CBSSports.com does a rapid report for each team in the NFL. They actually have value to them with inside information about the teams. There has been some stuff on there that hasn't been talked about here as of late so I thought it might be a good idea to post it and let the discussion begin. I'll put my thoughts out there also.
For the first time in his career, All-Pro NT Casey Hampton has been a regular in the weight room and OTAs. He even arrived early for minicamp. "I am getting older," Hampton said. "I have to take better care of my body."
This is huge to me. I always thought to myself, what would Casey Hampton be like if he didn't spend his off season keeping Fat Daddy's in the black. Looks like we may see it this year. Of course hampton is older now but I am still surprised to hear this bit of news. Tomlin may have gotten to him.
Steelers CB Keenan Lewis has emerged as a potential starter at left corner and will battle Bryant McFadden for the job during training camp. Former starter William Gay has been relegated to the nickel role.
Another big piece of information. Keenan Lewis was the forgotten man of last year draft class. He was hurt most of the year so we never got to see how good he was. Its nothing but a good thing to see him and McFadden pushing each other for the starting position. I still feel like McFadden will pull it out but if Lewis is that good, we won't have to worry about the CB position this year. We can go three deep at CB and not be worried about Gay being on the field. We'll need that depth with the WRs that our foes have added this year.
Former Steelers T Marvel Smith stated that coach Mike Tomlin created a rift between Ben Roethlisberger and his teammates when the coaching staff failed to point out in team meetings Ben's mistakes during games.
This is more unfortunate news. Hopefully the recent events will change how things are done regardless of what anyone says. Needless to say what was being done hasn't worked for ben off the field. He will need more structure and if this is accurate more criticism.
The addition of new OL coach Sean Kugler is another reason to think the Steelers will go back to a power running attack. Kugler favor his linemen to be power types who drive block straight-line style.
If there were any question to how Sean Kugler likes to coach the line. I think this may answer it.
The Steelers are negotiating with K Jeff Reed on a new contract, but aren't talking to any other players. Reed was given the franchise tag in March and will be a free agent after the season.
This makes sense, we need to work out Reed asap and then move on to the players for next year. Woodely is number 1 priority I would assume.
The starting position battles for the Steelers will see Bryon Leftwich or Dennis Dixon at QB; Trai Essex, Ramon Foster or Maurkice Pouncey at RG; and James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote fighting for the two ILB spots.
The interesting part of about this to me was that Farrior, Timmons, and Foote are fighting for the two ILB spots which means we may see Timmons and Foote start, certainly that might be a good thing. Although I am still grateful for all that Potsie has done as a steeler. Also where is Urbik? He might be our 3rd round bust this year. If he isn't even battling for the RG spot then he may be the next Tony Hills. Hopefully I'm wrong.
If Steelers QB <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/players/playerpage/493043">Ben Roethlisberger</a> misses all six games it will cost him up to $3 million in fines. The money will go to various charities and organizations. The NFL also fined the Steelers $200,000 for Big Ben's behavior.
If Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger misses all six games it will cost him up to $3 million in fines. The money will go to various charities and organizations. The NFL also fined the Steelers $200,000 for Big Ben's behavior.
Just some more info on the Ben situation. I never saw if the league punish the organization and it turns out they did. Crazy. But I kind of understand, if I act out of line, my boss will feel the heat from upper management because he is suppose to be making sure I am doing my job.
Steelers WR Limas Sweed had surgery yesterday to repair a torn Achilles tendon. The team confirmed the surgery but not the specifics of the repair. Sweed is expected to miss 4-6 months of activity.
I've been really confused on these reports. Is it a year or 4-6 months. If he could work hard and be back in 4 months there is still an outside chance to save this season. If not I say get in position to draft one of the stud WR next year and drop Limas afterwards. Time will tell.
If you like this information I can do this weekly, it will make for a shorter post since these reports have been over the past two weeks.