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Pittsburgh Steelers 2007


What have they shown us in Weeks 1 and 2? Complete dominance on both sides of the ball. In two weeks, Pittsburgh has outscored Cleveland and Buffalo, 60-10. Last Sunday's effort was especially impressive as the Mike Tomlin and Dick LeBeau defense didn't give an inch. The Steelers' No. 1-rated defense wrapped up the game in the first two quarters as Pittsburgh outgained the Bills, 239-50. With a few minutes left in the third quarter, J.P. Losman's stat line read as follows: two completions, five yards. Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson fared no better in Week 1. The Steelers have put on two absolutely awe-inspiring defensive performances.

Most Pleasant Surprise: The seamless transition from the Cowher era to the Tomlin era. Sure, it helps that Dick LeBeau is still running the defense and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been on staff as the wide receivers coach since 2004. But the losses of Cowher to retirement as well as offensive masterminds Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm to Arizona were expected to sting the Steelers at the start of 2007. That hasn't been the case. The Steelers have not only failed to miss a beat, but they look far better than they did in their sluggish 8-8 season in '06.

Potential Question Mark: The Bills and Browns aren't exactly the Chargers and Patriots. Maybe we should wait a few more weeks before crowning the Steelers kings.

What's Up Ahead? The next few weeks should give us a much better idea about the Steelers. Pittsburgh's next six games: San Francisco, Arizona, Seattle, at Denver, at Cincinnati, Baltimore. If they can win four of six, the Steelers should be in good shape entering the final two months.

Board This Bandwagon? Hey, defense wins championships. And between LeBeau and Tomlin, you have two of the most respected defensive minds in the entire league. Pittsburgh's legit. And if you don't mind being known as one of those Terrible Towel-waving Steeler fans, this could be the right train to jump on in '07.

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Get over it: Steelers, Seahawks say they're not replaying Super Bowl

By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer
October 7, 2007

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks won't go to the replay on this one.

Their Super Bowl loss to the Steelers 20 months ago remains too painful for their 11 starters remaining from that game, the mistakes and questionable officiating calls too troubling for them to forget so soon.


But when the Seahawks travel cross country to meet the Steelers on Sunday for the first time since Pittsburgh's only NFL championship game victory in the past 28 years, coach Mike Holmgren won't be replaying that game in his mind or reliving that major career disappointment.

Glancing across the field and seeing Mike Tomlin running the Steelers, and not Bill Cowher, will be reminder enough that the times and teams have changed.

"I'll look across there -- Bill and I are good friends," Holmgren said. "It is going to be different. Clearly, Mike has grabbed hold of this team and they are off to a great start."

So are the Seahawks, who, like the Steelers, are 3-1 and have lost only to Arizona. Pittsburgh won its first three by an average of three touchdowns, only to bog down in the desert during a 21-14 loss to the Cardinals marked by special teams breakdowns and numerous mistakes.

That bothered Tomlin, who knew a loss was coming sooner or later but certainly didn't like how it finally occurred -- not with two interceptions, three fumbles, a 73-yard punt return touchdown allowed and 72 yards in penalties.

"Believe it or not, I anticipated that at some point I would lose a game," said Tomlin, who matched Cowher's debut in 1992 by winning his first three. "It may happen again at some point."

As long as it's not this week. The Steelers are off next week, and there's a big difference between being 4-1 rather than 3-2, not only in the standings but with a team's state of mind.

Especially a team that's still trying to shake off last season's 8-8 record, one repeatedly marked by self-inflicted losses resembling that in Arizona.

"We'd like to be 4-1 going into the bye," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.

The Seahawks, coming off a 23-3 win over San Francisco, also sense a great chance to build some early season momentum. They return home to play winless New Orleans and St. Louis before their bye week and, if they can win in Pittsburgh, have a realistic shot of being 6-1.

"It's going to be tough, though," quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. "We are going to have to play our best football, obviously, playing a team like this on the road -- a West Coast team like we are, we haven't had much success at all playing that early game on the East Coast."

