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Pittsburgh Steelers Blog - 2012

Welcome To our Pittsburgh Steelers Blog for 2012.  
Our Prediction for this year is 10-6
We hope the upgrade to the offensive line helps the running game




Week 15 Regular Season 

Injuries continue to mount as Willie Colon has surgery on his knee and Cortez Allen is now hurt.

Rashard Mendenhall has been suspended for one game for not showing up at the San Diego game.  Baron Batch has been recalled to take his place. 

 

Steelers Lose to San Diego  

In another embarrassing loss to a poor team the Steelers go down to San Diego 34-24.  The game was not even close.  Curtis Brown had a horrible game.  The running game does not exist.  Offensive line had more injuries and played poorly.

Week 14 Regular Season  

This week the Steelers take on San Diego, the Steelers need to win the next 4 games to insure a wildcard in the playoffs.

Ben Roethlisberger will start at QB.  LeMarr Woodley, Mike Adams & Ike Taylor are all out.
Expect Kelvin Beechum back in at right tackle.  Cortez Allen will replace Ike Taylor.

 

Steelers Upset Ravens 23-20

The Steelers had a great game against the Baltimore Ravens and beat them on a last minute field goal.

QB Charlie Batch played well enough to get the win as he threw a TD pass to Heath Miller to tie the game and Shaun Suissam kicked the winning field goal as time ran out.

The defense played well getting a number of sacks, Ike Taylor left with an ankle injury and was replaced by Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown played nickel back and a fine game as well.

Kelvin Beechum played ok and Dwyer & Redman each had a good run.

A fitting way for Charlie Batch to end his playing career.

 

Week 13 Regular Season  

This will be a tough week for the Steelers as they travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.

Coach Mike Tomlin has announced that Jonathan Dwyer will be the starting running back, Mendenhall demoted to third string.

Mike Wallace will share time with Emmanuel Sanders.

It's possible Big Ben and Troy could play along with first round pick David DeCastro.  Let's hope they don't start Kelvin Beechum, he makes Oliver Ross look like Forrest Gregg.

 

 Steelers Lose To The Browns  20-14  

In one of the most embarrassing loses in the history of the franchise the Steelers lose to the Cleveland Browns.  

The Steelers had 8 turnovers, 5 fumbles and 3 interceptions.  All 4 running backs fumbled, only Chris Rainey had any success.

The defense played well but gave up a 15 yard touchdown run when Casey Hampton got blown off the line of scrimmage.

Lawrence Timmons had another top notch performance, he should make the Pro Bowl.

On offense Heath Miller and Emmanuel Sanders looked good.  Mike Wallace & Plaxico Burress were non existent, Mike Wallace is nothing without Antonio Brown.

Mike Adams went off with an injury which didn't look good, Chris Rainey also left the game with a foot injury.

Week 12 Regular Season

This week the Steelers take on the Cleveland Browns, a game they should win but I wouldn't count on it.

Charlie Batch will start at QB, he will be backed up by Brian Hoyer.  Plaxico Burress was signed to the roster Tuesday.  Marshall McFadden & Baron Batch were waived.

 Steelers Lose To Ravens 13-10  

This was a game where neither offense played real well.  QB Byron Leftwich scored on a long run after avoiding a defender.  Steelers defense played well especially Keenan Lewis & Casey Hampton.

More injuries cropped up as Issac Redman, Ziggy Hood, Jericho Cotchery & Byron  Leftwich all sustained injuries.

Week 11 Regular Season 

This week the Steelers take on arch rival Baltimore without Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.

Byron Leftwich will start at QB and Emmanuel Sanders will start at wide receiver/

Rashard Mendenhall is available for this game and Ryan Clark has been cleared to play.

 Steelers win in OT over Chiefs  

The Steelers come out on top as they edge the Kansas City Chiefs to improve their record to 6-3.

Ben Roethlisber left the game with a shoulder injury and headed to a hospital for treatment.

Ryan Clark also was injured at the end of the game.

Lawrence Timmons was the star of the game as he made an interception in OT.

Byron  Leftwich was completely ineffective as was Redman & Dwyer.

Week 10 Regular Season 

Its a Monday Night Game vs the Kansas City Chiefs, a chance for Todd Haley to get revenge on the team that fired him.

This week Emmanuel Sanders got fined $15,000 for faking an injury and the team fined $35,000.

Ben Roethlisberger and his wife are expecting their first child soon, it may arrive during the Baltimore Ravens game, if that happens Ben announced he would be with his wife.  This has sparked some controversy in the media.

