Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Pittsburgh won 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers Morning Huddle 5/22/14

Now that the draft is over and writers/bloggers across the web have dried out the well in that department, there are a serious lack of topics to write about.  Here are a few good Steelers articles so that you don’t have to search around the web.

Ryan Clark Thanks Steelers Fans Ryan Clark took to an interview with KDKA in order to thank the Steelers organization and the fans for a great eight years in Pittsburgh.  One of his quotes that stood out the most was, “It would have to be when Troy intercepted that pass in 2008-09 AFC Championship Game and scoring basically the winning and sealing touchdown for us to go the Super Bowl. There’s no play I think about more than that.”  I can agree with him there, because I have YouTube’d that play countless times. Clark has also always been a favorite of mine ever since I went to Steelers Training Camp and the practice was rained out for the day.  Clark then proceeded to come upstairs from the locker rooms and into the book store of St. Vincent’s University.  He stayed up there for well over an hour signing autographs and taking pictures with kids.  Ever since he has wowed me with his play on the field, especially his bone crushing hits.  Perhaps my favorite Steelers memory is being in attendance at the 2008 AFC championship game and witnessing Clark’s hit on Willis McGahee.  While you never want to witness a player get seriously injured, as McGahee could have, it was an electrifying play.  I will certainly miss him in black and gold, but at least he will only be a few minutes away from my house in Ashburn.

Taylor Admits He Has a Lot To Prove At least Ike Taylor knows that he has a lot to prove following an atrocious 2013 campaign.  Here were his words when interviewing with reporters earlier in the week.  “I feel after these last 2 years, especially after last year, that I have a lot to prove.  I feel like I have more to prove than ever.”  He went on to say that he felt like he was banged up for the entire year and he was dealing with a rib injury for the second half of the season.  While we all know that Ike Taylor isn’t anywhere near the top-end cornerback that he used to be, at least he can admit it.  Taylor’s play did drop so drastically last year that it may not be completely wrong to chalk up a substantial part of that decline to injury, and while it may be wishful thinking, one shouldn’t put it completely out of their mind that he could have a bounce back season.  Just don’t count on it.

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  • craig

    Would like to see someone start some serious discussion about increasing the league teams from 32 to 40, decreasing the regular season weekly game schedule from 16 to 14, doing away w/ the Thurs. night game- for the purpose of player safety, and playing AFC games on Sat.’s w/ NFC on Sun.’s. This would increase the total regular games played to 560 per season from 512, while increasing player safety and longevity, widen the viewer market for sponsor income, from doubling the weekend window and allow a longer play-off schedule.

    • Game_Time

      I do love the idea of 40 teams a 14 game. But even with 40 teams, there are far too many Colleges that play on Saturday which generates enormous revenue for sponsors and Television Networks to risk losing that audience in order to air non marquee NFL match-ups as a
      replacement to traditional College rivalries that have stood the test of time. Also, It would be impossible to air AFC games and NFC game on separate days as there are inter-conference games in which AFC and NFC teams play on a weekly basis with the exception of maybe weeks 1 and 17.

    • scott sinclair

      40 teams is way too many. The talent pool would be drastically diluted. I can see going to 34 teams at best (Los Angeles and maybe a city like Portland), but no way can the NFL work with a 40 team league. Over expansion in my opinion has diluted the NHL (get rid of at least 6 teams) and adding 8 teams would do the same to the NFL. As for a 14 game schedule…..never gonna happen. Not with a commissioner who speaks with a forked tongue. Here’s a commish who claims he’s committed to player safety yet wants to add 2 more games to the regular season schedule. No way will the NFL take away games when billions are there to be made. I personally have almost zero interest in the Thursday night games unless Pittsburgh is on and now that CBS has added thursday nights, again no way will the league take any money making opportunity away. It’s not about safety, it’s about money.

  • craig

    Just thought about a couple more nuggets to fill in the time- how about an article on the importance of moving the hash lines in and how it affected the game. And maybe an article on the Greatest Team to ever play professional football, the Pottsville Maroons?

    • scott sinclair

      I think someone should explain the hash lines to the casual reader. Also, how about an article about the 10 best football books or the Carlisle Indians who fielded a team with three native Americans, including Jim Thorpe. Or how about a feature on the Steagles?