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  • Team Signs Two Offensive Players

    The Steelers signed two offensive players to their roster yesterday. Five foot, ten inch running back Larry Croom has played with four different NFL teams since 2004 and has also spent time in the now-defunct NFL Europe. Wide receiver Dan Sheldon was claimed off waivers from Atlanta after playing with Cologne in NFL Europe this spring. Sheldon was second in the league in kickoff returns and has spent time in the NFL with the Falcons, Chicago, Indianapolis and Arizona.

     
  • Steelers Release 2007 Training Camp Schedule

    Here is the Steelers 2007 training camp schedule.

    The St. Vincent campus opens at 1:30 p.m. except on Thursday, Aug. 2. Practices begin at 2:55 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

    Date Time, information

    Monday, July 23 Players report / No practice

    Tuesday, July 24 2:55-6 p.m.

    Wednesday, July 25 2:55-6 p.m.

    Thursday, July 26 2:55-6 p.m.

    Friday, July 27 Night practice at Latrobe Stadium, 7 p.m.

    Saturday, July 28 2:55-6 p.m.

    Sunday, July 29 2:55-6 p.m.

    Monday, July 30 2:55-6 p.m.

    Tuesday, July 31 2:55-6 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 1 2:55-6 p.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 2 Night practice at Latrobe Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

    Friday, Aug. 3 2:55-6 p.m.

    Saturday, Aug. 4 No open practice

    Sunday, Aug. 5 Hall of Fame Game vs. New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m.

    Monday, Aug. 6 No practice

    Tuesday, Aug. 7 2:55-6 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 8 2:55-6 p.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 9 2:55-6 p.m.

    Friday, Aug. 10 No open practice

    Saturday, Aug. 11 Preseason game: Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers, 7:30 p.m.

    Monday, Aug. 12 No practice

    Monday, Aug. 13 2:55-6 p.m.

    Tuesday, Aug. 14 2:55-6 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 15 2:55-6 p.m.

    Thursday, Aug. 16 2:55-6 p.m.

    Friday, Aug. 17 Steelers break camp

    Saturday, Aug. 18 Preseason game: Steelers vs. Washington Redskins, 8 p.m.
     
  • Number #6 of the Best All-Time Players of the Cowher Era

    For 15 Days we will be counting down the Top 15 Greatest Steelers of the Bill Cowher Era. The list will have both offensive and defensive players, and in doing the list no kickers or punters were selected. Below is our number choice of the day building towards the number one Steeler of the Cowher Era.

    Number #6

    Troy Polamalu S 2003-Present

    Troy

    Playing with reckless abandon, as well as with a furor that not many have seen at the safety position, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu lands at number 6 on our top 15 players of the Bill Cowher Era. His career with the Steelers has been defined by his strong play at the position, as well as his quiet demeanor off the field. While he is sure to get a whopping extension to stay in Black and Gold for a long time, there is no doubt that in his first four seasons he has quickly established himself as one of the best in the game.

    His career in Pittsburgh started on draft day 2003, as the Steelers moved up in the draft to snag the then USC Safety. It was the first time the Steelers had ever moved up in the first round to take a player, and also was the first time the team ever used a first round draft choice to take a safety. Their risks that first season did not exactly pay off right away, as Troy played in all 16 games of the Steelers 2003 season, recording 38 tackles and two sacks but some questioned if the pick was the right one for the Steelers. Both he and the team struggled a bit in 03, as the Steelers went 6-10, out of the playoffs for the first time in two seasons. By 2004 though, the Steelers were back on top of the AFC North, and Polamalu was right there, as he had a stellar sophomore season. The team was rolling at 15-1, and Troy was right there for it all, starting all 16 games, and making one of the more memorable plays of the year, as he rolled over former college teammate Carson Palmer for an INT return for a score late in an early season win over the Bengals.

