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Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Cornerback Ike Taylor talked about facing some former teammates against the New York Jets on Sunday. They also discussed some differences they see in the Jets this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Cornerback Ike Taylor talked about facing some former teammates against the New York Jets on Sunday. They also discussed some differences they see in the Jets this season.
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PITTSBURGH -- Vince Williams was a traditional middle linebacker in a four-three defense at Florida State, and the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the sixth round during the NFL Draft this year to eventually replace Larry Foote. ...
PITTSBURGH -- Vince Williams was a traditional middle linebacker in a four-three defense at Florida State, and the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the sixth round during the NFL Draft this year to eventually replace Larry Foote. Little did anyone involved know, but that time would come sooner, rather than later. Foote suffered a biceps injury during the regular-season opener and was put on injured reserve. Williams was behind veteran Stevenson Sylvester and third-year player Kion Wilson, but quickly proved his worth on special teams. Sylvester was cut after training camp, although he has replaced Wilson on the roster, but Williams has remained steady from the outset. And as the Steelers prepare to face the New York Jets this week, Williams is the club's starting left inside linebacker for the second straight week. While his playing time has increased steadily this season, Williams did not start until Sept. 29 in London. "I feel real good, and I'm pretty confident about it," Williams said. "Just getting more familiar with the playbook and being able to spend more time with the game has made a big difference for me. I was always confident in my abilities, but I didn't always know which position I would play, the Mack or the Buck. So, now that everything has settled in for me, I feel a lot better.'' Williams has played Foote's Mack position exclusively lately, while rookie Terence Garvin has been the backup to Timmons at the Buck. And Williams clearly has picked up his play since then. "I played both positions during camp, and I thought I did all right at both," Williams said. "But I knew I could get a lot better. With the way things went down at the beginning of the season, with Larry Foote getting knocked out for the season, I was counted on to make a bigger contribution than just special teams. So, that happened a lot quicker than I thought it would. "But I think I'm ready for it. And, truthfully, I just kept my head down and worked as hard as I could. So, I didn't notice everything going on around me. I just concentrated on what I needed to do to become a better football player and what I needed to do to make a contribution to this football team. I know this day would come, but I never did know when it would come. "I only knew that it eventually would happen," Williams added. "So, I always practiced like I was going to be the starter. That mentality, I believe, really helped me. That's why I feel like I'm more prepared than I would have been if I would have constantly thought about playing and what it would be like if I had to start or something like that. So, I just kept my head down and worked." Under normal circumstances, it's not easy for a rookie to come into the NFL and start, but for one playing in Dick LeBeau's complex defense it's nearly impossible to step in immediately. It took Troy Polamalu more than a year to learn LeBeau's system, and Williams was no different. "It was extremely hard, to be honest with you, because I came from a more traditional defense," Williams said. "So, coming in here was mind-blowing, with all the fire zones and things that Coach LeBeau likes to do and how Coach Butler expects us to play, but I persevered. It was a lot of hard work, though, because I had stay after a lot for film study. "And I still have to stay afterward a lot now just to keep up with guys like Troy and Ryan Clark. So, the preparation really never stops. Those guys, Brett Keisel, Lawrence Timmons, guys like that who have been in this defense, they really know how to play it. So, I'm already behind them and to catch up even a little bit takes a tremendous amount of work. But I'm sticking with it." And, apparently, the Steelers are sticking with Williams. More from Behind the Steel Curtain: Steelers vs. Jets: Everything you need to know Cowher to call Steelers at Jets game in Week 6 Steelers release Kion Wilson, sign Stevenson Sylvester "Their Life's Work"
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With the Steelers looking for their first win, Mike Prisuta and Bob Labriola debate some of the things that might help them get it against the New York Jets.
With the Steelers looking for their first win, Mike Prisuta and Bob Labriola debate some of the things that might help them get it against the New York Jets.
about 3 hours ago
As if an 0-4 start for the Steelers and OC Todd Haley wasn’t bad enough, now Haley is getting sued for smashing up a rental home. WPXI in Pittsburgh is reporting that Haley is and his wife trashed the $1.4 million rental, this afte...
As if an 0-4 start for the Steelers and OC Todd Haley wasn’t bad enough, now Haley is getting sued for smashing up a rental home. WPXI in Pittsburgh is reporting that Haley is and his wife trashed the $1.4 million rental, this after he backed out a deal to purchase the home. Williamson and Jefferson Inc. filed the suit, saying that Haley and his wife left the house in “disarray and … unmarketable for sale.” The suit also says that the couple took appliances, fixtures and outside landscaping. The builder says that they rented the home Haley for $6,000 a month as they tried to sell their home in Mission Hills, Kansas.