Some of the principal characters from that Super Bowl are gone, including Cowher, ever-talkative linebacker Joey Porter and Seattle tight end Jerramy Stevens, who caught Porter's wrath for several days after essentially predicting a victory.

Plenty of key figures are back, including both quarterbacks and running backs -- Pittsburgh's Willie Parker, the NFL's No. 4 rusher, and Seattle's Shaun Alexander, who is No. 9. Alexander has 782 yards and 11 touchdowns in his past six games against AFC teams, but the Steelers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 games.

The Steelers hope to get back Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward, whose sprained right knee forced him to miss only his fourth game in 10 seasons last week.

One all-too-familiar name for the Steelers is wide receiver Deion Branch, whose 60-yard touchdown catch put New England on the path to its 41-27 win over Pittsburgh in the January 2005 AFC championship game. Branch has 16 catches for 277 yards and two touchdowns and a TD run in three career games against Pittsburgh.

That's a concern to the Steelers because Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald made 11 catches against a Pittsburgh secondary weakened by the loss of safety Troy Polamalu (abdominal strain). Polamalu expects to play against Seattle.

Another Steelers worry is middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who has already forced three fumbles and made an interception.

"He's as good of a UFO linebacker as I've seen here recently," Tomlin said. "By UFO, I mean the ability to get deep after play action and search for unidentified flying objects. He searches those guys out. He had an interception this year already on a play action about 18 yards downfield. That's impressive."

There's so much for both teams to worry about, the Steelers are glad this isn't being built up as Part II of that Super Bowl in Detroit.

Even if Holmgren shouldn't expect a warm reception in Heinz Field. His post-Super Bowl complaining about a half-dozen or so debatable calls struck a sore-loser nerve among many Steelers fans, even if Holmgren insists he's finally let go of that game.

"That was two years ago," Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton said. "If they still talk about it, that's crazy. It's just another game. They're in a different division, we don't see them that much."

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Police charge Steelers' Najeh Davenport in domestic dispute

October 12, 2007

CLEVELAND (AP) --

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najeh Davenport was charged with domestic violence, child endangering and unlawful restraint in a custody-related confrontation with the mother of his 5-year-old son.

Chief Michael McGrath said Thursday night that Davenport would be given a chance to surrender for a court appearance on the misdemeanors. If convicted, he could face a sentence of 14 months.


Police said the Oct. 4 dispute involved Anita Person and custody of their son.

According to police, Person said Davenport was picking up the child for a court-approved visit and threatened to keep him. She said Davenport drove off as she unbuckled the child's seatbelt and then slapped and choked her and slammed her to the ground while she held the boy.

According to Davenport, Person became upset over his plans to seek custody. According to Davenport, she climbed into the back seat of the moving car, kneeled on his 2-year-old son and grabbed the 5-year-old, then scratched Davenport's face outside the car.

The 5-year-old suffered a swollen lip.

Davenport could not be reached for comment Friday. Messages were left for him at the offices of the team and his agent. A phone listing for Davenport rang unanswered.

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Steelers' stumbling stretch run

By Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports
December 20, 2007



PITTSBURGH When Mike Tomlin finally settled into a chair on Monday morning, ready to deliver his post-mortem on perhaps the most troublesome loss of the season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was hard to keep from staring at the bags under his eyes.

This wasn't the typical "I-stayed-up-all-night-watching-tape" puffiness. Indeed, there was a set of Samsonite luggage hanging under the pupils of Pittsburgh's head coach, the kind that develop from the torment of having been one of the AFC's elite rolling into mid-November. Sitting at 7-2, this was the team expected to go toe-to-toe with the heavyweight New England Patriots and inflict pain. Five weeks and three losses later, including Sunday's manhandling by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Steelers may have a little bit of identity crisis on their hands.

Gone is the absolute confidence in the staunch defense and dynamic offense, washed out by a slightly chilling reality: No longer is winning the AFC North a certainty. In fact, the Steelers might have to win one of their remaining two games just to clinch a playoff spot. And that's just the appetizer. What team shows up after clinching that berth, well, the edges in that picture have gotten fuzzy.

