Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Roethlisberger remains red-hot

Just like their previous game, the Ravens put a Steelers quarterback out with an injury. They accomplished little else on a day the Steelers made certain they won't leave Pittsburgh until the Super Bowl if they keep winning.

Still-unbeaten Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes in a run-heavy offense before being pulled from a 20-7 Steelers victory Sunday with an unspecified rib injury caused by a blindside hit on a scoring pass.

Pittsburgh (14-1) wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and a first-round bye. But a team already playing without six injured regulars sustained two more injuries, as Roethlisberger and cornerback Deshea Townsend (broken right hand) left during the fourth quarter.

``We have a lot of guys hurt right now, but now we control our own destiny,'' wide receiver Hines Ward said. ``Now teams are going to have to come in and deal with the weather, the field and our fans. You couldn't ask for a better situation.''

Except to be healthier.

Roethlisberger was assisted off the field, a large clump of grass sticking out of the left side of his face mask, after being leveled by Terrell Suggs on a 2-yard touchdown pass to Jerame Tuman. Suggs was penalized for roughing the passer, but the play did not touch off any incidents.

Roethlisberger, who wears a protective jacket around his ribs like many NFL quarterbacks do, returned to complete throws of 26 yards to Plaxico Burress and 9 to Jerome Bettis on Pittsburgh's next drive early in the fourth quarter. But he was replaced by Tommy Maddox midway through the drive because, coach Bill Cowher said, ``He grimaced every time he threw it.''

Roethlisberger's injury was the lone worrisome note for the Steelers as they ran their franchise-record winning streak to 13 games and all but eliminated the Ravens (8-7) from playoff contention.

``You don't like to lose, especially in this environment, in what pretty much is a playoff game for us,'' Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller said.

Roethlisberger (14 of 19, 211 yards, one interception) probably won't play Jan. 2 in Buffalo, but none of his teammates seemed overly concerned. Roethlisberger did not speak to reporters.

``Ben's a tough guy, and I'm not worried at all about Ben,'' Bettis said. ``He wanted to keep going. He's a competitor.''

Coincidentally, Roethlisberger became Pittsburgh's starter when Maddox hurt his right elbow Sept. 19 against the Ravens. Maddox did not play again until Sunday.

Bettis ran for 117 yards in his sixth 100-yard game this season -- all in place of Duce Staley (hamstring), who sat out for the sixth time in eight games. Bettis also moved past Eric Dickerson on the NFL career rushing list with 13,294 yards to fourth on the career rushing list and closed to within 60 yards of his ninth 1,000-yard season.

``To go past Eric Dickerson is amazing, considering my role (as a backup) when the season started,'' Bettis said.

Pittsburgh is assured of matching the best record in franchise history (14-2 in 1978) even if it loses at Buffalo.

``They've been on a roll and it doesn't seem like they're stopping,'' Ravens safety Ed Reed said. ``But I still think we're a better team than we displayed.''

Burress returned from a four-week layoff with a sore hamstring and made an immediate impact with three catches for 97 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger as Pittsburgh drove 80 yards in five plays on its opening possession.

Three times the Ravens advanced to at least the Pittsburgh 35 without scoring, with Jamal Lewis held to 26 yards on 14 carries. The Ravens scored only eight touchdowns while going 3-5 on the road.

Baltimore briefly tied it at 7 on Jamal Lewis' 5-yard TD run, but Joey Porter's interception of Boller's tipped pass led to Jeff Reed's 23-yard field goal that made it 10-7.

The Steelers took control by starting the second half with a 14-play, 71-yard drive that featured 12 consecutive runs ahead of Tuman's touchdown catch.

``We came out and hit them with some good run plays and I think we realized, `Hey, these plays are working, let's stick to them they stop them,' `` fullback Dan Kreider said.

Roethlisberger makes it hard for us to loose. He is throwing like a seasoned pro. Lets keep up the good work Steelers!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Making it 12!

From Sports.yahoo.com:
The main thing separating Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning on Saturday was the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie quarterback made his biggest plays with the game on the line.

