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Steelers bringing Jonathan Dwyer back

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The Steelers are moving quickly to replenish their backfield, before someone else had a chance at their target.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are going to re-sign running back Jonathan Dwyer.

The move makes sense after La’Rod Stephens-Howling was lost for the year with a knee injury, amid a generally shabby offensive performance. They were without injured rookie LeVeon Bell, and ran 15 times for 32 yards against the Titans.

But Dwyer might have had more suitors this week anyway. He worked out for the Giants, who should be looking to add to the backfield, if only to send a message to fumbler David Wilson.

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  1. arwiv says: Sep 9, 2013 8:26 AM

    Should have signed him Reese…..screw the guaranteed money.

  2. humbleminded85 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:40 AM

    Lets revisit what some Steelers fans had to say just a few days ago after the Jacoby injury…

    “drone501 says: Sep 7, 2013 4:51 AM

    as a steelers fan i watched that game and laugh my butt off. ravens are one hit wonders.”
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    “rasta028 says: Sep 7, 2013 6:50 AM

    Awww.Jones is hurt? LOL SO WHAT.

    you mad ravanator…haha Karma.”
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    “wearethesteelers says: Sep 6, 2013 10:00 PM

    LMAO”

  3. bettis3636 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:41 AM

    STEELER TROLLS HATE ALL U WANT… Dwyer is a good runner… just has to hold onto the ball!!

  4. pitpenguinsrulez says: Sep 9, 2013 8:47 AM

    Maybe we can go find a new offensive line and get rid of Haley! His offensive is horrid!

  5. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 9, 2013 8:49 AM

    where’s clinton portis these days? or even willis mcgahee? hell, what’s jim brown doing these days? barry sanders?

  6. mrpkg says: Sep 9, 2013 8:49 AM

    While this will help a little, Tomlin must address the bigger issue — and fire Todd Haley.

    This offense is going no where with him as the OC. Why wait until the end of the year?

    Take a page from Baltimore — make the change in OC while you can save the season (Cameron fired in week 10 last year)

  7. z06vision says: Sep 9, 2013 8:50 AM

    We have more problems than 1 running back…

  8. steelnucs says: Sep 9, 2013 8:53 AM

    They could have AP back there and it wouldn’t matter with that horrible OL and play-calling.

    Haley won’t last the season for sure if this keeps up.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 9, 2013 8:54 AM

    WIth JD knowing the offense, our running attack will stay conistent. Unfortunately.

  10. logicalvoicesaysravensrule says: Sep 9, 2013 8:55 AM

    The Steelers need a new quarterback as well. Consider fading out Big Ben as his best days are behind him and start shopping for a new one. Matt Flynn would love a third new start,

  11. groess says: Sep 9, 2013 8:58 AM

    Hey Steeler fans (and I’m one of them)…time to eat a lil humble pie. We suck, and it’s not just one area of the team.
    Instead of being so quick to bash the Ravens or the Bengals, we need to look in the mirror ourselves and worry about our own problems.

  12. modellforprez says: Sep 9, 2013 8:58 AM

    I have been watching this team for the better part of 30 years and besides Bill Cowhers 3 down years if 1998-2000 i cant never remember this team looking so Bad , thin on talent and such a serious Off.Cord problem. i dont know what tomlin was doing today he was asked post game why F.B will johnson didnt play he said the gameplan didnt dictate him to play and he said he played special teams and Johnson was asked about it and he said he didnt play at all so even besides losing 3 componets this team has big big problems the biggest that the head coach might be losing his mind. welcome back Johnny show them they made a mistake

  13. goofybiker says: Sep 9, 2013 8:58 AM

    Letting JD go was stupid to start with. Just shows how far a good organization has fallen. Dump tomlin and hailey now! Get the O-line playing together with their heads up. Bust their butts. Develop some speed. Make them Run. Get people’s me Hines Ward to come in and teach them what playing with guts is all about!

