8:16 PM EDT, Sun June 24, 2018
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Morgan Burnett admires Steelers’ locker room bond, getting comfortable in new surroundings

Morgan Burnett admires Steelers’ locker room bond, getting comfortable in new surroundings

The newly acquired free agent safety, Morgan Burnett, is starting to get comfortable in the Steel City. Players who come to Pittsburgh to play for the Steelers often say there is something different about the organization and fan base. As fans of the Steelers, we don’t know any different. All we know is the continuity and winning culture which started back in the 70s with Chuck Noll taking over. However, it is always interesting to hear this from players, especially veterans, who have played for other teams throughout their career. In the case of Morgan Burnett, who played his entire...
9 hours ago
Random Thoughts From a Black-and-Gold Mind: Band geek confessions, Journey and more

Random Thoughts From a Black-and-Gold Mind: Band geek confessions, Journey and more

BTSC’s resident “insane in the membraner” shares his maniacal thoughts on the Steelers. In Maryland, the kids in my county just got out of school on June 15th, so their summer just started. But I’m craving football, like Paula Deen’s husband craves things deep-fried and injected with five sticks of butter. I need football back soon. Offseason or not, my black-and-gold brain is revved up like an engine at 24 Hours of Le Mans. As always, I pass the ravings on to you. But first, I must inject you all with a syringe of sorries for the many improprieties I perpetuated last time...
11 hours ago
Steelers players explain their plans to prepare themselves for training camp

Steelers players explain their plans to prepare themselves for training camp

What are players doing between the end of minicamp and training camp? Several outline their plans to get ready for the 2018 season. If you're honest about the NFL season, you realize there's truly only one “offseason.” Despite having the longest stint between the league’s championship and the following season, the NFL doesn’t stop. You have free agency, the NFL Draft, Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp — only then comes the actual offseason. Yes, in just a bit more than a month between minicamp and training camp do players and coaches leave their teams to do what they...
13 hours ago
When it comes to tackle football, Ben Roethlisberger’s kids won’t be playing until after 5th grade

When it comes to tackle football, Ben Roethlisberger’s kids won’t be playing until after 5th grade

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ franchise quarterback made his thoughts known about young children playing tackle football. When it comes to youth football, there's a burning debate going on about when kids should or shouldn’t be playing tackle football. In some states, like Maryland, there's a group of individuals attempting to make it a state law that no child can play tackle football before middle school. Despite not living in the ‘Free State’, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be on board with the Maryland efforts — at least for his own children. “There’s...
Jun 23, 2018
If you could pick one Steelers great to help the current roster, who would it be?

If you could pick one Steelers great to help the current roster, who would it be?

If you had the ability to welcome back any all-time Steelers’ player back for the 2018 campaign, who would it be? The NFL offseason is a fun time to drift off into Steelers Fantasyland. Some people feel that the black-and-gold are championship contenders, some feel they’re still one player away, and other fans feel they’re headed in the wrong direction. A few days ago, BTSC had an article asking what one change in Steelers’ history would you, the reader, make. Also, Rod Woodson made comments regarding the Steelers lack of defensive playmakers. This made me wonder what the 2018...
Jun 23, 2018
Keith Butler, like the rest of us, is unsure of who will start at safety in 2018

Keith Butler, like the rest of us, is unsure of who will start at safety in 2018

The Pittsburgh Steelers suddenly have a plethora of safeties on their roster, but no one knows who will play or where they will play. Last year the Pittsburgh Steelers’ depth chart at the safety position wasn’t very impressive: Mike Mitchell, Sean Davis, J.J. Wilcox and Robert Golden. With Mitchell constantly hurt, Wilcox’s playing time decreasing every week and Golden being more of a special-teams ace than quality depth, things were dire at the position. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the team decided to completely rebuild the position this offseason. On the...
Jun 23, 2018
Steelers 2018 theme needs to be ‘United We Stand’, not ‘Divided We Fall’

Steelers 2018 theme needs to be ‘United We Stand’, not ‘Divided We Fall’

If this group is more than just a collection of individuals, it would be nice for the leaders to show the way. The quest for winning a franchise-record seventh Super Bowl comes with added luggage and twists. It’s simple — what makes this group tick? Money, or winning championships? Ten years have officially passed since the Steelers won their last Super Bowl, and eight since their last trip to the big dance. If there is one thing that of those teams can pass on, it’s the lesson how it’s not just about unity, but also holding each other accountable. It kind of relates to many daily...
Jun 23, 2018
Complete list of when every NFL team reports to their respective training camps

Complete list of when every NFL team reports to their respective training camps

Want to know when the Steelers and their rivals report to training camp? Here’s the complete list! If you’re a diehard fan of the NFL, this is the worst time of year. Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamp are things of the past now, and you have to wait until your favorite team reports to training camp. These days can feel like an eternity, but are you sure you know when the team you root for actually reports to training camp? How about the rookies? If you don’t, or you want to check out when your team’s rivals report to camp, you can get all that information...
Jun 22, 2018
Cleveland LB Christian Kirksey predicts a Browns playoff berth in 2018, is it possible?