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Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talked about not knowing who his left tackle will be against the New York Jets, facing a good Jets defense and his bye week.
Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talked about not knowing who his left tackle will be against the New York Jets, facing a good Jets defense and his bye week.
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By now, you all are likely aware that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and his wife Christine are being sued by a home builder who claims the couple reneged on million-dollar rent-to-own agreement. In addition, the Ha...
By now, you all are likely aware that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and his wife Christine are being sued by a home builder who claims the couple reneged on million-dollar rent-to-own agreement. In addition, the Haley's are also being accused of doing damage to the home in question. Following up on the Tuesday […] More Details Of The Lawsuit Against Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley Surface is a post from: Steelers Depot [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
about 4 hours ago
Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports After Marcus Gilbert filled in for Max Starks on the blind-side during Pittsburgh’s Wild Card playoff loss to Denver in January of 2012, many believed that the former Florida Ga...
Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports After Marcus Gilbert filled in for Max Starks on the blind-side during Pittsburgh’s Wild Card playoff loss to Denver in January of 2012, many believed that the former Florida Gator might assume that position during the 2012 campaign. Gilbert might very well have taken over at left tackle that fall, but the selections of David DeCastro and Mike Adams in the first two rounds of that April’s draft kept the then-second year player at right tackle. Although Gilbert worked at left tackle earlier this spring after  Starks was allowed to explore his options on the free agent market, the coaching staff felt more comfortable with Adams as the blind-side protector. Despite Adams’ recent struggles, it does not appear that the Steelers’ coaching staff are inclined to move Gilbert over to the blind-side any time soon according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In a Q&A on his “Steelers Blog,” Bouchette answered the following when someone questioned why Gilbert would not see time at left tackle since Adams was demoted: The Steelers want to let well enough alone and keep Gilbert at right tackle. Either Levi Brown or Kelvin Beachum will start at left tackle; that is, as long as they can handle the job. To their credit, Gilbert would be best served to stay at the right tackle position for the rest of the 2013 regular season anyway. A stronger run-blocker than pass-blocker, Gilbert has struggled with speed-rushers this year and during the first two years of his career. In addition, putting a player who has started his last 22 games at right tackle on the blind-side would be just as much of gamble as inserting Beachum or Brown there until an adequate solution is found. Moreover, how comfortable can a team be with a player if he could not even beat out the struggling Adams during the summer and training camp? Of course, just because Gilbert is going to stay at right tackle doesn’t mean that his starting job will be safe at the end of the 2013 regular season Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times referenced how Gilbert has allowed 11 quarterback hurries during the Steelers’ first four regular season games. In addition, Gilbert is currently ranked 31st among all tackles according to Pro Football Focus, and Bradford mentioned that only two of the tackles in the top 30 have allowed as many as the former Gator. For now, it appears that Gilbert’s job is safe on the right side and the Steelers’ coaching staff have faith that he can continue to improve. With three other “right tackles” on their roster (Brown, Beachum, and Adams) on their roster, Gilbert must prove that he is the “answer” over Pittsburgh’s final 12 games. Otherwise, Pittsburgh’s coaching staff might be comfortable with somebody else manning the right tackle spot by the time the 2014 regular season starts. Stats & Contract Info. Provided By: ESPN.com, Steelers.com , Spotrac, and Pro Football Reference Follow me on Twitter: @DominicDiTolla Follow & Like “NPC” on Facebook: Nice Pick, Cowher Steelers Apparently Comfortable With Marcus Gilbert at Right Tackle - Nice Pick, Cowher - Nice Pick, Cowher - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
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Besides the government shutdown, there's another showdown going on in the Washington area. My son, still home sick from preschool, wants to watch Little Einsteins. I'm refusing to let him watch the show until he cleans up the blo...