  14. drone501 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:05 AM

    to humbleminded, ok ok you made your point lol

  15. swagger52 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:13 AM

    Did you see Tomlin barking at Todd Haley when he came back to the sidelines from being on the field yelling at the refs? I wish I could lip read what he said.

  16. swagger52 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:13 AM

    Tomlin…had that very nervous “I could be fired” look yesterday.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 9, 2013 9:14 AM

    Time to take a deep breath fans and blame the ones responsible…..the players. Missing is the steeler fire and intensity. The coaches didn’t play a single down or did I miss that? Being spoiled with good teams for so long has spoiled you newer fans but it hasn’t always been that way. Get ready for a long year if the “players” don’t find the desire to overcome mediocrity and just play for their checks.
    Lastly don’t hide for three days like the raven troll….or change your handle.

  18. overratedsteelerhater says: Sep 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    all i know is Tomlin is on the HOT seat.Haley might go first but he’s not far behind.

  19. dagrizzman says: Sep 9, 2013 9:24 AM

    I’ve been a Steelers fan for 57 of my 66 years,and have never,ever seen such a pathetic performance by this team in my life.Tomlin has been exposed,Haley must go,and Colbert has also worn out his welcome.The Rooneys better realize that their rule is for hiring a coach,but you still can fire one.We waited 25 years since Bradshaw for a QB and they never built a quality line for him, let him get slaughtered,and forgot how to play Steelers football.I am sick ,sick over what looks like a 5 -11 season.The Ravens and Bengal fans have a right to heckle us now.

  20. cedarstrength says: Sep 9, 2013 9:31 AM

    Any time you let go of players who represent long term leadership you will have this problem. Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior, James Harrison. Sure they may be past their prime but their value as leaders is unquestioned. Baltimore is going to figure that out as well with the absence of Reed, and Lewis. It is what it is. They need to find leadership in the locker room.

  21. humbleminded85 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:39 AM

    drone501 says: Sep 9, 2013 9:05 AM

    to humbleminded, ok ok you made your point lol
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    Let me just say bro that I DO NOT like injuries on anyone period and only did this to make a point. I wanted to show those guys why you just don’t say stuff like that. Obviously every team has those idiot fans and when a couple of Raven fans pop off like that (and they will) you and the next Pit fan should put them in their place as well. No place for that crap in my mind. I’m hoping Foote, Pouncey and LSH all have a 100% recovery.

  22. shotgunformation5wide says: Sep 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    The team is fine, …. the only problem is our strengths are on the bench. The WRs. Ben is getting sacked because no one is open …. if you have backup TE’s all over the field.

  23. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    Last week Dwyer was a “fumble machine.” Now he’s a savior. What a mess! Steelers’ fans need to get their stories straight. Oh, now the Steelers are “missing … fire and intensity.” So that’s it! Who knew! I thought it had something to do with the complete inability to score an offensive point until the game was a fait accompli.

  24. steelnucs says: Sep 9, 2013 9:44 AM

    The bad thing is that the defense actually played pretty well. Glad JD is back, I always thought he was their best back anyway. Dude needs to hold onto the ball though.

    @dagrizzman – couldn’t have said it better myself. That performance yesterday was one of the worst I have ever seen in my 30+ years as a fan. Going to be a looooonnngg season.

  25. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 9, 2013 9:52 AM

    “Last week Dwyer was a “fumble machine.” Now he’s a savior.”

    If only there were more gems like Jake Ballard still available.

  26. jobotjones says: Sep 9, 2013 9:54 AM

    I love how all of you so called Steelers fans are calling to fire Haley. The Steelers looked fine before Pouncey went down and if you can show me one NFL team that would look good after losing their pro bowl center I’ll give you a damn cookie.

    Haley is not the problem. The line is young and inexperienced and now injury ridden once again. We will be lucky to go 8-8 this season and I highly doubt we break 6-10 without Pouncey and Foote.

    Injuries are the problem folks, as a team the Steelers can not stay healthy and it is a true shame watching Troy, Ben, Ryan Clark, Coach Lebeau and others spend the tail end of their careers being held back by an injury plagued roster.

