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How the NFL could logistically handle an 18-game regular season

How the NFL could logistically handle an 18-game regular season

How the NFL could logistically handle an 18-game regular season. As I wrote last week, an 18-game NFL regular season schedule seems fairly inevitable and something that could become a reality within the next half-decade or so. I realize this isn’t necessarily the most popular topic, but the conceptions of Heinz Field, PNC Park and PPG Paints Arena were extremely unpopular in some circles many years ago. However, today, all three are fine venues to catch Pittsburgh’s three major sports teams, and most people don’t seem to remember how angry they used to be. In other words, human...
Counting down the days to the 2019 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Counting down the days to the 2019 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers

The start of meaningful football activities are now just over a month away. Let the countdown begin! With mini camp now in the books, the Pittsburgh Steelers have entered their dormant period of the 2019 off-season. While hoping there is little to no news regarding the Steelers until training camp, we have no choice but to officially count down the number of days to key dates coming up in 2019. 31 days: Franchise Tag Signing Any player who was designated with a franchise tag must have a signed contract by 4 PM on July 15, 2019. After this date, the player can only play under the tag for...
The Steelers plan at running back is an intriguing part of the upcoming season

The Steelers plan at running back is an intriguing part of the upcoming season

James Conner is the feature back, but what does that mean within the 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers offense? Since the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Le’Veon Bell, they have been a one back football team. You have your feature back, and you have those who can spell him if he is injured or needs a break. Even in situations where players like DeAngelo Williams performed well in his stead, Bell was the man the coaches never took off the field. With Bell now gone, the Steelers have turned their attention to James Conner as the feature back, but Conner has yet to play all 16 games of a regular season....
Steelers officially announce complete 2019 training camp schedule

Steelers officially announce complete 2019 training camp schedule

The Steelers will return to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe for their 54th straight year in 2019 The Pittsburgh Steelers will return to Latrobe for the start of training camp on July 25th for their 54th consecutive year at Saint Vincent College the team officially announced on Wednesday, with players expected to report by 4 p.m. ET. But without Antonio Brown on the roster, arrivals via helicopter are expected to be limited this year. The first practice open to the public will be held on Friday, July 26 and the first practice in pads is due to take place on Sunday, July 28, as per...
It seems as if an 18-game NFL season seems inevitable

It seems as if an 18-game NFL season seems inevitable

The idea of an 18-game regular season has been floating out in the NFL ether for quite some time. What does that mean? The owners desperately want it. And in the world of big business, the people writing the checks eventually get what they want. The NFL CBA is up in 2021 which could lead to a lockout, a strike or, if all goes smoothly, a harmonious and successful renegotiation with specific changes that, if the owners finally get their wish, will include an 18-game regular season. It seems like the threat of an 18-game regular season has been hanging up there in the ether for close to a...
Bud Dupree once again confident of a breakout season in 2019

Bud Dupree once again confident of a breakout season in 2019

Entering a contract year with the Steelers, the outside linebacker believes his fifth season in the league will be the year he puts it all together Of all the financial moves the Pittsburgh Steelers have made over the past year or so, the decision to exercise the fifth-year option on Bud Dupree is among their more questionable. Rather than attempt to fill his position via free agency or the draft, the front office opted to commit $9.232 million to the former first-round pick in hopes that he will finally play at a level consistent with his draft status. A total of 20 sacks in four seasons...
In the social media age, it is nice to see players like Arthur Moats get a decent send-off

In the social media age, it is nice to see players like Arthur Moats get a decent send-off

Unlike many journeymen and role players who came before him, former Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats got a decent retirement send-off thanks to social media. Growing up in the 1980s, it was rare to know about the retirement of your average, everyday-type Steelers players. You know the ones I’m talking about. Your role players. Your journeymen. Your guys who started for several seasons, even, but just didn’t have the careers worthy of a fitting send-off. Yes, while the Mean Joe Greene’s and even the Rocky Bleier’s of the black and gold-clad world got their press conferences and...
Analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers ‘Midfield’ defensive roles and depth

Analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers ‘Midfield’ defensive roles and depth

Defensive roles matter more than positions in modern day football. This article first appeared in 2018 as part of the pre-draft analysis to explain why analysts insist that modern defenses center around “roles” more than “positions.” It concluded that Pittsburgh needed to upgrade the available talent for the midfield roles at Mack-, Nickel-, and Dime-ILB; could benefit from a super-stud athlete at Buck ILB; and could also use a young athlete to play Safety behind Sean Davis and Morgan Burnett. Burnett is gone but the team has done a lot to address the rest of it. So now seems like...
JuJu Smith Schuster can't seem to make everybody happy at the same time

JuJu Smith Schuster can't seem to make everybody happy at the same time

Some of the good old boys in the local media have decided that JuJu Smith Schuster doesn't take his career serious enough, and his social media platform too seriously. Just when you thought all the excess drama had left the building, some individuals try to pull it back in. Sometimes the drama has substance, other times it is entirely manufactured. Intentionally I am sorry to say. Professional sports are big business and everybody wants their piece of the action. Television channels want their viewers, radio stations and podcasts need their listeners, and newspapers and websites covet their...
Devin Bush passing tests in offseason workouts, but the true test still awaits

Devin Bush passing tests in offseason workouts, but the true test still awaits

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ prized draft pick has been turning heads throughout OTAs, but everyone knows the true test still awaits. Devin Bush isn’t the biggest man on the football field. Standing at 5’11” tall and weighing 234 pounds, Bush finds himself literally looking up at many of his defensive teammates while he is in the midst of a veteran defense primed for a step forward in 2019. Just don’t think Bush is intimidated as he looks to start the season as the starting ILB for Keith Butler’s defense. Coming into a new team can be a challenge, but Bush has handled himself as...
Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions and open thread: Offseason Edition, Vol. 23

Friday Night Steelers Six Pack of questions and open thread: Offseason Edition, Vol. 23

There is plenty to talk about regarding all things black-and-gold! Several people have asked if we could bring back the Friday Night Open Thread. I had moved the event to Saturday morning, but after minimal success, I decided to bring it back to Friday night — with a slight twist. I liked the Saturday Six-Pack theme, so I decided to just take the six questions and move them to Friday night. Say hello to Friday Night Six-Pack of Steelers Questions and open thread! The rules haven’t changed... Quick rundown of the ground rules. I’ll ask at least four questions strictly related to the...
Pouring over Ben Roethlisberger’s Touchdown to Interception Ratio and what it says about 2019

Pouring over Ben Roethlisberger’s Touchdown to Interception Ratio and what it says about 2019

Additionally, recent touchdown stats from Steeler tight ends are addressed Compiling statistics can take hours upon hours in order to find the proper numbers. To save you the trouble, here are some of the best statistics about the Steelers from the past few weeks. I will begin with a few statistics of my own before going on to other various Steeler sources. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @STLRSuperFanDad in order to get some of BTSC’s geekiest stats. Here is a highlight of the past several “Stat Geek” segments from the Steelers Preview Podcast: Ben Roethlisberger’s touchdown...
Podcast: Is Sutton Smith nothing more than another glorified camp darling?

Podcast: Is Sutton Smith nothing more than another glorified camp darling?

In the latest episode of “The Steelers Preview” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-gold from the week that was. The 2019 NFL Draft is over, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for a fresh, new season — so it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold. Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC podcast The Steelers Preview. On this show Jeff Hartman, Dave Schofield and Bryan Anthony Davis break down all things Steelers leading into the offseason. Check out the rundown of the show: News and...
Steelers Burning Question: T.J. Watt, Defensive Player of the Year?

Steelers Burning Question: T.J. Watt, Defensive Player of the Year?

