Friday, December 05, 2014

Is it too early for mock drafts?

Having just paid an invoice for playoff tickets, we're hoping that the Steelers can get on another winning streak and have at least one playoff home game. However their recent play makes that seem a bit too optimistic, and the playoffs have never seemed more unlikely. With that in mind we share the first mock draft we've encountered.

According to this early projection the Steelers will draft Alabama safety Landon Collins in the 14th spot of round one. According to CBSSports.com Mr. Collins is a "[w]ell-built athlete with light feet and fluid hips to change direction quickly. He's a forceful and reliable open-field tackler who often rips at the ball aggressively as he's taking opponents to the ground" who is projected as a first-round choice because of his ability to handle either strong- or free-safety positions.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Stat of the Day

This from Ray Fittipaldo of the PittsburghPost-Gazette: "Here is why the Steelers should stay committed to the running game in the stretch run. The 39 plays the Tennessee Titans ran were the fewest for an NFL team in three years, according to the NFL Network."

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Friday, June 13, 2014

A Legend Lost

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Steelers 2014 schedule amongst the easiest

No matter how one slice-and-dices the recently released National Football League schedule the Steelers have some of the weakest opponents of any team.  To get an idea of just how weak the schedule is take a look at Neil Paine's analysis on 538.com.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Steelers announce 2014 preseason schedule

Generally speaking NFL teams a free to schedule their home and away games during the preseason (the exception is the Hall of Fame game), so it will come as no surprise who the Steelers' opponents will be during the preseason: New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, and Carolina Panthers. The actual dates have not been announced.

The Steelers will play at the Giants and at the Eagles, and will face the Bills and Panthers at Heinz Field.

The Steelers faced the Giants and Panthers last season (along with games versus Kansas City and Washington), and played on the road in Philadelphia and Carolina in 2012.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

2014 Opponents

Since the debacle that was September the Steelers have been 7-4 (8-4 with a win versus Cleveland in week 17), and that has us feeling optimistic about 2014. So, while the Steelers try to pull off another December miracle, (as we write this the Jets are driving, the Bengals are leading) we look at next season's opponents.

HOME: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Kansas City.

AWAY: Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Carolina, N.Y. Jets.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nobody recovers from a concussion in a week

Players in the National Football League routinely return from mild traumatic brain injuries just in time to participate in their team's next game, typically a week following the injury.  But now comes word that "lingering abnormalities in the gray matter of [the] left prefrontal cortex . . . could persist up to four months after the injury."

If the NFL is as serious about the well-being of its players as Commissioner Goodell claims then we would like to see teams have the option to place players on a "injured reserve -- concussion" status that would be 14 days in duration.  This would give players a chance to begin the healing process, and teams could get short-term flexibility for their rosters.

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