Roethlisberger threw for a season-high 316 yards and hit four straight passes to set up Jerome Bettis' game-winning 1-yard run with 4:57 to go, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 33-30 win over the New York Giants.

``I am amazed, but he is an awesome quarterback,'' receiver Antwaan Randle said after Roethlisberger led the Steelers (13-1) to a team-record 12th straight win and handed the Giants (5-9) a seventh straight loss.

``He might have a long way to go, but he has this great poise,'' said Randle El, who caught five passes for 149 yards and a TD and also threw his first career TD. ``You can have all the ability in the world but if you don't have to the poise to do it, it won't happen.''

Roethlisberger, who has not lost in 25 straight college and pro starts, showed his poise in moving the Steelers from their 33 to the New York 8 after a Tiki Barber 1-yard run had given New York a 30-26 lead.

``He has been making good decisions with games on the line,'' coach Bill Cowher said of the 11th pick in the NFL draft. ``In the fourth quarter, he has a feel for the game and an understanding of the game and he manages it well.''


Until Saturday, Manning has struggled in losing his first four starts. The No. 1 pick in the draft was horrible in his last two games and seemingly had lost his confidence.

Using a game plan filled with plays he liked, Manning found himself against the NFL's top-ranked defense. He threw two touchdown passes and set up Barber's go-ahead touchdown with three completions of 15 yards or more.

``I had fun because we were getting some stuff done,'' said Manning, who completed 16 of 23 for 182 yards. ``We were making plays, running the ball, the line was protecting, receivers were making catching. We got in a rhythm and it was back to playing football again. It was a good feeling.''

Roethlisberger hit five passes of 34 or more yards in a much-hyped matchup with Manning, who only had one over 20 yards.

The two talked before the game and they congratulated each other after it was over.

``I don't ever want to remember what it is like to lose,'' said Roethlisberger, who also threw two interceptions.

Randle El caught a 35-yard touchdown pass and threw a 10-yard shovel pass to Verron Haynes for a touchdown. Jeff Reed kicked four field goals, Hines Ward had nine catches for 134 yards despite finishing the game with a hip pointer and Bettis ran for 140 yards for the Steelers.

Manning threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Jeremy Shockey and 1 yard to Marcellus Rivers. He also hit Amani Toomer with two 17-yard passes and he added a 15-yarder to Ike Hilliard to set up Barber's go-ahead TD run.

Manning was sacked on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Roethlisberger then sandwiched passes of 9 and 11 yards to Ward around a dump off to Bettis before hitting Randle El for 36 yards to the Giants 8. Three straight runs by Bettis got the ball in the end zone.

Willie Williams picked off a deep throw to a tripped Toomer on the next series and the Steelers ran out the clock.

Giants receiver Willie Ponder took the opening kickoff 91 yards for a score. It was the Giants' first game-opening kickoff return for a touchdown in a regular-season home game in their 80-year history.

The Steelers used trickery to tie the game with Randle El making the shovel pass after taking a lateral from Roethlisberger.

Manning, who had led the Giants to only one touchdown in 45 possessions since replacing Kurt Warner at quarterback, hit Shockey for a TD on the next series.

Manning gave New York a 24-23 lead with his TD pass to Rivers.

Reed put Pittsburgh ahead 26-24 with is 28-yarder early in the fourth quarter.

Roethlisberger is surely going to become one of the all time greats in the game!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Bettis does whatever is asked of him

By Teresa Varley, Steelers.com
To know Jerome Bettis is to know one thing. If you ask him to do something he is going to do it. And not just do it, but do it to perfection.

When the 2004 season started Bettis was asked to take a backseat in the Steelers offense. He would be the guy to pound the ball in to the end zone anywhere inside the five-yard line, while Duce Staley was getting the carries.

Some players of his stature might complain. They might cause turmoil in the locker room being asked to take that type of reduced role. But that isn’t Bettis’ style. You will never hear him complain, not in public or private.

“My whole career, I have been the feature back,” said Bettis. “This is something I have grown to work within in terms of understanding what my role is and really, really trying to excel in that role. It is one of those situations that I am finding a way to flourish in the role that has been given to me. I understand, and I think it is the best situation for this football team.”

