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Newly acquisition Ben Tate of the Cleveland Browns is not even a week into his signing with the team, and yet has already added to the rivalry between them and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tate was asked by a fan on Twitter of what he thought of the Steelers, to which he replied “Don’t like them or their little towels”.  I am sure fans of Pittsburgh and the Steelers themselves will keep this in the back of their heads when they face the Browns from here on out!

 

 

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It was inevitable that the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to part ways and cut Linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Where he will end up is really anyone’s guess. Many believe Woodley’s injury issues ,decline in production, and reports of him being out of shape may turn some teams away. That may not be the case, at least maybe for one team. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS, the Tennessee Titans are expected to end up with Woodley so that he can be reunited with one of his former coaches, Ray Horton.

 

Horton, who is currently the Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator, was the Pittsburgh Steelers Secondary Coach from 2004-2010. Woodley who was drafted in 2007, spent four seasons during Horton’s tenure with Pittsburgh. During that time Woodley recorded 141 tackles, 39.0 sacks, 3 interceptions (1 returned for a touchdown), 7 forced fumbles, and 7 fumble recoveries (2 returned for touchdowns).

 

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Plagued by injuries for the past two seasons, Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker LaMarr Woodley will be cut by the team on Tuesday. Woodley. Pittsburgh stated it was more for financial reasons than Woodley’s performance. Woodley was set to make $8 million this season as part of his six year $61.5 million contract he signed in 2011. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10583352/lamarr-woodley-released-pittsburgh-steelers

     Pittsburgh’s other Linebacker, Jason Worilds, had a tag placed on him by the Steelers. Worilds will earn himself $9.754 million this season. Unfortunately for Woodley, the Steelers had to let him go in order to retain Worilds with the salary he will be making in 2014.  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1984507-lamarr-woodley-reportedly-will-be-cut-by-steelers-latest-details-and-reaction

     In seven seasons with Pittsburgh, Woodley recorded 216 Tackles, 57.0 Sacks, 5 Interceptions (1 for a touchdown) 9 forced fumbles, and 10 fumble recoveries (2 for a touchdown).

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Arizona Cardinals Running Back Rashard Mendenhall has decided to hang up his cleats after six seasons in the NFL. Mendenhall was drafted out of Illinois by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft (Number 23 overall). The Steelers would win the Super Bowl in his rookie season, but Mendenhall saw very little action. In his second and third seasons Mendenhall rushed for over 1,000 yards. In his final season with Pittsburgh, Mendenhall was suspended because he failed to show up to a game against the San Diego Chargers. The Cardinals signed Mendenhall to a 1 year 2.5 million dollar contract in March of 2013, though he saw very little action in his only season with the Cardinals, which essentially ended up being his last. Overall Mendenhall finished with career totals of 4,236 rushing yards on 1,081 carries and 37 touchdowns. (Mendenhall also recorded 95 receptions for 795 yards and 2 TD’s)

 

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Update: 3-10-14  NY Jets officially cut Santonio Holmes

Update: It appears as if Holmes has not been cut, but there are reports that he is expected to be released any day now. http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2014/02/jets_will_soon_cut_santonio_holmes_according_to_report.html

After three seasons the New York Jets have decided to cut Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes. Holmes suffered a severe foot injury at the end of the 2012 season and missed the majority of the 2013 season. In 32 games with the Jets, Holmes recorded 123 receptions, 1,672 receiving yards, and 15 Touchdowns.

 

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With the Super Bowl being at MetLife Stadium there will be a lot discussion that another cold weather city could get the game if there are no problems this Sunday night. Chicago could host the game because the city has enough hotels room to host both teams. Washington D.C could do that without any transportation problems. Green Bay might host the game, but is Lambeau Field large enough to host over 70,000 fans there. Seattle has a large enough stadium and have the facility to do so. However, with new dome stadiums in Atlanta and Minnesota on the horizon, and with San Francisco opening Levi’s Stadium next year it will be tough to for a cold weather city to get a Super Bowl. BTW, as far as Pittsburgh getting a Super Bowl that is nothing but a pipe dream.

The Steelers finished the 2013 season 8 and 8 and missed the playoffs due to a 0-4 start to the season. There are a few things they will have to be change to get back to the playoffs.

1. The offensive line has to get healthy. Injuries to Maurkice Pouncey and other starters caused the line not to get together until later on in the season. If the offensive line is healthy Le’Veon Bell will gain over 1,000 yards and Ben Roethlisberger will have the protection to throw the ball to his corps of receivers.

2. The Defense has to get younger and better. The Steelers have the oldest starting defense in the NFL, and some of the starters will not return. Brett Keisel, Ryan Clark, Ike Taylor, Lamar Woodley, and Troy Polamalu may not return due to contract issues or the Steelers going with younger starters. In Polamalu’s case he would have to return and take a lower salary.

3. Needs in the Draft. The Steelers needs a wide receiver to help out Antonio Brown, They need help in the cornerback, and a safety for help in the secondary. A linebacker to help out Jarvis Jones and blitz the quarterback. They could use depth in the offensive line or defensive line.

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Week 17 is only a day away and there are still four playoff spots up for grabs. The Cowboys and Eagles will face off in the NFC East to see who will take home the division crown and will sneak into the Playoffs. But that is not the only NFC division that has playoff berth implications. The Packers and Bears will battle to see will reign supreme in the NFC North and find their way into the Playoffs. In the AFC the Dolphins, Ravens, Chargers, and Steelers all still have a shot at the final wildcard spot. Who will make it? Well here is your answer via game by game breakdown.

