• Tomlin on the Flu Hitting the Steelers Locker Room “We’re Not Making Excuses”

    A 24-hour flu bug has permeated the Steelers locker room and affected several players leading up to Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

    Tight end Ladarius Green missed Thursday’s practice with an illness, and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was one of four players to sit out Thursday’s session. Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton said up to 15 people in the Steelers facility have suffered a setback this week.

    Running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t sick but missed a practice for personal reasons. Coach Mike Tomlin said the absence would not affect his game preparation.

    “I’m just thankful that I’ve stayed out of the line of fire,” said Tomlin about the illnesses. “We’re not making excuses. There won’t be. We’ll be there, we’ll be ready to play, this is just part of normal things that happen over the course of a season”

     
  • Terry Bradshaw Admits He Shouldn’t Have Called Mike Tomlin a ‘Cheerleader’

    Terry Bradshaw doesn’t regret describing Steelers coach Mike Tomlin as a “cheerleader.” But he admits he should have used a different word, Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News reports.

    The Steelers legend kind-of, sort-of walked back his controversial comments about the Super Bowl-winning Tomlin on Thursday’s episode of “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”

    Appearing with “Fox NFL Sunday” colleague Howie Long, Bradshaw admitted: “I probably shouldn’t have said cheerleader.”

    Bradshaw also called Tomlin a “stand-up guy.”

    At the same time, Bradshaw thought Tomlin made a mistake responding to his comments. TV sports analysts like himself are supposed to have strong opinions.

    Similarly, Bradshaw thought victorious Clemson coach Dabo Swinney should not have gone after Cowherd for calling the Tigers a “fraud” earlier this season.

    “Mike (Tomlin) came back at me — which he should have never done,” Bradshaw said. “It’s like Dabo. Don’t let people know that you get to them. Just blow it off.”

     
  • Le’veon Bell Takes Home AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December

    It was a monster month for the Steelers going undefeated and winning the AFC North, but it was possibly an even bigger month for running back Le’Veon Bell, who today was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month.

    Bell was the key figure in the Steelers reeling off seven straight wins after sitting at 4-5 after a home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. When the black and gold was 4-5 the bookies at casinos around the country could not have bet the team would reel off seven straight and end the season at 11-5, your money would have been better spent playing at instacasino.com.

    But come out of the depths the Steelers did, as Bell ran for an NFL leading 569 yards in December, putting up 5.2 yards per carry, and rushing for four touchdowns.

    He also pulled in 18 receptions for 179 yards, a 9.9-yard average, and one score. The running back had 748 total yards from scrimmage, which also led the NFL.

    If the Steelers are going to make a deep run into the posteason, they are going to need all they can get from Bell, a player who is set to be a free agent this spring but won’t be going anywhere since it’s a given if the Steelers don’t get a deal done they will franchise him.

    The way that Bell has been playing, it’s no wonder that many fans seem to think the Steelers are going to roll through the Dolphins and then Kansas City on the way to playing Tom Brady and the Patriots in the AFC Title Game.

    The layout for Sunday for Bell and the Steelers is as simple as playing at a site like casinoservice.org, a site working with www.honestpartners.com.

    It’s a process that will involve making sure the best player on the team gets the ball early and often, both running and through the passing game.

    If the team can do that, they should be well on their way to playing next Sunday in Kansas City against the Chiefs.

     
  • Sounds Like Steelers Star Players Will Rest Sunday in Finale Vs Browns

    While steadfastly maintaining that the regular-season finale would be approached as “business as usual,” coach Mike Tomlin strongly indicated that several of the Steelers’ star players will not be in uniform for Sunday’s meaningless game against the Browns, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Tomlin said that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell, receiver Antonio Brown and center Maurkice Pouncey “will get that consideration” as players who will be “preserved as we look into the playoff round.”

    At 10-5, the Steelers clinched the AFC North title with their win against Baltimore on Sunday and are locked into the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs that begin Jan. 7-8. The Steelers will host either Kansas City or Miami one of those days in the wild-card round.

    Tomlin explained the realities of a finite 53-man roster – and the 46-player gameday limit – as limitations in resting his starters.

    “A lot of people like to compare this opportunity to a preseason game or the fourth preseason game,” Tomlin said, “(But) the numbers are very different.”

    Tomlin did not mention any defensive players, but linebackers James Harrison, Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier and safety Mike Mitchell are candidates to be held out Sunday. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt is, too – but he has not played since the first drive of the game.

     
  • See How the Steelers Run the Table in the New Book “The Greatest Football Team of All Time: 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers”

    Everyone loves fantasy, and there’s no doubt with fantasy football a lot of the dreaming when it comes to the NFL and your favorite team has gone away.

    Not so with a new book written by Sergei Chevtsov and Alan Navarre, who take a long look and approach at what could have been for the 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers if they would have run the table and won the Super Bowl.

    The book, entitled “The Greatest Football Team of All Time: 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers,” is now available on Amazon, and is a great read for the holidays if you want to go back and relive last season in a very perfect way for the black and gold.

    Coming in at 209 pages, the book is broken down by game, and is an easy read if you want to go back and break up the season game by game.

    Each game is broken down in detail, with the score, great photos, and even at the end of each game a breakdown in grades of subjects like Offense, Defense, and even Top Performers.

    There’s a lot to each game, from the way the game is played out, to the scoring, to even breakdowns of drives and specific big plays in the drive that defined the big moments in the game.

    The book gives an inside look at how the season could have gone, but of course as we all know injuries as well as some stumbles along the way derailed the Steelers, who were a wild card team that eventually lost to the Super Bowl Champion Broncos in the divisional round.

    This book though has all the details of the Steelers running the table, and even breaks down the rest of the NFL in terms of their good and bad points, and then goes into how the playoffs played out.

    Without ruining the ending, just replace the Broncos with the Steelers in Super Bowl 50, and you can probably figure out how it all plays out.

    The book is available via Kindle for $2.99, or paperback for $17.95. Click HERE to place an order for “The Greatest Football Team of All Time: 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers.”

     
 
 
 
 

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