So how did he respond on the field? In the Steelers first game against the Raiders Bettis carried the ball five times for one-yard. Some might look at that and initially think, ouch. Not really what you expect from a future Hall of Famer. But when you look closely, three of those carries were for touchdowns, the only ones scored by the offense in a 24-21 victory.

Fast-forward to the Eagles game on November 7. Staley suffered a hamstring injury the week before and would be sidelined. So it was time to get The Bus in gear again. No more goal line only. This time he would be carrying the load. And carry it he did.

He carried the ball 33 times for 149 yards against a stingy Eagles defense. It would be the start of four-straight 100-yard games for him. He just kept churning them out, coming through for the offense with what they needed.

“You can’t say enough about what Jerome means to this team,” said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. “If he is not on the field, it is his leadership. When he is on the field, it is his hard running and his leadership. You can’t say enough about what Jerome means to this team.”

When Staley returned to the line-up two weeks ago against Jacksonville, Bettis took the back seat again. He knew it was the right thing, no matter how much he wanted to keep on playing.

“You can look at it as you were demoted, and everything is negative and you look at everything from a down side saying this is what I am relegated to, and they are trying to get me out of here,” said Bettis. “Or you can look at it say this gives me an opportunity to stay fresh and when I do get the opportunity, take advantage of it. So, be ready, go to practice excited about what you are doing, and just be ready. That is the attitude I have taken with the situation. I have always been ready. When I get in practice, I am practicing as if I am going to get 30 carries. If it doesn’t happen, then it doesn’t. But if it does I am ready for it and it has been paying off for me.

On Sunday against the Jets Bettis was ready and there was nobody that made the impact he did on the game. Bettis threw for a touchdown and ran for a touchdown, playing mostly in the second half, all while going over 13,000 yards for his career.

It was vintage Bettis. Doing whatever was asked of him and as always, doing it to perfection.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Keep'n the streak alive!

From sports.yahoo.com:
The Washington Redskins only wish they were getting as much offense from their starters as the streaking Pittsburgh Steelers are from their backups.

Antwaan Randle El, making only his second NFL start at receiver, took care of the big plays and Jerome Bettis again handled the short yardage in his fourth consecutive 100-yard game off the bench to lead the Steelers past Washington 16-7 Sunday.

The Steelers' nine-game winning streak is their longest since they won their final nine in 1976. They are 10-1 for the first time since 1975, the second of their four Super Bowl championship seasons.

``We're 10-1, and that would have been hard to picture,'' guard Alan Faneca said. ``We've got a nice little thing going right now.''

Just like those Steel Curtain days of the 1970s, the Steelers are increasingly relying on the NFL's top-ranked defense as opponents come up with ways to contain unbeaten quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The rookie had his second straight low-production game (9-of-20, 131 yards, four sacks) while constantly sidestepping Washington's pass rush, but it hardly made any difference even as Pittsburgh was held to 207 yards.

Randle El scampered through the Redskins' coverage team on punt returns of 60 and 43 yards to set up two first-half scores -- Bettis' 4-yard touchdown run, his 11th of the season, and the first of Jeff Reed's three field goals on a blustery day.

Randle El, making a spot start for the injured Plaxico Burress (hamstring), also made two catches for 37 yards and drew a 32-yard pass interference penalty.

``You need every guy,'' Randle El said. ``I don't care if you are the big star, if you don't have the rest of the guys doing what they are supposed to be doing it makes it hard. Special teams came up big, and we need to keep it going because sometimes the offense may sputter.''

Bettis started when Duce Staley unexpectedly sat out a fourth straight game with a sore hamstring, and responded with 100 yards on 31 carries. His 47th career 100-yard game matches Franco Harris' team record.

``I'm a mudder, so this was my weather,'' said Bettis, who last had four consecutive 100-yard games in 2001. ``It was a tough day -- they have the No. 2 defense in the league and you can see why -- but I'm a big guy and I always feel I can wear a defense down in the second half.''

