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Still Hope for Steelers After Disappointing 2-3 Start?

Many parts of the Pittsburgh Steelers game plan looked pretty solid in Thursday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Ben Roethlisberger seems to continue operating on a whole new level, surpassing Terry Bradshaw in career passing yards for the Steelers in Thursday’s game, and continuing to make critical plays every game in 2012. But other parts of the Steelers, particularly the eerily gaping holes in the famous “Steel curtain” and a complete failure to make anything happen on the run have quickly found the squad fighting out of a losing season. So the question remains — can the good outride the bad? Do the Steelers still have a shot at a winning season, let alone a postseason?

In short, yes; but not without a bit of work. It’s no secret that the Steelers have to make progress on their running game, but there’s still some debate as to who needs to change for the offense to make progress. While there’s plenty of blame to spread across the field, coach Todd Haley is also worth some criticism. Many Steelers 2012 running plays lack creativity and, with the exception of gaining 125 yards against the Eagles, have failed to gain any traction this season. The defensive collapse at the end of Thursday’s game also exposed some gaping holes that need to be filled on the Steelers defense.

Heath Miller may not have caught a touchdown pass in the past two games, but he has already doubled his touchdown receptions this season from last year. Despite missing a 54-yarder on Thursday, Shaun Shuisham is also 11-12 this year, a solid start for a kicker that fans wanted axed not too long ago. A win against the Bengals on Sunday would renew the Steelers’ hopes for a postseason, and fans can get Pittsburgh Steelers tickets for this and all other games this season at HeadlineTickets.com.

Steelers Defense Stops Jets in 27-10 Victory

The Steelers have gone back to an even 1-1 on the season following Sunday’s defeat of the New York Jets. Jets QB Mark Sanchez went 10-27 passing for a single touchdown. The entire Jets offense was only able to drive forward 120 yards in the first half of the game, much less in the second half. Meanwhile, Big Ben went about business as usual with 275 yards on 24 of 31 passes. Roethlisberger’s usual target Mike Wallace caught the 37-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that shattered any hopes the Jets may have had of a late game comeback. And where was Tim Tebow? The popular young QB took the field for the Jets for just one drive, but couldn’t get the Jets in scoring territory after a 6-yard loss and Sanchez was back in the game.

Sunday’s game was a dramatic reversal for both teams following week one performances. While the Steelers’ defense lost control over the Broncos in a 31-19 rout, the Jets steamrolled the Bills in their season opener with a 48-28 victory. The Jets that took the field against the Steelers on Sunday were hardly the offense that fans expected from week one, and the Steelers defense, well, looked like the Steelers defense.

Next Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders will be fans’ last chance to get Pittsburgh Steelers tickets before the week 4 Bye that will give the Steelers a well-earned rest before moving on to face the Philadelphia Eagles at Heinz Field on October 7th. As Roethlisberger starts to come alive this season, fantasy football players may want to start giving receivers Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace a hard look. Despite missing the end zone, Brown is averaging 18.5 yards per reception, and has four catches for 74 yards. Wallace scored his first touchdown yesterday and is averaging just shy of 10 yards per reception on his four catches.

LB Harrison Undergoes Knee Surgery, Doubtful for Start of Season

Although Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was in the hospital for knee surgery today that representatives called “minor,” the surgery casts doubts as to whether Harrison will be healthy enough to join the Steelers when the regular season begins. Coach Tomlin is reluctant to provide an actual time when he expects Harrison to be fully recovered. The Steelers will sorely miss Harrison if he does end up sitting out the first few games — the four-time Pro Bowl and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is a huge asset to the team’s defensive squad, and one of the reasons that fans line up to get Pittsburgh Steelers tickets every game.

Tomlin also dismissed rumors that Harrison’s knee had been an issue since early spring, when the surgery would have been received at a better time for the club. According to Tomlin, “we address things as they arise.”

Despite being one of the most dominant defensive players over the past ten years in the NFL, Harrison is no stranger to injuries and downtime. Harrison received surgery on his back last February and returned to play, only to miss another full month to an orbital bone fracture. But Harrison always makes it back to the field as soon as he’s recovered, and teammates are doubtful that his absence will extend too far into the regular season. According to fellow Steeler Brett Keisel, “they said he should be fine.”