    He tallied 96 tackles that season, 67 solo, had a sack, and picked off five passes, including the one vs the Bengals, and then a key INT vs the Jets in the Steelers first playoff game that eventually resulted in points in the teams 20-17 overtime win. While that season ended with an awful AFC Title game loss to the Patriots, there was no question that Troy was establishing himself as a force in the secondary, and he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. By 2005, many considered Polamalu as one of the top safeties in the game. That season in which he was a big reason why the Steelers won their 5th Super Bowl title, Polamalu again had a great season, with 91 tackles, 73 solo, three sacks, and two interceptions. He made huge plays in the three AFC wins to get Pittsburgh to the Super Bowl, including a pick in the first win at Cincy, what should have been a pick vs the Colts in round two, then some unreal tackles in the AFC Title game at Denver. He also played well in the Super Bowl, helping the Steelers overcome the Seahawks 21-10.

    Polamalu was rewarded after the 2005 season with another Pro Bowl trip, and in 2006, with the Steelers losing 6 of their first 8, Troy’s play was still at a high level. His interception vs the Chiefs and then hair pull down by Larry Johnson was one of the more bizarre highlights of the season. His season was cut short after suffering the first injury of his career, this coming in week 12 vs the Ravens. He missed three games last year, but still totalled 76 tackles, 57 solo, one sack and three interceptions. While the Steelers season ended at 8-8, Polamalu was once again elected to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career.

    You have to love what #43 brings to the table each and every week for the Steelers. He says a prayer before each and every play, yet plays with heart and desire that right now makes him the most valuable defense player the Steelers have. His career in his first four seasons has gotten off to a tremendous start, and with a new large contract coming soon, he will have every chance in the world to become one of the best Steelers safeties ever.

    Tomorrow: Number #5

     
  • Source: Steelers and Polamalu Closing in on Extension

    Good news today for Steelers fans, as a source says that the Steelers and safety TroyTroy close to a deal!  Polamalu are close on an extension that would keep him a Steeler for sometime. The source, Scout.com, says that the safety is the top priority for the Steelers and that a deal could be announced soon. Everyone knows that the team needs Troy as the backbone of the defense, so this does not come as much of a surprise.

    The nice thing would be for the team to be able to be in a position to get a deal done and announced before the start of training camp in a few weeks. It would be uplifting not only for the fan base, but for the players as well to see that the team is dedicated to keeping one of its own, this after an offseason in which the team decided against keeping linebacker Joey Porter.

    Troy is set to make $1,088,000 this season plus a a $1.72 mil reporting bonus, which basically means he will make $2.81 mil this season, a bargin for what he brings to the team. Expect the team to have that figure ripped up once the new deal is signed, and I can easily see him making between $6-7 mil a season. Last year he played in 13 games, making 57 solo tackles, 20 assists, and 3 interceptions.

     
  • 3 Things the Steelers Must Do Better in 2007

    If the Steelers are going to make it back to the top of the AFC North in 2007, there are more than a few areas that they are going to have to improve on. With an 8-8 record a season ago, the team ended the season on an up swing, winning 6 of their last 8. Nevertheless, with a new coach, new players, and a new system, things are going to have to get better this season, or the team is going to sit 2nd or 3rd in the tough AFC North. Here are three quick things they have to do better, MUCH better, in 2007.

    1. Turn the ball over less: Last season was so frustrating, as the Steelers were in game after game, only to give it away with stupid turnovers. From int’s, to fumbles, the team seemed to find everyway to give the ball over to their opponents. They were -8 in the turnover ratio, and that was tied for 27th worst in the league. Simply holding onto the ball and throwing less picks will make 2007 a lot better. Another quick factor here to watch is the fact not only of the picks, but the ones that were returned for scores. That also was a killer last year.

    2. Protect Big Ben: The O-line struggled in this department last year, and if Ben is going to find recievers and stay healthy, the O-line has to do a better job of this in 2007. If it means having to roll Ben out more, do it. He actually throws the ball well when he is on the run. The bottom line here is that the line has to give him 4-5 seconds to throw, as last year he was beat up by December. The team allowed 49 sacks in 2006, a number they have to decrease by 10-15 in 2007.

    3. Play better against the jump ball: This became a joke during some games, as wide outs would simply go up, and no matter who was covering them, they would find a way to come down with the ball. This trend was never more frustrating than the Denver loss, when Javon Walker basically beat the Steelers on his own with a few jump ball catches over Ike Taylor. I don’t know what the team can do here but time the ball better, but they had better work on this a lot in camp this season.

     
 
 
 
 

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