The Redskins (3-8), headed for one of the lowest-scoring seasons in NFL history, were held to 156 yards and to single-digit scoring for a second consecutive game, following up a 28-6 loss to Philadelphia. They haven't scored more than 18 points in a game this season.

``One of our goals is to score 21 points,'' quarterback Patrick Ramsey said. ``We've got to do that.''

Washington was held to 50 yards as Pittsburgh opened a 13-0 lead in the first half.

``It's very tough to make yards on them; they're one of best defenses I've been against,'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. ``It was a little bit of us and a little bit of them. We hurt ourselves by dropping some balls and not executing.''

With star running back Clinton Portis sitting out most of the second half, the Redskins drove 79 yards in 13 plays early in the third quarter for Ramsey's 2-yard scoring pass to Chris Cooley on fourth-and-goal, cutting it to 13-7.

Portis, among the NFL's rushing leaders with 945 yards and coming off consecutive 1,500-yard seasons for Denver, had only six carries for 17 yards. He has just 54 yards the last two weeks.

``We felt our best way to get it downfield (was to throw),'' Gibbs said. ``I am sure he will be upset about it. I expect him to be. He is very competitive.''

Portis said, ``I'm not in Denver anymore, I'm in Washington, I have to find a way to be a key player in this system, the same way I was there.''

It is lookin good for us this year. Although Roethlisberger wasn't playing to his potential, it shows that we don't have to have Roethlisberger to succed. Even though it was no repeat of the Browns game, Bettis showed his stuff by leading the team in yards this game. And once again we put the plug on the few non-believers remaining after putting one more game in the bag for now atleast. It doesn't look like we are going to stop soon so long as us fans get out there. Lets pump up the players and get the city excited. GO STEELERS!

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

8 in a row but will injuries stop that?

From sports.yahoo.com:
The Pittsburgh Steelers keep winning games and losing players.

The latest additions to an injury list that took coach Bill Cowher more than five minutes to recite Tuesday: wide receiver Plaxico Burress, inside linebacker Kendrell Bell and defensive lineman Brett Keisel. All will miss Sunday's home game against Washington.

Bell, one of the AFC's most disruptive pass rushers, will be out a minimum of three to four games with his second major groin injury this season. He could miss the rest of the season if he needs another operation, potentially a major setback to the NFL's top-ranked defense.

``We're still exploring all of the options,'' Cowher said.

Bell needed surgery last month to repair a hernia in his groin, but returned three weeks ago and was just beginning to resemble the player chosen as the 2001 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year when he tore a groin tendon Sunday.

Larry Foote has been a more than adequate replacement at inside linebacker for Bell and is third on the team in tackles. But rarely commands the extra attention from offensive lines that Bell attracts.

James Farrior, the other inside linebacker in the Steelers' 3-4 defense, has helped make up for Bell's missing production with a Pro Bowl-quality season. He has three sacks, three interceptions, has forced three fumbles and recovered three.

``He's just playing so much faster and playing more instinctively and, consequently, he's making a lot of plays,'' Cowher said. ``Since (outside linebacker) Joey Porter got hurt last year, he's become a three-down player and he's been making a lot of plays on third down.''

The Steelers (9-1) won't have their best third-down receiving threat Sunday when they go for their ninth consecutive victory, taking on Washington (3-7). Burress (sore hamstring) will sit out after missing most of the final three quarters of Sunday's 19-14 victory in Cincinnati.

Burress' absence means Antwaan Randle El will start at receiver with Hines Ward, whose production has slowed considerably as he has seen more double coverage.

Ward was held to one catch after Burress left early in the second quarter Sunday and has made eight catches in three games after making at least six receptions in each of his first seven games.

Even before this latest run of injuries, the Steelers already were without four injured regulars: right guard Kendall Simmons, nose tackle Casey Hampton, running back Duce Staley and cornerback Chad Scott. Only Staley and Scott will return this season.

Staley (bruised hamstring) will practice Wednesday for the first time since Nov. 4 and could start Sunday in place of Jerome Bettis, who is coming off three consecutive 100-yard games. Scott (quadriceps) will miss his fifth straight game but could play Dec. 5 at Jacksonville.