With Harrison and Jason Worilds both out, Chris Carter is looking to get plenty of activity in the Steelers’ game against the Colts this Sunday. What Carter lacks in size (6’1″ 248 lbs.) he makes up in dedication and preparation, according to Tomlin. Although he’ll have his work cut out for him on Sunday, the young player hopes to use what he learned during the offseason following his rookie year to help him step up to a starting defensive position.

Run Effectively, Not Constantly Says New Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley

Steelers fans that assumed the hiring of Todd Haley as the team’s new offensive coordinator would mean a return to the team’s historic run, run, run attitude are probably going to be a bit disappointed. The NFL’s obvious evolution to a heavy passing offense in recent years has caused many teams to adapt to the new play style, including the Steelers. But with the addition of Haley, the Steelers hope to strike a balance between their running and passing games, with a three-pronged receiver route strategy complimented by explosive runs.

While talking with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Haley noted three key aspects of the Steelers’ running game that he hopes to improve this season. These included:

  • Creating offensive attacks that carefully blend both passes and rushes equally.
  • Identifying downs where the Steelers absolutely must run.
  • Still gaining yards even though a defense expects a run (and the Steelers oblige them).

By stats alone, the Steelers didn’t look all that bad on the run last season, averaging 4.5 yards per rush. But the real issues came on third downs and short-yardage situations, when the Steelers predictably passed when they probably should have drawn up a running play almost every time. These are the kinds of issues that Haley hopes to address during the season. Most analysts would consider a team that passes on first down every time very predictable, and that’s a great deal of the play the Steelers offered up last year.

The next chance to see Todd Haley and the Steelers try their new offensive strategy will be the team’s preseason home opener against the Indianapolis Colts on August 19th. Get Pittsburgh Steeler tickets at HeadlineTickets.com to see if Haley can establish a new way of thinking about offense in the NFL.

The Steel Curtain

The Steel Curtain

The steel curtain is a recognized term throughout the NFL community and for good reason, it was the defense that changed the game forever. Now there is a new steel curtain and it is just as devastating to rivaling offenses. The Steelers have gained stardom and prowess that has never been seen in the NFL. The multiple times super bowl champions have so many rings they need two hands. To see a Steelers game is to witness one of the most dominating teams of the last decade of footbal

To see Tomlin command his steel army is a thing of beauty. To see Tomlin command his steel army in person is other worldly. Watching the mastermind at work on the field being in the stands just mere yards behind in cheering for the home team is to be in a realm of fantasy. Having the Steelers seemingly to read the mind of a young quarterback and be in the backfield taking off his head is a sight to see in real life. Having the wind in your face as big Ben takes the team to the end zone for the final scoring drive is a memory that will last a lifetime.

Not only is a Steelers game a life changing opportunity to attend due to the Steelers uncanny ability to captivate the imagination of professional sports, it is a wonderful family event. What better way to educate the kids about football than taking them to a game to watch some of the world’s greatest at work? The best way to show the kids how the game should be played is the have the best in the business as the demo. The Steelers sure do not disappoint in the area of being some of the best that the game has to offer. To be at the game watching them go to work is a sight to see with the flawless execution. Having the experience of watching a Steelers game live in the stand with family or friends is really a priceless experience.

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Not Missing a Beat

Not Missing a Beat

The Steelers have been here before, an early exit from the NFL playoffs after a strong regular season.  Pittsburgh finished last year with a 12-4 record in the regular season and before you could say “Tebow” it was over.  However, the most successful franchise in NFL history will not be discouraged.

Two-time Super bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger will be once again under center to lead a Pittsburgh offense that has asserted itself through the passing attack.  Young receivers such as Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, coupled with the sure handed veteran Heath Miller helped the Pittsburgh offense finish 10th in passing last season.   Rookie receiver Marquis Maze from Alabama looks to add another big play threat to Roethlisberger’s arsenal; and be sure to look out for 6 foot 8 tight end Leonard Pope in the double tight end sets this year.

A defense whose toughness is never questioned once again dominated the league last season, finishing 8th in opponent’s rushing yards and first in opponent’s passing yards.  Pro bowlers such as Troy Polamalu, James Harrison, and Ryan Clark as well as great players including Lamarr Woodley, Casey Hampton, and Larry Foote made this feat possible.  New additions to the defense include Cameron Heyward who was a standout defensive end at Ohio State University and the team is currently in talks with several defensive free agents including Matt Roth who has 23.5 career sacks.