Cleveland LB Christian Kirksey predicts a Browns playoff berth in 2018, is it possible?

Is it possible for an 0-16 team to turn it around and make the playoffs the next season?! There must have been something about June 19th. Something about the day which gave Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey a renewed sense of vigor upon awaking. Such an uplifting mood that he took to his verified Twitter account and predicted some big things for the Browns in 2018. Not just one victory, something they failed to accomplish last season. Not just a few wins. Not a winning season. How about a playoff berth. Woke up this morning letting yal know Browns will be in the playoffs this...
Jun 22, 2018
Is more tackling at training camp really the answer for the Steelers’ defense?

Is more tackling at training camp really the answer for the Steelers’ defense?

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a run-stopping problem, but is doing more tackling drills the answer to their problem? Throughout offseason workouts like Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamp, coaches talk to the media and fans cling to every word uttered to get a glimpse of what the team might be doing in sessions, or what they may resemble in the upcoming season. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, many fans loved it when they heard Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler talk about the need to tackle better, and how they would be doing more of this in the upcoming training camp at...
Jun 22, 2018
The Steelers ABCs: When karma rears its ugly head

The Steelers ABCs: When karma rears its ugly head

This week, I want your help in determining how to feel about the infamous Vontaze Burfict hit. Karma On the corner of 18th Street and Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, there is makeshift t-shirt vendor who sells the kinds of apparel you might expect to find at a flea market or county fair: shirts festooned with Pittsburghese (yinz, jagoff, n’at—things that almost nobody here actually says anymore), Stairway to Seven shirts, shirts containing overused, half-baked (lol Cheatriots, so clever), and outright derogatory puns, unlicensed Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins shirseys,...
Jun 22, 2018
Steelers rookies get acclimated to life in the NFL, and in Pittsburgh, before training camp

Steelers rookies get acclimated to life in the NFL, and in Pittsburgh, before training camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers' rookies spent some quality time in and around the city preparing themselves for their first football season as professionals. The National Football League used to have a Rookie Symposium which was meant to help rookies get acclimated to all facets of life in the league -- everything from living in a new city by yourself, earning more money than many have ever seen in their entire lives, and how to handle the success and fame which accompanies being an NFL star. Then video came out of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter telling players they need to have a “fall...
Jun 22, 2018
Podcast: Why does everyone hate on Mike Tomlin?

Podcast: Why does everyone hate on Mike Tomlin?

In the latest episode of the “Steelers News” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-gold from the week that was. The 2018 NFL Draft is over and, believe it or not, there’s lots to talk about heading into a big week of offseason news for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the new show Steelers News: Why all the hate thrown at Mike Tomlin? In Pittsburgh, it should still be about the run. Breaking down the stats with the running game. Another break for the Black-and-gold and MUCH MORE! Jeff Hartman, editor...
Jun 21, 2018
Mike Munchak on rookie tackle Chukwuma Okorafor “we drafted that guy for a reason”

Mike Munchak on rookie tackle Chukwuma Okorafor “we drafted that guy for a reason”

The Steelers took a shot on the Western Michigan tackle they hope will pay huge dividends in 2018. When it comes to life in the NFL, sometimes things change. And for the Pittsburgh Steelers they experienced this first-hand this offseason when they watched Jerald Hawkins go down during Organized Team Activities (OTAs) with what turned out to be a torn quadriceps muscle, ending his season. The plan was for Hawkins to take over Chris Hubbard’s role as the backup swing tackle, as well as the extra tackle in their “jumbo” packages. Sometimes things change, and in this instance it meant...
Jun 21, 2018
Keion Adams is “healthy, confident and excited” for next opportunity with Steelers

Keion Adams is “healthy, confident and excited” for next opportunity with Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t draft an outside linebacker this offseason, and this speaks volumes of what the team thinks of second year linebacker Keion Adams. Most fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers were left with questions at the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft, and one of those questions was ‘What is going on at the Outside Linebacker position?’ With the Steelers not signing a free agent outside linebacker, not drafting one or even re-signing a player like Arthur Moats, it left the team extremely thin at the position. What the lack of movement also did was speak volumes about...