2:44 AM EDT, Thu September 23, 2021
10 hours ago
Steelers Injury Report: Watt, Haden limited in practice Wednesday

Steelers Injury Report: Watt, Haden limited in practice Wednesday

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ With some players limited with her injuries, Devin bush returned as a full participant. The Pittsburgh Steelers came out of Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season both with their first defeat and with a number of mounting injuries. As the Steelers take the practice field for their first day of preparation for the Cincinnati Bengals, nine names were on the list although one was a full participant. In the first injury report of the week courtesy of the Steelers PR department, there were five players who did not participate while three players were...
11 hours ago
How can the Steelers fix their offensive line problems?

How can the Steelers fix their offensive line problems?

Photo by Joe Sargent/ The problems are glaring, but can they be fixed? Whenever you click on the comment section of a Pittsburgh Steelers related post these days, you are almost guaranteed to find a number of comments asking the team to fix its offensive line. If it were only as easy as the comments suggest we really wouldn't have to have this conversation. But this is the real world unfortunately, and things like this will take time. As a former collegiate offensive lineman, turned collegiate offensive line coach, I’ll give my best shot at how I would attempt to get...
11 hours ago
Podcast: The Steelers are who we thought they were

Podcast: The Steelers are who we thought they were

In the spirit of brotherly love, siblings Dave and Rich Schofield break down all things surrounding the black-and-gold. All offseason long, the entirety of Steeler Nation attempted to analyze the 2021 identity of the Men of Steel. Even though there were some that felt like the Steelers were a Super Bowl favorite, many thought that the Steelers were a possible playoff team having to travel a bumpy road to get there. After Week 2 of 2021, the Steelers may just be exactly who we think they are. This will be just one of the subjects that will be discussed in the latest installment...
12 hours ago
Power Rankings: Steelers fall out of the Top 10 heading into Week 3

Power Rankings: Steelers fall out of the Top 10 heading into Week 3

Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers were a Top 10 team heading into Week 2, but have fallen out of the Top 10 after their Week 3 loss. The Pittsburgh Steelers were not victorious in their home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2, and the loss to Las Vegas has dropped them out of the Top 10, according to the latest Power Rankings. These Power Rankings are something which should be taken with a grain of salt, but if nothing else they are good for some healthy debate. Yes, Power Rankings can be an interesting exercise, and while we don’t...
13 hours ago
5 former Steelers nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2022 class

5 former Steelers nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2022 class

The Steelers who are nominated span the last four decades. The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 122 modern-era players who have been nominated for enshrinement for 2022. Among the players are five with ties to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The #Steelers are well represented among the Modern Era nominees for the @ProFootballHOF Class of 2022. #PFHOF22— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 22, 2021 Hines Ward has made it as far as a semifinalist in previous years. Ward spent all 14 of his NFL seasons in Pittsburgh and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times....
14 hours ago
Ben Roethlisberger preaching urgency, not panic, within the Steelers offense

Ben Roethlisberger preaching urgency, not panic, within the Steelers offense

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback knows it isn’t time to hit the panic button, but the offense isn’t nearly good enough to become complacent. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense is far from a finished product. In fact, some might suggest they are at the beginning of the project phase. Nonetheless, heading into a Week 3 grudge match with the Cincinnati Bengals, the players realize they have to be better. No one realizes this fact quite like Ben Roethlisberger. Wednesday Roethlisberger met with media and was asked if the offense is...
14 hours ago
Podcast: Najee soars, Claypool snores and Bengals roar

Podcast: Najee soars, Claypool snores and Bengals roar

Join BTSC’s Jeremy Betz for weekly fantasy football talk as it pertains to the Pittsburgh Steelers, your draft and for success in any of your leagues. Now that the regular season is here in the National Football League, most drafts are complete and ready to go. Most likely, the main contest that you, the reader or listener, will be paying attention to is the Steelers hosting of Cincinnati on Sunday. Will Joe Burrow and a stable of talented receivers go off against a suspect Steelers secondary? Is Najee Harris going to get some holes to run behind? What about the Joe Mixon?...
15 hours ago
Reviewing the analytics behind Mike Tomlin’s 4th down decision vs. the Raiders

