pittsburgh led, 24-13, and held on for the 30-23 victory. The Steelers bring their 4-3 record into Week 8, as they host the Indianapolis Colts.
10-14-14: The Steelers still cannot put together a winning streak this season. On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns put up 21 points on the Steelers in the second quarter. Pittsburgh only scored 10 points in the entire game. Le’Veon Bell rushed 18 times for 82 yards, and Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 118 yards.
10-8-14: The Steelers continued to alternate wins and losses with their victory in Week 5. Pittsburgh bounced back from its loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by beating the winless Jaguars in Jacksonville, 17-9. Steelers cornerback Brian McCain clinched the game by returning his fourth-quarter interception 22 yards for a touchdown.
10-1-14: The Steelers had a frustrating day in their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they committed 13 penalties for a combined 125 yards. In addition, Pittsburgh let the visitors get an early 10-0 lead. Although the Steelers bounced back with 17 consecutive points, the Buccaneers scored all 10 points in the fourth quarter.
9-25-14: The Steelers traveled to Carolina for Sunday night’s clash with the Panthers, who were undefeated heading into the contest. Le’Veon Bell rebounded from Pittsburgh’s Week 2 loss by rushing for 147 yards on 21 carries, including an 81-yard rush. Antonio Brown kept up his consistency with 10 receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-19 victory.
9-17-14: The Steelers are lucky that the Cleveland Browns did not come all the way back in Week 1 because Pittsburgh could not get anything going in Baltimore on Thursday night. Shaun Suisham, who kicked the game-winning field goal on the final play in the Steelers’ season opener, accounted for the team’s only points in Week 2 with two field goals.
9-10-14: Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell were terrific in the Steelers’ 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Although the Browns came back in this game, Shaun Suisham’s 41-yard field goal won the contest for the Steelers. This past week, the Steelers also signed cornerback Cortez Allen to a five-year contract.
9-4-14: The Steelers will be hosting the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 and although Brian Hoyer has been named the team’s starter, the Steelers expect Johnny Manziel to play on Sunday. Regarding Pittsburgh’s offense, neither Le’Veon Bell nor LeGarrette Blount will be suspended. In addition, this past week, longtime Steeler James Harrison announced his retirement.
8-26-14: Although Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount stole headlines last week with their arrests, Ben Roethlisberger seemed to be the most discussed Steelers player in Thursday’s 10-point loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. While he scored a touchdown and threw for more than 150 yards, he was sacked twice and threw nine incompletions, including an interception. This past week, former Steelers running back Isaac Redman retired from the NFL due to a spinal cord injury.
8-19-14: Ben Roethlisberger looked strong on Saturday as he threw for two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 19-16 victory over the visiting Buffalo Bills. He completed a 76-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown midway through the first quarter. Just six and a half minutes later, Markus Wheaton received a 16-yard touchdown pass from Big Ben.
8-14-14: On Saturday, the Steelers dropped their preseason opener to the New York Giants, 20-16. Rookie receiver Martavis Bryant, who was looking great in drills the previous weekend and has been turning the heads of his teammates, received three targets in the game. Unfortunately, he fumbled on his only reception and muffed a punt. Pittsburgh fans hope that this is his worst performance of the year.
8-5-14: Pittsburgh opens its preseason against the New York Giants, who already played on Sunday in the NFL’s annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. This past week, the Steelers finally retired a second jersey number: No. 75 “Mean Joe” Greene. Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown also made news this past week by aggressively disagreeing with former teammate Emmanuel Sanders’ comments about Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.
7-30-14: The Pittsburgh Steelers remain content to roll into the 2014 NFL season without offering franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a new deal. The Steelers have publicly stated that they don’t see how Big Ben doesn’t finish his career as a Steeler, but the plan is to wait until next spring, the year before Roethlisberger’s contract year, to hammer out a new deal. Elsewhere on offense, the Steelers like what they’ve seen out of rookie offensive weapon Dri Archer. The team doesn’t seem to know exactly how they’ll utilize the explosive rookie yet, but his sharp play in practice may beg for a quick solution.
