Jul 30

Steelers to Retire ‘Mean Joe’ Greene’s #75

GreeneBoth Dan Rooney and son Art Rooney II announced the Pittsburgh Steelers would be retiring the number 75 jersey of Mean Joe Greene. He becomes just the second player in Steelers’ history to have his number retired. Ernie Stautner’s number 70 was retired decades ago.

The honor will be bestowed on Greene when the Baltimore Ravens come to town on November 2nd for a Sunday Night game at Heinz Field.

Greene was a 10-time Pro Bowl player who also earned All-Pro status five times. He entered the National Football League Hall of Fame in 1987. He will always be remembered as the cornerstone of the Steelers’ championship foundation of the 1970′s.

He also received Rookie of the year honors in 1969 and was twice named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Mean Joe and the Steel Curtian 1974

Mean Joe Coca-Cola

Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteelDad and the website @SCBlitz. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/steelcityblitz and on Fancred.com. You can hear him weekly during the season on Trib-Live Radio.

 

Jul 30

Steel City Blitz Quick Hitters for July 30th, 2014

Jarvis Jones slaps hands with fans at training camp.

-The Steelers were off yesterday but are back in action and practice is open to the public today at 255pmET. If you’re going, here’s your official guide from steelers.com.

-Here’s Bob Labriola and Missi Matthews on the Steelers’ first day in pads.

-Nice article from Dale Lolley at the Observer-Reporter on Kelvin Beachum.

-The Post-Gazette’s Ron Cook tells us the same thing we said about Maurkice Pouncey two weeks ago. What Michael Sam has to do with this story I’ll never know.

-Cleveland’s Josh Gordon claims secondhand smoke caused him to fail his most recent NFL drug test. Ya sure… and I’m overweight due to secondhand food too.

-During my spot on Trib-Live Radio yesterday with host Daniel Dudley, the topic of Jarvis Jones came up. Dudley echoed the sentiments of those around him at camp and from those I’ve talked to as well that Jones is still struggling. He cannot afford a bad year and neither can GM Kevin Colbert who selected him in the first round in 2013.

-Lots of cool things coming for us at Steel City Blitz. We have a new logo coming which I absolutely love and a website re-design as well. We will keep you posted as those things are unveiled.

-Video for today because my wife says I’ll never stop being a 13-year old boy. Blazing Saddles Fart Scene

Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteelDad and the website @SCBlitz. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/steelcityblitz and on Fancred.com. You can hear him weekly during the season on Trib-Live Radio.

Jul 29

Steel City Blitz Quick Hitters for July 29th, 2014

Rookie Ryan Shazier continues to impress as Training Camp rolls on.

-Today is an off-day for the players but if you’re going to training camp, here is the official steelers.com guide.

-Lots of great information came in yesterday about the famous ‘backs on backers’ drill as the first day of pads got underway. Ken Laird of Trib-Live Radio had some of the best observations. “Intense backs on backers with coaches Tomlin, Porter, Haley, Sellers, Saxon and Jerry O chirping after every hit.”

-”Pretty good debut for Shazier in backs on backers. Super quick juking side to side in his rush.”

-”Joey Porter to LB Howard Jones after a bad rep: “That s#@! ain’t violent at all. You’re creeping up on him.”

-Ramon Foster was not back at practice today as was reported yesterday.

-Mark Kaboly of the Tribune-Review tweeted… McCullers just got pancaked by DeCastro… Jordan Dangerfield was a beast during the live drills… These first two periods in pads are absolutely ridiculous physical. Never saw this before.

My take on that last tweet from Kaboly is that there is clearly a sense of urgency on this team. I think Tomlin and the staff have laid this down since the spring and it’s carrying over into camp. Rookies sound like they’re hungry and vets are getting after it too.

-Speaking of rookies, several people on hand in Latrobe raved about rookie tackle Chris Elkins who more than held his own in several one-on-ones including two with Cam Heyward.

-Can anyone explain the rise in groin injuries during this camp? Mike Mitchell, Alvester Alexander, Martavis Bryant, Jordan Zumwalt… What have these guys been training for all offseason?

-Here’s your video for today. Bradshaw singing. It’s not as bad as you might think.

Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteelDad and the website @SCBlitz. Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/steelcityblitz and on Fancred.com. You can hear him weekly during the season on Trib-Live Radio.

 

Jul 28

Steelers’ GM Colbert Makes His Own Roethlisberger Declaration

colbertLess than a week after his boss Art Rooney II said that they will give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a new deal after this season, Steelers’ General Manage Kevin Colbert has now stated the same thing.

“I don’t see any circumstance where Ben won’t finish his career here,” said Colbert.

Citing the fact that Steelers are about $6 million under the cap and that the cap is expected to rise significantly again next season, Colbert believes after this season is the best time to get a new deal for Roethlisberger.

As I said in the case of ARII’s statement last Friday, when you put out statements such as this, you put your reputation on the line not just in general but also as the fans see the team. The Steelers have long prided themselves on doing things the ‘right’ way in terms of running a football franchise and part of that is being accountable to the fans.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Steel City Blitz Quick Hitters for July 28, 2014

Polamalu-Today is the first practice in pads today and it begins at 3pmET in Latrobe. If you’re going, here is your guide from steelers.com.

-The Trib’s Mark Kaboly reports the following from Day 3 at Steelers’ Camp… Guard/Center David Snow has a broken foot and will have surgery… RB Le’Veon Bell had some soreness in his hamstring but should be fine… Jordan Zumwalt moved back and forth between inside and outside backer… And this tweet of his I found particularly interesting “Amazing the command Mike Munchak has with the OL. Night and day from last year.”

-ESPN’s Scott Brown reports the following… Mike Adams was at right tackle today… Justin Brown was catching everything today… Cam Thomas was with the starters on defense at left defensive end… Markus Wheaton got between Shamarko Thomas and William Gay to catch a deep ball from Ben Roethlisberger. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Steelers 2014 Training Camp Battle Reports: Safeties

Troy Polamalu began limited practice this week for the SteelersAs the entire Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster undergoes a makeover, the safety position is a perfect example of that shift from age to youth.

This group of safeties does have a very nice blend of both experience and youthful exuberance that will hopefully benefit the entire team.

As the veterans and rookies reported to camp yesterday, the news wasn’t all good as newly acquired safety Mike Mitchell was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform or PUP list.

According to Mike Tomlin, Mitchell has a groin issue but could be back within a week. Every second he misses on the field with Troy Polamalu is time they won’t get to spend working together and learning each other’s tendencies.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Steelers 2014 Training Camp Battle Reports: Cornerbacks

Cortez+Allen+Washington+Redskins+v+Pittsburgh+z6ltdvxB4fUlWhen you look at the cornerbacks for the Pittsburgh Steelers you see some depth but no real superstars. Ike Taylor is past his prime but believes he can bounce back from a poor 2013 campaign.

Cortez Allen is entering a pivotal season where he needs to prove to the Steelers and himself that he can be a full-time starter in Pittsburgh for years to come.

William Gay has always been a divisive lightning rod in the Steel City. He’s had seasons where he was a human piece of toast getting burned nearly every time he went into coverage. But he’s also had some decent seasons and last year was one of those.

Gay is best suited to the slot cover position, but he is vulnerable against bigger wide receivers and tight ends in the mold of Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham.

Those three are certainties for the roster but after that, the battling begins. With a leg up on the others, Antwon Blake and Isaiah Green were part of the team in 2013. Blake played in 14 games mostly as a special teams player but the coaches like his speed. Green has been back and forth on the practice squad and active squad but has only seen action in three games. Read the rest of this entry »

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