"Do we feel good about where we are right now? Absolutely not," Tomlin said. "Would we feel better had we started the season 1-4 as opposed to 4-1, and were sitting here at 9-5? We probably would. … We're 9-5. Some people would love to feel good about it had they started slow. Some people would love to feel bad about it, if they stumbled of late. We've stumbled of late. So be it."


Luckily for the Steelers, the playoff scenario is rather simple. If they win one of their final two games, they are in as a wild card. The only way they can fall out of the postseason is to lose their final two, and have Tennessee (currently sitting at 8-6) win out. And if Pittsburgh wins its final two, it clinches the division title and secures a first-round playoff game at home.

But what happens after that might be a matter of the momentum gained in that last two weeks of the season. Clearly, there are plenty of problems left to be addressed. The foremost being the unlikeliest when the season started: A defense that has suddenly looked vulnerable in almost every phase.

And that's not to be taken lightly considering the Steelers will likely have to find a way to put down the firepower of both the Patriots and Indianapolis Colts if they are going to make a legitimate Super Bowl run. Since starting 7-2, Dick LeBeau's aggressive scheme has been ineffective rushing the passer (one sack in the last three games), soft versus the run against Jacksonville (the Jaguars' 224 rushing yards was the most Pittsburgh has given up in seven years), and failed to get off the field in crucial fourth-down situations (the Jaguars went 3-for-3 on fourth down attempts). In their last two games, the Steelers have given up a total of 63 points and over 800 yards in offense … to a pair of AFC playoff teams.

"(The rushing yards) definitely bothers us," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "It's something we pride ourselves on, shutting down teams and making them one dimensional. … (With the sacks), we didn't get to Tom Brady because they were snapping it and throwing it. Last week, Jacksonville ran the ball. We've just been getting different game plans."

But the Steelers haven't dominated an entire game or adjusted all that well defensively over the last month. The stumble against Jacksonville accounted for the fourth time in the Steelers' five losses where the defense had a chance to halt a drive and secure a win or overtime late in the game, and failed. That kind of maddening failure at the end of games is what separates good playoff teams from true contenders.

Perhaps more troubling, the defense has been dominated in back-to-back games at the line of scrimmage. First by New England, which didn't allow Pittsburgh to get a whisker on Tom Brady, and then by Jacksonville, which boasted a good but not great offensive line that manhandled the Steelers' front seven. So after the loss to Jacksonville, any lofty expectations were replaced by a singular thought: Just making the playoffs.

As linebacker Larry Foote put it, "All that matters now is getting into that tournament."

That's a far cry from the euphoria this team was feeling on Nov. 11, when after eking out a 31-28 home win over the Cleveland Browns, this was a 7-2 team that still felt like a Super Bowl contender. But the air was let out in a staggering loss to the hapless New York Jets, a messy 3-0 win over the Miami Dolphins, a momentary bandage with an easy win over the Cincinnati Bengals, and now back-to-back losses to New England and Jacksonville.

That's a serious run of momentum killing. And as Tomlin said Monday, "I'm sure (confidence) is a factor. But we have to shake that element of it off."

The injury issues continue to be troubling as well. Starting defensive end Aaron Smith a vastly underrated run defender was lost for the season after suffering a torn biceps muscle in the loss to the Patriots. Starting left tackle Marvel Smith is having back pains again, forcing him out late in the Jacksonville loss and likely sidelining him for Thursday's game against the St. Louis Rams. Outside linebacker Clark Haggans has a sprained knee and could be forced to surrender time to rookie LaMarr Woodley, who has had his own injury issues this season and has yet to find a groove at linebacker.

Undoubtedly, there are adjustments coming. Tomlin spent this short week railing on the Steelers' tackling and gap responsibility, hoping to keep St. Louis running back Steven Jackson from pummeling the running lanes the way Jacksonville's Fred Taylor did. And safety Anthony Smith is being benched in favor of Tyrone Carter against the Rams, after Smith put his foot in his mouth before the Patriots loss and then was victimized by big plays in consecutive weeks.