7-15-14: Second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton opened up Pittsburgh’s OTAs as a starter, potentially giving the Steelers two explosive outside threats. He’ll receive strong competition from rookie Martavis Bryant, but appears like a safe bet to nail down the number two gig across from Antonio Brown. Lance Moore is expected to hold down slot duties. Over in the running game the Steelers aren’t sure exactly how they’ll use second-year back Le’Veon Bell and free agent acquisition LeGarrette Blount, but having the quality depth that causes those types of dilemmas isn’t a bad thing. Bell is the superior talent and is a lock to be Pittsburgh’s early down and receiving back, but Blount’s presence gives their rushing attack new found depth and physicality. Center Maurkice Pouncey continues to rehab the knee he tore up in 2013, and will walk into 2014 confidently with a new five-year, $44 million dollar deal he signed back in mid-June.
6-5-14: Ike Taylor will retain his starting cornerback job going into 2014, which could be horrible news for the Pittsburgh defense. The aging corner was routinely burned in coverage in 2013 and may need a miracle to have a bounce back season. On the other side of the ball, second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton will begin the summer as the Steelers’ number two wide receiver, while Clemson product Martavis Bryant will battle with him throughout the preseason. Newly signed veteran running back LeGarrette Blount is also reportedly to see roughly 6-8 carries per game behind starting running back Le’Veon Bell. After struggling to kick off the 2013 season, the Steelers appear to be much deeper and more balanced on offense going into 2014.
5-19-14: The Pittsburgh Steelers got in too big of a hole last year, and even a stellar 8-4 finish couldn’t dig them out. With their sights back on the playoffs this year, they knew they just needed to beef up their defense and land an offensive playmaker or two to get back on track. Let’s break down their 2014 draft class and see if they accomplished their goals:
Round 1. Pick 15 Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Round 2. Pick 14 Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
Round 3. Pick 33 Dri Archer, RB, Kent St.
Round 4. Pick 18 Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
Round 5. Pick 17 Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
Round 5. Pick 33 Wesley Johnson, OL, Vanderbilt
Round 6. Pick 16 Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
Round 6. Pick 39 Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
Round 7. Pick 15 Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts
The first four picks say it all for the Steelers, as they landed two instant impact defensive players in Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt, as well as two exciting offensive weapons in Dri Archer and Martavis Bryant.
Shazier gives Pittsburgh and athletic, sideline to sideline defender than can play all over the field, while Tuitt is another versatile athlete who can slide all across their 3-4 line. On offense, Archer is small and lacks a position, but is extremely versatile and explosive. Bryant is probably one of the more underrated receivers, as he is blessed with terrific size and elite ball skills.
Pittsburgh also snagged defensive lineman Daniel McCullers late in round six to beef up their front line. McCullers was a potential day two prospect who slid, giving them excellent value near the end of the draft.
5-9-14: All that talk about the Steelers adding a big play receiver in round one turned out to be just that - talk. Instead, Pittsburgh added to it’s aging defensive unit with the ultra athletic Ryan Shazier out of Ohio State. The Steelers could really use help on the inside of their 3-4 scheme, where Shazier’s speed and athleticism should have the ability to shine. Shazier is probably too small and slight in frame to man the outside of Pittsburgh’s 3-4, but has a good chance at working out perfectly in the middle of their linebacking corps.
4-28-14: The Pittsburgh Steelers got off to an ugly 0-4 start in 2013, but were able to become a different team the rest of the way, finishing the year with a 8-4 mark. As long as they can stay healthy and keep patching up holes, the yellow and black stand a decent chance at getting back to the playoffs in 2014. Upgrading in their secondary needs to be a big part of that, as starting corner Ike Taylor is nearing the end. That could cause Pittsburgh to take a stab at a top level corner in round one, where someone like Justin Gilbert or Darqueze Dennard could be available. There have also been whispers about the Steelers getting Ben Roethlisberger another big target for the passing game. That could make Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin or Texas A&M Mike Evans (if he falls) interesting draft targets for the Steelers.