Packers Bears

With the return of Aaron Rodgers, I believe the Packers will roll over the Bears. The Bears were just blown out by the Eagles 54-11. And it is hard to pick which was worse for the Bears, their offense or defense. The Bears only gained 257 total yards against a poor Eagles defense. They also surrendered 514 yards to the Eagles offense. The Bears turned the ball over twice, once on a Jay Cutler interception and once on a lost fumble. I do not see the Bears Swiss cheese stopping Aaron Rodgers enough to hold the Packers under 30 points and I do not see Cutler leading the Bears offense down the field enough to contend with that. Packers win 31-20. It will be interesting to see how Bears fans and management react to Mark Trestmen’s decision of not leaving Josh McCown at Quarterback after Cutler returned.

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Cowboys Eagles

As you may know Tony Romo has been placed on IR with a Herniated Disk in his back. The Dallas defense cannot stop a nosebleed. They have the 27th worst rush defense in the league, and the 31st ranked pass defense in the league. The Eagles have the 1st ranked rushing offense, which is led by All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy. The Eagles also have the 9th ranked passing attack led by the emerging Nick Foles. Every single thing points to picking the Eagles to win this game, but for some reason I feel like they choke this one away and King Neck Beard (Kyle Orton) leads the Cowboys to a miracle win. Cowboys win 27-24.

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Jets Dolphins

Sources are saying that Rex Ryan will likely be back as coach of the New York Jets, and I think that will fire up this Jets team. Tannehill is not good when he is under pressure, the Bills showed us that last weekend. The Dolphins allowed a season high 7 sacks to the Bills last week. And now the Dolphins have to work on stopping a very good Jets front 4 led by Mo Wilkerson? That will not happen. The Jets are playing with nothing to lose, and the Dolphins are playing with everything to lose, and I think that will be too much for this Dolphins team. Jets win 17-13, crushing Miami’s playoff chances.

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Ravens Bengals

Joe Flacco is not listed on the Ravens injury report with his knee injury, an injury that hobbled him against the Patriots last week, but that does not mean he is still not feeling it. The Bengals are a under the radar team that is still playing for the 2nd seed in the AFC. They have two talented outside wide receivers in A.J Green and Muhammad Sanu and Andy Dalton has been playing well as of late. And to put the icing on the cake, the Bengals are playing at home, where they are 7-0 this season. Patriots fans will not have to worry about playing the Ravens in the playoffs this year, as the Bengals will knock the Ravens out of playoff contention with a final score of 21-17 Bengals.

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Chiefs Chargers

This game means absolutely nothing for the Kansas City Chiefs. They have locked in the 5th seed in the AFC, and are no longer in contention for the AFC West, as the Broncos have already sealed it up. The Chargers have already beaten the Chiefs at Arrowhead this season, and now the Chiefs have nothing to really play for. Chargers win 28-21.

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Steelers Browns

As promising as the Browns season has started equals how bad it has ended. The Browns have no fight left in them and at this point could be playing for a higher pick in the upcoming draft. Steelers win 31-14.

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So that puts the San Diego Chargers, The Green Bay Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys all in the playoffs. Lock all these picks in with anyone who will bet with you, and you will come away from Sunday like a bandit.

*A few other interesting match ups to watch this Sunday are the Arizona Cardinals vs the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cardinals are the hottest team in football, going 8-1 over their past 9 games, and I bet they go 9-1 over their past ten games with a win over San Francisco this weekend. Now that leaves us with the New Orleans Saints vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to decide the fate of the Cardinals. If the Saints win, they are in, if they lose they are out. Luckily the Saints are at the Superdome where they are 7-0 on the season. The Saints will beat the Buccaneers which will leave the 11-5 Cardinals (if they beat San Francisco) on the outside looking in while the 8-7-1 Packers (if they beat the Bears) will be in the playoffs. Interesting how that works, huh?

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Mike Tomlin just got slapped in the face by the NFL with a $100,000 fine and he’s waiting to here if he cost the Pittsburgh Steelers a draft pick or not, so I couldn’t think of a better time to pile on with a Top 10 Mike Tomlin Memes.

  1. The original Office’s David Brant & Mike Tomlin leave coworkers unimpresseddavid-brent-tomlin
  2. Mike Tomlin get’s down with Michael Jackson and RG3 in ThrillerTomlin RG3
  3. You can’t touch this Mike TomlinMike Tomlin Hammer
  4. Mike Tomlin’s moves come in handy when he runs with the bullsmike-tomlin-running-of-the-bulls
  5. You have been served Mike TomlinMike tomlin Dance off
  6. Call now to vote for Mike Tomlinmike-tomlin-dancing with stars
  7. Tomlin meme’s will never be as popular as Miley meme’s, so if you can’t beat them or cheat them, join themMike Tomlin Miley Cyrus
  8. Mike decides to strop down with Swayze and FarleyMike Tomlin Swayze
  9. Listen to your sensei TomlinMike Tomlin Sweep the Leg
  10. You were definitely over the lineOver the Line Tomlin

 

And a little bonus Mike Tomlin gif for everyone

Mike Tomlin Trips Kid

 

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Adam Schefter has announced on twitter that the NFL has come down hard on Steelers’ Head Coach Mike Tomlin.  The league has fined him $100,000 and will possibly take away a future Steelers draft pick.

 

Mike Tomlin couldn’t have been more right when he said this,

“I’m not acting in a way to preserve my wallet or my money,” Tomlin said.

 

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