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Steelers Fall Just Shy of Defensive Record
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 9:58PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, AFC NorthThe Steelers came within an eyelash of becoming the first team to lead the NFL in rushing defense, passing defense, total defense and scoring defense. But thanks to Jamal Lewis’ 94 yards and the Giants’ decision to sit Brandon Jacobs in a meaningless season ender, Pittsburgh missed the rushing defense crown by 54 yards.

Minnesota ended up allowing 76.9 yards per game on the ground, while Pittsburgh finished second by allowing 80.2 yards. Pittsburgh actually allowed less yards per carry than the Vikings (by two hundredths of a yard), but Minnesota faced 29 less rushing attempts.

Pittsburgh’s most impressive stat was its passing defense. Pittsburgh ended up allowing only 156.9 yards per game through the air, 23 yards per game better than second place Philadelphia. The difference between Philly and 12th-ranked Green Bay is only 22 yards.

Pittsburgh also finished first in total yardage allowed (237.2), yards per play (3.9) and points allowed (13.9). All in all, this has to rank as the Steelers’ most impressive defensive effort since the 1976 team rolled off shutout after shutout. But as great as it is, it’s still too soon to figure out where it ranks and compares to the Blitzburgh and Steel Curtain defenses of the past–that will be determined when the playoffs are done.

Chris Johnson and the Curious Incident of the Towel Celebration That Didn’t Get Fined
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 26th 2008 4:30PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Patriots, Steelers, Titans, Pressing Issues, NFL Real Talk, NFL RumorsChris Johnson (and his wallet) have already met the wrath of Roger Goodell this year — Johnson celebrated an early season touchdown by wailing on some bongos and got fined. It followed then, that he would get slapped with a similar monetary amount after pulling out a flag attached to his waist and waving it around during a touchdown celebration.

But he won’t, and PFT found out why, after emailing NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:
“It was a towel that is legally part of his uniform,” Aiello said. “There is not a violation of rules.”

“Due to past inappropriate acts while on the ground,” Aiello wrote, “the player demonstration guidelines were modified two years ago to prohibit celebratory actions while on the ground. So it’s a blanket rule (not a snow-angel rule). You can’t go the ground to celebrate a play.”
Of course, this also explains why Wes Welker got stuck with a $10K fine for being creative. But more than that, it points out what a rigid, Spanish Inquisition style of discipline Goodell is taking with the NFL. The thing to do with touchdown celebrations is review them case by case — although admittedly that leaves a lot more room to wiggle on the appeal process — and just say “at your own risk of being fined.”

Then, when something funny humorous, quick and original — like bongo playing or snow angel making — happens, it becomes a “no harm - no foul, let’s move on” scenario. And when someone behaves stupidly, they get slapped with a fine. Hard to see how too many people would be upset by that.

Like Everybody Else, Crennel Is Worried That Steelers Will Crush Browns Sunday
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 26th 2008 9:00AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Steelers, AFC North, NFL Fans, NFL CoachingRomeo Crennel continues his march to unemployment, in all likelihood, three days from now. But in the meantime, he’s going through the motions, preparing the Browns for their final game of 2008.

Unfortunately (historically, anyway) Cleveland faces Pittsburgh, a team Crennel has yet to beat in seven previous tries. Given that the wheels have fallen off the Browns season and the Steelers are gearing up for a playoff run, there’s not much reason to think Cleveland has a chance Sunday. And this worries Crennel. Well, as much as a meaningless game that precedes the inevitable firing can worry somebody. “I haven’t been able to beat Pittsburgh and that’s discouraging to everybody, myself included,” Crennel said this week. “It seems like we play them close one game and get killed the next game. That’s one of my fears going down this time, [that] we played them a close game this year.” So Crennel is predicting a beatdown, basically. For what it’s worth, Vegas opened with Cleveland getting 10 points, but that was before Bruce Gradkowski was announced as the starting quarterback. He’ll be the fourth Browns QB to start a game this year, which on most other teams, works out to approximately an 11th- or 12th-teamer. Adjust your lines accordingly.Continue Reading

Mike Tomlin Gets Visit From Santa During Weekly Press Conference, Insanity Ensues
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 23rd 2008 3:35PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching, NFL Media Watch, NFL Video
Mike Tomlin’s weekly press conference began like any other random, mundane press conference with an NFL coach: review of the most recent game, rundown of the injuries, look ahead to the next opponent, answer mundane questions about why team had result it had in previous game, how will team prepare for next game, etc. etc. etc.

Then, out of nowhere, as Tomlin was set to answer any and all questions from the local scribes, he received a visit from Santa Claus. And what a visit it was.

It began with Santa handing out gifts, ranging from five pounds of raw meat for nose tackle Casey Hampton, to a copy of Jim Wexell’s book for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, to a $300 million cash bailout for Pittsburgh’s embarrassing major league baseball franchise, otherwise known as the Pirates.