4-18-14: The Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a rocky start and missed out on the playoffs in 2013, but will try to right the ship heading into 2014. That can always start as early as the preseason, where they’ll take on Giants in New York in week one. Week two brings on E.J. Manuel and the Buffalo Bills in Pittsburgh and then the Steelers take it to Philly to take on Chip Kelly’s Eagles. The trip to Philadelphia is easily their most exciting game of the preseason, as their defense will be charged with the task of slowing down a very explosive Eagles offense. On the flip-side, we’ll get a good look at the starters on both sides of the ball for both teams. After Steelers fans get a good idea of what to expect out of their team in week three, their backups will close out August at home against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
4-7-14: Pittsburgh aimed to get younger and more athletic heading into the offseason, and so far they’ve done a solid job in accomplishing their mission. With Ryan Clark leaving and Troy Polamalu aging, the Steelers did well to shore up their safety positions, as they signed Michael Mitchell and brought back Will Allen. The biggest move on defense might be the transition tag assigned to stud outside linebacker Jason Worilds, though, while inside linebacker Arthur Moats could also prove to be a solid depth acquisition. Pittsburgh was also busy on the offensive end, adding depth to their passing game with slot receiver Lance Moore, while also taking a chance on Darrius Heyward-Bey to potentially spice up their offense. The Steelers also got stronger on the ground with former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount being added to the roster, but will head into the draft with serious questions at corner and defensive end.
3-21-14: Pittsburgh had a rough start to 2013 thanks to poor offensive line play and overall inconsistent play on offense. They finished strong, though, and really only needed to make a few moves to hopefully get back in the playoff mix in 2014. However, it looks like most of the improving will be done within or via the draft. This offseason has been mostly about letting go, as the Steelers let number two wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sign with Denver, while they also bid farewell to Jonathan Dwyer, Ziggy Hood, LaMarr Woodley and Larry Foote. The Steelers did well to grab some solid depth for the defensive line with the signing of Cam Thomas and also slapped the franchise tag on explosive outside linebacker Jason Worilds. They’ll need to make a splash or two in the draft to push themselves to the next level.
12-31-13: Le’Veon Bell rushed for 90 yards on 20 carries and helped the Steelers put away the Cleveland Browns early at home, 20-7. The Pittsburgh defense forced two turnovers and racked up three sacks as they got to 8-8, only to narrowly miss out on the AFC’s final wild card playoff spot.
12-24-13: Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell carried the Steelers on offense and the defense made a stand when it mattered most as Pittsburgh held on in Green Bay to get a 38-31 win over the Packers. Roethlisberger and Bell combined for three touchdowns as the Steelers kept themselves alive in the race for the AFC’s final wild card playoff spot.
12-17-13: Antonio Brown scored two touchdowns early to help the Steelers get up 24-0 on the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh held on late for a 30-20 win. Ben Roethlisberger played efficient football and running back Le’Veon Bell added a rushing touchdown to help the Steelers get closer to .500.
12-10-13: The Steelers went back and forth with the Miami Dolphins all day in week 14, but when Miami scored the game’s final 10 points in the fourth quarter, it looked bleak. Despite the odds against them, however, the Steelers pulled off a magical pitch play that got wide receiver Antonio Brown into the end-zone with no time remaining. Unfortunately, it was called back due to him stepping out of bounds and the Steelers lost at home, 34-28.
12-3-13: As battles between the Ravens and Steelers often go, thus one also went down to the wire and had a defensive battle theme to it. Running back Le’Veon Bell offered up 73 rushing yards and a score before exiting with a concussion, but it wasn’t enough as Pittsburgh couldn’t convert a two-point conversion late and fell to their division rivals, 22-20 in Baltimore.