Besides the government shutdown, there's another showdown going on in the Washington area. My son, still home sick from preschool, wants to watch Little Einsteins. I'm refusing to let him watch the show until he cleans up the blocks he dumped on the floor. He hasn't put the blocks away, so the TV has remained off. I wonder how L.C. Greenwood would have handled this. (Like that segue, there?)Adrian Rawlings, who apparently is not the same Adrian Rawlings who played Harry Potter's father in the movies, contacted me about a post he wrote about the recently deceased L.C. Greenwood. Since I like giving young writers an opportunity, I agreed to share the post below. Of course, I also haven't had time to write lately due to a sick kid. The football community in Pittsburgh and across the nation paused to honor the passing of L.C. Greenwood on September 29. As the powerful and dominant member of the Steelers' "Steel Curtain" defense, Greenwood succumbed to kidney failure at age 67. Greenwood was an integral member of the dominant defensive force of the 1970s Steelers, and played a central role in the 1975 Super Bowl, which was the first for the Steelers. During Greenwood's tenure with the team, he would help the Steelers win a total of four Super Bowls in just six years.Size, speed and power were the central facets of Greenwood's game, and his relentless style helped inspire defensive players for generations to come. Greenwood used his athletic ability to turn into a veritable sacking machine, retaining the speed and agility he showcased in college even after bulking up to 245 pounds to play professionally.Greenwood's career spanned from 1969 to 1981, during which he was an All-Pro twice and received six impressive Pro Bowl invitations. Greenwood's success in the NFL came as a surprise to many, as the lanky athlete out of Arkansas A&M wasn't selected until the tenth round. The teams who passed up Greenwood would soon regret doing so as they watched him blow by their offensive tackles to attack the quarterback. Greenwood would go on to record 73.5 sacks for his career, including four crucial sacks of Roger Staubach in the 1976 Super Bowl against the Dallas Cowboys.Greenwood also used his height -- he was listed at 6'6" -- to swat away passes. His agility, speed and overall football sense allowed him to scoop up 14 fumbles throughout his career. In an era before huge publicity, Greenwood earned a reputation as a showman partly due to a stint in the 1973 season during which he wore a pair of custom-painted gold high-top cleats. The cleats, originally worn to support a healing ankle, would make recurring appearances after the Steelers lost on a game Greenwood did not wear the pair. Greenwood's physically aggressive and fast-paced playing style is one that now makes for short careers but Greenwood managed to avoid injury for the majority of his 13 years in the league.At the end of his playing days, however, knee problems took their toll on Greenwood and he retired after helping the Steelers build the foundation for a dynasty that lasts to this day. Greenwood also left a legacy for the league, moving the game toward an era in which all players had to be bigger, faster and stronger, rather than each position having its own particular set of attributes. The higher bar for athletic prowess at every position can be traced back to Greenwood's accomplishments as a huge, speedy and skilled defensive end.Greenwood also set a positive example for post-playing activities. Greenwood exited the NFL but remained active in the Pittsburgh community through his business ventures and motivational speaking appearances. By giving back to the community that long cheered him on, Greenwood brought his career full-circle during retirement.The funeral for this mighty player is on October 7, but clips and remembrance for the football legend will be on every sports site and sports TV channels for days to come.
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By Matthew Marczi The return of tight end Heath Miller to the lineup has been a big boost for the Pittsburgh Steelers, not only in terms of his ability to contribute to the receiving game, but, perhaps especially, in terms of what he bri...
By Matthew Marczi The return of tight end Heath Miller to the lineup has been a big boost for the Pittsburgh Steelers, not only in terms of his ability to contribute to the receiving game, but, perhaps especially, in terms of what he brings as a blocker, in comparison to what they were previously working […] Heath Miller Playing His Way Back Into Blocking Form is a post from: Steelers Depot [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Not in an effort to kick the Steelers while they're down, or provide more atmosphere surrounding the 0-4 Steelers, but CBS has announced analyst and former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher will be in the broadcast booth with Jim Nantz and...
Not in an effort to kick the Steelers while they're down, or provide more atmosphere surrounding the 0-4 Steelers, but CBS has announced analyst and former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher will be in the broadcast booth with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms when the Steelers take on the Jets in Week 6. Cowher resigned from the Steelers after the 2006 season, giving way to current coach Mike Tomlin. Cowher won 149 regular season games with the Steelers from 1992-06. Cowher led the Steelers to the Super Bowl XL championship, the franchise's sixth title. In an interview with For The Win, Cowher said he isn't worried about being too sensitive to the Steelers, and doesn't have any issues with Tomlin. "Listen, Mike Tomlin’s a good football coach. He’s established himself. It’s been six plus years since I left there." He also said he "coached with the best organization in the National Football League," something he considers a blessing. Those in the Steelers organization may not be as close to that opinion as they have in the past. Pittsburgh is off to its worst start in 45 years, and amid lineup and roster changes, they're taking on the surprising Jets and one of the league's best run defenses. More from Behind the Steel Curtain: Steelers vs. Jets: Everything you need to know "Their Life's Work" should be required reading for Steeler Nation 5 Burning Questions on the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 NFL Draft: Getting familiar with a few prospects Heyward over Hood: It's about time Ben likes what he's seeing from Bell Jets favored by three points Steelers gave Stevenson Sylvester a workout this week A second straight losing season could put Steelers on 'Hard Knocks' Heyward to start over Hood Willie Colon's peak-and-valley time in Pittsburgh Foster's high school number retired - after this season Thomas to receive more playing time with the Steelers base defense Follow @NealCoolong
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