    I will continue to watch like some kind of horrible train wreck that you can’t seem to take your eyes off of but don’t act like firing one coach or replacing/drafting one player will fix this mess.

    The Steelers will have their day in the sun once again despite it unlikely coming this year or in the near future. Until then, trust the ownership to make the right moves and bring in the proper personnel.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 9, 2013 10:18 AM

    “Last week Dwyer was a “fumble machine.” Now he’s a savior.”

    If only there were more gems like Jake Ballard still available.
    I guess he missed that when he went into hiding to find his new handle…you know he works so hard on deception.

  28. killerstiller says: Sep 9, 2013 11:08 AM

    Third & 11 and you call a WR screen? I’d fire you on principle!

  29. killerstiller says: Sep 9, 2013 11:10 AM

    Haley is not responsible for injuries! BUT, he is responsible for failing to adjust his play calling! Send the wrong RB package in on the goal line? Don’t call timeout? Fired on principle!

  30. stillers213 says: Sep 9, 2013 11:12 AM

    How can Colbert and Tomlin leave the 53 man roster so thin on the O-line? It’s not like it hasn’t been the team’s weakness for 3 straight years! Someone please try and explain why we have 4 TE’s occupying spots and 1 useless one on IR in Spaeth? Same as last year! Remember the KC game where we held our collective breaths with no lineman left on the bench.

  31. thepittsburghkid says: Sep 9, 2013 11:15 AM

    It’s one game, it honestly doesn’t matter. The media and fans overreact way to much. Every team has its ups and downs during a season. Your team will lose games they should win, and win games they should lose.

  32. killerstiller says: Sep 9, 2013 11:17 AM

    I know us Steeler fans are spoiled from good teams & we tend to overreact to poor game performance. However, when players – who fail to negotiate the plays called – are consistently put in position to fail, the problem is obviously on the sideline & front office! The problem with this organization starts with Art Rooney! And, I ain’t talking about “The Chief”! He ran Cowher out of town and now the chickens are coming home to roost!

  33. stillers213 says: Sep 9, 2013 11:26 AM

    I agree pittkid but they put themselves in a bad position with their roster before the game was even kicked-off. Coaching was horrible. For example, you have one of the better throwers on the run and a crap O-line yet I did not see one designed rollout play the entire game?

  34. stillers213 says: Sep 9, 2013 11:28 AM

    Is it too early to ask who will win the AFCN by default? :)

  35. civicimports says: Sep 9, 2013 11:35 AM

    first of all I can remember a bunch of years when the steelers came out week one flat and down right terrible ,both with cowher and tomlin as coaches.they will get better without a doubt dwyer will help and all will be good although tough schedule next couple of weeks but division and whole afc week so no need to panic yet

  36. steelcurtainn says: Sep 9, 2013 11:36 AM

    If the steelers get their offense together they will be just fine. If they don’t it will be a long season. Its as simple as that. 9 points isn’t going to beat the worse teams in the league. The o-line must play way better.

  37. sellout1983 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:09 PM

    “bettis3636 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 8:41 AM
    STEELER TROLLS HATE ALL U WANT… Dwyer is a good runner… just has to hold onto the ball!!”

    That’s like saying Tebow is a great QB he just needs to learn to throw.

  38. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:10 PM

    Now if we just get Bill Cowher and Ken Wisenhunt back…

    steelcurtainn:
    An untalented offense and a now injury-depleted O-line cannot be fixed. Not even painting your face or waving your magical Terrible Towel will help. Although, I’m sure you’ve tried both.

  39. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 9, 2013 12:36 PM

    Coaching and injuries aside, the Steelers just seem to make really stupid plays at the worst moments. DeCastro dove into the back of Pouncey’s leg with no defender in site. Sanders drops a 40 yard pass that woud have set the Steelers up, Redman fumbles into the end zone, special teams puts the Steelers in a hole on 2 drives………. The Steelers have the talent but they are their own worse enemy.