11-26-13: The Steelers got absolutely worked by Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon in week 12, as he abused their secondary for 14 receptions and over 200 receiving yards. Luckily the Steelers held the rest of the Browns in check, as they played ball control offense and relied on their defense the rest of the way in a 27-11 road win to help keep them in playoff contention.
Ben Roethlisberger played arguably his best game of the season, as he passed for over 360 yards and four touchdowns to help the Steelers to a big 37-27 win over the Detroit Lions at home. Antonio Brown hauled in two scores in the first half, while Pittsburgh’s defense completely shut down the Lions in the second half to help secure the win.
11-12-13: Despite ridiculous rumors that franchise passer Ben Roethlisberger wanted out of town via trade after the season, the sliding Steelers grouped together and got the win over the Buffalo Bills in week 10, 23-10. Big Ben threw for over 200 yards and a touchdown, while the defense made E.J. Manuel look every bit like the rookie he is. The win moved the Steelers to 3-6 on the season and kept their faint playoff hopes alive.
11-5-13: Ben Roethlisberger did his best to battle Tom Brady in week nine, and it was almost enough for the first three quarters. The Steelers hung tight entering the final quarter, down just three points. Unfortunately, Big Ben’s four touchdown passes would go to waste, as the Steelers couldn’t stop the Patriots’ 28-7 fourth quarter run and fell on the road, 55-31.
10-30-13: The Pittsburgh Steelers were aiming for a third straight win in week eight, but fell behind to the Oakland Raiders early and couldn’t climb out of an early hole in a 21-18 road defeat. Pittsburgh made it interesting late, but couldn’t get the onside kick to attempt to complete their comeback. The Steelers were doomed by poor pass protection on the day, giving up a whopping five sacks, while also turning the ball over twice in their fifth loss in seven tries.
10-22-13: Pittsburgh pounded the rock with rookie running back Le’Veon Ball to the tune of 93 rushing yards on 19 carries and played ball control offense in a close 19-16 win at home in week seven. Bell was effective and Ben Roethlisberger made timely throws and no mistakes as the Steelers held onto a led throughout until Shaun Suisham hit a 42-yard field goal as time expired to secure the home win to give the Steelers their second straight win on the season.
10-15-13: The Pittsburgh Steelers needed to get their identity back. To do so, all they had to do was re-expose New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith for what he was - a rookie quarterback who turns the ball over. It wasn’t pretty on offense, but the yellow and black mustered up a 55-yard passing score between Ben Roethlisberger and Emmanuel Sanders and the Steelers held their own on defense in a big 19-6 win on the road. Pittsburgh’s defense was all over Geno Smith and New York’s offense, picking Smith off twice and sacking him three times, while holding every Jets runner below 31 rushing yards.
10-1-13: Ben Roethlisberger deemed his Pittsburgh Steelers to possibly be “the worst team in the league” after falling to the Minnesota Vikings in London in week four, sending the Steelers to an abysmal 0-4 start. Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell made his pro debut in this one and provided quite a spark, as he rushed for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the close 34-27 loss. Ben Roethlisberger led a furious late comeback, as well, as the Steelers scored 10 unanswered points to cut the Vikings’ lead to 34-27 late in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh had one final opportunity to force overtime, but with zero time outs, Roethlisberger was sacked and fumbled the ball away with only seconds remaining.
9-20-13: Pittsburgh traveled to Cincinnati last week for a Monday Night Football matchup with the Bengals. The two teams played an evenly contested first half as they went into the break with the score tied at 10. The second half, however, was all Bengals. Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger attempted to overcome a lethargic rushing attack and a nasty Bengals pass rush, but took two sacks and threw an interception in what ended up being a 20-10 road loss for the Steelers. Next week, Pittsburgh will host the Bears on Sunday Night Football as they’re still looking for their first win of the season.
