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Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Super Bowl Scene: Tuesday night media party

Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Staubach (US Presswire)
DALLAS – As I begin this entry it is 11:15 local Dallas time but it feels closer to 2:00 a.m. There are less than 10 people in the media center; six hours ago more than 2/3 of the 350 or so chairs in here were occupied. Everyone had a lot to transcribe and punch out after Media Day .

This isn’t to say all of the media has gone to bed, though. Currently, hundreds of press members (and hundreds more friends of press members) are over at Dallas’ House of Blues at the NFL media party. If you haven’t been to a House of Blues, just know, it’s gigantic (as party atmospheres go). Every room leads to a bigger room. And, thanks to shrewd lighting, they all have a subtle air of exclusivity. Lastly – and this is quite possibly from the “nobody cares but me” file – the food at the party was endless, evidenced by this photo of what is easily the coolest chips & dip setup I have ever seen.

Despite the raucous band, free food (i.e. free booze) and everyone’s pent up desire to have enough fun to make up for the retched ice storm, the patrons at House of Blues were well behaved. They didn’t have to be ... the NFL-issued Super Bowl schedule brochure listed the party time as 8-midnight, with a wink-wink note that shuttles from the media center to the House of Blues will be running until 2:30 a.m.

There wasn’t much NFL representation at the party, though Jerry Jones was in the house (in a roped off section). Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman Roger Staubach was also there ... and not roped off.

Despite its reputation (and the first four paragraphs of this post), Super Bowl week has not been all about partying. Not even close. The buzz still predominantly pertains to the game, with plenty of side chatter about the CBA and Ben Roethlisberger (rehashed) drama.

Besides, it’d be foolish to party too hard. Buses for the Packers press conference left at 6:45 this morning.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:28 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 8:46 am
 

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive roster breakdown

Posted by Will Brinson & Andy Benoit

Perhaps the most fascinating thing if you look (at a glance anyway) at Pittsburgh and Green Bay is that they've built their teams "properly." (AKA "the opposite of Dan Snyder.) They draft smart, and they sign smarter. At least that's what we're lead to believe, right?

Andy and I set out to check the roster breakdown for both teams. En route, we* managed to figure out not only where they're coming from, but what they'll do for their respective teams in the Super Bowl.

Name POS Acquired Scouting Report
Ben Roethlisberger
QB
Drafted 11th overall, 1st Round 2004
The most physically gifted quarterback in all of football (including Mr. Vick). Sandlot style makes him nearly impossible to gameplan against.
Rashard Mendenhall
RB 
Drafted 23rd overall, 1st Round 2008
Can immediately regain his balance and accelerate after bouncing off a defender. That’s a big reason why he’s developed into one of the best fourth quarter closers in the game.
Mewelde Moore
RB2
Drafted 119th overall, 4th Round MIN; FA, 2008
Struggled in pass protection early but settled down late. Good dumpoff target who can eat up ground if given room to generate speed. However, doesn’t have the initial quickness to create his own space.
Jonathan Scott
LT
Drafted 141st overall, 5th Round, DET; FA, 2010
Offers very little power for a man of 6’6”, 318-pound size.
Chris Kemoeatu
LG
Drafted 204th overall, 6th Round 2005
Steelers’ best lineman. Nasty out-in-front blocker who gets to the linebacker level with ease.
Doug Legursky
C
UDFA, 2009
Iffy strength is a major concern given Green Bay’s ravenous defensive linemen.
Ramon Foster
RG
UDFA, 2009
Not powerful enough to move people in the run game, but at least gets OK placement on his blocks.
Flozell Adams
RT
Drafted 28th overall, 2nd Round DAL; FA 2010
At 35, it’s almost painful watching him try to move. But even more painful is watching a helpless defender try to unshackle from his grasp.
Trai Essex
OL
Drafted 93rd overall, 3rd Round 2005
Has monstrous size and is versatile enough to play inside or outside. But doesn’t it tell you something that he’s still coming off the bench despite all the injuries up front?
Mike Wallace
WR
Drafted 84th overall, 3rd Round 2009
The most lethal big-play weapon at wideout in today’s NFL. The difference between DeSean Jackson and him is his acceleration is augmented by an extremely long stride.
Hines Ward
WR
Drafted 93rd overall, Round 1998
These days, runs like he’s wearing boots. But, somehow, he still manages to get open. Everything they say about his blocking is true, by the way.
Emmanuel Sanders
WR
Drafted 82nd overall, 3rd Round 2010
It’s just a matter of time before the third-round rookie takes over as the No. 2 target. Roethlisberger loves to look for him whenever he aligns in the slot of a five-receiver set.
Antonio Brown
WR
Drafted 164th overall, 6th Round 2010
Sixth-round rookie has shown a penchant for big plays.
Heath Miller
TE
Drafted 30th overall, 1st Round 2005
Not the god that Steeler fans insist he is, but soft hands and technically sound blocking are certainly valuable.
Matt Spaeth
TE
Drafted 77th overall, 3rd Round 2007
Heath Miller only with less skill and more size.