One question after last season resonating around Pittsburgh was how Rashard Mendenhall would bounce back from his torn ACL suffered in last year’s season finale.  Mendenhall had a great year racking up 928 yards and 9 touchdowns, and though his progress is still being tracked he will look to come back in a big way for the 2012 season.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be super excited for the 2012 NFL season as they get a chance to redeem themselves. After a crushing season of 2011 which ended in losing to Tim Tebow and the Broncos, fans are going to want to get Pittsburgh Steelers tickets. The 12 and 4 record that they accumulated is only telling of the early success that the Steelers had in 2011. The 2012 season is what everyone is getting ready for. Fans will be excited for a chance to see quarterback Ben Roethlisberger get back into the swing of being a top QB. Other Steelers players also earned awards from 2011 for being pro bowlers too. 2012 will be the year to watch as this team will look to make a stronger playoff finish and hopefully make the Super Bowl again. Fans should get Pittsburgh Steelers tickets and not miss out on any of the action that the 2012 NFL season has to offer.

Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011

After a stellar 2010 NFL season that saw the team coming up just short of a Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011 look to win another AFC Championship.  One of the big question marks going into last season was how Roethlisberger would be able to handle not playing for awhile due to the suspension.  Now that he is back healthy and ready to go in 2011 the Steelers are primed for another playoff run.

When it comes to their offense in 2011 the Steelers look to build upon their wide receiver performances of a year ago with the continued improvement of Mike Wallace, who is shaping up to be a star receiver in the league.  The run game looks solid as well with Rashard Mendenhall taking up most of the work in the backfield.  One of the biggest questions going into the 2011 season is whether the offensive line can give Roethlisberger enough time to use the weapons at his disposal.  Maurkice Pouncey looks to have another solid year, and the second round draft pick Marcus Gilbert should provide some added help in this area.

The defense for the Steelers looks to be in prime shape for the 2011 season, with the team extending the contracts of most of its start players.  Cameron Heyward, the first round draft pick for the team, looks to help the front line along with Casey Hampton and Ziggy Hood.  The secondary should have an even better season with Troy Polamalu looking to repeat on his Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2010.  When you combine star players such as James Harrison and Troy Polamalu with the likes of newcomers such as Heyward one should expect it to take a little while for the defense to gel, and if the first game of the 2011 season against the Baltimore Ravens is any indicator, it make take some time.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 Season

Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 Season

Coming off of a disappointing 9-7 season in 2009 the Pittsburgh Steelers looked to rally back in 2010.Before the season would start however there were two important events that shaped how the entire season would go.The first event involved Ben Roethlisberger.Even though charges were never presented against him, Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Roethlisberger for the first four games of the season (originally six games but then reduced) for violating the personal conduct policy of the NFL.The other event was the offseason changes that were made.Among the notables leaving the team in the offseason were Willie Parker, Joey Galloway, and Santonio Holmes.The team however was able to added great talent in Larry Foote, Antwaan Randle El, Byron Leftwich, Bryant McFadden, and Maurkice Pouncey.

In Roethlisberger’s absence over the course of the first four games of the regular season the Steelers were able to come out with a 3-1 record.In the first two weeks the team was able to barely get by the Falcons and Titans, blew away the Buccaneers, and lost in a heartbreaker to the Ravens by a field goal.All in all the team had held up well and with Roethlisberger back in the roster the team finished the season 9-3 to finish at 12-4 and make it to the playoffs.

In the 2010 AFC Playoffs the Steelers had to first get by their rival Baltimore Ravens, and were barely able to do so with a touchdown run by Rashard Mendenhall in the fourth quarter.In the AFC Championship game the Steelers faced off against the New York Jets and dominated through most of the game with their potent defense.Even with a last ditch effort during the final quarter by Sanchez, the Steelers were able to make it to the Super Bowl for their eighth time.In Super Bowl XLV started off poorly, with the defense allowing two easy touchdowns in the first quarter.A great effort by Roethlisberger could not help the Steelers overcome the Packers as they lost the game 31 to 25.And thus ended the 2010 NFL season for the Pittsburgh Steelers; a great season overall, but one that came up just short.

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