Keisel, who backs up Aaron Smith at defensive end, will be out three to four weeks with a strained hamstring.

Cowher isn't blaming the numerous injuries, but his team played its shakiest game of the winning streak Sunday. Rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked seven times, and the Steelers squandered numerous scoring chances inside the Bengals' 20.

Cowher is wary of the Redskins despite their record, pointing to their second-ranked defense and improving ground game. Clinton Portis has rushed for 506 yards in five games.

``It's an important time of the year, certainly we realize that,'' Cowher said. ``We have to keep trudging along and clean up some things from last week's game and, hopefully, we're going to get a better effort.''

No doubt Cowher hopes Roethlisberger's appearance on David Letterman's show Tuesday night doesn't prove distracting. Cowher didn't discourage Roethlisberger from appearing but, asked if he would watch, Cowher said, ``No, uh-uh.''


We are hot this season, really hot, but if our streak is going to end this season, this would be the game that would do it. We are missing some key parts of our defense against a fairly strong Jacksonville team. If our defense can't handle the set back, there is no doubt in my mind we will see another game like the Ravens game. Lets stay strong and make 9 Steelers! GO STEELERS!

Monday, November 15, 2004

We got the win, but the attention was on the fight.

From sports.yahoo.com:
Talking trash wasn't enough. The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers decided to trade punches.

Less than an hour before Sunday's game, Browns running back William Green and Steelers linebacker Joey Porter squared off and wildly swung at each other near midfield.

The altercation resulted in both being ejected before the opening kickoff and added another chapter to the NFL's nastiest rivalry, which had lost some of its snarl the past few years.

``We're getting it back,'' remarked Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.

As the teams were going through pregame drills, Porter and Green got into a heated verbal exchange in front of the Browns' bench. Seconds later, they were throwing overhand rights, uppercuts and roundhouse lefts before being separated.

``I've never been a boxing referee,'' Steelers running back Jerome Bettis said. ``It was weird. It was just one of those unfortunate things. Emotions boiled over.''

Porter landed one of his blows to Green's face, bloodying his lower lip.

Tensions between the teams were riding high following comments Browns defensive tackle Gerard Warren made in the days leading up to the game. Warren threatened to go after Pittsburgh rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's head.

The NFL warned Warren on Friday that any unnecessary roughness could result in a suspension.

Warren's remarks had players edgy as they took the field.

``You could see something coming,'' said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. ``Joey came over there and they got into it. Their faces were real close and spit was flying. The next thing you know he (Green) tried to head-butt Joey. Then punches were thrown.''

Ward was disappointed Porter, one of the league's most verbose players, got himself kicked out.

``Joey has got to be smarter than that,'' Ward said. ``We've got more to lose than they got. I know Joey regrets what happened.''

Browns fullback Terrelle Smith, whom Ward accused of inciting the fight, also threw a punch during the skirmish, but was not thrown out. Smith said he was trying to protect his teammate.

``Anything that happens to him, happens to me,'' Smith said. ``You got to protect your own. There are always words exchanged, but maybe he (Porter) talked to the wrong people.''

Roethlisberger wasn't sure what was happening when the fight broke out.

``I was 20 yards away. I picked up my helmet and went over,'' he said. ``As a leader I want to help, but I didn't want to do anything stupid.''

Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia maybe summed up the foolishness of the fight better than anyone.

``We can't afford to lose players before the game even starts,'' he said.

Way to step up in the Game you guys, but we need to keep the beatings strictly in the game or else it could hurt our team in a whole. Keep Winning and keep the emotions down! GO STEELERS!

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

ENDED A STREAK

From sports.yahoo.com
The New England Patriots are no longer perfect, all because of a rookie quarterback who still is.

Ben Roethlisberger, who doesn't know what it's like to lose an NFL game, drove the Steelers to four scores following uncharacteristic New England turnovers and Pittsburgh ended the Patriots' two long winning streaks with a remarkably easy 34-20 victory Sunday.