Injury update for Monday Nights Game...Besides Troy, Gilbert, Sylvester and Antonio Brown, Mendenhall and Chris Carter are questionable.

David Gilreath has been activated to the active roster, Ta'Amu has been released.

Steelers Beat Giants 24-20  

Despite a really poor officiated game the Steelers beat the New York Giants 24-20.  The officiating was so bad it almost looked like the game was fixed.

Issac Redman had a big game rushing for close to 150 yards.

Antonio Brown went down with a sprained ankle that will probably keep him out a week or two.

The defense played well enough to stop Eli Manning & the Giants running game.

Keenan Lewis & Will Allen are playing very well.

Week 9 Regular Season 

This week the Steelers face defending Super Bowl Champs the New York Giants in an away game.
This will be another challenge for the Steelers defense as well as the offensive line, lets hope Dwyer gets the start.

Steelers Beat Redskins  27-12  

A big win for the Steelers as they beat RG3 and the Washington Redskins.
Dick LeBeau's Defense came through to control the Skins running game and RG3.
The defense as a who played well and Keenan Lewis is getting better with each game.

On offense Jonathan Dwyer had his second 100 yard game rushing, maybe its not too late to trade Mendenhall to a team like Phoenix for future draft picks.
Big Ben is having his best year and offensive line is starting to come together, even Mike Adams is getting the job done.

 

 Week 8 Regular Season  

The Steelers should get some of the injured players back, especially Pouncey.  This week the defense better get some younger and faster players on the field as they face RG3 and the Reskins.

Steelers Beat Bengals 24-17

A big win for the Steelers as they get past the Bengals.  Jonathan Dwyer rushed for over 100 yards and Chris Rainey scored a rushing touchdown.

Ike Taylor bounced back with a good game and Lemarr Wodley had an interception.

 Week 7 Regular Season  

 

Five Steelers won't dress for the Bengals game.  Besides Troy, Mendenhall & Redmen will sit this one out along with OT Marcus Gilbert and reserve linebacker Chris Carter.  Jonathan Dwyer & Mike Adams will get their first Nfl starts.

Alameda Ta'amu has been suspended without pay for 2 games by the Steelers.  Corbin Bryant has replaced Ta'amu on the active roster.

Wesleye Saunders has been cut by the Steelers.  Rookie David Paulson has come on strong and there is no reason to keep Saunders.

Alameda Ta'amu  the guy who was supposed to replace Casey Hampton has been arrested on multiple felony charges including DUI and attempting to run over police officers.  This was really stupid on this guys part, his Nfl career is done, he should get 10-20 years in prison for trying to run over police officers.  Let this be a lesson to thhe rest of the team, if you are going out to a bar have a designated driver who is at least 40 years old and someone close to yoor size who can keep you out of trouble.

Steelers Lose To The Titans 26-23

Is it time to press the panic button, YES, the Steelers lost to a bad Tennessee Titans team who were using a 37 year old QB.
The defense could not stop the run or the pass.  Ike Taylor had a horrible game with a number of penalties and was beaten quite a few times.  Lawrence Timmons, Larry Foote, Ryan Clark & Keenan Lewis all played well.  We did have 3 sacks but none by defensive lineman.
On offense the big problem was injuries.  Rashard Mendenhall & Issac Redman both went down with leg injuries as did lineman Maurkice Pouncey & Marcus Gilbert.  Mike Wallace caught an 82 yard pass for a touchdown and Health Miller had a good game, starting to worry about Antonio Brown & Jericho Cotchery, both seem a little off the past two weeks.  Baron Batch came in to play running back and did good considering he is a 7th round pick and mainly a special teams player.  Let's hope none of these injuries are real bad, Doug Legursky played well filling in for Pouncey.

 Week 6 Regular Season  

The Steelers are on a short week with a game Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans.
The Steelers will be without Troy and Lamarr Woodley who had a hamstring injury.

Steelers Beat Eagles 16-14 

Welcome back Rashard Mendenhall as he scored the Steelers only TD on a screen pass and had 81 yards rushing, this helped the Steelers to even their record at 2-2.
The defense was improved with the addition of James Harrison but Troy Polamalu was injured in the first quarter and did not return.  Ben was not real sharp and Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace just played average.

Week 5 Regular Season  

Expect Troy Polamalu & Rashard Mendenhall back in the lineup for the Philadelphia game.

Please pray for Chuck Pagano, head coach of the Indy Colts who is battling Leukemia.  Bruce Arians will be the interim coach.

James Harrison should start for the Steelers but won't play the whole game.