  40. steel2372 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:37 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    Last week Dwyer was a “fumble machine.” Now he’s a savior. What a mess! Steelers’ fans need to get their stories straight. Oh, now the Steelers are “missing … fire and intensity.” So that’s it! Who knew! I thought it had something to do with the complete inability to score an offensive point until the game was a fait accompli.

    ———————————————-
    This was a miserable weekend for all the afcn teams. We all lost!
    The way we all played we have no right to say anything about each other. We all looked bad!

  41. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 9, 2013 12:41 PM

    civicimports says:
    Sep 9, 2013 11:35 AM
    first of all I can remember a bunch of years when the steelers came out week one flat and down right terrible ,both with cowher and tomlin as coaches.they will get better without a doubt dwyer will help and all will be good although tough schedule next couple of weeks but division and whole afc week so no need to panic yet

    Coming out flat is one thing, but the Steelers were lifeless at home against a team itself that will not scratch .500 this year. In 1989, the Steelers lost their first 2 games by a combined 92-10 and they still made the playoffs and were 1 point away from the AFC Championship. And that was with Bubby Brister at the helm. Since 1972, the Steelers have never won less than 5 games but this year may actually be one of those years.

  42. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 9, 2013 12:45 PM

    The Steelers need a new quarterback as well. Consider fading out Big Ben as his best days are behind him and start shopping for a new one. Matt Flynn would love a third new start.

    Ben is not the problem. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady would get killed under this offensive line. I would be surprised if Ben survives until the Week 5 bye week. He was sacked 5 times yesterday because the gaps opened up completely and he could have taken another 5 sacks. Give him an inch and he will give you a mile.

  43. stillers213 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:45 PM

    Maybe being cut will have the same effect on Dwyer as it did Harrison years ago?

  44. enoughofthatalready says: Sep 9, 2013 12:48 PM

    modellforprez says:
    Sep 9, 2013 8:58 AM
    I have been watching this team for the better part of 30 years and besides Bill Cowhers 3 down years if 1998-2000 i cant never remember this team looking so Bad , thin on talent and such a serious Off.Cord problem. i dont know what tomlin was doing today he was asked post game why F.B will johnson didnt play he said the gameplan didnt dictate him to play and he said he played special teams and Johnson was asked about it and he said he didnt play at all so even besides losing 3 componets this team has big big problems the biggest that the head coach might be losing his mind. welcome back Johnny show them they made a mistake

    Plus they traded for Felix Jones for what? He did not play either.

  45. stillers213 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:51 PM

    I’m curious to see how Wilson handles the starting LB job. Wilson is the superior athlete but Foote’s knowledge and leadership will be missed. Where are they going to find OL help? Max Starks, where are you?

  46. Deb says: Sep 9, 2013 1:06 PM

    Good news about Dwyer … although let me wear out the groove just once more and say we should have taken Eddie Lacy. But what’s done is done.

    As for Haley’s screw-ups, the biggest appears to have been bringing in former Chiefs offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. to replace Sean Kugler. Heaven knows, Kugler’s were big shoes to fill for anyone, but why oh why did we change blocking schemes?????? Obviously this zone blocking package isn’t working for our personnel and it’s cost us Pouncey for the season!! For crying out loud, revert back to last year’s system! Fix what is fixable!

  47. black43gold says: Sep 9, 2013 1:16 PM

    I’d put money on the Steelers calling Max Starks this week. Him, among a few other OL’s, particularly interior. Can’t say Beachum filled the C position really well, but considering the circumstance, he did a serviceable job. Hopefully with 8 days to prepare for his new position we might see some improvement, but I’m not holding my breath. Fact remains that we have to avoid making excuses and play football.
    I still don’t like Adams at LT, I think Gilbert would be more valuable there if they switch sides. Mike still looks lost half the time.
    As far as the Haley hating, count me in. The play-calling was absolutely putrid. No coincidence that the offense has zero spark to it since he became the OC. Why we ever shoved Arians out for Haley is beyond me.
    On the bright side (not THAT bright), getting Heath and Le’Veon back in these next few weeks should at least open up the field for Ben. An early bye week has never been more of a blessing than this year…

  48. Deb says: Sep 9, 2013 1:28 PM

    What good will it do to call Max Starks when the o-line is playing a completely different system than the one we played when he was here? A big part of the problem is that the personnel can’t seem to adapt to the new system even though they had all training camp and preseason to learn it. Max hasn’t had ANY time to learn the new blocking schemes.

