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Cam Heyward replaces Chris Jones for Pro Bowl games

The Steelers will have a representative at this week’s Pro Bowl games.With Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones unable to take part with Kansas City advancing to Super Bowl LVII, defensive tackle Cam Heyward will be on the roster in Jones’ stead.Heyward started all 17 games for the Steelers in 2022, recording 10.5 sacks, 22 quarterback [more]

Pat Freiermuth: It took Kenny Pickett a bit to get going, but he showed he’s the real deal

Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth played with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during his rookie season in the NFL and there was no question about who the leader of the offense was when Roethlisberger was in the huddle.Freiermuth’s second season looked different. Roethlisberger retired and the Steelers opened the season with Mitch Trubisky as their starter. Trubisky [more]

Art Rooney II: We’ll see on Mike Tomlin extension, don’t want to speculate

The Steelers broke with tradition by waiting until the final year of head coach Mike Tomlin’s contract before signing him to a three-year extension in 2021.Pittsburgh had typically extended Tomlin’s contract with two years left on the deal and that’s where he finds himself heading into the 2023 season. Tomlin extended his run without a [more]

Vikings complete interview with Brian Flores for defensive coordinator job

The Vikings completed an interview with Steelers assistant Brian Flores for their open defensive coordinator position, the team announced Thursday. The Vikings are seeking a replacement for Ed Donatell, who they fired last week.The Minnesota defense was one of the worst in franchise history, finishing the season ranked 28th in points allowed (25.1) and 31st [more]

Art Rooney II on possibility of neutral site championship games: I hate the idea

The league may want neutral site championship games, but that doesn’t mean the owners do. The idea will need the approval of 24 owners to become a reality, and that might be a hard sell for teams with weather and/or fan noise that give them a home-field advantage.Steelers president Art Rooney II strongly opposes the [more]

Steelers kept Matt Canada so Kenny Pickett wouldn’t have to “start all over again”

The Steelers announced last week that Matt Canada would return as the team’s offensive coordinator for a third season. Some outside the building had questioned his job security after the Steelers finished 23rd in yards and 26th in points. They had only 12 passing touchdowns and averaged only 4.2 yards per carry, below the league [more]

Mike Pettine, Brian Flores to interview for Vikings defensive coordinator

The Vikings will interview a couple of defensive coordinator candidates over the next two days.Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports on Wednesday that they are interviewing their assistant head coach Mike Pettine for the opening. Steelers linebackers coach Brian Flores is set to interview with the team on Thursday.Pettine joined Kevin O’Connell’s staff in Minnesota [more]

Report: Patriots zero in on adding Adrian Klemm to offensive staff

The Patriots have already added Bill O’Brien to their coaching staff and appear to be close to adding another offensive assistant.According to Mike Giardi of NFL Media, New England has zeroed in on Adrian Klemm to join their staff.Albert Breer of SI.com reported that the Patriots would meet with Klemm for the second time.Klemm just [more]

Brian Flores will interview for Cardinals coaching job on Monday

Despite a landmark lawsuit against the NFL and multiple teams, former Dolphins coach and current Steelers assistant Brian Flores could be back as a head coach after only one year.Per multiple reports, Flores will interview for the Cardinals’ vacancy on Monday.Last Monday, we noted that the NFL grapevine was connecting Flores to Arizona, for two [more]

Kenny Pickett: Gaining complete ownership of the system is what I really want to do

Kenny Pickett was the only quarterback selected in the first round of the 2022 draft.In a 12-start sample size, Pickett looks like he can grow into being a franchise QB.Pickett finished the season completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,404 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He helped pilot the club to comeback [more]

Falcons interview Brian Flores for defensive coordinator

Brian Flores is a strong candidate to become the next head coach of the Cardinals, but if he doesn’t get that job, Falcons defensive coordinator might be his next option.Flores interviewed for the Falcons’ defensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.Although Flores, the former Dolphins head coach, is suing the NFL for [more]

Aaron Donald: I’m playing, never said I wasn’t

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald says he’s not retiring.Donald caused a stir by changing his Twitter bio to say that he’s a “former” NFL defensive lineman, then he changed it back to “NFL D Lineman for the Rams.” On Twitter Wednesday, Donald indicated that he will continue to play.Responding to a tweet that played a [more]

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