9-10-13: Pittsburgh dropped their season open to the Titans by the score of 16-9. This game was really all about the Steelers lackluster offense as they managed just one offensive score that came with the game arguable already decided. Ben Roethlisberger was 21-for-33 passing for 191 yards, a pick and a TD. The Steelers couldn’t get anything going on the ground as they ran for just 32 rushing yards. The Steelers look to rebound next week when they travel to Cincy for a Monday night clash with the Bengals.
9-3-13: Here's a list of the Steelers' final roster cuts of the preseason: RB Jonanthan Dwyer, P Brian Moorman, RB Alvester Alexander, NT Alameda Ta'amu, DE Brian Arnfelt, LB Alan Baxter, LB Terence Garvin, LB Marshall McFadden, LB Brian Rolle, WR Justin Brown, WR Reggie Dunn, WR Kashif Moore, OL Mike Golic, OL Chris Hubbard, OL Joe Long, OL Joe Madsen, TE Jamie McCoy, TE Nathan Overbay, DB Terry Hawthorne, CB Devin Smith, DB Ross Ventrone, DB Josh Victorian.
8-22-13: Running back Le'Veon Bell has a Lisfranc injury and is now expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks. There is also a chance he may have to have season-ending surgery.
8-21-13: Pittsburgh dropped another game last week to an NFC East team, this time a 24-13 loss to the Redskins on Monday night. Ben Roethlisberger didn't play that much and was 5-of-6 passing for 66 yards. He also had a screen pass picked off and returned for a touchdown by Skins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Rookie QB Landry Jones threw for the only Steelers TD in the game, a 10-yard strike to Derek Moye. Jones was 9 of 22 on passing attempts for 111 yards. Running back Jonathan Dwyer got a lot of work in, carrying the ball 14 times for 68 yards.
After missing the Steelers first preseason game, rookie running back Le'Veon Bell also had to leave this game with a right foot injury.
In week 3 of the preseason, the Steelers will host Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs.
8-11-13: The Steelers fell to Eli and the Giants 18-13 in their preseason opener. Ben Roethlisberger didn't play much but was 4 of 8 for 36 yards. LaRod Stephens-Howling carried it 7 times for 40 yards.
The only Steelers TD was scored by Adrian Robinson, who recovered a fumble in the end zone.
7-10-13: Pittsburgh fell apart last year with an 8-8 finish and missed the playoffs, but appear set to make it back to the big dance in 2013. They lost Mike Wallace via free agency, but got younger on defense and upgraded at running back with rookie Le’Veon Bell. If the Steelers can protect Ben Roethlisberger better and display a nice balance on offense, the smart, quiet moves they made could pay off.
6-12-13: While the Steelers have some rich history and timeless traditions, there was nothing rich or timeless about their 2012 season, as they finished 8-8 and missed post-season play by going just 2-3 down the stretch. The bad news isn’t that the Steelers fell apart last year. It’s that they have to try to pick up the pieces without star wide receiver Mike Wallace, and make sure their aging defense doesn’t keep trucking on without some nice, young talent being added. The Steelers did unload James Harrison, though, so they’re on the right track in terms of bringing in fresh legs and letting go of the past a bit. They still have some work to do, but Pittsburgh plays mean and still has a ton of talent.
Steelers 2013 Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 17: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
Round 2, Pick 16: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Round 3, Pick 17: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Round 4, Pick 14 (from Miami through Cleveland): Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
Round 4, Pick 18: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Round 5, Pick 17: Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
Round 6, Pick 18: Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Round 6, Pick 38 (Compensatory Selection): Vince Williams, LB, Florida State
Round 7, Pick 17: Nick Williams, DT, Samford
12-4-12: At 7-5 the Steelers may not have to be too worried about their next four games. After a huge win in Baltimore their biggest concern is the health of Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers will play three of their next four games at home and will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time.