  49. stillers213 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:32 PM

    Deb, I don’t know if you can blame Pouncey’s injury on the scheme. How about the fact that DeCastro made one of the dumbest plays ever by an O-lineman?

  50. Deb says: Sep 9, 2013 1:43 PM

    stillers213, I’m kind of blaming that on the scheme. This guy had tremendous promise coming out of college–a real stud. I was thrilled with that pick. He was injured at the beginning of last season and never really had the opportunity to work with Kugler. Now he’s back and put into this new scheme. It just seems as though the line is utterly confused. Can’t help wondering if all that confusion contributed to this boneheaded play. Maybe I’m cutting him too much slack, but they just seem so poorly coached.

  51. steelerben says: Sep 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    @Deb – Reverting back to last year’s scheme might not help all that much, considering how poor the O-line was then, too. I do agree the line coaching choice was a poor one, though. Russ Grimm was floating without a team for a while, and I have no idea why they didn’t bring him back to the fold.

    The best you can hope for is that the line will get more and more chemistry with each other as the season goes on and communication improves. That’s assuming they stay on the field.

    Everyone calling for Tomlin’s head should take a look at the history of the Steelers. A coaching change probably isn’t on the way for at least another eight to ten years.

    Everyone calling for Haley’s head, well, I kind of agree. He isn’t being flexible and trying to fit personnel into scheme instead of tailoring scheme for personnel. I never liked him coming in and am looking forward to his leaving. When you go shopping for players that fit an uptempo passing game, you can’t get very far with a plodding, run first, short passing offense that requires a disciplined quarterback that gets rid of the ball quickly. Recognizing what you are putting on the field is just as important as putting together a good scheme.

    Just don’t think firing Haley is going to cause the team to pull a 180. The defense is still solid, but losing Foote is going to hurt and they STILL aren’t generating turn overs. The special teams are not up to snuff. That opening kickoff (which was apparently the only plan for scoring) was a joke. Ugly knuckleball that barley made it down the field. Kick coverage is still a joke, and I foresee them giving up at least two run backs on kickoffs and possibly another two on punts.

    The team has no identity and the leadership is lacking. It is time to stop being the six time world champion Pittsburgh Steelers and start being a team that wants to win football games rather than being handed a Lombardi out of the gates.

  52. dickroy says: Sep 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Russ Grimm back!! I wish.

  53. Deb says: Sep 9, 2013 3:59 PM

    Guys, Russ Grimm believes the Steelers screwed him over to hire Tomlin as head coach. It’s not likely he’d come back to work for Tomlin and less likely Tomlin would want a former rival working under him–especially when some fans are calling for his head.

    Otherwise, steelerben, agree with you on lack of leadership and identity–which is why I was so against letting Harrison go. But the defense is maintaining its standards. The offense is the problem. Really thought Haley would do good things in Pittsburgh. What a colossal mess.

  54. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:59 AM

    Deb:
    Haley is failing because of the personnel he has to work with. Last season’s O-line was gutted and replaced by inexperienced players, who I truly don’t believe are talented enough.
    Having Adams, DeCastro and Gilbert all on the field at the same time is craziness. These guys should’ve been filtered in, slowly, to see if they actually have what it takes to play at this level. Wholesale changes are never a good idea.
    I’ve never seen an organization so hell bent on replacing players without having suitable replacements… It’s almost as if the organization wants to fail.
    Unfortunately for Haley, his timing couldn’t have been worse to go to work for his father’s former team. Haley is now taking the heat for a mess that Bruce Arians started in 2008.
    Once the quarterback realized scoring 17 or 20 points would win most games, a “no urgency” attitude was established.
    The inmates have ran the asylum far too long.
    Haley needs to go.
    And so does Tomlin.