"The thing about the mistakes, a lot of players knew the mistakes they made right after they happened," cornerback Deshea Townsend said. "A lot of times, that's how it goes. When something goes wrong on the field, most guys can correct it before they get to the sideline. It makes it that much easier when you have a veteran group of guys that have played together in this defense a long time. We'll secure some of those gaps that we played wrong (against Jacksonville)."

Added Tomlin, "We're not really searching for positives in that we need a pick-me-up. I expect these guys to be more mentally tough than that, to be honest with you."

The rest of the NFL will find out in the next three weeks. Not just with how the Steelers close out the regular season, but what they do with that playoff seed.



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Ben Roethlisberger signs 8-year extension with Steelers

By DAN NEPHIN, Associated Press Writer


AP - Mar 3, 2007


Ben Roethlisberger signed an eight-year extension Monday with the Pittsburgh Steelers that is worth $102 million and makes him one of the league’s top-paid players.

“He’s a Steeler and he’ll always be a Steeler,” team chairman Dan Rooney said.

The agreement comes after Roethlisberger re-established himself as one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks last season, and nearly two years after his life and career were threatened by a motorcycle crash. The accident happened a few months after he led the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory.

Roethlisberger’s contract guarantees him $36 million and is easily the largest in the Steelers’ 76-season history. The quarterback, who turned 26 Sunday, gets $25 million immediately as a signing bonus.

“I told them I didn’t want to go anywhere the day I walked in (as a rookie in 2004),” Roethlisberger said Monday. “I love Pittsburgh, I love the fans. Got probably the best organization and fans in all of sport. I don’t want to go anywhere.”

Nor did the Steelers want to lose the club’s most successful quarterback since four-time Super Bowl winner Terry Bradshaw. Roethlisberger, drafted in 2004 as part of the same QB class as the Giants’ Eli Manning and the Chargers’ Philip Rivers, won all 13 regular-season starts as a rookie, began his career 27-4 and already has appeared in two AFC title games and seven playoff games.

Last season, Roethlisberger threw 32 touchdown passes with only 11 interceptions in leading the Steelers to a 10-6 regular-season record and the playoffs, a major turnaround from his 23-interception season of 2006.

In four seasons, Roethlisberger has steered Pittsburgh to two AFC championship games, one Super Bowl and three playoff appearances. No Steelers quarterback, not even Bradshaw, had a better start to his career; Bradshaw didn’t win a Super Bowl until his fifth season.

Roethlisberger wants to be “like the Dan Marinos, like the John Elways, guys who played with one team their whole career.”

The Steelers, quiet in free agency until signing running back-kick returner Mewelde Moore on Monday, felt some urgency to get a deal done with Roethlisberger. Director of football operations Kevin Colbert called it his top offseason priority.

Roethlisberger was due a $2.95 million bonus this month that, if paid, would have put the Steelers over the salary cap. By reworking Roethlisberger’s contract now, the team rolled that bonus into his new contract and can prorate his signing bonus over the eight years of the contract.

“Ben never said, ‘I need a record-breaking contract.’ He never said, ‘I need the most money in the history of anything,”’ said Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner. “He said, ‘I need a fair deal.”’

Roethlisberger, who played in his first Pro Bowl last month, is now focused on getting “a bunch more trophies.”

“I believe that the guys we have on this team right now are exceptional players,” he said. “I believe we all have the pieces of the puzzle, that we could be a championship football team, and I think that we know the history that we have of drafting well, we’ll be able to bring guys in that will hopefully do more.”

Roethlisberger was one of the leading vote-getters for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. By contrast, he never found a groove in 2006 after reporting to training camp only six weeks after his motorcycle crash in Pittsburgh, then needed an appendectomy the week of the season opener. The Steelers started 2-6 before finishing 8-8 during former coach Bill Cowher’s 15th and final season.

Moore, the Steelers’ only pickup during free agency, spent his first four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. A likely replacement for kick returner Allen Rossum, he returned two punts for touchdowns and averaged 10.4 per return while returning 74 punts from 2003-07. He averaged 19.3 yards on 26 kickoff returns.

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