The Patriots (6-1) had won 21 straight counting the playoffs and a league-record 18 in a row in the regular season, but were all but out of this one after Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Plaxico Burress during a 21-point Steelers first quarter.

Maybe all this winning was too much to ask of Boston-area teams. With running back Corey Dillon (thigh) sitting out and Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law (foot) sidelined for all but a few plays, the Patriots' record run ended only four days after the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

``It was never about the streak, that was never part of our preparation,'' linebacker Mike Vrabel said. ``It wasn't this week against the Steelers, either -- we just didn't play well enough to win, that's it.''

This was supposed to be the game that exposed Roethlisberger as a rookie -- taking on New England's defensive mastermind, coach Bill Belichick, and the Patriots' unpredictable defenses. Instead, Roethlisberger ran his own winning streak to 18 -- his last 13 games at Miami of Ohio and his first five in the NFL.


Only former Steelers quarterback Mike Kruczek's 6-0 start while subbing for the injured Terry Bradshaw in 1976 is longer than Roethlisberger's since the 1970 NFL merger. But Kruczek never threw a TD pass in 10 games this season.


Coming into this game against the boastful Patriots this weekend was hard. We were lucky to have the home crowd cheering us on and Roethlisberger continued to show us why he isn't just any rookie. With a average QB rating of 104.7, he is nearing Manning and Culpepper. Everybody came into this game thinking the Patriots would keep their winning streak alive but our Steelers gave them a run for their money and took the money and made it look easy at that. Staley rushed for 125 yards with a average of 5 yards per play. With the offense and the defense against the powerhouse of the NFl, we have really showed the rest of the Country that the Patriots are not indestructible by any means. Lets keep up the good work and forget about the Ravens early this season. GO STEELERS!

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Tough game coming up.

Its almost a foreshadowing of what I think what the AFC championship game will look like. We have the Patriots coming up next week. It's going to be tough to break a 21 game winning streak of a team like the Patriots. It isn't the fact they have won 21 games in a row but they have the momentum and the adrenaline. I am by no means saying that we are out of this though. We have all the potential and playing ability that we need to get us a nice shiny ring this year. I know I have said this many times before but Roethlisberger is one of the top rated QBs in this league and is a Rookie on top of that. Staley has proved to be a leader and a great RB. We can beat the Patriots but we have to hit them early and hard inorder for us to bring them down. Let's give the Patriots a run for their money! GO STEELERS!

Monday, October 18, 2004

Roethlisberger can play.

Roethlisberger really stepped up against the Cowboys yesterday. He played like any quarterback(rookies or veterans) aspire to play like. He threw 21 for 25 with no interceptions and a QB rating of 125.5.Ward also played great with 2 TD's. We are really starting to show qualities of a championship team and Roethlisberger is bound for greatness. Lets keep up the good work guys, because we have the ultimate test of strengths against the undefeated Patriots next game and they wont go down without a fight.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Rookie serves well

After Maddox hurt his arm, nobody thought Roethlisberger would preform to a veterans standard. He threw for 231 yards with only 1 interception. Him being a non-starting rookie is just another amazement that really gives me high hopes about him and the future of the Steelers. But back to the present day, we are really getting tough this year and we just need to keep it up. Aside from the Raven's game, we have been really playing great. We just need to keep up the intensity for Brady and the Patriots which is coming up on Haloween. Let's keep up the good work you guys and hope to get Maddox back in there soon.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

We jumped on them like a pack of wolves!

From sports.yahoo.com:
Pittsburgh forced four turnovers, made a key fourth-down stop and beat the hapless Miami Dolphins 13-3 Sunday night.