 

Week 4 Regular Season  

Bye

Steelers Lose To Oakland 

34-31

This is a game the Steelers should have won but the Defense had a really poor performance.

Ryan Mundy, Casey Hampton, Brett Kiesel all had real bad games.

Hood & Heyward look like free agents instead of first round picks.

On offense Antonio Brown had his worst game ever with 2 fumbles.

Big Ben, Heath Miller & Mike Wallace all played really well.

Week 3 Regular Season  

Lawrence Timmons fined $21,000 for helmet to helmet hit on Mark Sanchez.

James Harrison & Troy Polamalu won't play against the Raiders

 Steelers Beat The Jets  

27-10

The Steelers looked good especially in the second half as they beat the New York Jets 27-10.  Ben Roethlisberger was sharp as he hit Mike Wallace & Heath Miller for TD Passes.  The running game was still terrible, Issac Redman had his worst game ever.  The Defense was very good in the second half keeping the Jets off the board.  The Steelers are now in a three way tie for the division lead as Baltimore lost and Cincy won.

Week 2 Regular Season 

James Harrison & Troy Polamalu won't play against the Jets.

Steelers Lose To The Broncos 

31-19

The Steelers looked pretty good until mid way through the 4th quarter when Big Ben threw a pick 6 that shattered any hope of a comeback.

The running game was non existent and the offensive line was fair at best, only Max Starks did well.  Gilbert and Foster went down with injuries and the line actually played better without them.  Mike Adams did not have a great game but this was the best game for him so far.

The wide receivers & Heath Miller all looked great.  Leonard Pope is worthless, he can't catch the ball and he can't block either.  The Steelers should cut Pope & the Fullback Johnson and get 2 additional offensive lineman, maybe have Legursky play fullback in short yardage.

On defense Larry Foote and Lawrence Timmons played pretty well.  The defensive line was ok but Casey Hampton played way too much, he should only be in there 10-15 plays a game.

Ryan Mundy is a fine backup but he is no Ryan Clark.  Troy seems to be slowing down some and not making good decisions like he used to.

It was nice to see Jason Worlids make a sack on Manning.

The next game vs the Jets could be another loss, never thought the Jets would score 48 points.

 

Week 1 Regular Season 

Injury Updates

Baron Batch & James Harrison Did Not Practice on Thursday, Mendenhall, Redman & Worlids all had Full Participation in Practice on Thursday.

With the Steelers playing in Denver Sunday Night that means Ryan Clark will not play.  Ryan Mundy is ready to go and so is Mike Wallace.

Former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell passed away, he was 87.

Practice Squad Players Announced W

The Steelers signed 8 players to their practice squad including John Malecki, Damon Cromartie Smith, Josh Victorian and others

 Steelers reduce roster to 53

There were no huge surprises on cut down day, Veteran offensive lineman Trai Essex and Jeremy Kapinos the punter were the main 2 cuts along with Cromartie Smith the safety, all the others were rookies or second year players who were not expected to make the team.

 Steelers vs Carolina

Pre-Season Game 4

Steelers edge Panthers 17-16

In a game that the Steelers dominated they beat Carolina by just 1 point when Carolina elected to go for a two point conversion.

Charlie Batch started and looked good as he hit Emanuel Sanders for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Chris Rainey ran back two punts for touchdowns but both were called back because of penalities.

Wesley Saunders caught a Johnson pass in the second half for a touchdown.

3rd round pick Sean Spence was seriously hurt and will be out the entire season.

Week 4 Pre-Season

Issac Redman and Brett Kiesel will like miss the final pre-season game with injuries.

David DeCastro most likely won't go on the Injured Reserve list, more will be known after surgery is performed.

Jason Worlids & James Harrison are off the PUP list and expected to play vs the Denver Broncos in week 1.

Mike Wallace signed his one year tender and will start to practice on Friday.

The only cuts that made any impact were Linebacker Morty Ivy and PlaceKicker Daniel Hrappmann

 

Steelers vs Bills

Pre-Season Game 3

Steelers squash the Bills  38-7

It took a little time for the Steelers to get on track but once they did they scored often.

The running game was weak and the offensive line was just average but Max Starks looked real good at left tackle.  Marcus Gilbert on the other hand played lousy as did Willie Colon.  Ramon Foster replace an injured David DeCastro at Right Guard and played well.  Ben was on target and Antonio Brown continues to amaze at wide receiver.

Byron Leftwich played well throwing two touchdown passes and Chris Rainey had a long run from scrimmage for a touchdown.