Reviewing the analytics behind Mike Tomlin’s 4th down decision vs. the Raiders

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Mike Tomlin elected to punt the football rather than go for it on 4th and 1 with the game hanging in the balance. Was it the right call? Was it the right call, or was it the wrong call? This question can be asked in almost any situation in the game of football. Should you have thrown when you ran the ball? Should you have blitzed when you didn’t? It isn’t about trying to do what’s best, it is literally second-guessing every decision made. And anyone who has coached a team sport at the High School level, or above, knows some of these...
16 hours ago
Steelers Vertex: How the loss of T.J. Watt affected the Steelers defense in Week 2

Steelers Vertex: How the loss of T.J. Watt affected the Steelers defense in Week 2

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ When the Steelers lost their All-Pro edge rusher in Week 2, there was a big change in the passing game. The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered their first defeat of the 2021 NFL regular season in Week 2. Losing at home to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Steelers simply couldn’t overcome the loss of a number of key players on defense. With two starters being ruled out when inactives were announced, it was the loss of Tyson Alualu and T.J. Watt during the game which was even more difficult to overcome. Of course every loss is significant, but when the...
17 hours ago
10 Takeaways from the Steelers’ loss to the Raiders

10 Takeaways from the Steelers’ loss to the Raiders

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ 10 things Steelers’ fans learned, or overreacted to, following the second game of the season. Despite the high expectations coming off a win against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, the Steelers fell flat against the Raiders on Sunday. As always, there’s plenty of takeaways to be had: 1. The sky is not falling (yet) Did the Steelers look bad against the Raiders? Sure. They were outplayed in just about every aspect of the game. However, it’s important to remember that the loss was only in the second week of a seventeen game season. And the...
19 hours ago
A Steelers loss to the Raiders usually goes hand in hand with them missing the playoffs

A Steelers loss to the Raiders usually goes hand in hand with them missing the playoffs

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports It’s been nearly two decades since the Steelers made the playoffs after a regular-season loss at the hands of the Raiders. Yikes. Perhaps current Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr was right; maybe the football did hit the ground. Perhaps former Raiders’ owner Al Davis was right; maybe Frenchy Fuqua really did touch the football. Perhaps former Raiders’ head coach John Madden was right; maybe the officials on hand at Three Rivers Stadium on December 23, 1972, really did say, “Six for Pittsburgh!” after finding out that there...
21 hours ago
Podcast: Enough excuses, time for the Steelers to prove their worth

Podcast: Enough excuses, time for the Steelers to prove their worth

BTSC Senior Editor Jeff Hartman presents his AM studio show to the BTSC family of podcasts with the Wednesday episode of “Let’s Ride“. Despite winning in Buffalo in Week 1, there have been many excuses for the uneven performance so far in 2021. After the loss to Vegas in Week 2, it’s time for the excuses to cease and for the Steelers to prove that they can contend. This is the main topic that will be discussed on the latest episode of the flagship morning show in the BTSC family of podcasts. Join BTSC Senior Editor Jeff Hartman for this and more on the Wednesday...
Sep 21, 2021
BTSC Survivor Pool Update: Week 2 results

BTSC Survivor Pool Update: Week 2 results

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Over one-third on contestants were knocked out the first two weeks. The Behind The Steel Curtain survivor pool continued on in Week 2 this past weekend. With four leagues completely filled with 100 entries, the fifth league finished with 46 participants. While technically there are 446 total entries, I have one entry in each league as the commissioner so there were 442 different contestants. Hundreds have entered, but only one can go home with the autographed Joe Haden Football. The most common selection for Week 2 was the Cleveland Browns over...
Sep 21, 2021
This could be the beginning of the end for Ben Roethlisberger

This could be the beginning of the end for Ben Roethlisberger

Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/ Roethlisberger’s struggles could spell the end for the Steelers senior signal caller. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has limped out of the gate. Who is to blame? You can point the finger at the new offense, or the struggling offensive line, but a great deal of the blame can be placed onto the shoulders of Ben Roethlisberger. With Roethlisberger in his 18th season, combined with this being the final year of his contract, prolonged struggles will only see Roethlisberger get ushered into retirement quicker. It was always expected that if Ben...
Sep 21, 2021
Steelers officially sign pass rusher Taco Charlton to their practice squad

Steelers officially sign pass rusher Taco Charlton to their practice squad

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The addition of Taco Charlton will help beef up the pass rusher depth for the Steelers. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been bitten by the injury bug, and the team’s pass rushing depth is being tested. The groin injury to T.J. Watt was public knowledge, but on Tuesday Mike Tomlin told reporters Alex Highsmith was suffering from his own groin injury which could hinder his ability to practice leading up to the team’s Week 3 game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. With Watt and Highsmith both banged up, the Steelers decided to make a move. After...