The Dolphins havn't looked good at all this season, and well we took advantage of that, just like all the other teams. Ben Roethlisberger played a pretty good game aside from the a interception( his first). He does deserve credit for taking over a big position in such short notice. The game was ofcourse pushed back after the hurricane threat, but the ending was inevitable. We played sloppy and we could improve on alot of things, but while we are winning I'm happy so lets get the Bengals on Sunday.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Maddox is out for a good part of the season

Maddox has ligament and tendon damage in his elbow which will prevent him from throwing for the next 6-8 weeks. This comes to the Steelers as a major hit and I am curious to see what we will do about it. Ben Roethlisberger who was supposed to be a starter later on in a few years is going to end up being our starter. The starters in the past havn't set much of a standard for him to follow in even though one of them(Terry Bradshaw) was a hall of famer. Lets keep our hopes up high and pray that Maddox will get over his injuries to return to play. Lets get an early leg up in the AFC North!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

forget the past

After having a not so good season last year in games that were decided by a low amount of points, we seemed to improve on our intensity to the end instead of playing the same old intensity as if we were up by 20. Although the game against Oakland could have been better, its nice to know we are improving...
From Sports.Yahoo.Com:
``It seems like last year this was the kind of game we were losing,'' defensive end Aaron Smith said Monday. ``To have a game like this and come out with a victory shows that, this year, we've got a little different approach.''

Monday, September 06, 2004

Cuts

The following players were cut:
LS Drew Caylor , OT Bo Lacy , DE Eric Taylor,Veterans NT Kendrick Clancy and LB Adrian Ross,fullback J.T. Wall, RB Dante Brown, LB Dedrick Roper, and S Russell Stuvaints,OT/OG Todd Fordham.

Lets hope its for the better!

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Redemption

After the close lose against the Lions, We have redeemed ourselves by not 1 win but by 2. We got back our respect in a matter of a week and it feels alot better to be winning. On a worse note, we had to cut 6 more players towards the final roster...
From sports.yahoo.com
"The Steelers released defensive lineman Anthony Herron, offensive tackle Morgan Pears, fullback Darryl Kennedy, linebacker Nick McNeil, offensive guard Josh Parrish, and safety Janssen Patton.

The cuts leave the Steelers with 78 players on the roster, which must be cut to 71 by Tuesday."

Even though this is a tough part of being on the team, it has to be done. This week they are playing the Carolina Panthers so.. Lets get em' Steelers!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

ughh, very close game

Brian St. Pierre almost pulled it off at the last second. Even though we lost, we played a heck of a game at the end of it. I was nearly tearing a hole in my couch from the suspense. In the end, the Lions outplayed us overall and we learned alot of things we need to improve. Now lets get ready for the Texans and win us a game. GO STEELERS!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

New Season, New Record

Well with last years disappointing season( to say the least) , we are going to want to win one this year. If you guys haven't been keeping up with the NFL draft , here's what happened for the Steelers.
From sports.yahoo.com:


1
11 (11)
Ben Roethlisberge
QB
Miami (Oh)


2
6 (38)
Ricardo Colclough
CB
Tusculum College
(from Atlanta via Indianapolis)

3
12 (75)
Max Starks
OT
Florida


5
13 (145)
Nathaniel Adibi
DE
Virginia Tech


6
12 (177)
Bo Lacy
OT
Arkansas


6
29 (194)
Matt Kranchik
TE
Penn St.
(from St. Louis)

6
32 (197)
Drew Caylor
C
Stanford
(from New England)

7
11 (212)
Eric Taylor
DT
Memphis

Hopefully, the rookies will make a difference, but I guess we will have to wait and see. Go Steelers!

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Steelers 2004 Schedule

Here's the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2004 schedule from NFL.com:

2004 Preseason
Date Opponent Time/Result
Aug. 14 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 21 Houston 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 26 at Philadelphia 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 2 Carolina 7:00 p.m.

2004 Schedule
Date Opponent Result
Sept. 12 Oakland 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Baltimore 1:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Miami 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 Cincinnati 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 Cleveland 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Dallas 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 24 Open Date
Oct. 31 New England 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 7 Philadelphia 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 14 at Cleveland 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 at Cincinnati 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 28 Washington 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 5 at Jacksonville 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 12 New York Jets 4:05 p.m.
Dec. 18 at New York Giants 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 26 Baltimore 1:00 p.m.
Jan. 2 at Buffalo 1:00 p.m.

Monday, July 19, 2004

new steelers blog

hey, just getting this thing set up right now, i'll start posting soon.  please come back soon and check out my progress!