*Scouting smarts credited to Benoit. HTML and research credited to Brinson.
Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:18 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 11:45 pm
 

Steelers dispel notion they don't have Ben's back

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE 11:37 p.m. EST: Peter King has issued a clarification on Goodell's lightning quote about how not one of "two dozen" Steeler players came to Roethlisberger's defense. Goodell was referring to two dozen NFL players in general, not two dozen Steelers.

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FORT WORTH, TX -- Following Ben Roethlisberger's suspension to start the season, there was plenty of speculation that he wasn't the most popular person in the Steelers locker room.

On Monday, Peter King of Sports Illustrated posted in his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column a quote from Roger Goodell that emphasized just how little the Steelers had Ben's back.

"Not one, not a single player, went to his defense," Goodell said after revealing he talked to "two dozen" Steelers players. "It wasn't personal in a sense, but all kinds of stories like, 'He won't sign my jersey.'"

Roethlisberger, asked Monday about the report, didn't necessarily dispel the notion.

"I'm not sure," Roethlisberger said. "I wasn't there. I don't know exactly what was said, so it's hard to say."

The report obviously stings for Ben, but it's far more indicative of how Steelers players perceive their quarterback, making their responses far more interesting.

However, most of the players asked seemed to indicate they felt differently than King reported, including wideout Hines Ward.



Ward wasn't the only one, though.

"I was highly upset by this whole situation," linebacker James Farrior said. "When Roger Goodell came to us in teh preseason, I think I was the guy who asked him a lot of the questions about Ben. I was pretty upset about it.

I really didn't get any answers from him that I was looking for, but I was definitely disappointed in what the verdict was and how they proceeded."

Brett Keisel, he of the most amazing beard in the world, was even more emphatic with his defense of Roethlisberger.

"I've always had Ben's back," Keisel said. "Even when everything was going on, Ben and I have had a very good relationship.

We're close friends on and off the field. I think everyone was behind him. Everyone just didn't know how to respond to all the questions and all the scrutiny."

So maybe that's the answer -- no one knew how to respond. And that's logical, too, because of the situation with which they were approached.

Goodell was asking them to provide input on a player in a very sticky situation, involving an alleged act that was so squeamish it wasn't easy to broach in the media, much less in a one-on-one conversation with the man in charge of disciplining the entire NFL.

Or maybe the members of the Steelers didn't have Ben's back when they were asked before the season. That's acceptable, even if it's a little awkward.

Because at the end of the day, he's helped the team get a shot at their third Super Bowl ring since he took over as quarterback. And that means that -- all issues of personal redemption aside -- he's rehabilitated himself as a teammate and member of the Steelers workforce.

For a team charged with winning football games, there's not much more they can really hope to expect.

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:38 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 7:55 pm
 

Pouncey won't play after all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite saying last week that he would play in the Super Bowl, Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey won’t participate because of his high ankle sprain and the broken bone in his ankle, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Pouncey
That means Doug Legursky – who took over for Pouncey after he was injured in the AFC championship game and struggled (sometimes, even snapping the ball) – will take the start instead.