After he handed out said gifts, Santa Claus voiced his displeasure over Lendale White and his stomping of the Terrible Towel following Sunday’s game. Santa pulled out a picture of the Titans running back, threw it to the ground, and stomped on it while singing a James Brown tune. If all of this wasn’t enough for you — and how could it be? — the visit ended with Tomlin hauling in a pass from Santa, after Tomlin ran a crossing route in front of the Pittsburgh press corps.

I wish I was making all of that up. But, as you can see from the video at NFL.com … I’m not. Frankly, I don’t think my mind is warped enough to make that up.Continue Reading

Steelers Bar Santa Claus from All Future Press Conferences
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 24th 2008 10:30AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, AFC North, NFL Coaching, Santa’s Lead Blocker

Yesterday, Gretz hit the highlights of the most uncomfortable holiday-related press conference you’ll ever see. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who figured he’d be talking about, well, the Steelers, was interrupted by some old dude dressed as Santa.

Sounds harmless enough until you see the moving pictures (the NFL.com feed is here, the ’s is below).Continue Reading

Browns Could Unveil Fourth-String Quarterback Against Steelers Sunday
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 22nd 2008 2:25PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Steelers, AFC NorthRomeo Crennel will be a free man in six days. And if yesterday’s emotionless post-game presser is any indication, he’s already accepted his fate. For the sake of professionalism, however, Crennel will feign interest as the Browns prepare for the Steelers in a meaningless Week 17 affair.

Cleveland, 4-11 and fresh off getting shutout courtesy of the mighty Bengals, will face a Pittsburgh team that has already wrapped up a first-round bye. And while the Steelers will probably play backups for most of the afternoon, the Browns have nothing to lose by playing their starters. The ones left standing, anyway.

Tight end Kellen Winslow has missed three games with a high ankle sprain and the quarterback position has been FUBAR for some time. Derek Anderson was benched for Brady Quinn, who promptly broke a bone in his hand and landed on injured reserve. Anderson then blew up his knee, and now third-teamer Ken Dorsey looks iffy for the Sunday finale. Which means more Bruce Gradkowski for everybody!Continue Reading

Jim McMahon: In the NFL, There Are Bounties Out Every Week on Everybody
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 22nd 2008 3:38PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Packers, Ravens, Steelers
There was a controversy in the NFL this season when Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs suggested that his team had a bounty out on Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, and then backed off those comments. But anyone who thinks bounties aren’t a part of life in the NFL should talk to Jim McMahon.

Best known for winning a Super Bowl with the 1985 Bears, McMahon was once injured by a player on the Packers, Charles Martin, who openly talked about having a bounty on McMahon and other players on the Bears. And at an ESPN-sponsored event today to promote tonight’s Bears-Packers game, McMahon said bounties are an everyday part of pro football.

Asked if he knew about bounties in the NFL, McMahon said, “Every week.” He added, “I played for seven different teams. There are bounties out every week on everybody.”

That’s certainly not the image NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell likes to project of his league. So the question becomes: Has the NFL changed significantly since McMahon retired? Or do teams just do a good job of keeping their bounties quiet?

Titans Deface Faux Terrible Towel; Bill Cowher Irked, Jeff Fisher Doesn’t Think It’s a Big Deal
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 22nd 2008 6:00PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, Titans, AFC North, AFC South, NFL Fans
Maybe to soften the blow of being overmatched on the road against the Titans, Steelers fans focused their ire not on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (two interceptions, three fumbles) or the offensive line (five sacks), but on the final 16 seconds of the game. You know, after the outcome had long been decided and Tennessee’s LenDale White and Keith Bulluck went to town on a Terrible Towel.

Myron Cope does not approve, and apparently neither does former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher whose salivary glands were almost certainly armed and ready as he watched the horror unfold from the CBS Pregame studios.Continue Reading

Titans 31, Steelers 14: Titans Prove a Point
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 21st 2008 5:24PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, Titans, AFC North, AFC SouthFor the past month, the conventional wisdom had been building: no matter what the records were, Pittsburgh was the class of the AFC, while the Titans were the team that peaked too early, playing their best football in September and October.

We can throw that theory out.

Playing without its best player, Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee still beat the Steelers by three scores. The Titans offense became the first team to put up over 300 yards against the Steelers’ defense all year. Haynesworth’s fill in, rookie Jason Jones, recorded 3 1/2 sacks and the Titans forced four Steelers turnovers. Ben Roethlisberger threw two interceptions, and also fumbled four times, losing two of them.

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Lendale White Stomps On Terrible Towel
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 21st 2008 8:40PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Steelers, Titans, AFC North, AFC South
There is no doubt that the Titans handed the Steelers an embarrassing loss on Sunday. But Lendale White’s exclamation point on the victory may have been a dumb move considering the two teams could face each other in the AFC Championship.

Ideally you don’t want to give another team any kind of ammunition to fire them up. The Titans’ convincing win will likely fuel both teams for a potential rematch, but you can count on Mike Tomlin to show the Steelers the video of White stomping on the towel multiple times if they do have an AFC Championship rematch.

This isn’t the first time that an opposing player has “desecrated” a Terrible Towel.
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