  55. fsstnotch says: Sep 10, 2013 9:24 AM

    Funny thing is, the same people who are saying Haley needs to go because he doesn’t playcall to teh strengths of the guys on the field… Arians did the same thing for years, thats exactly why they called for his head! Steelers looked terrible! They haven’t looked good on offense or special teams yet this year! I’m not counting them out yet, its week 1, all 4 afcn teams lost. Fact is, if we play like we played last sunday all season, we will not beat Cleveland once.

  56. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:41 PM

    Arians was fired because his offense consistently ranked near the bottom in points scored. His last year in Pittsburgh, clear back in 2012, his offense ranked 22nd in scoring. Arians was fired for just cause.
    Haley inherited an offense that had a bad attitude. His QB didn’t want his buddy Bruce fired, and he even said so publicly. Repeatedly.
    I’m starting to realize that many Steelers fans don’t actually know the number of teams that make up the NFL; therefore, they have no clue what a 22nd ranking actually means.
    The “average” football fan is actually only concerned about winning. Steelers fans are no different. When the team wins, Roethlisberger was the reason. But when the team losses, they blame Haley, or the defense for giving up 2-point leads, or injuries (which all teams have).
    Haley’s offense last season actually produced more points that Arians’ offense in 2012. Nevertheless, the media, fans and certain players have set the culture that Haley isn’t good enough to replace the Great Bruce Arians. That’s the reason Haley will not survive in Pittsburgh.
    Tomlin’s job is safe, because he has the politically-collect media squarely in his corner, openly deflecting the blame elsewhere.

  57. Deb says: Sep 10, 2013 2:42 PM

    @bobzilla …

    Thanks for the perspective. I’ve really been scratching my head the last couple of days. I wanted to get rid of Arians long before we did. The complaint with Whis was that his offense was too complicated. With Arians, it was the opposite. Though he’s capable of calling a good game, he over-indulged the QB and was too often one-dimensional and predictable. We needed a more balanced approach. Haley was my dream get because I believed he could provide that.

    Last year, I was frustrated because a big part of the problem was Ben’s stubborn refusal to get with the program. Although he initially seemed to be on board, after returning from injury, it was as though he was determined to force Haley back into the old offense. Thought this year we’d finally be on track. Have never liked Gilbert, but did think DeCastro and Adams could pull their weight. After all, Pouncey was able to start immediately and be a Pro Bowler. DeCastro was supposed to be that class of player. Knew losing Kugler would be an issue but didn’t expect anything like this.

    After looking at this mess, I’m second-guessing everything. Was I wrong about Haley? DeCastro? Tomlin? Has Colbert lost his touch? This is not Steeler football.

    I’m sure you’ll be amused to know I was banned from commenting on Roethlisberger’s Facebook page. They announced he’ll no be doing a live call-in radio show. Usually he gets 200-300 comments, and they cleared only 15. I was censored and banned simply for saying his time could be better spent and this isn’t the best environment for that kind of venture. Can only imagine what everyone else was saying ;)

  58. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 10, 2013 6:57 PM

    Deb:
    Interesting stuff!!!
    Wow!!!
    KDKA-TV sports anchor Bob Pompeani gleefully reported following the Ravens’ loss to the Broncos that Tomlin had said on his twitter account: “Joe Flacco’s QBR: LOL.”
    The organization is in turmoil. All the adults have vacated the building.
    My 30-year-old son, who is well schooled on Steelers History, thinks the organization is headed backwards: Not back to the 1980s, but back to the 1960s. Can’t say as I can disagree.
    Housecleaning seems to be in order.