Can another Watt add his name to the prestigious award? In 1971 Alan Page won the initial Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and since its inception, seven Pittsburgh Steelers have went on to win the coveted award. In 1972 Mean Joe Greene would win the first of two, also winning it in 1974. Mel Blount in 1975 and Jack Lambert in 1976, giving the Steelers three consecutive winners and four out of five. ...oh the 80’s No Steeler would win the award again until 1993, with Rod Woodson bringing the Steelers their fifth Defensive Player of the Year. After another long drought,...
Steelers OTA Recap, Day 8: Two starting defenders return to work after time off

Steelers OTA Recap, Day 8: Two starting defenders return to work after time off

Time to check in on what went down at the UPMC Practice Facility for Organized Team Activities. The Pittsburgh Steelers did have a seventh session for Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but it was held at Top Golf near Pittsburgh. This is common place for Mike Tomlin during the final week of OTAs when the team has four sessions instead of three. After some awful golf swings were seen, it was back to work for the black-and-gold and two familiar faces joined their teammates for the first time this offseason. First was starting safety Sean Davis who had missed all of OTAs, but was present, due...
Podcast: The Steelers have a depth issue at the safety position

Podcast: The Steelers have a depth issue at the safety position

In a brand new show titled ‘Yeah, I said it’, we talk about some burning topics surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers have a pretty good roster, but when you go beyond the starters and into the depth at almost all positions, things can get a little sketchy. For some reason, when fans think of positions which are thin with depth, safety is often overlooked. Just look at the current depth chart, those listed only with some type of NFL experience: Sean DavisTerrell EdmundsJordan DangerfieldMarcus Allen That’s it. Needless to say, this is should be a cause for...
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Plays that defined the 2018 Buffalo Bills: Home Games Semifinals

Plays that defined the 2018 Buffalo Bills: Home Games Semifinals

Our journey to find a single play that defines the 2018 season continues in the Home Games semifinals! We’ve whittled away the home games as we continue to find a single play to define the 2018 season. Three of the top four seeds took the last round with one upset. Optimistic narratives seemed to have a slight edge in this half of the bracket. Will that trend continue? Or will voters turn to the dark side in the semifinals? Editor’s note: If you’re viewing this on your mobile device, you may have to click through to the full site version to vote. Detroit Lions - Robert Foster...
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Brandon Beane’s scouting principles after two years

Brandon Beane’s scouting principles after two years

Lessons learned from Beane’s post-draft press conferences Following Brandon Beane’s hiring on May 9th, 2017, Buffalo Bills fans were rightly curious about the scouting and draft tendencies of the former Carolina Panthers assistant general manager. They knew that Carolina had a successful group of drafted players during Beane’s time with the organization, but considering he didn’t have a scouting background and wasn’t the one making the ultimate decisions made it very difficult for observers to guess how he might draft in his new role with the Bills. Following his second draft as...
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Jim Kelly spending time in Bills quarterback room during offseason

Jim Kelly spending time in Bills quarterback room during offseason

The Bills are doing their homework on the K-Gun as they build up their playbook. The Buffalo Bills, building up a support network for second-year quarterback Josh Allen, are once again leaning on franchise legend Jim Kelly for consultation. Along with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, and the newly-hired former U of Miami star Ken Dorsey as quarterbacks coach, the team has allowed Kelly to sit in the meeting room with the quarterbacks during their offseason classroom training. Speaking at his annual golf tournament, Kelly told reporters that he’s “been in a couple meetings with them,...
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Bills Links, 6/4: More stadium talk in Buffalo

Bills Links, 6/4: More stadium talk in Buffalo

Thanks, Roger Goodell. Jim Kelly hosted his annual golf tournament on Monday, which is regularly attended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. As has happened in the past, Goodell addressed the Buffalo Bills’ need for a new stadium, which always leads to a healthy debate among fans. You can find the latest on Goodell’s comments below as part of today’s Bills Links. Goodell: "I want to make sure the Bills remain stable and competitive" | WGR 550 SportsRadio“The Commissioner spoke from the Jim Kelly Golf Classic.” Roger Goodell backs new Bills stadium: ‘I want them to be competitive...

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