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Explaining the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2012 Salary-Cap Quandary (Part 1)

Note 1: This is the first installment of a five-part series on the Steelers’ 2012 salary cap challenges that will appear daily this week on Steelers Lounge. The initial article below provides a basic synopsis of the Steelers’ complicated salary-cap … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, Analysis, Cool Stuff, Defensive Line, Draft, Free Agency, Front Office, Offensive Line, Offseason, Wide Recievers | 18 Comments

Aaron Smith Back on IR; Great Career Likely Over

The Steelers announced Saturday that they placed veteran defensive end Aaron Smith on the season-ending injured reserve list due to a “foot sprain,” a specific injury that has likely never ended a player’s year before the midpoint of that season … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, Defensive Line, Free Agency, Front Office | 10 Comments

Are the 2011 Steelers Simply Great at Home and Bad on the Road?

The Steelers have been a true Jekyll and Hyde squad this fall. Pittsburgh (3-2) looked good in shutting out the abysmal Seahawks in week No. 2 and exhibited its best all-around performance of the season in a 38-17 win Sunday … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, Front Office, Heinz Field, Offensive Line, Steelers History | 16 Comments

This Is No Super Bowl Hangover; Sadly the 2011 Steelers Are Just Weak in the Trenches

Yes, the Steelers are 2-2 and the season is not lost, at least not yet. But most experts and fans will agree that record is misleading, because Pittsburgh was thoroughly and physically dominated by the two decent (not great) opponents … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, Analysis, Defensive Line, Free Agency, Front Office, Offensive Line, Quarterbacks | 16 Comments

Obituaries for the End of a Super Era of Steelers’ Football Are Once Again Premature

From 2004-10, the Steelers won two world titles, played in a third Super Bowl, and posted a franchise-best 15-1 regular-season record in 2004 only to lose to a great New England squad that literally cheated (videotape gate) to gain an … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, AFC North, Offensive Line, Steelers History | 3 Comments

Destroyed by Ravens and Colon Out for the Year; What Options Do Steelers Now Have on O-Line?

It was difficult to fathom the Steelers would not use the offseason to improve an offensive line that ranked as the worst in the NFL last season per Pro Football Focus. But after some very questionable moves, Pittsburgh entered 2011 … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, AFC North, Free Agency, Front Office, Offensive Line, Offseason, Preseason | 46 Comments

2011 NFL Projected Team-by-Team Records and Playoffs Picks

Last fall I followed the projections of most NFL experts in picking my beloved Steelers to finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs, while picking the evil Cowboys to win the Super Bowl in their own lavish stadium. Nostradamus, evidently I … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 steelers, 2011 steelers, Analysis, Postseason, Quarterbacks, Steelers History | 11 Comments

Steelers Make Correct Calls on 53-Man Roster, But Maybe Not the Practice Squad

As usual, the Steelers’ front office and coaching staff had to make some tough decisions on the team’s final roster cuts. And as the brain trust of the best franchise in the NFL normally does, they made the right ones. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, Defensive Line, Draft, Front Office, Offensive Line, Preseason, Wide Recievers | 24 Comments

Projecting the Steelers’ 53-Man Roster and Other Goodies (V 3.0 – UPDATED)

While their training-camp roster is nowhere near as deep across the board as last year, the Steelers still have outstanding overall depth in 2011, and thus its coaching staff and front office will face difficult decisions this weekend in deciding … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, Analysis, Cool Stuff, Defensive Line, Front Office, Offensive Line, Quarterbacks, Wide Recievers | 6 Comments

Projecting the Steelers’ 53-Man Roster and Other Goodies (V 2.0)

There have only been two preseason games, but much has transpired since my initial 2011 Steelers’ roster projections were posted two weeks ago. The Steelers arguably now have the deepest receiving corps in the NFL after adding sure-handed veteran Jericho … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 steelers, Cool Stuff, Free Agency, Front Office, Offensive Line | 26 Comments