  59. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 10, 2013 7:06 PM

    Deb:
    Also: DeCastro, Adams and Gilbert all might be terrific players. However, throwing them all together into the on-the-job-training fire was simply a dumb move. The person who made this inane decision ought to be fired.
    Pouncey may have three Pro Bowl selections on his resume, but he’s not good enough to carry or lead an entire O-line. A Mike Webster or Dermonti Dawson he is not…

  60. Deb says: Sep 10, 2013 8:57 PM

    @bobzilla …

    Unlike James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, and other players, Roethlisberger doesn’t actually post on his Facebook account. It’s just a PR thing run by someone named Erin–and I unsubscribed today :)

    I’ve been worried about returning to the 60s as well because I’m afraid Art II does not have his father’s touch. Although he’s been running the team for years, things didn’t start to deteriorate so markedly until Dan left for Ireland. But it’s hard to judge from the outside looking in. I’m concerned about Colbert’s recent productivity, too.

    Tomlin didn’t tweet that about Flacco–there are a lot of fake Twitter accounts out there. He won me over during his first season, and I still think he brings a lot to the table. He’s had to handle a lot of garbage since taking over this team. The real mark of his abilities will be how he responds to this challenge.

  61. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    Deb:
    There’s been no more of a personable coach in Steelers history than Mike Tomlin. I was excited when he was hired, and I remained excited until he allowed his team to lose to the 1-11 Browns in a must-win Thursday night game in 2009.
    Tomlin’s teams have a history of losing to flat-out bad teams. That tells me that he doesn’t or is incapable of motivating. Players obviously pay zero attention to him, which is HIS fault…
    Plus, I’ve watched him make some boneheaded decisions on game days. He made a huge mistake just this past Sunday at the goal line. Winning disguises a lot of problems, problems that are now surfacing via failure.
    The Steelers are 8-10 since losing to Denver in the 2011 playoffs.
    Thanks for the info on the twitter deal, Deb. Much appreciated.

  62. Deb says: Sep 11, 2013 1:21 PM

    My concern over Tomlin’s decisionmaking peaked with the 2011 49ers game. Still can’t believe he allowed Ben to start and remain in that game with a bad ankle because that’s what Ben wanted. What Ben wants shouldn’t enter into the discussion. Tomlin’s job is to do what’s best for the team, not to indulge what Ben wants. The objective is to win, not to give Roethlisberger another chance to play hero.

    If we win because Ben’s made a heroic play, fantastic. That’s happened many times through serendipity. But you don’t deliberately put him in an against-all-odds situation when there are other options. Charlie beat the Ravens in Baltimore on their way to a Super Bowl victory. Who’s to say he couldn’t have beaten the 49ers, giving Ben time to recover for the playoffs? He certainly wouldn’t have done any worse than Ben did.

    I really do believe Roethlisberger was the missing component that again allowed us to contend for Super Bowls. But early success and being over-indulged by coaches and owners has crippled him. He’s never exploited his potential, and our offense has been built around giving him opportunities to break free and make miracle plays. How do you diagram that? I thought Haley might force him into a more disciplined offense that would better direct his talents. Now I just don’t know.

  63. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:15 PM

    How about Tomlin sticking with a crippled Leftwich last season in the loss against the Ravens? What? Batch in relief wouldn’t have been a better option? And why was Leftwich the No. 1 backup over Batch in the first place?
    Tomlin even had Batch third on the depth chart in 2010 for Roethlisberger’s suspension. Starting the kid from Oregon over a seasoned NFL veteran was a stroke of genius!!!
    Tomlin has no clue as to how to utilize talent (when there was talent.) Cutting Max Starks in 2011 preseason was brilliant.
    Roethlisberger the missing component? We are going to have to disagree on that one. Troy Polamalu is the Steelers’ most important draft pick since Joe Greene.

  64. Deb says: Sep 12, 2013 1:56 PM

    Oh, I do agree that Troy is the best player on the team. Posted that to someone the other day who said Ben was our best player on either side of the ball (what?). I just believe you need that field general in the QB position to move to the next level. Unfortunately, ours has morphed into one of those nutty generals on MASH–kind of a caricature of what a field general should be. He has the talent, says the right things in the pressers, but something goes terribly wrong when the battle starts.

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