Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Marvel Smith signs with 49ers
Meanwhile, the Steelers are well on their way to being awarded multiple compensatory picks in 2010, having lost Bryant McFadden, Nate Washington, and now Smith in free agency.
Labels: Marvel Smith
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Rush Limbaugh on Kurt Warner, Steelers' fans
Limbaugh should know to keep his mouth shut in regards to football, especially NFL QB's. After all, the last time he invoked the name of a QB it got him fired from NFL Sunday Countdown.
And why drag Steelers' fans into a discussion about Limbaugh rooting for Obama to fail. Doesn't he know that Steelers' owner Dan Rooney (a Republican, no less) is tight with the president, having recently been named the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland.
Wish I had Jim Derych's ear today. I'm curious what he'd have to say about Limbaugh's various rants on Obama and failure.
The 5th-round compensation pick explained
On the plus side, we now know a little more about the NFL's mysterious formula for determining compensatory picks (which the league has never revealed publicly, as far as I know).
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Steelers awarded compensatory 5th-round pick
It has been reported that the Steelers were privately expecting to receive a third-round compensatory pick this year, which could have allowed for a significant addition to the team. The last time the Steelers were awarded a compensatory pick in the third round they selected RB Amos Zereoue. And in 1998 a compensatory third rounder yielded WR Hines Ward. In 1997? LB Mike Vrabel, who experienced modest success in Pittsburgh, but flourished in New England after leaving via free agency.
Don't expect to Steelers to unearth a gem with a compensatory fifth-rounder, however. In 2006 such a pick yielded TE Charles Davis, in 2000 QB Tee Martin, and in 1999 WR Malcolm Johnson.
Labels: 2009 compensatory draft picks
Monday, March 23, 2009
Steelers v. Titans at Heinz Field, Sep. 10
Steelers likely to open season vs. Titans
More importantly, there isn't another particularly intruiging non-division opponent on Pittsburgh's home schedule. Both NFC teams - Green Bay and Minnesota - are unappealing. And while the Steelers have a tremendous historical rivalry with the Oakland Raiders (and opened at home vs. Oakland not too many years back), it's doubtful the league will put Al Davis' team in such a marque spot. That leaves San Diego, which is probably the league's second-most likely choice, and Baltimore - though the league probably will look to save the two Ravens' games for later in the year.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
LB a low priority for Steelers in the 2009 draft
Friday, March 13, 2009
Will the Steelers pursue Torry Holt?
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Eagles fire disabled game-day employee for Facebook comments
Regardless, the Eagles probably overreacted in dismissing the six-year employee (this incident is destined to be a Failure of the Day entry in Failure magazine), who served as the west gate chief at Lincoln Financial Field. If Leone had been a full-time employee his termination would have been warranted - for sure - but being a seasonal worker it would have been prudent for the Eagles to "let it go." Now the local media in Philly is portraying the Eagles as "thin-skinned" and overly sensitive to criticism, and popular sentiment seems to be on Leone's side as well.
Nevermind that the Eagles probably did the right thing in letting Dawkins leave, as $17 million over five years seems like too much money for Dawkins at this stage of his career. (Incidentally, the Eagles are now in the market for game day staffers at the Linc, as the following help wanted ad indicates.)
Anyone care to speculate how the Steelers would have handled such a situation?
Monday, March 09, 2009
McFadden signs with Cardinals
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Packers sign Anthony Smith
Friday, March 06, 2009
Big Ben Bash still online
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Mr. Washington Goes to Tennessee
But now the Steelers really lack depth at wide receiver, and will almost certainly use a high draft choice on a wideout in the coming draft, most likely on a player who can also return kicks. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if the Steelers draft two wide receivers in the upcoming draft - one high and one in the later rounds - as the Steelers have nothing behind Limas Sweed, who now moves up to become the team's No. 3 wideout.
Labels: Nate Washington