On Defense Ziggy Hood looked recovering a fumble and Troy and Rookie Robert Golden had interceptions, lets hope Golden makes the team.  Cortez Allen looks real impressive, with we could say the same for Curtis Brown.  Adrain Robinson continues to impress but it looks like he will be a practice squad player.

Week 3 Pre-Season

Steelers fire Special Teams Coach Al Everest, Amos Jones will replace him.

Mike Wallace is expected to join the Steelers late in the week ending his holdout.

Steelers vs Colts

Pre-Season Game 2

Steelers Edge Colts  26-24

The Steelers looked good in their second pre-season game by making 3 interceptions and Antonio Brown catching a 57 yard pass for a touchdown.

The first team offense looked good Ben moving the ball and Jonathan Dwyer running hard.  Ben did throw an interception.

Andrew Luck looked good despite throwing two interceptions.  Ike Taylor took the first one to the house.  Cortez Allen continues to impress and does Josh Vicorian who had an interception late in the game.

Morty Ivy looked good on defense and blocked a punt.  Adrian Robinson continues to look good.

Fourth team QB Johnson also looked good.

Mike Adams had a horrible game, if he wasn't a second round pick he would get cut.  John Malecki and Ryan Lee looked good.

Week 2 Pre-Season

Linebackers Adrian Robinson & Morty Ivy have a chance to show what they can do against the Colts Sunday.

John Clay has been waived injured and the Steelers have signed RB Jason Ford.

James Harrison has had a setback, he had arthroscopy surgery on his left knee Wednesday.  It is doubtful he will be ready to play the opener in Denver.

Injuries continue as Issac Redman & Jonathan Dwyer probably will miss Sunday's game against the Colts.  John Clay also got injured this past Saturday, his status is uncertain.

Here is the way the offensive line will look for Sunday

Gilbert  LT    Colon  LG    Pouncey  C   DeCastro   RG    Foster  RT

Andrew Luck looked impressive against the Rams, lets see how he does this Sunday vs the Steelers Defense.

 

Steelers vs Eagles

Pre-Season Game 1

Steelers lose 24-23

 

The Steelers dominated in the first half with first and second team players.  Big Ben looked good along with running back Issac Redman and first team receivers Antonio Brown & Emmanuel Sanders.

Byron Leftwich connected with Emmanuel Sanders for a short TD pass and rookie sensation Chris Rainey ran 57 yards with a screen pass for a TD.

The two rookie offensive lineman were a bust.  Mike Adams game up sacks and was injured recovering a fumble.  David DeCastro looked more like a 5th round pick not a 1st round pick.
It would not surprise us if Starks & Foster were in the starting lineup the first week.

David Johnson & Jonathan Dwyer both had good nights but both got injured, Johnson is done for the whole year.

The 4th team QB Johnson was horrible, he should be one of the first cut.  Offensive Linemen Kyle Jolly & Kelvin Beachum were also horrible.

On Defense Steve McLendon had a real good game including a sack.  Rookie Sean Spence was ok and Adrian Robinson had a great game with pressure on the QB all second half.  

Curtis Brown had a real bad game, Cornerback Josh Victorian nearly incepted a pass in which he would have taken to the house but he could not hold on to it.  Free safety Robert Golden looked good and showed he is a sure tackler with speed, he also did fine on special teams.

The Steelers better get a veteran fullback if they hope to have a successful running attack.  Baron Batch was the leading ball carrier but he was not impressive, probably a practice squad candidate.

 


Four former players retire as Steelers, Aaron Smith, Joey Porter, Willie Parker and Marvel Smith have all retired as Steelers.

Willie Colon is injured and is doubtful for Thrursday Nights game against the Eagles.

Ben Roethlisberger has slight tear in his rotator cuff and a sore ankle after another player tramped on it.

Pittsburgh Steelers Dermonti Dawson and Jack Butler have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton Ohio.

The Steelers have signed wide out sensation Antonio Brown to a six year $42.5 million dollar contract.

Running backs coach Kirby Wilson is happy to be back with the Steelers after he was seriously burned in a fire in January.

Mike Wallace is a no show at training camp and the Steelers suspend contract negotiations with him until he signs his one year tender.

Coach Mike Tomlin gets a 3 year contract extension, this takes him through the 2016 season.

The Steelers Top pick David DeCastro signs a four year deal worth close to 8 million dollars.

The Steelers have re-signed veteran offensive tackle Max Starks.  This is a wise move because there are doubts about second round draft choice Mike Adams being ready to start at left tackle.

QB Troy Smith has been released from the active roster.

Former Steelers LB Clark Haggans has been arrested for DUI, he served his 48 hours in prison.

Ben Roethlisberger and his wife are expecting a baby