That can’t thrill Ben Roethlisberger, considering Legursky will have to spend part of his time fending off Packers NT B.J. Raji.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Polian puts Ben 'up there with Brady, Manning'

Posted by Will Brinson

People who hate the Steelers will tell you that Ben Roethlisberger is the "greatest game manager of all-time." Steelers fans, upon hearing that, will throw things at whoever said it. And those black-and-gold fanatics are probably right -- Ben's a hell of a football player and ridiculously talented quarterback.

And he garnered some pretty specific praise from Bill Polian, President of the Colts, who happens to know a thing or two about decent quarterbacks.

"Bottom line, if you ask football people, they're going to put Ben Roethlisberger up there with [Manning and Brady] almost unanimously," Polian told Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times. "No one would leave him out. And others who have made the Pro Bowl, for example, wouldn't even get consideration if you took a poll of all 32 general managers."

Before you get upset that Polian insulted your quarterback, make sure to remember that in this day and age, 75 percent of the NFL makes the Pro Bowl, so you shouldn't be too terribly worried about whether or not your quarterback's better than Roethlisberger. (Unless that was a shot at Philip Rivers, in which case it's a little awkward.)

But the fact remains that Ben is in fact an elite quarterback. He's one of the six best quarterbacks in the NFL -- Brady, Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Ben and Aaron Rodgers comprise an arguable list of top-end signal callers.

And that list might get a lot more solidified (or maybe LESS solidified??) depending on what happens at the Super Bowl.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 9:39 am
 

Hot Routes 1.25.11: Still more talk on Cutler



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Perhaps one reason why NFL players and some media ripped Jay Cutler to shreds for not playing most of the second half of Sunday’s game: he comes across as awfully aloof and doesn’t allow anyone to know him. Maybe even his fellow NFL players.
  • NFL.com’s Albert Breer breaks the story that Bears QB Todd Collins – you might know him better as Caleb Hanie’s warmup act – suffered a shoulder injury Sunday and he might need surgery. Meaning his 16-year career is very much in jeopardy.
  • Titans RB Stafon Johnson is suing his alma mater, USC, for negligence. He alleges that the weightlifting accident that crushed his larynx and threatened his NFL career was the result of carelessness by former assistant strength coach Jamie Yancher.
  • The Broncos have hired former Saints DB coach Dennis Allen to be their new defensive coordinator. Allen was considered a candidate for the Eagles defensive coordinator position as well.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Big Ben not too big in marketing world

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In completely unsurprising news, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, despite the chance to win his third Super Bowl ring, is virtually untouched when it comes to the advertising world.

A couple off-field transgressions certainly doesn’t help your Q rating, and Roethlisberger has suffered, most likely due to his bad boy image (“bad boy” in the bad sense, not “bad boy” in the James Dean sense).

“A third Super Bowl appearance and possible win would rehabilitate him slowly but surely among fans and men,” Gerry Philpott, CEO of E-Poll Market Research told CNBC’s Darren Rovell . “However, women have shown with Kobe, Tiger and Vick that they take a long time to forgive, if they ever forgive at all.”

More from Rovell’s interesting story:

As of May 2010, the folks at Davie-Brown Index said he had the appeal of troubled singer Amy Winehouse, the aspiration qualities of cycling cheat Floyd Landis, the endorsement qualities of Barry Bonds and the trust levels similar to Roger Clemens and Pete Rose.

“People didn’t like him, they didn’t trust him, they didn’t find him to be aspirational,” said the DBI’s Chris Anderson. “After [SUnday] night’s performance his scores will be on the upswing, though it will be interesting to see just how much they bounce back.”

In a poll taken before the season, in which Roethlisberger was suspended for the first four games because of his conduct, Roethlisberger’s positive Q Score dropped 33 percent, while his negative Q Score rose 124 percent.

Roethlisberger, though, has made a remarkable turnaround this season. He’s played extraordinarily well, and he’s made positive strides in seemingly just about every avenue of his life. Hell, even the Steelers beat writers presented him with the good guy award.

And for his part, Roethlisberger’s agent, Ryan Tollner, says his client doesn’t care about scoring deals. Which, I suppose, works out well for everybody in the end.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Championship Game Podcast Review

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bears-Packers and Jets-Steelers both turned out to be close in the end. And both provided plenty of storylines. (You may have heard that a few people are questioning the toughness of a certain quarterback.) 

Be up to speed on all of it. Just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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